27 episodes

Stop Waiting 4 Friday is a travel + lifestyle podcast featuring Akia Merritt, a 26 year old American woman who lives a life of adventure or insanity depending on who you ask! Quitting her corporate job, twice, multiple failed business ventures; designer, business coach, amateur sugar baby, to name a few, traveling the world solo to almost 20 countries, and moving almost 10,000 miles away from the US to live a dream life abroad! She’s started life over many times and she is unapologetic about it! Here's to failure, traveling the world, self love, being in love, trauma, and growth. Here’s to not waiting for Friday to live your life! Get in! We're going on a crazy ride called life! Been there before?

Stop Waiting 4 Friday Akia Merritt

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Stop Waiting 4 Friday is a travel + lifestyle podcast featuring Akia Merritt, a 26 year old American woman who lives a life of adventure or insanity depending on who you ask! Quitting her corporate job, twice, multiple failed business ventures; designer, business coach, amateur sugar baby, to name a few, traveling the world solo to almost 20 countries, and moving almost 10,000 miles away from the US to live a dream life abroad! She’s started life over many times and she is unapologetic about it! Here's to failure, traveling the world, self love, being in love, trauma, and growth. Here’s to not waiting for Friday to live your life! Get in! We're going on a crazy ride called life! Been there before?

    Why You're So Scared Of Living Life - Trauma w/ Anthea

    Why You're So Scared Of Living Life - Trauma w/ Anthea

    Ever wonder why you're scared to travel alone? Why you don't trust strangers? Why the thought of a certain person, thing, or place makes you uncomfortable? Why you avoid certain topics? Why you're triggered if someones asks you a specific question?

    In December 2020 when I quit my job, emptied my apartment, packed my bags, and brought a one way ticket out of the US I thought I was going on vacation, but life had other plans and turns out I was going on a journey to heal. I'm not mad about it either because who wouldn't want to heal around the world?!

    Trauma is universal -- We think of it in extreme cases; rape, molestation, physical abuse, but it can be as simple as seeing something that stays with you for the entirety of your life.

    On this episode I'm learning with Anthea Taeuber, founder of The Healing Quotient, a non profit organization that provides therapy grants to individuals from marginalized communities that cannot afford a specific kind of therapy called EMDR. The Healing "Quo"  creates a trauma informed community with free guided yoga, meditation, and journaling. After experiencing her own trauma at the age of 22 on a solo travel trip and working through her own healing, Anthea has dedicated the last 3+ years of her life to helping others on their journey of healing.

    How can we stop waiting and start healing? Let's talk trauma!

    I am so excited for this new season of @sw4friday podcast! So many guests from all around the world sharing and dropping so many gems 💎

    You can follow more of Anthea's  journey here:

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/antheataeuber/

    𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲, 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲, 𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗗𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗤𝘂𝗼
    https://t.me/+Sn5wyPcxFvggOn47

    Have more questions about full time travel and my life abroad?

    Join my FREE WEBINAR for tips, resources, and hacks on How To Travel:
    👉🏽Without being rich
    👉🏽Without a partner 
    👉🏽Without fear

    Registration and all of my exclusive content can be found here. https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com

    Download my E-book "The Ultimate NO BS Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel" for of 7 chapters of tips, life hacks, and a years worth of my experiences, mistakes, and successes to help you navigate a transition into long term traveling or living out whatever your dream life is.

    Click this link to schedule a call with me so I can answer any of the questions you have. I'll help you step-by-step!: https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com/book-online

    • 48 min
    What happens when you have acid for breakfast? — Drugs Around The World

    What happens when you have acid for breakfast? — Drugs Around The World

    Most of us were warned about drugs in elementary school through the D.A.R.E program (Drug Abuse Resistance Programs), which in a nustshell told us don’t take drugs or you’ll die. But somehow we were still curious and it’s estimated that 47% of young people use an illegal drug by the time they graduate high school and among Americans 31.9 million are current illegal drug users. So why do we do drugs when we know about the harmful effects they have — addiction, criminal offenses, diseases, and even death? What is wrong with us?

