NEW Edition Book II: Journey to Orphalese

Dear Adventurers,

Are you ready to dive into a world where courage meets magic and every princess defies the ordinary? We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of “The Adventures of Isabelle Book II: Journey to Orphalese” on Amazon! This latest installment in the spellbinding series invites readers of all ages to join Princess Isabelle, a fearless demi-goddess, on her most daring mission yet across the high seas.


In a realm filled with diverse characters and empowering tales, Isabelle’s journey is more than an adventure—it’s a call to explore the uncharted territories of our own potential. This book is a celebration of diversity, showcasing a princess who is as multifaceted and powerful as the women and girls in our lives. It’s a story that resonates with the strength, resilience, and beauty in all of us.

Whether you’re buying for yourself, a daughter, a mother, or a grandmother, “Journey to Orphalese” is more than a gift—it’s an inspiration. It’s a reminder that we all have the power to overcome obstacles and pursue our dreams, no matter how insurmountable they may seem. Let Princess Isabelle’s story ignite a spark of adventure in your heart and inspire you and your loved ones to embrace your own journeys with courage and confidence.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of this captivating adventure. Order your copy today and let the journey begin!

Adventure Awaits,


Nicole Cutts, Ph.D., Royal Biographer

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How to Break Through Blocks and Succeed

Do you need help breaking through blocks such as fear? Do you need help creating and sticking to a success plan? Have you started and stalled several times? Maybe you need a success coach to help you break through these blocks, create a viable plan and to help hold you accountable to this plan so you can achieve ultimate success and joy in your life.

Contact me TODAY to get started! or (202) 568-8546

A word on overcoming societal challenges…

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Kahlil Gibran on Work

Then a ploughman said, Speak to us of Work. And he answered, saying:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.
For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons,
and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.
Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.
But I say to you that when you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,
And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,
And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also that life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.
And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,
And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,
And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,
And all work is empty save when there is love;
And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?
It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart,
even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.
It is to build a house with affection,
even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.
It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy,
even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.
It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,
And to know that all the blessed dead
are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is nobler than he who ploughs the soil.
And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”
But I say, not in sleep but in the overwakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;
And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distils a poison in the wine.
And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

Gibran, K. (1923). On work. In The Prophet (pp. 25-27). Alfred A. Knopf.

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Mami Wata’s Promise from “Journey to Orphalese”

This mini-mini series is based on an exerpt from The Adventures of Isabelle Book II: Journey to Orphalese now on Amazon.

Crossing the Equator: On the day the fleet crossed the Equator the sky was clear and bright, but the wind, which had been growing steadily weaker over the last week, died from any direction of the compass. The crew had gone as far as they could without the aid of the wind and were now exhausted. In anticipation of this eventuality, Commodore Déjois ordered the fleet off their course to Orphalese and vectored toward the Bay of Kali, where they anchored in a lush palm tree-protected cove.

Part I
Part II
Part III

Part IV

Part V
Part VI

Thanks for joining Princess Isabelle on this phase of her journey! To read The Adventure of Isabelle Book II: Journey to Orphalese visit Amazon.

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Wishing you all the best on your quest!


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Author brings girls together at DC school by encouraging them to share their story.

I had the pleasure of sharing this cross-generational discussion with Marcella Roberts of WUSA Channel 9 News in May, 2019.

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Spring Break Beach Retreat 2023!

Is 2023 Your Breakthrough Year?

If so, you will want to join us at this weekend beach retreat to facilitate your Spring Emergence after a long Winter! You will clarify and reset your Ideal Vision for your life, eliminate obstacles holding you back, connect with your inner heroine and be rejuvenated through rest, relaxation and pampering. This is YOUR time to retreat from the stress and imbalance of this fast-paced world to return rested and ready to tackle the next phase of your Heroine’s Quest!

During this retreat, we’ll lead you through workshops geared to help you clarify and achieve your Vision for your ideal life and break through blocks that might be holding you back! All this in a relaxing, fun and supportive environment. We will combine indoor discussion and exercises with outdoor activities in a serene beach community (weather-dependent). Consider this your Spring Awakening! 

You Will…

  1. Clearly define your Ideal Vision for your life.
  2. Create your Personal Strategic Plan to achieve your Ideal Vision!
  3. Learn techniques to break through any barriers holding you back!
  4. Connect with yourself, relax, rejuvenate & revive your senses!
  5. Get inspired by likeminded powerful women!
  6. Master your power to slay the dragons on your path!

