• Rachele Viard

Embarking on Caribbean Essence

Having my own blog, has been for YEARS just a dream or a goal I didn’t quite have enough time for. As I write this piece to be a part of the launch of my blog, I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come and proud as well. On the heels of 2021 at the time I’m writing this, I think most…if not all will say if asked, that 2020 was a rough year to say the least, as well as a year of hard lessons. I for one lost my job, and in the midst of what was supposed to be a month’s vacation to visit with family our “normal” changed in a matter of days. I was unable to travel back home, where I am based in Haiti for nearly 5 months and, no lie, I like everyone was nervous and feeling my already anxious nature feel an uptick.

During this time, I felt stuck and wanted to really focus my energy on keeping busy and trying to make the most of this down time. Brainstorming how I could manage to get unstuck and stay productive. I am, if you’ve already read my “about me”, a writer with over 5 years of experience and wanted to find a way to use my talents full time, and really make a living doing what I love. I felt the panic of being over 30, and not knowing exactly what was next and if I should consider getting a regular 9 to 5….but then of course after struggling with the idea, some going back and forth I said WHY NOT. Why not start that blog you’ve always wanted to, why not create a business and lifestyle using your God given talent, and serve your greater community. I had always been putting it off and talking myself out of it, “I don’t have the time” “how am I going to figure out all the technical stuff of getting it set up and off the ground” “it might not work out the way I want it to” these were just some of the thoughts that were holding me back.

Photo by Patrice Douge

I had to take a chance on myself. And among other lessons 2020 this has been a major one. I love uplifting my people, I love traveling and experiencing new cultures and of course my first love writing. I always imagined being my own boss so this was the perfect time to put something in the works. Now whether there are 100 of you reading this or 1, 000 at least I know I got this far and that is huge for me.

Putting together a great team of writer friends of mine, and forging ahead I realized that it shouldn’t have taken a worldwide pandemic to give me the kick in the butt I needed…I guess it did the trick though. In essence…no pun intended I feel like if you have a dream or goal go after it, and YES you can for sure take steps to live the life you want. No, we of course can’t always control everything, but if you’re not afraid take measured risk and you have a real passion for something I believe those are the foundations to find the confidence to bet on yourself as well.

I hope that my love of sharing Caribbean culture, personalities, and connecting you…yes you to your potential next vacation spot or favorite recipe well keep you engaged, entertained, and coming back! We are a beautiful and multifaceted people, and as a first generation Caribbean American I am so proud to embark on this journey.

#CaribbeanEssence, #Blogger, #TravelWriter, #HaitianAmerican,

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