The Non-Fictional Tale of My Adventures

In 2014, I turned down several 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 met travellers from 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.

Three years later – I’m still here! I’ve now been to 22 of America’s 50 states, with special thanks to my agent at  1 View Point.

My Career

It may sound otherwise, but my journey has not been an easy one. 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: travelling, writing, creating, and helping others to do the same.

This dream has manifested itself in not just publishing my novels, but also building a company. In 2016, I went from freelancer to owner of Alexis Chateau PR—a PR firm that’s championing the underdogs—including an indie author division, black CATastrophy.

And who better to share that journey with than The Black Cat, himself?

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. 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 trials and triumph.

You won’t be disappointed.

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797 thoughts on “The Non-Fictional Tale of My Adventures

    1. Hey! I’ve actually been freelance writing for 10 years, but yes my blog is only about 8 months old. It’s been a lot of fun. Thanks for dropping by and I’m glad I was able to offer some inspiration.

  1. Hi Alexis… Ran across your blog through WordPress… Kudos to you for having the courage to follow your dreams and seek your destiny. Thank you also for the stats on new Blogs AND the encouragement to keep going. I have recently started my blog, after years of being to scared to do it. Day by day I learn more and more and I am really beginning to love it! Im going to try my hardest to NOT become one of the 95% that quit after 3 months lol. Cheers to blogging!

    1. Hey Heidi, thanks so much for dropping by. The ones who go in knowing it’s a lot of work tend to last longer because we’re more prepared so I’m willing to bet that you’ll make it.

      I’m glad to know my blog has provided some encouragement for you, and thank you for your kind words.

      All the best. I hope you drop by again!

      1. Thanks for the follow! Yeah, it seems that when you know ahead of time that this is going to require work to be successful, you are in it for the long haul. i just take it day by day, bit by bit. It is very fledgling now, I hope to nurture it to grow in to something great! Ill stop by again for more pictures and inspiration!

  2. Hi Alexis,
    This is Julia who posted the question you answered on Quora. I want to contact you but can’t find the contact button on your site. Could you send me your contact email? Thx!

  3. If you become great at writing in the dark, it’s a wonderful way
    to let your mind unwind and swiftly go back to sleep and nonetheless have your idea!

  4. Just a brief note to say thanks for stopping by, and having read through a number of pieces here I’m grateful you did so – I’ve happened upon a wonderful writer: You.

    1. Hi Tom, thanks so much for the kind words and for dropping by my page as well. I apologise for the late reply. It’s been a busy week! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays. Have a happy New Year!

  5. Hi Alexis or is it Empress?
    Loved reading of your courage and get up and go which follows my premise of the Divine Directive to search for happiness. Thanks for the visit to Hanukah & the Angel I shall definitely follow your adventures and just might come to you for help with my completed trilogy after the Great Move from Spain to England round about Christmas time. Love, David

    1. Haha. Alexis is fine.

      Thank you. I’m glad you were able to feel inspired by or relate to my story. It was that connection with others like mine that encouraged me to get up and do it myself, instead of admiring it from a distance.

      I would love to help you with your book when the time comes. Good luck with your move!

      And thanks for following. 🙂

  6. OMG! I take my hat off to you and wanted to say thank you for taking the time to visit and like my blog. I am truly grateful to think someone so inspiring found something of interest.
    I shall follow with great interest my friend.
    Luv n peas
    Bob

    1. Hi Bob! Thanks so much for dropping by! I am honored that you and others have felt inspired by my blog. However, even the inspirational need to be inspired so I love checking out what other bloggers and writers are up to.

      Thanks again for dropping by, and even more so for following.

      Have a great week love!

  7. Hi Alexis. Great premise for your blog. I’m really enjoying meeting folks with similar tastes and even blogs to mine. So different from my corporate world where similarities were to be feared and classed as ‘competitors’. A follow from me and look forward to following your journey.

    1. Hi, thank you. I was inspired by blogs like yours to take the plunge last June. I got tired of reading about other people who had done it. Why couldn’t I do it too?

      As for the corporate world, I’ve had enough of that for now. Freelance writing has been much better for the moment. I have my freedom to get up and go as I like. Can’t beat that!

      Thanks again. 🙂

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