What’s Included:

  • 15+ hrs of exercises and lessons designed by Dr. Nicole Cutts, Success Coach and Clinical Psychologist to increase your success.
  • Tools and techniques and handouts that you can take away and use throughout the year.
  • A tangible and workable plan for your fulfillment in 2019 and beyond!
  • One-on-one success coaching sessions with Nicole
  • Daily hot breakfast and afternoon tea (for those staying at the retreat hotel and spa).
  • Snacks and beverages during workshops.
  • Support from other powerful successful women on the Heroine’s Quest to live their Vision of Success.
  • Gentle morning exercises.
  • A tranquil setting in a quiet beach community. 

What’s not Included:

  • Lodging (See the Bellmoor today to secure a room at the retreat location. There are also ample lodging options close by).
  • Spa services (also available at the Bellmoor Spa)
  • Lunch and dinner (retreatants take lunch and dinner on their own with group dinner and lunch optional).


Friday March 22
3:00-7:00Check-in/Free Time & Spa Time
7:30-9:30Workshop #1: Embarking on the Heroine’s Quest
9:30-OnFree Time
SaturdayMarch 23
9:30-10:30Gentle Yoga on the Beach
10:30-12:00Workshop #2: Defining Your Ideal Vision for Your Life 
12:00-5:00Free Time, Spa Time & Individual Coaching Session
5:00-6:30Workshop #3: Letting go of Obstacles
7:00-9:00Optional Group Dinner
9:00-on Free Time 
SundayMarch 24
7:00-8:00Beach Walk
9:30-10:30Workshop #4: Next Steps
11:00Hotel Check-Out time
12:00-2:00Optional Shopping Excursion and Lunch
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The Urgency for More Diverse Princesses in Media

The dialogue surrounding diversity and representation in media has become increasingly vital, highlighting the necessity for narratives that mirror the world’s true diversity. Despite strides towards inclusivity in various media forms, there’s a notable deficiency in the portrayal of princesses from diverse backgrounds.

My focus on princesses, as opposed to other royal figures, is deliberate. Fairy tale princesses play a crucial role in shaping the perceptions of beauty, leadership, and societal roles among young girls and women. They offer lessons on femininity, treating others kindly, and the importance of using one’s privilege to uplift others.

Representation is critically important. For young children, seeing characters that resemble them can significantly boost their self-esteem and aspirations, reinforcing their identity and the notion that they can be protagonists in their own stories. Yet, girls of color often lack such representations in mainstream media, limiting not only their imagination but also societal perceptions of beauty, royalty, and leadership.

When media does feature princesses of color, their stories often weave in rich cultural histories, resilience, and strength. From Princess Tiana in “The Princess and the Frog” celebrating African American heritage to the inclusive casting of “Bridgerton” and the powerful narratives in “The Woman King” these characters embody themes of hard work, ambition, and success, resonating deeply with all children, especially girls of color.

Nevertheless, the current offerings are insufficient. There’s a need for an expanded narrative that includes a broader array of princesses of color from various backgrounds, each with unique stories and challenges. These characters should populate both fantastical and realistic settings, reflecting the diverse experiences of the African diaspora and other cultures.

Moreover, existing portrayals often adhere to traditional gender roles and heteronormative narratives, perpetuating sexism and heterosexism. The inclusion of non-traditional princesses, who defy stereotypical gender roles and explore various forms of love and identity, is also necessary.

Furthermore, the portrayal of princesses of color should transcend their struggles, celebrating their joy, creativity, and community impact. These narratives should not only highlight individual achievements but also their contributions to society at large.

The call for more diverse princesses in media is a call for inclusivity that enriches our cultural narrative. By championing these stories, media creators can inspire a generation to dream inclusively and recognize the beauty in diversity. It’s imperative for media to fully represent the spectrum of human experience, ensuring every child can see themselves as the royalty they truly are.

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The Myth of Multi-Tasking

I recently conducted a survey of working women to find out what their biggest challenges are. Some of what I found was surprising but some was not. As I know, not just from my survey, but from real life, you don’t have a lot of time so I will get right to the point. The two biggest challenges identified by the 53  working women who responded to my survey were 1) Stress Management (42%) and 2) Time Management (39%).

The next four greatest challenges were:

3) Lack of Clear Vision (30%)

4) Need to Develop Leadership Presence (19%)

5) Difficulty With Boss/Manager (15%)

6) Influencing Skills (13%)

To further assess the needs of working women I asked respondents to rate their interest in 14 training topics on a scale of 1-5 ( 5 being the highest). See their top 6 picks below.

