About Alexis

How this all Started…

In 2014, I turned down a lot of opportunities to travel and experience the world, because I am a woman and women almost always prefer stability and safety to risk. After saying no to what might have been an amazing experience in Australia, I promised myself that for 2015, my resolution was to take risks – calculated risks, but risks all the same.

20151229_163515wpid-dsc09285.jpgSince then, I have gotten more involved in charities, and built relationships with people who opened doors for me I never could have on my own. I quit my full-time job in Jamaica, gave up my apartment, condensed my life into three suitcases, and left the country. I’m now doing everything I was too scared to try in 2014.

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My Career

Taking that risk was the best decision I ever made. I saw so much, and did things I never thought myself capable of. One of those things was becoming a full-time writer and actually making a living from it. As I don’t believe in giving advice I can’t follow, this turn in my career compelled me to create this website, and more recently College Mateyour survival guide for college.

pexels-photo-large (76).jpgI’ve since learned the unfortunate truth that though many of us start blogs with high hopes of success, statistics show that 95% of blogs fail and that most bloggers quit in just three months. This might surprise you, but when you start running your own website you quickly begin to see why. It takes a lot of time and effort and not everyone has the time, the skills, or the energy to keep up with it.

This blog started with 25 views per month in July 2015 and now gets up to a thousand views per day, and up to 118 views per hour. My other blog, College Mate, also does well with up to 8000 views per month. All this, after more than a year of research, experimentation and hands-on public relations. Not bad for a one-woman show. screenshot_2016-03-21-20-57-42-2-1.png

Check out the Hire Me section of the website to see how we can partner together to achieve mutual success, or just hang around to see what I’ve been up to lately on my blog.

The Fun Part

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I still dedicate my time to fun writing, old books, new places, and staying fit…

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…and I hope to meet people with similar interests and ambitions along the way.

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Are you one?

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300 Comments Add yours

  1. ellevaldau says:

    Wonderful blog. You are the kind of person that so many people would like to know. I did a similar thing, changed my life and never looked back.

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    1. Thank you Ella! I’d like to think I’ve gotten to know quite a few of those people on the blog. I’m glad you took a similar route and enjoyed it. There’s just no better road for me, even if it does not last.

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      1. ellevaldau says:

        It does last, but it is hard work. I am just penning chapter ten of The Addict, and am writing about Berlin. Gosh, this is one of the hardest places I have EVER lived in, but I am determined to make it work.

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      2. Berlin, sounds amazing. I had an offer to go there as well, but didn’t like the idea of the cold and dealing with a language I knew little of. I’m sure you’ll make it work though, but as they say, we’re not trees. If you don’t like where you are: move.

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      3. ellevaldau says:

        That is the best advice. Life, at times, is a suitcase and an open door.

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      4. That’s an interesting way of phrasing it. I’ll remember that.

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  2. spearfruit says:

    Alexis very nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog, I will certainly take time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I look forward to seeing your posts in my feed!

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  3. SheryL♥ says:

    Great blog!
    Thanks a lot for the follow!🙂

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    1. Pleasure’s all mine.🙂

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  4. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

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    1. No prob Ray! Thanks for dropping by my blog as well.🙂

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  5. I’m in love with your site, I am so happy for you even though I don’t actually know you. Isn’t that the essence of blogging?❤

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    1. You’re right, it is the essence of blogging. Thank you for your well wishes and I hope you’re either embarking or about to embark on your own journey soon as well.

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  6. lbfromlv says:

    Wish I knew what drew you to my blog, because if I can attract the interest of someone so interesting then I know I am still on the right path. Really looking forward to following your blog.

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    1. Haha, thank you. You’re flattering! I don’t quite remember how I came across your blog but I usually browse by category.🙂

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  7. Deb says:

    You inspire me! I admire people who get up and follow their dreams, it takes a lot of courage, you should feel very proud. Thank you for the follow and I look forward to reading your posts. Congratulations on all your hard work and success!! 🙂

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    1. I’m very proud of that decision and where it’s taken me actually, so thank you! I hope you are following your dreams as well!

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      1. Deb says:

        I’m working on it, thanks!! 😊

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  8. Great going, Alex!!!
    Keep striving with your head held high, Rome was never built in a day and with your passion and strong will the world will be yours for the taking🙂

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    1. Thanks! I try to keep telling myself that when I get stuck. Some achievements in life have far too long of a waiting game involved for me.

      I hope you’re up to even bigger and better things on your end.

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  9. Hoopy Frood says:

    Hello Alexis! Thank you for visiting and subscribing to our blog. Sorry that updates tend to be few and far between right now, but we’re actively setting up our homestead.