    On this episode I am joined by Blunt Talk Girls who are outspoken, blunt, have no filter, and have something to say about all of the things that society tells us to be quiet about. They are bridging the gap between cool and important.  Let’s talk drugs! 

    Disclaimer: This episode has no intention to promote drug use and is merely recounts of personal experiences with drugs that are not encouraged. Please avoid all drug use if you can and if you are struggling with drugs here is a resource that can possibly help you.

    SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357
    Alcohol and Drug HelplineCall 800-923-4357 (24/7/365)
    Text RecoveryNow to 839863 Monday-Friday, 2-6pm PT.


    I am so excited for this new season of @sw4friday podcast! So many guests from all around the world sharing and dropping so many gems 💎

    You can follow more of Blunt Talk Girls  journey here:

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/blunttalkgirls/

    Have more questions about full time travel and my life abroad? 

    Join my FREE WEBINAR for tips, resources, and hacks on How To Travel: 
    👉🏽Without being rich 
    👉🏽Without a partner  
    👉🏽Without fear 

    Registration and all of my exclusive content can be found here. https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com 

    Download my E-book "The Ultimate NO BS Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel" for of 7 chapters of tips, life hacks, and a years worth of my experiences, mistakes, and successes to help you navigate a transition into long term traveling or living out whatever your dream life is. 

    Click this link to schedule a call with me so I can answer any of the questions you have. I'll help you step-by-step!: https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com/book-online

    • 55 min
    The Truth About Therapy— No BS with Therapist Chyna Teaira

    The Truth About Therapy— No BS with Therapist Chyna Teaira

    I’ve been very open about my therapy journey because I grew up in an environment where therapy was for "pussies" or crazy people.

    Well call me crazy as hell because therapy definitely opened up so much space for healing in me and I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again … okay let me stop lying, I’ve said it HELLA TIMES and I’ll say it again …

     GO DEAL WITH YOUR SHIT!

    But first, how do you know if you even really need therapy?

    On this week's episode we're talking therapy .. AGAIN. But hear me out! This time I brought my good sis, Chyna Teaira, a certified therapist with years of experience in not only therapy, but spiritual healing, poetry, music, spiritual coaching, acting, sound healing, and yoga, to read us about our lack of knowledge about therapy, therapist, and healing. And also how addressing our own shit can help us flourish and live out our dreams! She is the owner of Preserving Peace a holistic wellness service centered around cultivating safe and loving spaces for Kem-Unity, basically a force to be reckoned with and I had to get her on the podcast to walk us through the mind of a therapist!
    I am so excited for this new season of @sw4friday podcast! So many guests from all around the world sharing and dropping so many gems 💎

    You can follow more of Chyna's journey here:

    Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/chynateaira/

    𝗪𝗲𝗯𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲
    Preservingpeace.org

    Have more questions about full time travel and my life abroad? 

    Join my FREE WEBINAR for tips, resources, and hacks on How To Travel: 
    👉🏽Without being rich 
    👉🏽Without a partner  
    👉🏽Without fear 

    Registration and all of my exclusive content can be found here. https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com 

    Download my E-book "The Ultimate NO BS Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel" for of 7 chapters of tips, life hacks, and a years worth of my experiences, mistakes, and successes to help you navigate a transition into long term traveling or living out whatever your dream life is. 

    Click this link to schedule a call with me so I can answer any of the questions you have. I'll help you step-by-step!: https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com/book-online

    • 52 min
    He's Jumped Out Of An Airplane 105 Times

    He's Jumped Out Of An Airplane 105 Times

    Have you ever thought about sky diving or wondered how the hell do people build up the courage to jump out of moving airplanes? I definitely have so to clear the air I invited my friend Randy aka "Mr. Always Working" to give us insight into skydiving. The average person tries skydiving MAYBE once in their lifetime but Randy has dived 105 times and is on a mission to hit his next milestone of diving 100 more times in the next 4-5 months! I have questions and Randy has the answers let’s talk about skydiving and what jumping from airplanes can teach us!