In order of preference women chose:

  1. Time Management: How to be more efficient (3.88)
  2. Developing Effective Leadership Presence (3.74)
  3. Destressing for Success: Including self-care (3.73)
  4. Influencing Skills for Women: How to Get What You Want (3.65)
  5. How to Achieve My Vision of Success (for my life’s work) (3.48)
  6. Harnessing My Creative Power (3.22)


Since as far back as 2010 women have consistently reported higher levels of stress than men. Not surprisingly even a brief review of the literature also uncovers a trend where women have more responsibilities than men. While gender role expectations may have changed over the past 100 years there still exists an expectation for women to handle more of the household responsibilities than men and this includes the extended family. Men are expected to focus on themselves and their work while women are expected to work while focusing more on others and less on themselves and their own self-care. And as if that’s not bad enough, we are told that men aren’t as good at multitasking. The truth is, neither men nor women are particularly good at multitasking.

The reality is that employees of all genders are consistently being asked to do more and more with little regard for their well-being. And we keep thinking something is wrong with us, or that we need to get better at managing our time. While many of us could benefit from some helpful time management and stress reduction strategies, the truth is that WE CAN NOT PRODUCE MORE TIME!

Where we can, we need to set more boundaries and take back some of the time we give to others so that we can take better care of ourselves. And STOP FEELING GUILTY! For many work has become a drudge. Companies pay lip service to work/life balance but don’t support this either structurally or culturally. The work culture of the United States is largely unhealthy. This is what needs to change. But, until it does we have to focus on what we can change. This is why I’ve provided some free tools for women which can be found HERE.

If you are a leader of an organization ready to create a high-performing work culture that thrives on well-being please drop me a line at I’m happy to discuss how.

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What Are You Doing for Your Emotional Well-Being?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month but our emotional well-being is something we need to address year-round. Check out this vid of my appearance on Channel 7 News DC and read below for ways to improve your emotional well-being!

These last few years, in particular, have taken a toll on many people’s mental health, so now more than ever, you need to engage in all facets of self-care. 

This is why I’m sharing this helpful Emotional Wellness Checklist with 6 tips from the National Institutes of Health that you can download and use! I recommend you download the checklist and see how you are doing with your emotional well-being.

It addresses 6 actions you can take to improve your mental health:

  1. Brighten Your Outlook
  2. Reduce Stress
  3. Get Quality Sleep
  4. Be Mindful
  5. Cope With Loss
  6. Strengthen Social Connections

Pro-Tip: Be of Service!

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Volunteering reduces stress and increases positive, relaxed feelings by releasing dopamine.” But you don’t even have to have an actual volunteer position to get these benefits. Just helping out a friend, family member or doing a good deed for a stranger can lead to you feeling good about yourself and the world. It also helps you to focus less on your problems by getting you outside yourself. If you don’t already do this, give it a try and let me know how you feel.

I hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts and if you are interested in a 25-minute Free Consultation visit my page at Psychology Today!

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Negril, Jamaica (with a quick trip to Kingston) Feb. 2023

It’s been a minute since I’ve had a chance to exercise my travel blogging fingers. This quick trip to Negril for a romantic and restorative Valentine’s celebration was divine, giving me a chance to do some writing and collect some great images. I will be reviewing two hotels, spa services, a SCUBA outfit and now that I’ve accepted that I’m a “foody” I’ve added a few restaurant reviews! The rest of this post will be images and words that I hope capture my love of Jamaica, the land that inspired the kingdom of my fictional heroine, Princess Isabelle of Xamayca.


Let’s just start off with one of my favorite things to experience when I travel, the food!

The Food in Jamaica.

Of all the ways to experience a culture, food may be my favorite. I would put Jamaican food up against any of the world’s cuisines! And don’t get me started on the fresh fruit you get in Jamaica! As my cousin said when I told her about the sweet Julie mango I had on the beach, “You forget.” What she meant is that when you eat a mango here (in the States) and think it’s good it’s only because your taste buds forgot what a real mango tastes like! As usual, I had several delicious meals in Negril. I also had one really terrible one and a slightly above-average one.

