We had the good fortune of connecting with Cynthia Cooper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cynthia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe that without taking a risk we would have no experiences in life. Moreover, without experiences, you run the possibility of showing minimal mental, emotional or financial growth.
I strongly support risk taking. I say this because in 2010, I packed up my life and relocated to Washington DC, Metropolitan area. Not only did I not know anyone, I was a divorcee. Then in 2013, I took another big risk, adopted my son, and did this as a single parent.
In 2020, the height of the pandemic, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Also in 2020, I again decided to take another risk and opened my own business, ADR Travel Group. To this day, I have no regrets, my business is growing, it has allowed me to meet new people, and share in their experiences.
We are now in 2021, and ADR Travel Group is still going strong. Without taking risks, I would not be the mother, wife, employee and businessperson I am today.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend visiting me here in DC, we would have multiple places to visit. On the first day, we would head to Baltimore, MD to tour the downtown areas. We would walk the harbor, have lunch at Red Scupper, and take a dinner cruise. On the second day, we could travel to Annapolis, MD and tour the Naval Academy, eat at one the seafood cafés on the water and go swimming at the beach. On the third and fourth day, I would go to Washington, DC and tour the various monuments and museums. I would take my friend to Eastern Market for lunch at Ted’s Bulletin and go to US Capital area to have dinner at Georgia Browns. On the fifth day, I would take the short drive to Arlington, VA, take a tour of the Pentagon, and have lunch in the Pentagon’s food court. We would have dinner at the Mussel Bar and Grill. On the sixth and seventh day, we could drive to New York and have lunch at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in Times Square. We could take the Hop/Hop off bus around the city for two days and see the five boroughs. Visit the 9/11 memorial, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My late grandmother, Claudine White, who I admired her many travels, she opened up my imagination to not only wanting to visit other countries but to learn more about other cultures.
My son Jackson I my biggest inspiration. He has given me joy and strength to keep going. I am so thankful to be his mom.
Finally, my biggest shout out is reserved for my biggest supporter, motivator, and best friend, my husband Andrew. He has taught me that through perseverance comes success.
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