As Founder, I would like for my first blog post to be an introduction to myself and the services offered here at Southside Links.
I am Ann-Marie Sampson, originally from the UK but residing in St Lucia for many years. My mother is from Soufriere and my father is from Choiseul.
Southside Links was born out of my desire to find a new babysitter for my young son. I had no idea who to ask and, like most people I guess, I’m quite particular about who looks after my only child and has access to my home when I’m not around. I stood in the shower one morning wishing there was some kind of database available with all the local businesses and services available in Soufriere. I did some research and found no such thing existed and kind of left it at that for all of about a day or so. I just kept thinking it would be so great to have a one-stop-shop for all that Soufriere had to offer.
I searched online and found a directory for the island but I wanted something specific to Soufriere and got to thinking maybe I should just do it myself. It’s an idea I threw around in my head for a good couple of years, doubting whether I should be the one to do it since I didn’t really know anything about running directories. However, after a couple of years, still nobody else was doing it.
One day when listening to one of my online mentors, Mario Armstrong, I was totally moved to just do it! He had recently won an Emmy for his online talk show, having worked really hard for it and never giving up, despite the many ups and downs. I gathered up the MANY notes I had written in notebooks and went back into Evernote (a productivity app) to get all the ideas I had been gathering and doing nothing with. I then began to get really excited about what could happen with this.
I’m so happy to finally see this dream coming true and, whether it tanks or is a success, at least I tried. After all, it’s better to try and fail than to not try and succeed at that!
I look forward to being of service to my beautiful community of Soufriere!