Today marks 11 years since I landed in Hong Kong for the very first time. A chance LinkedIn connection empowered me to trade my life in New York City for Hong Kong without previously visiting. (Spontaneity keeps my life exciting!)😊 The weather was perfect and people were friendly, so I knew from day one that I would be here for a while. Living in Hong Kong has been wonderful for a very long time but the last few years have been particularly challenging for many Hong Kong residents. This year Hong Kong has recorded the largest population decline in over 60 years. However, I remained optimistic throughout all the changes and I am confident in saying that Hong Kong is still my place. I was curious about the world since I was growing up on the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines but never had I imagined finding a place to call home in an Asian city almost 10,000 miles away.
Moving to “Home Kong” – as we affectionately refer to our city, has enabled me to pursue my interests, explore more of the world, and grow both personally & professionally. A few years after arriving, I took a career break to pursue my MBA here full-time. Doing so has led me to a semester studying abroad in London, an internship in Ghana, a 6-month solo trip across Africa by road, and ultimately to a career that I truly love. That time of reflection and the influence of the people I’ve met along the way have inspired me to leave my long-term banking career behind to become a color-loving creative. I am now the founder of Beam Bold, a vibrant fashion brand for color lovers of all size. My life here as a fashion founder is very different from my previous life as a banker but living in this city has made the transition seamless.