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From luxury fashion and design to healing coach and content creator, this Caribbean Queen is authentically serving all things travel and wellness... in style of course! Join us as Melanie shares the healing properties of travel and how it has shaped her life.
You are not going to want to miss this. We can't be the only ones in need of a little healing and whole lot of travel. WARNING: Readers may be subject to scrolling Melanie's insta for far too long!
What was it that made you catch the travel bug?
Imagine you’re going through life on autopilot and wake up one day to realize "sis, this isn’t it." A majority of those around you are telling you you should feel content with your successes, but you know you deserve more.
All my life I took a traditional route of going to exceptional schools with 0 breaks in between. I graduated with a B.S from fashion school and hopped right into my first post grad position in luxury furniture sales.
At the time I faced a lot of internal conflict because I wanted to be an entrepreneur, I was working a mundane job, freelancing as a curves model and facing heavy friction in my environment.
Because I knew I needed healing and answers I wanted to do something drastic to the point that it would jolt my current state and force me to allow myself to trust in God.
So I packed up and left.
What was your experience like the first time you traveled solo?
One word, exhilarating.
I grew up extremely sheltered and never experienced freedom to that degree. I thought "Wow, the world really is my oyster" and was ready to embark on this new journey.
I was training to be a trauma healing coach and I wanted to show my audience what growth on a journey meant.
It also forced me to create new relationships and taught me true unity is within community.
What has travel brought to your life?
Travel has brought a lot of answers I needed in order to get out of my own head and stay connected to my surroundings.
I think as humans we are easily distracted by what we have going on and as a result we forget life’s most beautiful moments happen right here, right now.
From the newness of unknown places to meeting and engaging with locals — you really start to understand the importance of being present in the moment.
What is the one thing in your carry-on you wouldn't go anywhere without?
This is tough, but I would have to say My smartphone/passport Wallet holder. It’s the only thing I can think of that can hold all of my most important documents without having to stress over if I forgot anything.
What is your number one bucket list destination? Why?
My number one bucket list destination is Mauritius Island, Africa. Why? Because that island screams spiritual reset. It’s also a place where you don’t hear a lot of people speak of. So, I’m curious to see what’s there.
Where else can folks find you?
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