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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.

Two 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.

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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  1. Hi Alexis! What a fascinating story you have to tell! I’m eager to get started reading your blog but first I wanted to thank you for following The Comfortable Coop.

      1. Haha, indeed. He is a sweetheart! If you’re on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter, you can follow him there. He loves the company!

        Do you have a cat as well?

      2. Yes. They’re inside. We got three in November when we visited our oldest son. They were supposed to be food and one we butchered just days after getting home. Unfortunately, the other two had some growing to do and we hadn’t planned on having to keep them. We didn’t have a duck house so they went in the tub.
        Then my husband fell in love. He didn’t want to have to eat them. He’s a city boy so having to help butcher the first duck traumatized him.
        I discovered one of the two left is a duck and the other is a drake. Lucky for them. Now they’ll produce little ducks that will go in the freezer and they get to live a long, very spoiled life in the duck cabin we’re building.

      3. I feel your husband’s pain. I grew up in the country and watching family members butcher animals made it impossible for me to eat them. Only seafood gets a pass from my conscience. But to each their own! Shadow is certainly no vegetarian!

  2. Good for you. Wish everybody could start adult life by traveling instead of taking any old job out of fear (like I did…). Good for you!

    1. Thank you! My family gave me a head start, I suppose. We moved around a lot when I was a kid and I’ve been traveling abroad since I was 9. I’m sure that helped make it easier for me to choose the lifestyle I have.

      Thanks again for dropping by!

  3. I’m glad I bumped into your page, I can’t wait to read about your adventures and lessons about blogging. I just recently joined the blogging world and I’m eager to learn and grow.

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