Let’s get the terrible one out of the way first: the so-called “Jamaican breakfast” served to me at the restaurant at our hotel Idle Awhile on the cliffs. It was not on the menu so I was overjoyed when our server told me, “The chef can make a traditional Jamaican breakfast.” I love the traditional JA breakfast; ackee and saltfish, boiled yam, boiled green banana, calaloo, fried breadfruit, fried or boiled dumpling. I couldn’t wait but when the chef laid it before me and informed me, “I don’t cook with a lot of salt or spices because it’s not good for you,” I started to worry. My worry was not unfounded. Even with my addition of salt the meal tasted like nothing! All the foods I named above need to be seasoned! Who ever heard of a Jamaican chef NOT using spices?! Did he look at me and determine I had high blood pressure? (I don’t!), did he think I was an American and had uneducated taste buds? Was he just a terrible cook? Whatever the reason I was very disappointed. I get a little angry thinking about it now, so let’s move on!

To my slightly above-average meal, we go to The Pushcart restaurant at The Rock House (one of my favorite hotels in Negril). The last time I’d eaten at the Pushcart was 7 yrs ago and I recall eating the curry goat almost every night, so this time I was excited to have it again. Sadly, I needn’t have been. Aside from being spicy (read hot) there was just something missing! The amount of meat was ample (I’d heard another diner complain to the manager about the amount of bone) but the flavor just wasn’t there! I’m not ready to indict the Pushcart just yet, but until I return I’m not going to give it the former glowing recommendation that I used to.

Now, on to the most delightful epicurean experiences I had while in Jamaica! Save for the Juici pattie on the way to Kingston and the Julie mango on the beach, Zest restaurant at The Cliffs Hotel provided these delightful experiences. Where do I start? How about with the first meal we took there? It was dinner on our second night and I had the Appleton braised oxtail with white rice and calaloo. Freedom (my girlfriend) had the rasta pasta. Both were delicious but when I say this is the best oxtail I’ve ever had I’m not exaggerating. It was perfectly spicey and sweet (yes oxtail can be a little sweet). If you don’t like oxtail or don’t eat meat look away. This oxtail had a generous amount of meat (versus bone and fat) and the perfect bite could be formed out of some white rice and a little callaloo on your fork. My only concern is that henceforth any oxtail I eat will be compared to this one and be found sorely lacking! The rasta pasta (no meat) was also delicious; penne pasta in a light cream sauce with mushrooms, ackee and other veg. For dessert that night we split the scotch bonnet cheesecake. If you are not familiar with scotch bonnet, it is a type of pepper, very popular in Jamaica. With a heat rating of 100,000-350,000 Scoville units, the scotch bonnet can be up to 40 times hotter than a typical jalapeño pepper. I was intrigued by its use in a dessert and I have to say my curiosity paid off. It was delicious! Not too spicy but just the perfect balance of heat and sweet. My only complaint? I wanted more.

My number two meal was also eaten at Zest. For dinner on our last night I chose the coconut lobster rundown. For those who don’t know what rundown is, it’s a type of stew dish made from coconut milk and any variety of fish or seafood that you choose. It originated in Jamaica but can now be found all over the Caribbean and parts of Central and South America. This particular dish used spiny lobster served in the shell (just for presentation, you could lift it out) and with bits of sweet potato, and other veggies. It too came with a side of white rice. The lobster was tender and again just the right balance of sweet and savory. For dessert that night we had their key lime pie (they were out of the scotch bonnet cheesecake) which was also very good!

Lunches from Zest were also amazing. These we took out on the cliffs on our own little private “pads” which were round concrete platforms build out on the craggy rocks connected by stone and wooden walkways. Free twice had their Jahpotle bowl made of ackee, faro, quinoa, black bean and corn salsa, barbecue jackfruit topped with a few plantain chips. I had the watermelon salad (all their salads were very fresh and tasty) and one day I had breadfruit fish tacos. The taco shell was made from thinly sliced and fried breadfruit! Delicious!! I really can’t say enough for the food and service at Zest and The Cliffs but if you get a chance to go there and eat, just do it!

SCUBA Diving:

I’m not sure if it started with Aquaman but for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be able to breathe underwater. Until I develop gills I’m going to get my undersea fix doing what one of my childhood heroes, Jacques Cousteau did, SCUBA diving. In case you aren’t picking up on it, I’ve had a fascination and love for the sea and its creatures since I was a kid. I never tire of being in the water whether it’s swimming, snorkeling, or SCUBA diving and when I visit tropical climates I always try to go diving. Negril, because of its crystal clear waters, is one of my favorite places to dive. Like the last time I was in Jamaica in 2015, I hooked up with Negril Adventure Divers. Ryan Edwards, the owner and I have kept in touch since my last visit and I was excited to see my friend again. I was also very happy to see that Negril Adventure Divers had weathered COVID because this had been a very tough time for the tourism industry. They picked us up around 8:30 and brought us to the dive shop for a two-tank dive. Check out my vids below of the two sites: Spadefish Reef and Throne Room!