    I’ve been reading through various posts of yours; quite an inspiring journey you’ve been on! And well done as you continue to find your own path through life! “This above all: to thine own self be true…” Best wishes to you and Michael,
    -Lance

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    1. Thank you Lance. I prefer when blogs do not post too often haha. Otherwise I never get to see anyone else’s stuff in my feed. Selfish reason I suppose. Haha

      All the best! – and thank you for the well wishes.

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  10. Greg says:

    Thanks for following me Alexis. I sympathise with you on the three month thing as I was concerned with this myself. I got past it, and even wrote about it in celebration!

    I look forward to reading your posts =)

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    1. Hi Greg. Thank you, and you’re welcome for the follow. The 3 month statistic was actually surprising to me when I found it. We certainly are a generation with a short attention span.

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  11. yarnspinnerr says:

    Great blog. Thanks for the visit. Welcome.

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  12. Howard Ziehm says:

    Yes yes yes. Glad to hear you’re into adventure. I’ve hitched hiked and rode freights and smuggled drugs and many other crazy things but was lucky not to get caught and have no regrets. A girl friend (actually a friends wife) who always insisted on having sex whenever I came by their house, hitchhiked through Morocco all by her self. Now that took guts, more than I would have had.

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    1. Wow! You’ve definitely taken way more risks than I ever have – and many I never will haha. Kudos to you for having the balls, but I agree, your friend trumps us both.

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  13. Candy says:

    This is so interesting. You’ve made me smile.

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    1. Glad to hear it Candy!

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  14. joliesattic says:

    Hi Alexis! Thank you for reading my blog. It sounds like you’ve learned how to make blogging work for you. That’s amazing.

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    1. Thanks Jolie. I have, and still learning more every day. Thanks for dropping by my blog as well.

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  15. bklynboy59 says:

    Interesting about me page…isn’t it refreshing and rewarding to take risk and jump out of your comfort zone ?

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    1. Yes, refreshing, rewarding, and scary. Well worth it though. Thanks for dropping by!

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      1. bklynboy59 says:

        Thank you as well for stopping by and replying!

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  16. Thanks for the follow or I might not have discovered such a phenomenal woman and an inspiring blog. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

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    1. Thank you Kavesha for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoy my blog, and I hope it inspires you to be the phenomenal woman you are as well.🙂

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  17. Tonya Lampley says:

    Nice to meet you Alexis! Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to keeping up with all your new adventures!

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    1. Thanks Tonya, and you’re welcome!

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  18. This is great. Exactly what I needed to read/see. Thank you for the inspiration. I look forward to future posts.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Marquis. I’m happy my blog could inspire you at a time when you really needed it.🙂

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      1. howardziehm says:

        Every adventure reveals a new truth, many totally opposite to what you expected. When I ran a folk club in Berkeley the word on the street was don’t trust anyone over 30. Stupid but many young people including myself bought into that crap. Adventure leads to discovery. I’m interested to learn what some of yours will be. Keep an open mind. HowardZiehm.com

        On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 9:38 AM, Alexis Chateau wrote:

        > Alexis Chateau commented: “Thank you for stopping by Marquis. I’m happy my > blog could inspire you at a time when you really needed it. :)” >

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      2. That’s got to be the strangest advice I’ve ever heard. The people who inspired me to travel and explore were over 30, except for one. And they all had excellent advice.

        As for my adventures, I just joined a travel club yesterday so I’m excited to see where that takes me – literally.

        Looking forward to learning about your adventures – past and present – as well.

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      3. howardziehm says:

        That’s why I wrote my memoir, Alexis. You’re probably too young to know what the prevailing thinking was in the early 60’s. You probably also don’t know that women were forbidden to wear pants on the floor of the Senate as late as 1992. Christian Genzel called my memoir a fascinating portrait of an era that brought about immense social and moral change. #TakeYourShameAndShoveIt.

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      4. That’s interesting Howard. I am too young to know the details, but old enough to know that women have been subjected to a lot of ridiculous rules enforced by the patriarch since the beginning of time.

        Your memoir sounds like exactly what society needed and still needs to shake things up. Like you said #TakeYourShameAndShoveIt

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  19. David Swan says:

    Hello Alexis, Thanks for the follow and some great advice on blogging in the first year. I have only been blogging two months and the idea and courage to do it is taking shape. Enjoy your travels.

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    1. You’re welcome David! Glad you found my blog useful. I hope you enjoy your blogging journey!

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  20. Hi Alexis! Thanks for the follow. Love reading that you found the courage to follow your passions and are finding success. Even more that you broke free from the perceptions that keep so many women from travelling and experiencing the world. I look forward to reading your stories.