    I am so excited for this new season of @sw4friday podcast! So many guests from all around the world sharing and dropping so many gems 💎

    You can follow more of Randy's story here:

    Instagram: 
    Personal/Skydiving: https://instagram.com/i.live.positive?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

    Cleaning Services: https://www.instagram.com/accounts/login/?next=/finessecleaning/

    Always Working Clothing: https://instagram.com/we.alwaysworking?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

    Have more questions about full time travel and my life abroad? 

    Join my FREE WEBINAR for tips, resources, and hacks on How To Travel: 
    👉🏽Without being rich 
    👉🏽Without a partner  
    👉🏽Without fear 

    Registration and all of my exclusive content can be found here. https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com 

    Download my E-book "The Ultimate NO BS Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel" for of 7 chapters of tips, life hacks, and a years worth of my experiences, mistakes, and successes to help you navigate a transition into long term traveling or living out whatever your dream life is. 

    Click this link to schedule a call with me so I can answer any of the questions you have. I'll help you step-by-step!: https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com/book-online

    • 41 min
    Motherhood While Living Abroad

    Motherhood While Living Abroad

    I was focused on working on my abs in preparation for hot girl summer and after sitting down with Bria Foster I am now contemplating motherhood 🤰🏾🤦🏾‍♀️

    Not only did Bria pack up her bags and move abroad ready to take on a new adventure across the world, but she found out that she was expecting shortly after her arrival to her first country abroad.  She shared her experience on having a natural birth all the way in Bali and I’m not kidding when I say she completely shifted my views on motherhood! I was set on being the fun traveling aunt but now the fun traveling mom doesn’t sound too bad 👀😂

    Have you ever wondered what birth and motherhood looked like while living thousands of miles away from home? 

    I am so excited for this new season of @sw4friday podcast! So many guests from all around the world sharing and dropping so many gems 💎

    You can follow more of Bria's story here:
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/natureofbria?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
    Youtube: https://youtu.be/W8HjjTDXtng

    Have more questions about full time travel and my life abroad? 

    Join my FREE WEBINAR for tips, resources, and hacks on How To Travel: 
    👉🏽Without being rich 
    👉🏽Without a partner  
    👉🏽Without fear 

    Registration and all of my exclusive content can be found here. https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com 

    Download my E-book "The Ultimate NO BS Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel" for of 7 chapters of tips, life hacks, and a years worth of my experiences, mistakes, and successes to help you navigate a transition into long term traveling or living out whatever your dream life is. 

    Click this link to schedule a call with me so I can answer any of the questions you have. I'll help you step-by-step!: https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com/book-online

    • 57 min
    Limiting Beliefs — Why You Aren’t Living Your Dreams And Maybe Never Will

    Limiting Beliefs — Why You Aren’t Living Your Dreams And Maybe Never Will

    Yes, it’s too hard, yes it’s impossible, yes you are a failure, yes it will take forever .. If that is what you believe then yes, all of those things are true. Most people set themselves up for failure before they even start the task because they’ve already convinced themselves that they won’t succeed at it or it’s out of their reach. Let’s talk limiting beliefs and how I managed to overcome my own in order to live my dreams of full time travel. 

    Have more questions about full time travel and my life abroad? 

    Join my FREE WEBINAR for tips, resources, and hacks on How To Travel: 
    👉🏽Without being rich 
    👉🏽Without a partner  
    👉🏽Without fear 

    Registration and all of my exclusive content can be found here. https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com 

    Download my E-book "The Ultimate NO BS Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 to Travel" for of 7 chapters of tips, life hacks, and a years worth of my experiences, mistakes, and successes to help you navigate a transition into long term traveling or living out whatever your dream life is. 

    Click this link to schedule a call with me so I can answer any of the questions you have. I'll help you step-by-step!: https://www.stopwaiting4friday.com/book-online

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Ms. Elle Banks ,

Best Podcast Ever!

Aika Bella’s podcast is truly my favorite podcast ever. She’s so authentic, helpful, and inspiring. I can listen to her podcast no matter what I’m doing. I get so excited every single time she drops a new episode!

flyrasta11 ,

10/10

So good, fav podcast!

Smoothie1228 ,

I love it here

My life is so boring literally the same routine’s everyday so coming here feels like a gateway !!!!!

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