MY JOURNEY

 

FRESH OFF THE AUSTRALIAN REFUGEE BOAT AND IN THE UK!

SOME CHOOSE A STRAIGHT PATH, I CHOOSE TO BE BOLD AND TAKE RISKS. THIS HAD GOT ME IN MANY AMAZING & EQUALLY SHIT SITUATIONS!

I HAVE LIVED A VERY UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE, A TYPICAL CREATIVES JOURNEY. BORN IN NORTHAMPTON, WITH ENGLISH AND JAMAICAN PARENTS... WHO BLESS THERE SOULS HAVE ALSO ENDURED MY INTERESTING JOURNEY! 

ALWAYS QUESTIONED TRADITIONAL FORMS OF EDUCATION AND ASKED WHY RULES ARE IN PLACE. I GUESS THAT'S WHERE THE INNER REBEL BEGAN. 

TRAVELLED THE WORLD SOLO ON A MISSION TO FIND INTERESTING AND BOLD FELLOW HUMANS...I FOUND THEM IN AUSTRALIA, WHERE I LIVED FOR 15 YEARS.  

 WHEN I ARRIVED I COULD BARELY COOK,  AS A  23 YEAR OLD AKA THAT'S PRETTY DAMN SHAMELESS. I FELT AT EASE LIVING WITH NATURE, OPEN SPACE, 24/7 SUNSHINE AND IN A LAND WHERE YOU ARE JUDGED FOR YOUR CHARACTER NOT MATERIAL POSSESSIONS. 

IN AUSTRALIA IF YOU CAN`T COOK AND YOUR NOT FUNNY YOU WON`T GET INVITED TO THINGS. THIS WORKED FOR ME AND FOUND MYSELF HANGING OUT WITH SOME AMAZING CHEFS , COOKS  & MUSICIANS WHO SHOWED ME THE COMMUNITY ROPES!

AT THE SAME TIME VALUE IS PLACED ON BEING A GOOD PERSON, IF YOUR SOMEONE WHO LIKELY BRAGS ABOUT  EXPENSIVE POSSESSIONS YOU WILL GET LAUGHED  AT AND NOT INVITED TO EVENTS! WHICH ODDLY IS THE OPPOSITE OF MODERN MAIN STREAM SOCIETY CONSCIOUSNESS. 

 ALWAYS FELT A DEEP CONNECTION TO MY JAMAICAN ROOTS AND I THINK I FELL IN LOVE WITH AUSTRALIA BECAUSE THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE SIMILAR. 

MY BRAND THE JA JOINT STARTED BY TESTING DIFFERENT BLENDS  IN MY GARAGE FOR MONTHS,  LIKE AN ECCENTRIC NUTTER I WAS WORKING OUT DIFFERENT BATCHES TO CREATE A NATURAL JAMAICAN SPICE AND SAUCE PRODUCT LINE, SO I COULD TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO COOK JAMAICAN FOOD.

JAMAICAN FOOD AND CULTURE IS NOT AS WELL KNOWN IN AUSTRALIA AS IT IS IN THE UK, I WANTED TO REPRESENT THE CULTURE AND MY ROOTS AND TEACH PEOPLE ISLAND WAY OF LIVING AKA  ANTI BABYLON!

I STARTED AT MARKETS, FESTIVALS AND WHEN INTO LARGE SCALE CATERING GIGS AND SELLING THE PRODUCTS INTERNATIONALLY. 

I WAS NEVER CLASSICALLY TRAINED AS A CHEF, JUST JUMPED IN AND LEARNED. FOR ME IT'S  NOT ABOUT HOW 'SEXY' YOUR KNIFE SKILLS ARE, IT'S ABOUT THE PASSION YOU PUT TOWARDS THE FOOD, THE TASTE AND THE EXPERIENCE YOU GIVE SOMEONE. 

