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Brand New Year - Happy 2022 🥂

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Happy New Year 2022

I sighed just as I was about to type this...

Why? Well outside of the fact that I'm able to sigh freely and healthy (oh yes that's a blessing), I realize how blessed and favored I am, in so many ways.

Last year was tough in so many ways; it was the second year of the pandemic, but less persons would have anticipated the damage it caused in so many lives here in Jamaica - extended school closures, continuation of curfews and lockdowns, limited business hours, work from home, shortage of some critical food and supplies, additional business closures/ lockdowns (especially in the tourism sector), illnesses and death!

In addition to several associates and friends, I lost two persons close to me from this cruel virus.

But you know what, we all should have learned some critical life lessons, and I certainly did! There are many, but these (3) three jumped out at me.

1) Value people and not things
2) Be grateful
3) Consider everyday as a gift

But it was also the year that despite the plummeting of my website traffic and earnings, I saw a significant rise in my YouTube subscriber base. In fact, we closed out the year at over 45k subscribers!

My first daughter brought joy to the family when she was awarded 12 CSEC distinctions (yes all 'A' profiles) and as far as I know, one of the best in the island!

It was also the year that Sher and Deon came on board, assisting me part time with posting content here on the site, without them I would have been sick by now.

As a family we also enjoyed relative good health and wellbeing, and god continues to be good to me, placing me in what I sometimes say is just the right place at the right time!

So all in all, despite the setbacks (and one person said that a setback is a setup for a comeback), we not only survived, we excelled in many ways in another year of pandemic and to that I (will always) say, #ToGodBeTheGlory!

But my gratitude can't end without a sincere thanks to YOU as well.

Whether it is your 'patreonage' on Patreon, your readership here on the website, your subscription on my YouTube channel and the other social media platforms, your comments, your suggestions or your feedback.

You have been awesome and I say, THANK YOU! Thank you for staying the journey with me.

And that extends to my partners and long standing friends, I wish for you the very best of everything good, including health and peace of mind.

Stay with me though, God's willing, I expect some greater things this year!

Love you loads! Wellesley

P.S. As usual, I invite your comments here

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Jan 10, 2022
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Peace, Prosperity, Excellent Health and Happiness to you and yours, Wellesley!
by: Sherry

Happy New Year to you, Wellesley!!! Congratulations on your growth! It is well deserved.

I so enjoy your videos especially. They really give me insight into your beautiful country that I probably would never have otherwise. Please keep doing what you're doing.

Also, Congratulations to your very accomplished daughter. May she continue to grow and evolve.

Thank you for making my life brighter through your work!

Jan 02, 2022
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Gratitude for my-island-Jamaica.com
by: Rosemary Campbell-Stephens

Thanking you Wesley and your team for my-island-Jamaica.com

I do not always have the time (make the time) to read the content of your newsletter, but when I do, I thoroughly enjoy, often learn from it and have my reservoirs of hope replenished.

I too live in and love Jamaica, no rose coloured spectacles, just as it is.

Really appreciate what you do.

Love and light
Rosemary

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A patriotic Jamaican who adore its culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

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