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.
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 24 of America’s 50 states and 6 countries, with special thanks to my agent at 1 View Point.
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.
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.