Part 1 of my SCUBA Adventure
Part 2 SCUBA Throne Room

Rest, Relaxation & Rejuvenation:

Next up on our tour of Negril is the reason we go on holiday: R & R but admittedly it’s hard to balance this with my need to see and do. That’s one of the advantages of going to Negril for me. I’ve been there so often that the need to be a tourist is fairly weak. I still love to do things like SCUBA dive, horseback ride and take excursions but this was a short trip. Both Free and I were in need of just chillin’ so although diving was a priority for me, we let go of doing too much touring. Opportunities to lay on the beach or cliffs in a hammock or lounge chair in the sun or shade is why tourists the world over have flocked to Jamaica and the Caribbean forever. To just lay outdoors listening to the ocean, wind people and animals is divinely pleasurable. There is a unique scent in Jamaica, a sweetness often tinged with the smokey smell of burning trash that I love! Anywhere I may be in the world if I smell that smokey smell I’m instantly transported to Jamaica. At night the air is often perfumed with the smell of blooming flowers and the sounds of tree frogs lull you to sleep. And what can be better than to sit on the cliffs and look out over the cerulean sea under a bright blue sky? Getting a massage in this environment is the answer! I was blessed to have two opportunities to do just this.

First stop, Tanya’s Secret Escape. I encountered Tanya’s services back in 2015, the last time I was in Negril, and had done a Women-Owned Business Wednesday feature on her (see Tanya’s Secret Escape feature). I’d been to her place and she’d come to the house. Before this trip, I’d called ahead to book for the second day there. I was overjoyed to learn she too had weathered the storm of COVID and was still in business. I knew she was still there because a cousin of mine visits her place regularly when in Negril. One of the best things about Tanya’s is the location. It’s on the cliffs overlooking the sea, a lush little property. The massage area is an open bamboo structure with a thatched roof and the scrubbing area is a separate concrete structure with a treatment table and shower. The relaxation area (which doubles as the outdoor massage area) is a concrete deck built into the limestone on the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea. The sound of the waves crashing on the rocks below makes for a great meditation soundtrack. After my very thorough scrub, Tanya wrapped me in plastic wrap to let the oils she’d used soak into my skin. It was good for me to lay still for 15 mins and just be. After this, she rinsed me off with cold water (to close my pores)! It was now time for our massages so still wet, with a sheet wrapped around me I hurried to the relaxation area. The sun was starting to make her descent as Tanya and her massage therapist set up our tables. It was a bit windy and chilly but even with this, I was falling asleep on the table as the stars were coming out. When we were finished we sat on the massage tables and just took in the beauty of the night sky and the sound of the sea. Lovely. The objective: total relaxation, was achieved. If you have a chance to visit Tanya’s I recommend it highly. Very professional and reasonably priced $60/1 hr massage! Just be sure to check availability ahead of time, bc she’s pretty popular! But, she’s very responsive via the contact info on her website: Tanya’s Secret Escape

Next stop, KiYara Spa on The Cliff. After driving into Kingston on Valentine’s Day to visit my aunt and uncle we’d arrived at our last full day. My agenda for that day was to stay close to home, relax and spend as much time in the ocean as possible. I decided to start with a massage at The Cliff’s spa and I’m so glad I did. After my therapist met me in the gift shop in the hotel’s lobby I followed her through the pristine and now very familiar grounds of the hotel, past the pool, the parasol-shaped almond trees, down the steps, past the bar and then to a magical looking wooden gate. Almond, sea grape and other trees formed a shady tunnel of branches over the short walkway that led to the treatment room. Once inside I looked around. My eyes delighted in the touches of bright color, the blue-green pareo that lay on the table, the magenta bougainvillea that floated in the soapy water of the foot bath, were sprinkled on the table and rested in a bright white conch shell. The room was soothing, simply adorned with ecru walls, sea-blue cabinets, white columns. An open shower with a stone-tiled floor stood off to one side. Best of all, the view. My head faced the open side, white curtains blowing in the breeze framed a perfect view of sea grapes and beyond that the deep blue ocean and lighter blue sky. Unlike the night on the cliffs at Tanya’s, it was a warm day and I had no trouble relaxing right away as I lay face down on the table taking deep breaths and releasing, letting go into the capable hands of Tanecia, the massage therapist. About 15 mins into the massage, once I realized how talented she was, I asked her if she could extend my 60 mins to 90. It was well worth it. After my treatment, I floated out of the room and back down the covered walkway. The rest of the day was spent sunning on the cliff, swimming and having lunch from Zest before we watched the sunset for the last time (on this trip).


