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A Well Needed Break

The Importance of Taking a Break

With Summer over, I’m back from my summer break – which also means Carry On Friends is also back. Thanks for understanding and being patient during this break and thank you for coming back!

I usually never take a break. And I’m not talking the ones where if I don’t take my vacation, I’m going to lose it.

This break was me stepping back to realize that I’m tired, I’m doing way too much and I’m not focused. Recognizing that I needed to just stop – is a big deal for me. But I realized in order for me to be a better mother, wife a successful entrepreneur and blogger and overall person I needed to take a break and I’m so glad I did.

Here’s a few of the things I did over the my summer break:

Caribbean Bloggers Linkup

I was able to meet up with my fellow Caribbean Bloggers to hang out in Central Park. At the meet up was Julian (Guyanesesista.com); Alysia (RewindAndComeAgain.com), Adanna (RattlesandHeels.com) and Molina (her blog “soon come”) 🙂

Caribbean Blogger Linkup


Caribbean Blogger Linkup Selfie

Demerara Gold

Demerara Gold: The Show – An amazing, funny one woman play by and featuring Ingrid Griffith about her Guyanese immigrant story. The show was initially slated to do three shows at the Midtown Film Festival in July. But due to demand they added another show and moved the play to the largest auditorium.

The summer run was so successful that Demerara Gold is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND with two shows on October 17th & 18th. 

Jamaica Open NY Golf Championship

The Jamaica Open New York (JONY) Golf Championship was part of Jamaica’s 52nd Independence celebrations in New York City.  Part proceeds from JONY benefitted Books4Kids Jamaica, Palmyra Foundation and The New York Urban League.

I was honored to attend Reggae On The Green which was the opening gala for the Jamaica Open NY Golf Championship.

REGGAE ON THE GREEN 2014 from Mike on Vimeo.


Road trip to Canada

My family and I packed it up, two car loads full to visit family and friends in Toronto. The drive was scenic and long but the time spend with family was worth it.

steel pan toronto zoo and indian dancers


Lessons Learned

During the time off I learned:

  1. It’s important to take time out to really enjoy yourself. It’s in doing the fun stuff we reconnect with our selves.
  2. Reconnecting and spending much-needed time with family and friends can lift your spirits.
  3. Now that I’ve unplugged and relaxed, I’m back fresh.

Now its full steam ahead!


Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.