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Finding Inspiration…

16 Jan

FullSizeRenderA couple days ago, I was having a conversation with my best friend and the topic was inspiration. Who inspired you to be a better person? I thought about the question for a minute and my answer was I, myself- Myrlande. I am my own inspiration. Likewise, she had the same answer. You probably are thinking that we are some egotistical girls, (no argument, we probably are). I use the pronoun “I” more than anyone else. “I” this, “I” that- Ok, I get it! I am a subjective person.

I am the oldest amongst my three siblings and there is a huge age gap between all us: like I am four (4) years older than my sister, 15 years older than my younger brother and 17 years older than my youngest brother. Growing up, other than my parents, I did not have that sisterly or brotherly type of relationship with my siblings- I always thought I was too old. I focused on being an older sister instead of building a relationship with them. Therefore, I learnt to only depend on myself. From the time I started high school to my first year in college, I really was just “coin flipping” with everything I have faced. I think I did OK; however, I probably could have done better if I had someone to look up to.

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I Found Myself by Losing Myself

1 Jul

IMG_3565-2It SEEMS like I have been slacking around; it may appear that I haven’t done much. I promised at least a post per month- I skipped last month. Not because I wasn’t aware, but I had so much going on- I had to focus on things that required much more attention than before. Now that is it all over- therefore, I can get back to my old routine.

So what has been going on? Well, enough to write a book. I haven’t posted anything since my short film came out in April. What a great learning experience- I must say? Not that I ever second-guessed myself. Based on people feedback, the film exceeded my expectation. I now know what I need to focus on for my next short or feature films. The topic I chose to write about targeted the audience and reactions I was aiming for. With that alone, I’m overjoyed.  Continue reading

Why Choosing Howard University was one of the Best Decisions I have Ever Made

1 Sep

howard-univSometimes when things don’t work out the way we have planned them, we get mad- we scroll back to our own little world; and sometimes, some of us even blame God for not coming through when we needed Him the “most”. Well, I was going through it all back in March. I have applied to Carnegie Mellon University, one of the top schools for MFA programs. Guess what? Little girl did not get in! Boy, I was devastated- I didn’t know what I was going to do, where I was going to end up- but one thing, I never gave up- I was destined to go to grad school. I planned to attend Carnegie, one of the most expensive schools in the country; however, if you asked me how was I going to be able to cover for my tuition- I wouldn’t be able to answer. I did not know anyone from Pittsburgh, and whatever I knew about Pittsburgh was what I have learned from the Internet or from people- yet, that was where I wanted to go to school.

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“Lakay se Lakay”: Home is Home

9 Aug

Image I was born and partially raised in the beautiful island, Haiti. However, ever since my parents and I moved to the states- they have came back to visit, but I never did. Either I was in summer camp or taking summer classes. I was always doing something that would prevent me from going to Haiti. I mean everything seems to be important these days- but if it’s important to me, I always find a way to make time for it.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Moving back Home after College!

12 Feb

534361_486108968095236_1290508778_nGoing off to college was a dream come true for me; not necessarily because I wanted to have ‘freedom’. But, simply to be on my own! I wanted to experience the “real world”. I wanted to learn and grow, just in case something ever happened to my family, I would be able to function without feeling helpless. Being that my parents provided and did everything for me, I wanted to know how it felt to do for myself, on my own.  Believe me, I was nervous about the lifetime decision I was about to make. However, I was ready.

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I Am Haiti

13 Jan

I am Haiti

Haiti is Power       Today marks three years since my beautiful island, Haiti, was taken away from me. It is one of these days that I will never forget, it seems like it happened yesterday; although we are now commemorating the third year since the devastating disaster. I lost my childhood memory in less than one minute, 35 seconds to be exact. I lost numerous family members, friends and classmates; most importantly, my children will never know where their mother grew up or where I went to school.

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My 2012 Year Timeline

1 Jan

By: Myrlande “M.C” Charelus
Mcharel@eagle.fgcu.edu

My 2012 Year Timeline

photo Conventionally, this is the time that countless people are taking to reflect and write about their 2013 resolution. While some are contemplating about taking a leap of faith by shifting to a new chapter or losing weight, others are just grateful for everything that they have been blessed with. On the other hand, there are also people who are updating their statuses with the negative experiences they had during 2012, but I opted out and prefer to focus on the positive aspects of 2012. Although I lost a few family members that were dear to me like my uncle, my mom’s only brother, I didn’t expect life to be sweet all the time. Thus, complaining about it won’t bring back what I lost or make me feel better. The only positive thing I can do is to move forward. That’s what I am going to do!

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