We had the good fortune of connecting with LaQuisha Nelson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi LaQuisha, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Moving in Silence.

I do not subscribe to this notion whatsoever. I believe in God, faith, karma. I believe in LIVING OUT LOUD. I don’t allow others to pressure me to silence my accomplishments, goals, and life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an International School Counselor.

HONESTLY, I never wanted to be in education. I always thought I would be an actress, singer, entertainer. But God had other plans…

I still consider what I do entertaining because working with kids is NEVER a dull moment.
As a school counselor, I work with students of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Counseling in The Middle East is very different than The States. There are different rules and expectations. Many topics are taboo and not allowed to discuss.

Because of my unique circumstances, I decided to document my experience. Being able to travel, engage in another culture is a true blessing. I don’t believe that living abroad is exclusive; I want everyone to experience this at least once in their lifetime.

You grow and learn so much about yourself and others. Living and working abroad is an absolute life changer.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Living abroad is very exciting. You are able to see a whole new world. LOL! Some of my favorite things to do in Kuwait is go to the beach, I love going to the coast and taking in the waves, turquoise water, and beautiful sun rays.

I enjoy going to a local cafe to enjoy some coffee, a mixed grill, or light smoothie.

When I’m not out and about in the country… I am traveling.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I believe a major shoutout belong to my mother, Cherie Nelson. She started my quest for wanderlust at an early age. I remember being a little kid and she would take off the entire week for my birthday. That week would be filled with road trips, amusement parks, fun, and travel. I took my first international trip at 9 years old to Cancun, Mexico. So growing up I definitely understood how blessed I am. I also want to shoutout my friend Linda Bocanegra. She got me back on a plane in 2012; when I was too scared. That helped me more than she would ever know. Now I’m catching flights and collecting stamps. A true thank you to anyone that has helped and supported me on this journey. Your blessing sowed into me has allowed me to sow into others.

Instagram: @_theblackgirlabroad

Twitter: BGAbroad_

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTg-pxlb8Yxgkmy_jYiz9Sg

Other: tiktok: @counselorMsLaQuisha

Image Credits
Photo Credit: Colette Coetzee and C’Nee Miller

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