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Life & Work with Nichelle Harvey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nichelle Harvey.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I am originally from the beautiful Island of Jamaica, I migrated to the United States over a decade ago. I studied Hospitality, Tourism and Entertainment management in Jamaica, however when I relocated to the states, I decided to make a switch to Business Administration. After a year of not being able to secure a job in that field, I once again changed focus and went into the Nursing field. So as you can see, my educational background is very diverse. I have an Associate’s degree in Tourism Management, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Nursing. I am currently working as a Registered nurse at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in the Medical/Respiratory ICU which was the COVID ICU for the hospital. So yeah, I was on the frontlines during the heights of the Pandemic…

I love vacations and amusement parks and just being out with my fiancé and my two sons. My oldest son is autistic so we have encountered a few challenges on our vacations and some theme parks we have been to.. Whether it is waiting in the long lines, the parks being too loud or the excitement of the day leading to sensory overload for my son. Also, it can be quite overwhelming for me and my fiancé as well and sometimes we just want to stop and drink a slushy. My son however has something different in mind, he loves the rides (he has tons of energy). One day I got to thinking if we feel this way I am sure other parents must experience this feeling as well. Just needing a break to catch their breath without interrupting their kiddos day. So that’s how the idea came about to start a sitter/nanny and travel companion service for families with special needs children… I started with children on the spectrum but then parents with children not on the spectrum would contact me and ask for my services so I started expanding into that market as well. It was this experience and another out of the country vacation that propelled and encouraged this business idea even more.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It definitely has not been a smooth road. I am still working full time as a Registered Nurse at Cedars-Sinai, as well as caring for my 15month old in addition to taking my son to his different therapies. Starting a new business in the midst of all that is kinda challenging, however, I try to make it work.

I believe in this business and like my job is to help patients when they come to the hospital, I want this to be the way I help families to take the break they deserve when on their vacation.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My 9-5 or should I say 7-7 is being a Nurse at Cedars-Sinai. I work in the ICU taking care of critically Ill patients. My specialty is Medical/Respiratory ICU.

However, my new venture is starting my own business as a travel companion. My company also provides nanny/sitter services for families who travel together. We also provide nanny service for families going to theme parks, on cruises, hotels and other events such as;(weddings, family reunions, major music festivals, etc).

We are Autism/special needs focused however, all families are welcome. We are cognizant of the fact that oftentimes when families vacation, they are limited to family activities only. However, we have found a way to ensure that each family member enjoys that exhilarating and memorable experience to the fullest. We provide nannies for the kiddos while the adults explore and enjoy their well-deserved vacation.

We provide nanny services while parents enjoy adult adventures. It could be a quiet day at the spa, an adult festival or partying until the sun comes up at a family wedding or reunion. Nannies can be asked to babysit at hotels, villas, Airbnb or to just accompany the family in an outing.

I am most proud of how far my son has come since his original diagnosis, juggling working full time, a family and still being able to launch this new business.

I think what makes my company stand out is that there are not many companies who provide this service. Especially catering to the special needs community and I think that is what sets us apart from others. It’s such a unique service.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I have reached out to collaborate with a few Airbnbs, villas, music festival coordinators, travel agents and destination wedding planners. These are the people who I would love to collaborate with, so we can package my service and offer it to clients. I believe if more people learned about this service, they would absolutely be interested.

Not only would this benefit me but it would also encourage more families to travel together.

I have carried out some research and I have discovered that one of the chief barriers to families not taking more vacations, attending more international events, such as music festivals or simply traveling with children on a whole, is not having child care. There is also the guilt of leaving their loved ones behind. So by collaborating, we could help these families have their dream vacation.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.breakreliefsitters.com
  • Instagram: @breakrelief_sitters
  • Facebook: Break Relief sitters and Nannies
  • Tiktok: @breakreliefsitters

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