My Top 10 Blog Posts
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Nevis is boring
This has been my most popular blog post. I wrote this because people kept asking me the same question.
Don’t you get bored?
Nevis has been good to me. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting; learning more about Nevisian culture; blogging; and developing my brand. I’ve been turning negatives into positives. The current goes out a lot, which means I have no Wi-Fi, so I try and make sure my laptop battery has charge. If it dies, I’ll read.
When I feel overwhelmed, as though I can’t concentrate or haven’t been productive, I go to the beach. If I need to reflect more I stay off Whatsapp. I’m reconnecting again. I’ve been surrounding myself with positive people and looking for new opportunities, such as being the official blogger for Nevis Culturama this year.
This is how not to get bored when living on an island. It’s paradise. There is so much to do that even sitting still in using time wisely.
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Melanin, Mind & Soul: How it all began
This was my first ever post. Just after Christmas I was like ‘cha’ I’m not waiting until January to do all of the ‘New Year, new me’ ish. I’m starting now because it was now or never.
How many things do you have on your to do list that you don’t get around to?
How long do you spend procrastinating?
This post was me revealing myself. I was no longer afraid of potential criticism. I think this is where the entrepreneurial spirit rose. Surprisingly I found that people were extremely supportive. I wanted my voice to be heard but I really wanted to help others. The conversations that helped my development needed to be shared. Outside of therapy, they were just normal conversations with ordinary people that helped me out of a very dark place. My tiny space on the web is how I went about it.
The Hunt For Black Gold
In this post I let my authentic voice come out. It was so hard for me to shop black and I didn’t understand why. In my first blog, I mentioned how I became more ‘woke’, there was a lot of police brutality, Black Lives Matter were making their voices known in the community. I set myself a challenge to buy from black owned businesses whenever, wherever for an entire month. I wanted to highlight how easy it was to distribute the black pound. When actually it was tough!
Young brands you should support
Randomly one night about 1 am I started writing this post. I started to think about young black boys. I started writing about my god son AJ and Young Zee who’s mom I know from a women in business circle.
Both young men are primary school age. They are now both 10 years old, very confidence, rising stars. AJ loves football and has his own brand ‘A Star Just Reach’ or A*Jr for short. Through his YouTube vlog and brand, he inspires his peers to reach their goals. Rising star, Young Zee – loves acting, music, martial arts and more was recently on stage with rapper Stormzy at the O2 Academy in Brixton. He also featured in Tinnie Tempah’s music video.
If you know any other young brands that we should be supporting, please let us know.
It’s no secret that I love the Caribbean. I love to be surrounded by sun, sea, sand and the culture of people who look like me. As a Brit who has family roots on the island, I was given the title, the ‘local foreigner’ because although I grew up in England, I feel like a true island girl. Nevis, also known as “The Queen of the Caribbean” has the key to my heart. This is why the island was a good place for me to reset myself after I resigned from my job in March this year.
I really want to put Nevis on the map. I often get ‘what part of Jamaica is that then?’ Growing up I was shy about saying I was from here because no one outside my family and people from Eddington Road and Bevington road in Aston, had heard of this tiny little piece of paradise. Now we have Google.
If you could go and live in your native country or even your town/city, what opportunities would you invest in? Leave a comment below.
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Caribbean shopping centre experience
There was a lot of social media sharing about supporting the Caribbean Supermarket in Croydon. I was actively trying to support black owned businesses and urging others to do the same. I didn’t want to be negative about this business because I saw that it had a lot of potential. It needed a lot of improvement. We can support black owned businesses more than just spending our money. We have so many skills that we can share even if it wasn’t showing support with our pounds. In my experience spending was difficult because the businesses I came across often didn’t have what I waned. We can support by giving feedback, offering advice and helping to market the businesses.
Here is my previous post Caribbean shopping centre experience
Also, check out DAfroambiance for more posts on black businesses.
You’re so lucky
This was my first post about moving away. It ended up being a three part series about my decision to quit my job and come and live on Nevis after experiencing four family bereavements and a friend in the space of 12 months. I realised life was too short to be unhappy and was making an effort to remove everything that makes me unhappy in search for inner peace.
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Inspirational Women Of Colour
This day I was so overwhelmed with joy I cried like a baby. I spent months leading on the planning for this event where I had a panel of five inspirational women discuss their successes with a black network group.
Read the full post Inspirational Women Of Colour
Sexy Eye Candy
Inspired by the Young Brands Your Should Support post. I have seen this female entrepreneur go through the most and still come out on top. Twenty604eyecandy transforms ordinary fashion items into sexy eye candy. Think custom-made crystal inspired items and shoe candy. I’m inspired by this brand, not just because of how talented Shareefa is but also by her go-getter attitude and family values. The #GirlBoss started the business due to health reasons which made it difficult to have sustainable employment. You can find Twenty604 eye candy on Saturday 29 July at Paradise Gardens.
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Going To Live On An Island
I resigned from my job after being unhappy for a long time. I aim to remove as many things that make me unhappy and this is one of them. In this post, I discuss mental health in the black community, more specifically my experience of anxiety. I’m on a mission to quite things that are no longer good for you.
[uppdated Thursday 10 August]