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    1. Thank you Jeanne. I’m still working on breaking through some of those sexist boundaries and hope that I can inspire other women to do the same. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      1. howardziehm says:

        Natalie Portman gave a good interview in Sunday’s LA Times about why American women are held back in the film business which is not the case in France where I as a 14 year old had my sexual awakening. Check it out

        On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Alexis Chateau wrote:

        > Alexis Chateau commented: “Thank you Jeanne. I’m still working on breaking > through some of those sexist boundaries and hope that I can inspire other > women to do the same. Thanks so much for dropping by! ” >

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      2. Sexual awakening at 14? Wow! So many ways to interpret that haha. Thanks for sharing!

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      3. howardziehm says:

        Not that I had sex, just that I became aware that there was some force between male and female that I was unaware of. America was a very ignorant country when it came to sex in the 50’s.

        On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 4:55 PM, Alexis Chateau wrote:

        > Alexis Chateau commented: “Sexual awakening at 14? Wow! So many ways to > interpret that haha. Thanks for sharing!” > Respond to this comment by replying above this line > > New comment on *Alexis Chateau * > > > > *Alexis Chateau* commented > on About Alexis > . > > in response to *howardziehm*: > > Natalie Portman gave a good interview in Sunday’s LA Times about why > American women are held back in the film business which is not the case in > France where I as a 14 year old had my sexual awakening. Check it out

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      4. I don’t doubt that it was. It still is. Kids are still not getting the sex education they did.

        I had sex ed for five years from 7th to 11th grade in Jamaica, and then again for another year in college.

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      5. howardziehm says:

        I hope you still enjoy sex although you obviously had it way too early

        On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 6:35 PM, Alexis Chateau wrote:

        > Alexis Chateau commented: “I don’t doubt that it was. It still is. Kids > are still not getting the sex education they did. I had sex ed for five > years from 7th to 11th grade in Jamaica, and then again for another year in > college. ” >

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      6. Haha. How did you come to that conclusion? I said I had sex ed in 7th grade, meaning classes in sexual education provided by my schools. I didn’t lose my virginity until my last semester of college. No regrets for waiting!

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      7. howardziehm says:

        That’s good news. I need to read thing more carefully! You would enjoy reading about the young black girl who escaped Germantown Philadelphia to come to my club in Berkeley. She was so cute everyone wanted to fuck her but only one guy did. Years later she showed up at my house in Malibu and told me about the story of having Mick Jagger’s baby. Her name was Marsha Hunt and the song “Brown Skin Woman is about her. I tell the whole story in my book along with a picture of Marsha

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      8. That’s very interesting. There’s a certain power in holding out. So many women miss out on that for the false sense of power they get from engaging in sexual activities at a young age.

        I grew up in a German Town as well haha. But that one is located in Jamaica.

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  21. Thank you for the follow. Your blog is fascinating! I look forward to reading your posts.

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    1. Thank you, and you’re welcome!

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  22. Phyllicia_825 says:

    This is pretty inspiring…looking forward to more of your posts!

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    1. Thank you Phyllicia!

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  23. Hello Alexis, Fantastic blog!, very inspiring – thank you for following mine. Marc

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    1. My pleasure Marc! I look forward to seeing you in my feed!

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  24. Daddy Felix says:

    Just dropped by to say and check on your latest blog. All the best in life and Vaya Con Dios…

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    1. Thank you Felix! Does vaya con dios mean go with God? Just guessing here. I know a little Spanish, but I’m not fluent. Thanks again!

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      1. Daddy Felix says:

        That’s right God be with you…

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      2. howardziehm says:

        Don’t want to dampen your spirit, but “god” has made women the slaves of men. Read my latest blog and tell me what you think

        On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 11:52 AM, Alexis Chateau wrote:

        > Daddy Felix commented: “That’s right God be with you… ” >

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      3. I can agree with your statement Howard. I’m not religious.

        But Felix meant no harm and was only extending his good wishes. To each their own.🙂

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  25. Thank you Alexis for the follow. It’s prompted me to check out your ” About” page. I love how active you are and envy the way you’ve begun to live. I’ll definitely read more of your blog as I’ve started to follow you as well. I’m a new blogger but I hope that I can get through the first three months and continue with my blogging, (I’ve got another blog, lifewithlunacat.wordpress.com which I’ve been at a bit longer) I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed and see f I can beat the three months. 🙂

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  26. Stacey says:

    What a wonderful blog! You sound like an amazing person, thank you so much for following me! I look forward to reading future posts of yours so keep up the great blogging! x

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    1. Thank you Stacey for the kind words and for following as well. I look forward to seeing you in my feed, and I’m really glad you like my blog.

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