Here in the Caribbean, when a woman wears nothing but a beautiful smile in place of makeup, she is adored, and told over an over again how lovely her natural beauty is.

In the islands, we keep it simple. Less truly is more. Success here is never about a Prada bag or Chanel shoes, or even a walk on the red carpet, however, you might get a sudden string of compliments on a dress a girlfriend gave to you. We cherish the simple things, like sunsets, sharing a cocktail with our toes in the sand, and we make time for impromptu face to face conversations about what is on our minds …..and in our hearts.

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“Paradise is found when you take risks, and go against the grain of what your family or society ‘expects’ you to do.”

Freedom — true freedom — is doing what you love every single day of your life, not for a dollar, not for a selfie, not to be ‘famous’ but because you TRULY are PASSIONATE about something. For me, that is MUSIC! True, I miss out on cool stuff at home a lot of times, like going to hear music of another level being made in every single live music joint, every night of the week. And I miss that A LOT! But here…… I get the chance to learn, understand, write and sing, styles of music with a fluency I would never have been able to attain had I played it safe and just taken a more ‘normal route’…musically speaking. I’ve added Zouk, Dancehall, Reggae, and Compa to my musical vocabulary and shoot, I can even sing in Creole (LOL!)

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I’m truly blessed to have had such an incredible musical journey for the past decade here in the Caribbean and I can’t imagine my life without the islands. Perhaps the best part of all of this is the friendships. The islands have brought people into my life that literally CHANGED my world. I don’t have to name them, because they know who they are, and they KNOW how much I love them.

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Above all else, I found my greatest love here (outside of music!) That love is the beautiful crystal blue Caribbean Sea. I am healed every time I surrender to the sweet warm embrace of the water. I’m at ONE with the Universe…..I see my limitless possibiities stretching out before me….I feel LOVE like no other in these moments and I feel connected to everyone and every living thing.

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