Or what's the point?
Most of what I love, I've converted into business.
I figure, if I'm going to work hard at something,
I should at least enjoy it as I go along, right?
To be, or not to be.
DANCE & THEATER
I started dancing (formally) when I was ten, after my Aunt Trudy saw me try to bust a move at my birthday party and it didn't quite work out. "Child, you need to go to a dance class!" she said with a sort of concern, panic and urgency. Everything was history after that. I found my 'thing'. My love for dance and performance art took me through a dazzling series of training sessions and schools over the years, locally, regionally and internationally. Today I own and run the largest and most vibrant performing (and visual) arts organization in the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis: LEAP!
I get lost, then find myself every time.
32 countries. I can't count the cities.
Some would say I'm still a baby in the travel game but I'm pretty proud of
my map coverage thus far. There's something about wanderlust that ignites my soul, broadens my horizons, reenergizes me and humbles me all at the same time. Orgasmic! I like venturing off to new and far away places, immersing myself in foreign cultures, exploring, trying new cuisine, seeing what I've never seen before and lounging around in a nice hotel room to take it all in. Where to next? Find out on my blog, Caribbean Barefoot Journeys.
Same thing, actually.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
Life has taught me to keep my network large but my circle - the circumference of my love and attention - strategically small, including only the people who genuinely add care, positive energy, support and value to my life and I try my best to reciprocate it. Blood and water, because if you're a real friend, you're fam. And if you happen to be related, sorry, it's not an automatic all-access-pass. I was raised by 2 brilliant and loving parents, with the support of my grandmother and aunts. I have 3 siblings and a beautiful daughter who is my whole heart and then some. Maybe I'll share more info on who's in the circle (and perhaps who's not) on my PRIVATE page some day.
They go well together.
FOOD & PHOTOS
Yep. I'm that chick who's at the dinner table shamelessly snapping photos of her meal before actually enjoying it.
You eat with the eyes first right?
I'm quite the #foodie and I'm often told I have 'the eye' with my amateur point and click iPhone photography.
I don't know what it is about marrying food and photos that I love so much, but perhaps it has to do with properly documenting the taste I anticipate for future reference, should the grub have lived up to my (often outrageous) expectations. Hey! I take my craft seriously. Thus, my work at CBJ.
My untapped talent.
I've been sleeping on this one.
Over the years, I think I've taken my HGTV obsession for granted and I apologize. I'll do better. Stay tuned.
That was a hint, by the way. ;-)
Empowerment & Mentorship
Who run the world? Whether I'm turning toddlers into prima ballerinas at LEAP; preaching good posture and poise to a beauty queen through ACE Management
& Consultancy; raising my little girl; or consciously rebelling against female stereotypes daily with my lifestyle, I'm a pro-girls, pro-women flag waver. Maybe this has something to do with why I love / stalk Beyoncé.
< Insert all the clichés here about being a mom. > For me all of them I know hold true. It's a rollercoaster ride.
Super highs, breath-holding anticipation, coasting moments, epic fails, and some lows but the thrill and fulfillment remain constant.
Zendi Amaya White since that dramatic Wednesday she joined me in this crazy world (23rd July, 2014) has been the nucleus of all I do. She has formed a clear focal point in my life, something to set my gaze on without being easily distracted. She is my constant return to pride, peace and purpose when things go wild in life, as it often does. God bless her richly.
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I used to associate lolling off with laziness. Like people who take extended vacations, nap in the daytime, have plural off-days, etc.
were idle, unambitious and wasting valuable time. I stand corrected. I've graduated to the level of driven worker who understands the value of grinding smart over hard which involves making time for rest and committing to it. I am fully f#@$ng committed! With jobs that sometimes consume me more than I used to realize, taking a toll on my physical, mental and sometimes even emotional energy, I found it wise to balance it with the same idleness I used to scorn. And I am a better person for it. * Logs in to Netflix to watch Nailed It...*
Of the motivational kind, exactly.
When I was little, receiving those Scholastic catalogues in school would excite me more than words can describe. I'd dash home to know what my mother would allow me as a book budget and make sure I spend every last penny of it on Goosebumps books in particular - those horror movies placed on pages for kids. To this day I love a good thriller. Now, as an adult where suspense is an actual real-life part of the plot, I prefer to read things that keep my mental health and desire for progress and growth in check. I love a good inspirational, 'get your ass up and do shit' kind of read or one that teaches you to hone your crafts. Favs include The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson.
I'm not an alcoholic. I promise.
I'm picky with what I drink because I'm passionate about beverages, okay? Libations are my thing, whether it's my early morning (and round the clock, actually) coffee, a glass of Prosecco to celebrate something major (such as folding a fitted sheet) or cocktails in chill, exotic situations. In my next life I commit to being a trained barista and/or mixologist.
Miss me with the BS.
You would swear a former pageant queen would be obsessed with the length of her eyelashes and stilettos, have an extensive collection of lavish jewelry and gowns, and thoroughly enjoy conversations about achieving world peace. Well, not this one. Tousled hair, t-shirts, sweatpants, flip flops, a cold beer and no conversation at all (via the introvert in me) are equal to complete and utter bliss.
Community Outreach & Charities
I don't want to say too much about this. I'm one of those people who doesn't want their name listed or called out when I assist with or donate to things. I do feel the greatest form of giving is anonymous in most instances so I try to stay true to this. But I will share that I deeply enjoy making a difference and ensuring my work comes full circle, for purposes beyond my personal bubble. I think an extension of gratitude is generosity and we can all do our part in touching the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves, sharing our blessings to open doors and make pathways for others to progress too. After all, we say we're in this together, right?