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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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“Time Heals”, So They Say!

4 Sep

3T7A7466 When someone is going through a rough time we like to tell that person, “time will heal”. Sometimes we don’t even know to what extent that person is hurting- but nothing seems or feels easier than to tell him or her that better day is ahead.

In the past couple years I have lost a few people who met everything to me. One of them was my mother’s one and only brother who passed away in Haiti. That one really hit home for me! Before he passed away, I was working in Haiti. And I only “made time” to see him once.  I truly thought I was a “busy bee” and assumed I had all the times in the World to see my uncle: especially when I already made plan for the following year to go back. I left Haiti and the following day, my uncle passed. I was crushed! Had I known, I would have made my uncle a priority. My uncle passed five years ago and it still hurts today. Mainly because I was away from my family and friends when I was mourning. I was in college and it seemed like I had no shoulder to cry on.

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With Age Comes…

24 Apr

IMG_4239The day I turn 28, I started addressing myself as if I just turned 40. Not that I’m saying 40 is old- but I’m 28 years old for Christ sake! I feel older than I actually am and sometimes I feel like I should have known more or have already accomplished more things.

I like to believe with age comes maturity; and for me, I want to be able to do things by myself, depending on myself more. A couple years ago, you couldn’t force me to dine out or to attend church alone. You couldn’t force me to do anything solitary, unless it had to do with my living space: that I can’t compromise.

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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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How do I ask for Help?

11 Feb

Help:

To give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need… (Dictionary.com)

Photo on 2-23-14 at 11.44 AM #5Growing up, my parents raised me to depend on myself. For that, I like to do things by myself. My parents would easily give up their lives so my siblings and me can have whatever we need; but, my goal is to always show them that I am capable of taking care of myself even when it seems a bit impossible!

The word “help” intimidate me. I am afraid that when I ask, some people will say, “no”, and I would be crushed. And if they say, “yes”, but may turn around and do the opposite- I am afraid of disappointment- for that, I just don’t ask.

So when is the right time to ask for help? Right now is the right time. I need help! I have reached the last level of my graduate school and I am in the process making my thesis film. Over the year, I have gone back and forth to find ways to make my film without asking for help. No, I don’t have it like that, and if I did, my film would have been streaming right now.

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The Journey Continues…: Finding my Light

21 Jan

IMG_5087Most people choose Thanksgiving Day to express how thankful they are– annnd that is it! Coming from me, I know all about it, some of my family, we only speak on the day of thanksgiving. So we would express how proud we are and thankful we are to have one another in our lives. Why should we wait for an entire year, for that one particular day to express our thoughts? What good does it do? Why don’t we do it daily? You want to know something? I am thankful of you, yes YOU. You, who give me, hope EVERYDAY to go after my DREAM. I am thankful for you for continuing to read my blog.

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