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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

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.

Two years later – I’m still here!

I’ve now been to 20 of America’s 50 states, with special thanks to travel services provided in partnership with 1 View Point. If you would love to take off on your own adventure soon, then it’s time to stop dreaming & start travelling.

My Career

Doing the tango with a tree at Yellow River Park.

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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, the 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. I definitely look forward to reading more of your blog as a fellow traveling millennial. If you have any tips for growing my blog I would appreciate it. It seems like you have a really successful one yourself here. Great job and again I look forward to reading more from you!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve built my following up over the years, from social media and then on to blogging. My PR firm helps other indie bloggers to grow their audience as well. Check it out at http://www.alexischateaupr.com. I post plenty of free tips for branding, marketing and PR. 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. leavearly says:

    while working in Outback Australia I counted the times I had worn a collar and tie during my previous life … and decided not to do that again … except a bow tie at functions, with a glass of champagne in my hand … guess what, that has become my life. T-shirts and polo shirts are my friends … and the job in the Outbcak … it found me … but we did travel to Darwin first and then it found me, right where I needed to be … at the place where Australia’s first people started their Land Rights movement …

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    1. I wore business casual to work when I worked for corporate. So it’s not really the dressing that did it for me. It was the strict schedule, limited vacation time, and the loss of freedom. But I can understand how that contributes to the sense of losing one’s self and freedom to a job.

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      1. Foxxd Up says:

        That’s literally my current situation, I currently work for a really big bank yet they make you feel so small as a person they strip you of your style your sense of freedom and your personal time. I’m looking to quit in the near future as soon as I get these finances in order!

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      2. I understand that. I used to work in finance back then, too. Finance is just a really restricting field, esp the banks. I hope you get out of there soon!

        What else would you like to do?

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      3. Foxxd Up says:

        Yes I’m in banking and it’s so restrictive that I feel like I’ve lost myself trying to be what they want me to be. Even down to wearing my hair natural doesn’t work for the environment I’m in like why should I be ashamed of the way my hair grows out of my head because it doesn’t fit a certain image for them!? As far as what I would like I do I have no clue I completely lost myself working there😩

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      4. When I worked in finance, they were like that about my hair too. They weren’t too upset about the natural hair, but the dreads weren’t met with happy faces at first.

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  3. Alexis, you have a great adventurous life and would love to read more of your stories!
    Blessing to you.
    Rose

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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

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  4. Clare Pooley says:

    I have been browsing through your blog – very impressive! Clare

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    1. Thank you, Clare! I hope you stick around. Have a great weekend! 😊

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  5. Pat says:

    Hi Alexis – I found you by way of your visit on my site. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to your adventures, travels and heartfelt thoughts on passionate subjects.

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    1. Hi Pat. Glad I was able to “lure” you here. 😄 My blog centers on my journey as an immigrant in America. Both the fun travels, and the not so fun cultural clashes. I hope you enjoy what you find!

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      1. Pat says:

        Hi Alexis. I hope you’re finding some warmth and love here in America. Your perspectives are interesting. I shared your post “Shush the Push for War” on my social media. Truths from experience give depth and different insights to many things.

        Thank you and hope to see you again and read more.

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      2. Hello Pat. Warmth and love aren’t easy things to find here. It’s a pretty self-centered culture. That’s the side-effect of individualism.

        Thanks for sharing!

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      3. Pat says:

        Guess there is some of that, Alexis. Here’s hoping the longer you’re here the more love and warmth you’ll experience.

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