Archive | Happiness RSS feed for this section

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.

Continue reading

Advertisements

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.

Continue reading

“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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Be Aware: Haiti and its ‘so-called’ NGOs

9 Oct

img_0094Haiti has once again hit with another catastrophe, hurricane Matthew. A hurricane that left many people killed, homeless, ruined from all their crops and livestock- a “no exit” situation.

Will Haiti ever catch a break? From hurricane Jeanne in 2004- one of the deadliest hurricanes in the Caribbean, that killed approximately 3000 people from Gonaives alone, a commune in northern part of Haiti. Hurricane Jeanne caused many devastating floods and mudslides. Four years later, in 2008, hurricane Gustav, Hanna and Ike once again hit Haiti.

And when we thought we have been through it all; then, 2010’s earthquake happened. A large scale of earthquake that struck down the island, killing over 160,000 of people and leaving many injured, physically and mentally. For the past six years, we, Haitians, have struggled to rebuild our country- most importantly, rebuilding our mental selves. A process that seems like taking eternity!

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: