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In 2014, I turned down a lot of opportunities to travel and see the world. Why? Because I’m a woman, and we almost always prefer stability and safety to risk.

After saying no to what might have been an amazing experience in Australia, and then Germany, and then London… I promised myself that for 2015, my New Years’ Resolution was to take risks – calculated risks, but risks all the same.

Adventures and Misadventures

This decision catapulted me into the adventure of a lifetime. I became more involved in charities and volunteer work in Jamaica, and made connections with travelers around the world who inspired me to chase my dreams.

In July 2015, a startup offered me the amazing opportunity to travel and freelance full-time. It was a big risk, but this time I took it. I quit my corporate job in payroll the very next day, gave up my apartment, adopted my pets out to family and friends, and packed my life into three suitcases and a laptop bag.


After a month of being a nomad in Jamaica, I came to America for my routine summer vacation. That trip took me through Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia.

Two years later – I’m still here!

I’ve now been to 21 of America’s 50 states, with special thanks to travel services provided in partnership with 1 View Point.

My Career

It may sound otherwise, but my journey hasn’t been an easy one these past two years. Like everyone else, my triumphs have been sprinkled with my own fair share of failure and frustration.

Even so, each step has taken me closer and closer to my goals. As I continue to roam outside the confines of 25 years of caution, I have seen so much, and accomplished things I never thought myself capable of.

One of those things was making a living from doing what I love: writing, creating, and helping others to do the same. This dream has manifested itself in Alexis Chateau PR – a PR firm that’s championing the underdogs.

Shadow the PR Cat

One of the best decisions I made since launching the firm was hiring my pesky little PR puss as our Goodwill Ambassador, and head of the black CATastrophy indie author division. Shadow tweets without opposable thumbs, and is a pleasure to have with us in the office.

The Adventure Continues

If you think this is the part where I tell you I’ve settled down to regular adult life? – think again.

Somehow I’ve managed to find the perfect work-life balance: the envy of millennials everywhere, I suppose. I work 70+ hours per week. Yet, I still have time to travel and work on my novels and short stories; all while enjoying new experiences with great people along the way.

This blog documents those adventures and all the lessons I’ve learned as a Jamaican expatriate in America. Stick around for the tales of struggle and triumph.

You won’t be disappointed.

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  1. Hi Marc. I’ve actually posted a few reviews on Goodreads. That is my main site for reviews. Reviewing books was a past time of mine, and still is to some extent. Is there any tool that may be able to transfer some of those reviews to Bookvetter? Or is Bookvetter for non-published books?


  2. Great blog! I love adventure; I work for a while save up, pay off debts, and then hit the road. My journey has taken me from Florida to Montana and to Tennessee where I am now. Loved every minute of it.

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    1. Thank you! Mine has taken me all over Jamaica, then to Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York and back to Georgia.

      California and Nevada are next on the list.

      Have a good trip!


      1. you too, have fun exploring the west its amazing

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      2. Yeah, I hear it’s a whole other world than the east. Can’t wait!


      3. everything is so much bigger and there is so much wide open space. where i lived in Montana there were less than 5 people per square mile. I had a moose in my yard once and several times on my way to work or even walmart had to stop for a herd of antelope crossing the road.


      4. Really? I was looking forward to the different terrain and climate in general, from what I heard. My friend just came back from Alaska and she’s been laying praises at my feel about that, too.


      5. Every place has its own beauty and adventure to find but west of the Mississippi river it is so different. I loved it and can’t wait to be travelling the west again.

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  3. Hi, nice to meet you! It’s gret blog and nice photos

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  4. cdalemarilyn says:

    Wow. I really admire what you’re doing. Congratulations on having the courage! You have some exceptional images posted, too.

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! All encouragement is welcome. It does get daunting sometimes.


    1. Hi – thanks so much for the feature. I really appreciate it! Have yourself a great week!


  5. Wow what an adventure! Nice pictures!

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    1. Thank you. Just trying to make the best of it. 🙂

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  6. Hi

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post, hope you drop by again soon

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  7. lifeat6mph says:

    thanks for stopping by my site! it looks like you have set off on a wonderful adventure.. best of luck and way to go 🙂 jt

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    1. You’re welcome. I’m learning to make my own way as I go along. It’s been as great as it has been challenging. Thanks a lot!


  8. pixieannie says:

    Fantastic story. I look forward to hearing more of your travels. I’m just a tiny bit envious.

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    1. Thank you! Don’t be too envious. You can do it too if you really give it a shot, but be warned: it’s not all a bed of roses. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂

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  9. Hi Alexis. Thanks for liking my post Gone with the Wind. Your blog is great… your command of the language, impressive! Cheers. Ricardo.

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    1. Thank you. It was an interesting post. I’ve never seen the film, but I read a lot of books from the 1400 to 1800s which inevitably means stumbling into slavery. Some people forget, I think, that you can’t put new age knowledge on the prejudice ignorance of the past. It was written in context, no matter how wrong it was.

      Thank you. I do my best!


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