Dominica & Trinidad


If you read my last post, you would know that I recently quit my job to try and figure out what I actually want to do with my life.

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the rat race of life we rarely get an opportunity to just be still and reflect. You go to school, go to university, get a job and during this time there's this constant pressure of having to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life as you jump from one institute to another.

I'm guilty of being a jack of all trades and have always struggled with picking one thing to do for the rest of my life. I've had so many different jobs and each time I thought I had finally found the one, to my disappointment it never quiet met my expectations. I would sit there thinking, is this really what you want to do for the rest of your life?

Being in my 20's means that I am in an amazing position of not having too many responsibilities which ultimately gives me the freedom to actually explore all of my options. I decided to stop taking this for granted and take the time to stop.

And what better place than the Caribbean to take some time to myself, reflect and recharge.

My Dad lives in Dominica so it was an easy choice for me. Being of Caribbean heritage (1/2 Jamaican & 1/2 Dominican to be precise) the culture has always had a heavy influence on my upbringing. However, I never had actually visited my Dad's island, so my mini life crisis seem the perfect opportunity to rectify this.

Dominica isn't known as the nature island for no reason. The island is absolutely beautiful; covered in trees, flowers, fruits, rivers and animals, it's a breathe of fresh air from living in London, quite literally. The island is in fact a dormant volcano so it is very 'hilly' which did wonders for my thighs and glutes. A lot of the food is sourced locally and you can taste the difference immediately. I love Caribbean food so being able to pig out on it for a month was absolute heaven.

I also popped over to Trinidad as the islands are all so close and often takes less than an hour on a plane. Trinidad is a lot more built up that Dominica but shares its beauty just the same. If you only take one thing away from this post it would be, if you ever visit Trinidad, do not leave without trying Bake & Shark. You can thank me later. Again, I spent a lot of time eating as Trinidad is known for their traditional dishes such as doubles and roti.

Spending such a long period of time away not only from the city but also my friends and family really forced me to spend more time with myself. I learnt a lot about her during this time and felt like we really reconnected. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take time out for yourself.

Though I'm still umming and ahhing about what my next steps will be, my head and sprit are definitely in a more settled space and I feel excited rather than anxious about what's ahead of me.

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