St Thomas US Virgin Islands

Hey everyone! Well it’s been over a year and a half since I last wrote. In my last blog, I had just landed in St Thomas USVI. My agenda was to find the best places to stay, the best places to eat, and the top night spots. However, a lot has happened in this past year and a half.
I really thought I had done my homework on the USVI but I was way off! I went at the absolute worst time of the year, no work anywhere! I rented a room from someone, who later robs me of all my money. So I call the police and end up having to leave. The officer who responded let me get all of my belongings together then took me to a homeless shelter. As I’m sure you can imagine, I was scared to death!
So I spent the next 5 weeks in the shelter, in the hood and I can assure you, the tourist don’t see this shit! They welcomed me in and treated me with the utmost respect. In that shelter I found an inner peace, I found out what humility really means. I learned so much about myself and I learned how to love myself. Eventually I found a great paying job, I rented a live aboard sailboat and now I want a sail boat! It was heart breaking to leave. Unfortunately, I had to leave for a family emergency in New York and about seven days in, I had a bad accident that would require two spinal surgeries, I’ve had the first and I’m about to have my second surgery within a few weeks. So today I am back in New Jersey recovering from surgery and as soon as I am able I will be moving back to the Virgin Islands.
So here I am, picking up where I left off, finding the best US hotels, diners, campgrounds and entertainment for every budget! Because I fell in love with the USVI I intend to spend a little bit of time focusing on why you should vacation there and I can think of a million!

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So now the foot work begins! 

As I wrote in my previous post, I have reached out to countless agencies in hope of receiving help, unfortunately it seems there is no funding available anywhere. So, what can I do to help myself and so many other Americans who face the same struggles and obstacles? Well I have been doing some research about how we can boost our economy, these are just a few ideas I’ve seen while researching;  raise minimum wage,  tax cuts,  Affordable Care Act reform,  Social Security reform,  allow exports of natural gas and the list goes on. Now I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about these issues, I assure you I do not. However, I am sure that there isn’t a whole lot I can do about them. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say “I want to make a difference somehow” but I’m not sure I would even know where to begin. Unfortunately,  most of what needs to be done in that area, is up to our government. So I did some more research. I found out that Americans are not taking their earned and paid vacations?? The ones who do however,  are going to Mexico, Canada and other countries. That of course got me thinking, if Americans took their vacations and took them at home in the United States, well that would certainly be a start in boosting our economy. So I’m taking a road trip!  I plan to cover as much of the United States as I can including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. I am going to try to promote U.S. I’m looking for destinations and ideas for every Walk of Life, every budget and all ages. Resorts,  hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and campgrounds. I plan to interview owners,  employees guests and locals. I will be taking lots of pictures and film coverage.  I hope you will join me on my quest! Today I sent out the first of my emails,  in search of a few sponsors to help me get started. Seeing as I am in Florida,  this will be where I start my journey. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to express them. Now wish me luck!

Overcoming obstacles.

Hello, my name is Juanita. I am new to blogging and this will be my first post. 

I am about to embark on a crazy, scary and exciting Journey. 

You see I have recently found myself in a tough situation. I am a Survivor of domestic violence. I am currently residing in a domestic violence shelter, in a city and state,  in which I am unfamiliar. I no longer have a place to call home, no vehicle and no job. Thank God for my unemployment check. I have been tirelessly pounding the pavement in search of work to no avail. I have tried to get help from various agencies, unfortunately I do not meet the criteria for some services and others simply have no funding available. I am not looking for pity,  I am a Survivor! If I can’t find a job,  I will create my own! I am going to see if I can somehow make a difference. 

I’m not going to Pickett or protest or anything like that. This isn’t about politics, hunger, suffering or pain, it’s just the opposite. I refuse to just lay down and die.  I hope to bring awareness to our problems in another way so buckle up we are going on a road trip!