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How to Be a (Haitian) Vegan in 2018

25 Mar

IMG_1644     Okay my cyber-confidents- I pray that I don’t lose the five friends I have after reading this post. I kid, I kid! In fall 2016, on Thanksgiving Day, I made a drastic decision that forever changed my life mentality and physically: I became a vegan. Out of the 365 days of the year, I chose the hungriest and heartiest day in America to do so. No I didn’t become a vegan because I watched “What the Health” or follow other social media trends.

One of my close friends, Babatude, is an Orthodox Christian, and he fasts majority of the year. Usually, he fasts every Monday and Wednesday, the day after Thanksgiving to January 7th and the entire period of Lent. In 2015, I tried fasting with him, simply to give up a few things of my “addictions”. So for a month, I fast from any animal products. I loved it! I paid attention to everything I ate and I read the label to anything before I ate it. During that time, I researched the benefit of being a vegan. In January of last year, I decided to fully commit to veganism; which consist of eliminating all animal products from my diet. So far, it has been one of the best rewarding decisions I have ever made.

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My Life is Mine

18 Feb

IMG_1664A couple months ago I was on Facebook, lurking. Someone shared a video of one of my favorite feminists, Tracee Ellis Ross. I love anything Tracee Ellis Ross related: her style, jokes, TV shows, etc. Normally I wouldn’t watch anything on social media that is longer than two (2) minutes, this particular video was over 10 minutes. But because it was about Ms. Ross, whom I admire so much- I decided to watch it entirely. It was a video she was a guest speaker at Glamour for “Women of the Year”. For over 10 minutes she expressed how people always make her feel like she hasn’t done anything in her life because she isn’t married nor have any kid: something that strikes home for me. Ms. Ross listed a few of her accomplishments such as, starring on Black-Ish, winning awards and is on the cover of many magazines. No matter how much she has done, someone always feels like her life doesn’t have any meaning- solely because she is a single-woman. She even elaborated on how people would tell her it is not too late to adapt.

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My Epic Year

31 Dec

img_2563At the beginning of the year, we like to claim the year is going to be our year. Claim it in the name of JESUS! By declaring it, we hope to achieve bigger goals, starting a new diet or even becoming a better person. Some of us actually do keep up with these resolutions; however, to others- they all are forgotten by the first week of February.

The 2016’s year  was epic for me, positively and negatively. I have gone through so many journeys; it’s almost impossible to believe that it has only been 365 days. This year, I directed one of the many scripts I have written. It is one of my favorites- also a project that hits home whenever I talk about it. This year, “4:53” was born. It is a film focusing on Haitian mothers. I wanted to create a world where women are valued and strong. This film main goal was to show the rest of the universe how bold and capable are Black women. Though it has been a rough journey, I cannot wait to finish this project in the upcoming year.

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Feeling like 30 at 28

17 Oct

fullsizerender Turning a new age is a blessing! I get to see my 28th birthday this week and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful. As excited, as I am to celebrate my 28th year on earth, nothing scares me the most than turning 30 years old. See, I’m not even there yet and I’m already worried about the things I cannot control. Typical me!

Turning 30 to me means that I should have everything figure out by then. It is the “I’m done with the foolery” year. The year where career is popping, settling down or in the process of doing so, and of course a lot of traveling. But, as I get closer to 30, I feel like I’m nowhere near ready for the things I expected to have accomplished by the time I’m 30- that itself scares the crap out of me.

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Hitting Rock Bottom

20 Sep

I understand it all!

10661657_981089251930536_5648916279989682922_o“Why didn’t you tell me?” “Oh, I didn’t think you were  being serious!” Going through depression has to be the hardest phase I had to experience in my entire life. Because of the way I carry myself, someone as hype as I am- explaining to others that I was depressed was the least thing everyone wanted to hear.

The word depression is described as feelings severe despondency and dejection, low spirit, etc.… (Merriam-Webster). I am a high-spirited person! I portray myself in a way that only brings positive energy around others. It even reflects on the way I dress: I wear a lot of fun and vibrant colors, which stand out among others- such as pop colors as neon.

A couple months ago, I have found myself in a place I couldn’t ever imagine: depression. For months, I lost my appetite, panic attack, couldn’t sleep at night, I was dealing and still dealing with a project that I have invested every breath that I’ve got, “4:53”. Through it all, I realized no one really understood me.

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Where did January Go?

1 Feb

“Don’t wake me up until it is all over” I guess I slept the entire January- where did it go?

IMG_6921I have been awfully busy lately. Mainly, taking care of school’s work and me, I barely noticed that January has crawled up on me.

I figure the best way to stay on track with my new year’s resolution is to do monthly- evaluations. That- itself, I will be able to see what I mastered on the previous month(s) and what I need to give more attention for the upcoming months. On my last post, I promised that I was going to start handling things differently this year. I have been doing just that- better yet, I’m doing more than I envisioned- problems? Uhh- yes! Don’t we all have them? I love working out- the best way to start my day is from a great workout. I have been doing so much lately- I barely have any time to make it to the gym. And whenever I do have some free time- my body gives up on me. So the past couple days, as I struggle to get everything positioned- whenever I’m too tired or unable to make it to the gym- I make sure I do at least abs at home. Spring break is around the corner and summer will be here before anyone knows it. Whatever I can do to get them muscles tight, I definitely will do it.

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My New Year’s Resolution: Self-concentration

4 Jan

DSC_0717A man who goes by the name Carl Bard once said, “ Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” It is a brand new year- although it seems like it was 2010 yesterday.   Every year, we all come up with what known as “New year’s resolution”. Some people choose to take better care of themselves, to lose or gain weight, pick up a new hobby, etc.- but the reality, by the first week of Feb., some people can’t even remember what their resolution was.

For the past years, I have always had the same resolution- to start working out. It was the same thing for many years, mainly because I never took initiative.  I would say it, but I would not start working out- unless I had to attend a special event and I wanted to lose a couple pounds or to “toned-up”.  I would’ve worked out for one or two weeks, but then I would’ve fallen back- there was no motivation. Everything changed when I started grad school and working out was the only thing that kept me from pulling out my hair- there, I found my motivation. So what’s the point of coming with resolutions if we’re not going to stick with them?

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