Lastly, I will be reviewing the hotel at which we stayed along with the hotel next door at which we spent most of our time. After much confusion and false starts at the Montego Bay airport, we finally obtained a driver to take us to our hotel: Idle Awhile on the Cliffs.

Idle Awhile-Cliffs

Even though the travel agent had arranged transportation several drivers were unable to take us because where we were staying is far out on the West End in Negril and the small roads don’t accommodate buses. So we had to find a driver with a smaller vehicle. We finally got on a van. I was excited to get going because it was already late in the day. We’d arrived around 3:45. But taking off for the hotel wasn’t meant to be. We had to wait for the van to fill up with other passengers which unfortunately included what turned out to be the loudest family ever! Three adults, one teenager (probably to babysit) and like 50 kids! Okay more like 4 but they shouted across the bus the entire time. And, although they had come from Argentina for only a week they had the hugest suitcases I’ve ever seen! Free has a lot more patience and tolerance than I so she was laughing but I was ready to start throwing children off the bus! Luckily, their hotel was the first stop so the rest of the drive was quite pleasant, watching the beautiful shoreline and countryside roll by. After two more stops, we were finally nearing our hotel. We were driving into a rainstorm that we were still under when we arrived at our hotel around 7:00 in the evening. Luckily someone had waited for us in the little enclosed gazebo that is the reception desk (I was later to find that they closed and shuttered the front office around 5:00). He was nice enough to tell us that the restaurant was closed/closing but he could quickly put in a dinner order for us to be brought to the room. That was very nice!

Through the now lightly falling rain, a porter brought our bags to the room. The way this property is laid out there are small tropical apartment blocks with four units each: two downstairs and two upstairs. We were in an upstairs unit in the garden. The gardens were very lovely and our balcony looked out into the trees and down into the garden. When we entered our hotel room we were a bit surprised to be entering into a small kitchen (this had not been shown on the website). Past the little kitchen is the room. The floor was covered in blue tile with a king-sized bed, the room was a decent size. The bathroom also ample space with a tile-covered walk-in shower. The balcony wrapped around and a hammock was hung on one side. The layout and decor of the room had potential BUT the problem was that everything looked old and worn. The room was in desperate need of a makeover and freshen-up. The safe didn’t work, no batteries and no one ever fixed it. This last point brings me to the service at Idle Awhile.

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Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

My amazing birthday adventure to explore some of Mexico’s beautiful cenotes, beaches, and archeological sites on the Yucatan Peninsula! Of course, I can’t leave out food and other forms of fun in the sun, not to mention cavorting with dolphins!!

Snorkeling Cenotes at Dos Ojos Park, Part I

In part 2 vid (above) you see Cenote Dos Ojos. In part 3 (below) we visit a magical oasis in the middle of the Yucatan jungle!

Dive 1 out of 3 The Pit at Parque Dos Ojos, Quintana Roo
Dive 2 out of 3 The Bat Cave Line at Parque Dos Ojos
Dive 3 out of 3 The Barbie Line at Parque Dos Ojos

The day after my birthday we went to the Tulum Archeological Zone. It was an excruciatingly hot and muggy day and the sun beat down on us mercilessly most of the time. I was so happy when grey clouds formed and a light rain cooled us off even if it was only for a few mins. The ruins themselves were really something to see and I enjoyed learning about the Mayan civilization and the Mayans, who by the way, still exist.

Tulum Archeological site

On our last full day in Quintana Roo we wanted to check out the cenotes right across the street from our hotel including Cenote Azul. It was recommended that we take a cab and we did and I’m glad to say that we thought to ask the driver which cenotes he recommended. He did not recommend Azul or the park across the street. He said they were small and overcrowded (which makes sense because they are popular with tourists). He instead recommended Ecopark Kantun Chi which was just as close because of the one-way highway in front of the hotel. It was a magical place! My only regret is that we had not found it sooner because I would have loved to have gone there every day! Check out my vids below of this lush oasis containing five cenotes!

Exploring the lush oasis of Kantun-Chi (pt. 1)
Recon Mission to 4th Cenote (Zacil-Ha) at Kantun-Chi
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