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that), constant requests to be inter-
viewed (but no one is going to transcribe
and edit for you), invitations to attend
events (let s not talk about editing pho-
tos without a thank you or repost from
organisers), all while publishing an aver-
age of 20-30 stories daily as you simul-
taneously help your kid with homework
while cooking dinner for your husband.
"I was becoming drained. No amount
of time management can really help
you juggle ALL THAT (sic) at once
without tiring. Something will give. I
tried and for the most part I did well,
but the responsibilities were weighing
on the captain of this ship. I was sink-
ing. Stubbornly drowning with a pretty
smile while weeping inside. Something
gave. Even superwoman needs a sav-
iour," she admitted to her readers.
Walking away on her own terms
She worked for three-and-a-half
years of hectic work on "the beast that
needed to be constantly fed." Often
she d have sleepless nights, to make
sure JayBlessed.com was always up to
Her obsession with blogging was
quickly choking the joy out of her life.
She said even her husband who encour-
aged her to start blogging begged her
to just walk away. But she felt that if
she chose to quit, it was going to be
a comfortable decision made on her
In the end, the award-winning blog-
ger chose her marriage, spending quality
time with her daughter and peace of
mind. Although blogging opened many
doors, it was time to put the insatiable
beast to rest before it killed her.
A brighter future
Looking back, Alleyne has no regrets.
The 30-year-old said she will be back,
but on her terms.
As Alleyne spoke to the T&T
Guardian by telephone, she was taking
in a simple pleasure---picking up her
daughter up from drama school. She
said she is currently working on a num-
ber of things, including the return of
"When I first started the blog it dealt
with profiles of Caribbean people and
people of Caribbean ancestry. The gos-
sip was really just to lure readers and
get them to read the better content,"
she explained. "But after a while the
gossip got to be a bit much. It became
what people focused on and what I had
to give them."
She said the blog will have a more
inspirational and educational focus.
"The entertainment is still going to
be there, you will still get information
on Caribbean celebrities. But they will
be highlighted in a more positive light.
More like using their life stories, strug-
gles, challenges and victories as inspi-
After battling with her own bout of
depression, Alleyne could not reboot
her blog and not make space for dis-
cussion on mental health and well-
"This is a serious issue. A lot of peo-
ple had painful or unpleasant experi-
ences in their childhood that never
really got resolved and they grew up
thinking it would just go away...but
then come the triggers."
Admitting she had childhood strug-
gles herself, Alleyne said she was not
certain of which experience triggered
her depression. Nonetheless, she sought
help and treatment. "There is nothing
like your precious peace of mind. That
is sacred," she said.
Alleyne also holds key positions in
a number of community-based organ-
isations in New York.
"I may not be blogging, but I am not
dead," she said, laughing.
Best of all, Alleyne plans to return
home for good. It may not be for anoth-
er few years, but she plans on taking
the local entertainment scene to higher
levels when she returns.
"I am not coming back home on
games. I am returning with an assign-
says her blog
will return but
with a different
Jamie Alleyne's blog is
jayblessed.com. She can also be
found on social media:
The music moved these young women who were partying at the Queen's Park Oval on Saturday night
at Stumped Cooler Fete, hosted by Queen's Park Cricket Club and Red Ants. PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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