COOKING IS A MAJOR LIFE SKILL, WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR SURVIVAL, PARTICULARLY IN THE WONKY WORLD WE LIVE IN RIGHT NOW! SELF EMPOWERMENT COMES FROM TAKING OWNERSHIP AND TEACHING YOURSELF HOW TO SURVIVE..IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT COME FROM RELYING ON FAST FOOD AND MAKING GREEDY CORPORATIONS RICH. 

I USED MY INTUITION WITH COOKING AND GOT SHOWN BY GREAT HUMANS THAT CREATING AWESOME FOOD IS NEITHER EXPENSIVE OR DIFFICULT. 

ONE OF THE FIRST BIG CATERING EVENTS I DID IN AUSTRALIA WE WERE SERVING 600 PEOPLE A DAY, I REMEMBER  A MARKET STALL HOLDER SAYING TO ME `YOU MUST BE CRAZY, DO TO THIS AS YOUR FIRST GIG` ...`I SAID 'PROBABLY'

THE BRAND DEVELOPED INTO GETTING CERTIFICATION FROM THE JAMAICAN CONSULATE OF AUSTRALASIA AS BEING AN AWESOME REPRESENTATION OF JAMAICAN FOOD, A VERY PROUD MOMENT FOR ME PERSONALLY, I HAVE RECEIVED CHEF AMBASSADORSHIP ALONGSIDE SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S TOP CHEF'S AND A BUNCH OF INTERNATIONAL MEDIA..AND I WILL STOP NOW BECAUSE I AM STARTED TO SOUND LIKE A PERSON YOU WOULD NOT WANT TO INVITE FOR DINNER..HA!  . 

WHEN YOUR ALIGNED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY MISSION..NOTHING WILL STOP YOU FROM MOVING FORWARD..IT'S LIKE A INNER KNOWING. I HAVE RISKED MY LIFE FOR MY BELIEFS, IMAGINING A WORLD THAT IS FULL OF GREAT FOOD, MUSIC, NATURE AND EVERYONE IS NICE! WHICH I THINK EVERY HUMAN DESERVES. 

I WAS WARNED BY SOME MENTORS WHAT THE JOURNEY WOULD BE LIKE, AND I REMEMBER SAYING 'NO WAY..PEOPLE DON'T STOOP THAT LOW' 

YEARS LATER..NOW I KNOW THE LENGTHS GROSS PEOPLE GO TO..TOO SHUT YOU DOWN..I MIGHT HAVE ACQUIRED SOME GREY HAIRS, MORE THAN MY FAIR SHARE OF DISTRUST, AND ON A POSITIVE NOTE GOOD  TRAINING...AND I STILL SMILE!   

SECONDARY HOMELESSNESS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,... JUST TO NAME A COUPLE OF THESE 'LIFE LESSONS'. WHAT I HAVE LEARNT FROM THIS IS HOW TO SURVIVE IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SHINING YOUR LIGHT..WHATEVER CARDS LIFE HAS DEALT YOU. 

BEING TRUE TO YOUR CAUSE AND YOUR INNER VOICE HAS BEEN MY 'BABY' FOR YEARS, EMPATHS AND CREATIVES WILL FEEL THE FORCE OF LIFE IN IT'S FULL FORM BECAUSE THEY CHOOSE TO FOLLOW THEIR HEART AND REJECT MAINSTREAM IDEOLOGIES OF HOW SOMEONE SHOULD LIVE THEIR LIFE. 

CANT WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL DIGITALLY OR IN PERSON

WITH LOVE, WEIRDNESS AND TRUTH

CARLY DAY XX

WEIRD FACTS 

1. NAMES I AM KNOWN BY 'PUD, MOUSE, MOWGLI, CHOCOLATE POPPINS, DAISY,  AUNTY BELLA, CHAKRA KHAN, QUEEN JERK, MZ JA JOINT'

2. GIVE ME A BOOK ANY DAY OVER A SCREEN

3. I HAVE THE HIGHEST PONY TAIL EVER..WORLD RECORD

4. I HAVE MINIMAL MATERIAL POSSESSIONS..WHICH DOES NOT BOTHER ME

 

 

 

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