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In 2014, I turned down a lot of opportunities to travel and experience 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

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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.

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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.

A year and a half later – I’m still here.

My Career

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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. Shadow tweets without opposable thumbs, and is a pleasure to have with us in the office.

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The Adventure Continues

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

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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 along the way as a Jamaican expatriate in America. Stick around for the tales of struggle and triumph.

You won’t be disappointed.

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736 Comments Add yours

  1. kasmin says:

    Thanks for the follow Alexis. Your life does seem interesting. Give my love to Shadow

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    1. Thank you, Kasmin! Shadow has been demanding nothing but love today. Haha.

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  2. sonwabo1 says:

    hey Alexis, thanks for the follow:)… i cant wait to see more stories

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    1. You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy them.

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      1. sonwabo1 says:

        Lol I will, your stories seem interesting and enjoyable to read;)… You know I’d wish to travel the world like you Alexis and see other places…

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      2. I haven’t traveled the world just yet. Only been in North America and the Caribbean, but Europe, Australia, and South Africa are on my list. If you want something bad enough though, you’ll find or way (or make one!)

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      3. sonwabo1 says:

        Wow you planning to visit South Africa:)…

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      4. Yes, why? Is that strange?

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      5. sonwabo1 says:

        No! its not strange, am from South Africa and i guarantee you will like it…

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      6. The beaches there look beautiful.

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      7. sonwabo1 says:

        Yes indeed Alexis… especially in Cape town and Eastern Cape

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      8. sonwabo1 says:

        South Africa is a heaven to those who love adventure, magnificent landscapes and diversity in nature. Once you have been there, you will always long to return and relive this extraordinary experience. It is not an easy task to decide which places are the best to visit, so in order not to get lost in the wild nature of South Africa, be sure to put these in your list.
        Cape Town: Table Mountain
        Well, the name of this key attraction already suggests it — a flat-topped mountain, overlooking Cape Town. Make sure to hike to the top of the mountain. The climb is a hard task, but the view from up there is spectacular — all of Cape Town`s radiance can be seen from up there, and the sea breeze will definitely freshen you up. For the not-so-adventurous type, there is a cable car to the summit.
        Cape Town: The Cape Peninsula
        If you are an adventurous type of person and you enjoy hiking — The Cape Peninsula is the best place to go. Within Table Mountain National Park, you will find the Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. The unspoiled nature will give you an experience to remember for a lifetime. If you visit this area in spring or early summer, you might see Southern Right Whales. Whatever time of year you visit, make sure you see the colony of 3,000 African penguins at Boulders Beach.
        Cape Town: Robben Island
        Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for many things, but mostly for the prison where South Africa`s political prisoners were held during the Apartheid era. At various points in history, the island was also a leper colony, a mental hospital and a defense training base.

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      9. Cape Town is specifically where I had in mind, too, actually. Does this tend to be where most tourists end up?

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      10. sonwabo1 says:

        Nope! We have places like Eastern Cape, Durban, and Jozi… which place are you interested in Alexis

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      11. I am mostly interested in Cape Town. I’ve never heard of the others before.

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      12. sonwabo1 says:

        Eastern Cape is an interesting place to visit. Some of the country’s most powerful political figures, like Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela, were born here and the capital city, Port Elizabeth , was a crucial center of the anti-apartheid movement.
        A number of very good tour operators offer excellent township tours that provide an insight into Port Elizabeth’s role in South African history, as well as an introduction into traditional Xhosa rites and ceremonies.

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      13. Thanks for the suggestions! Definitely making a note! 😊

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  3. I just happened on to ur blog….. and also did the same thing but in 2009 left my life with 3 suitcases and moved to Italy….

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    1. That’s amazing. Are you still living there? Where did you move from?

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      1. I moved from Rhode Island and yes I still live her in Italy in Le Marche. I found my magic place on this Earth. On my blog under “my blogs” I have a category called “Sometimes I leave the Marche” and it’s my adventures in our camper in Europe. Tomorrow I will be on another adventure that on Tuesday I will be writing about. Our planet is a wonderful place and as travelers I do feel it is important to document our travels for others as I love to see other travelers blogs to see new sight for myself.

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      2. That’s amazing, and I do agree it should be documented. I followed and read a lot of travel blogs before getting up one day and going, “Why not me? Why can’t I do that?”

        It was a real leap of faith, but I’m sure you’ll agree it was worth it, as you took one yourself.

        Have a safe and exciting trip! Send me a link when you’ve published your post. 😊

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  4. kellzweb says:

    Thank you for following me this is all new to me would like to say I’ve improved but i fear that might be a little lie lol .Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend

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    1. You’re welcome, Kellz. If you ever need help with your blog, check out http://www.alexischateaupr.com.

      Have a great week!

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