Summer Life Update

Hello Beautifuls!  Happy Thursday!

It’s been almost a month since my last post, but life has been throwing me lemons and I made some major decisions. I am going to try my best to keep this post short and sweet.

I decided to go back to school to become a Montessori teacher. I graduated from university back in 2014 with a BA in Family and Social Relations and a minor in French and I was not able to get a decent job within my field. So this year I decided that I would have to go back to school to further my education. I applied for teachers college and was not successful. Since  I have been contemplating Montessori Teachers education for quite a while, I decided to go for it and honestly, it is the best the decision I have made so far this year. I will  have a separate post on that later on.

I also started the process for the gastric sleeve surgery. I know that many people have mixed opinions about this type of surgery and I have heard it all.  I decided that enough is enough and chose that route because I have been struggling with my weight for quite a while now. I tried many different diet programs and going to the gym, and nothing has really worked for me long term. What was frustrating for me is that I would lose a few pounds and gain it again.  I have been told that I am taking the easy way out and that I am not consistent in my diet and exercise routine. As much as I respect everyone’s opinion I believe that at the end of the day I will do what is best for me and my body. Everyone’s body is not the same. It may be easy for some to lose a few pounds, but for others it is a challenge. I am not advocating and encouraging people to have a bariatric surgery just because, but if this tool is offered, why not use it. I am also aware that having the surgery is not a “magic way” to lose weight, it is just step 1 in my weight loss journey.

Anyways, that is all for today. Let me know in the comments section what you think about any of the things I mentioned in this post. Thank you for reading, until next time!

Life Update

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all having a great Tuesday.

I decided to take another quick break from blogging. I really needed it because aside from my serious case of writer’s block, I needed time to spring clean and reorganize my house and working on business and making certain life changes and so on and so forth.

I also have been working on revamping and creating contents for my blog and youtube channel. Talking about my youtube channel, I have reached 117 subbies and I am so happy about. Thank you to those of you who read my blog posts and watch my videos.

That’s it for this quick update, stay tuned for upcoming posts!

 

Happy International Women’s Day!

Hello Beautiful people!

I’ve been thinking all day today about what to write on my blog to commemorate International Women’s Day. But I figured that I would write about acknowledging how beautiful, strong and powerful we are.

Every woman is a Queen and being a woman is a divine gift. – Me

There are many incredible women that we look up to as role models, but we do tend to forget to refer to ourselves as our own role models too. When we look at our own issues and struggles that we deal with on a daily basis, we deserve to pat ourselves on the back and feel empowered by our own personal achievements.

That’s all I have to say. I hope you guys had a great one!

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Black History Month – Beyonce paying hommage to Oshun

Hey Beauties!

After watching clips of Beyonce’s Grammys performance I felt so empowered as a woman better yet as a Black woman.

First of all lets talk about how beautiful and glowy she looks. Beyonce makes pregnancy look glamorous, easy and beautiful and it looks great on her. Talk about #oshun, #pregnancy goals, #pregnancyglow, #womenaregoddesses and #beautifulblackgoddess.

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Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

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Many people are saying that throughout her performance, Beyonce represented Oshun who is the African goddess of beauty, love,prosperity, order and fertility. Oshun is also the Mother of the African sweet or fresh waters. According to an article posted by the Haitian American on facebook, with the African diaspora, Oshun was brought to the Americas, and adopted into the pantheons that branched out of the African traditions. In the Brazilian religion of Candomblé, which retains close ties with the Yorùbá religion, as well as in Cuban Santeriá, She is called Oxum. In Haitian Vodou She is an inspiration for Erzulie or Ezili, also a Deity of water and love. “Mother of Sweetness”  Here is the link if you would like to read more…

Many people are criticizing her performance stating that Beyonce is acting like she is the Blessed Mother Mary or even God.

My take on this is as follow: I personally don’t think that Beyonce thinks she is God herself. By her ackowledging Oshun is her way of encouraging us Black people to know and embrace our African roots. I do agree that Beyonce is not the first black woman who has embraced her African roots, neither is she the first woman to be pregnant, but what people need to understand is that when our ancestors were brought to the Americas, they were forced to give up everything about them especially their religious rituals in order to assimilate. Needless to say, Beyonce’s performance may have not been her best performance, but the message is that we Black women are beautiful in our own way, we are goddesses, and queens and we are powerful not only as individuals, but as a collective as well. And we deserve to be seen as such and not as properties or objects. We are here, we exist and our lives matter.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Let me know your opinions in the comment section.

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Black History Month – Ethnicity/Haitian Tag

Hello Beauties!!

Happy Black History Month!

 

Besides being the shortest month of the year, February is the month in which we celebrate love and black history especially in North America. I feel that as the years are going by, Black History Month is not as celebrated or as ackowledged as I remember it used to be back then; especially here in Canada. I feel that BHM is not taken as seriously as it should.

On another note, to kick off this year Black History Month celebration on my blog, I am doing this Ethnicity Tag Questionnaire just to let you guys know a little more about me and where I come from. Here we go:
1.Favorite Haitian dish

I have so many favorite Haitian dishes, but my favorite is griot ak bannann fri (fried pork and fried plantain).  Although this dish is more of a delicacy than it is an everyday meal. I would not recommend to have fried pork on a daily basis because it will keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels up the roof. It is one of those meals to have once in blue moon or at parties.
2.Your mother/father’s favorite phrase

“O o Gade pitit” which means ” o o look child” this one of amongst all the phrases they like to say on a daily basis.

3.Which province is your family from?

My dad is from the South of Haiti, from Pestel to be exact and my mom is from the West, Ganthier.

4. Have you ever been to Haiti?

I left in 1999 and I haven’t been there since then. Although I feel nostalgic and miss home all the time. I miss the all year round hot and sunny wheather. But I do hope to go someday and I’ll document my experience when I do get the chance to go.
5.Do you speak Creole/French?

I speak both Creole and French.
6.What do you appreciate most about your ethnicity?

I love the fact that we are a predominantly Black country and we come in different shades of Black.
7.What does being Haitian mean to you?

Being Haitian to me means being resilient. We don’t give up no matter how tough things get and we are proud of our rich history, especially being the first Black country to fight for and gain it’s independence.
8.Show us your favorite Haitian artifacts

DSC_0376 This is called Pilon (old fashion food processor/smasher). It is found in most Haitian households. Besides it being something that we use to prep our food with, it is also an art piece because it is not factory made, but it is intricately carved by hand.

DSC_0375I was surprised to find this at a thrift store. The moment I saw it, I knew that I had to get it although it was in pretty bad shape, I thought “ain’t nothing a little  oil can’t clean” 🙂

DSC_0378This is the most emotional piece of art that I own. It was painted by my uncle who passed away about 5 years ago. I like that painting because it captures the true essence of my country, which is it’s mountains, waters, villages and villagers.

9.Do you know how to dance Kompa?

Of course I do. When I was younger I made it my mission to learn how to dance kompa. The fact that I left at a young age, forgetting about my culture was inevitable. But I tried to the best of my abilities to hold on to it by speaking my language, learning how to cook our foods, holding on to some of our traditions and learning how to dance kompa…
10.What’s your favorites Haitian musicians/songs?

I have so many favorite artists, but I’ll just name a few: Emmeline Michel, Carimi, Mikaben, JBeats, Boukman, KingPosse, Michel Martelly and more….

Favorites songs, I have too many to name but the one i’m mentioning is the song  my hubby and I danced to for our first dance atour wedding reception.

That is about it for this Ethnicity Tag. I hope you enjoyed reading this and let me know in the comments section where you are from and what you like about your  ethnicity!!!

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