Why I Strive For Excellence

I spend my all, my time and energy into becoming a great woman, one who seeks knowledge and wisdom, one who pushes the boundaries and defies the limitations that her society sets for her, one who strives to live in abundance, one with a strong character, one who sticks to her core values, one who is not afraid to embrace her vulnerability, one who conquers her fears, one who forgives those who hurt her and seeks forgiveness from those she hurts, one who heals her wounds, one who chooses to be be generous with her time, one who supports and uplifts others, one who lives out her dreams, one who commits to service and excellence, one who is enthusiastic about her future, one with profound love for and strong faith in GOD.

I don’t want be a great woman for validation from others, nor to find and be loved by a good man. I do it simply because becoming a great woman, one who strives for excellence, is the rent I pay for the space I occupy here on earth. I owe it to myself and those who believe in me to be better than I was yesterday everyday.

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My Only Gift Is My Gratitude

So, I packed up and decided to move back home. I didn’t do much planning. It was more like an urge. I felt it was time to go back to my roots. I heard the ancestors screaming my name. I was working on the biggest project I ever embarked on, and I wanted to complete it home. But I FAILED. I was depressed and wasn’t sure what my next move should be.

When I was complaining and fell into depression, she made it her job to cheer me up and encourage me. Every day, she stood by me, supported and celebrated me when deep inside I was feeling like a failure. And with a little over $1000 left on my bank account, I didn’t have enough to rent an apartment in Haiti. And I did not want to call my family for help, because I wanted to prove to them that I had become the survivor/resourceful woman they raised me to be.20180619_180320

So, she and her family welcomed me into their home for 2 long MONTHS. Never asked me for a penny. Su casa was mi casa. Even when I had found a job and decided I couldn’t continue to be a burden, she insisted for me not to leave and made me prolong my stay. Eventually, I had to move. As I was packing to leave, I was overwhelmed with a deep sadness. I was leaving her home, but it had become mine too.

The journey of transcendence is a loooooonngg one. We will not always get things right when we first attempt. We won’t always understand each other. We might even step on toes and even unwillingly hurt each other. It will be confusing at times. But let us never forget the days we supported and uplifted each other. Let us never forget the great laughs, the crazy adventures, and more importantly, the life lessons.

 The only gift I have today is my gratitude. I am forever grateful to have met you. I am forever grateful for our imperfect friendship/sisterhood. I am forever grateful for all the things you taught me. I am forever grateful for the beautiful soul that you are. Happy birthday Shika. May you blossom into the woman of excellence you strive to be. #sisterhood #Soulsisters #friendship #haitianwriter #womenofexcellence #blogeuse #birthadaywishes #growth

God Is A Necessity

What would my life be without God?

Honestly, I can’t even imagind a life without God’s love and faithfulness. Oh! Countless times I tried doing things on my own. I stepped away from His presence and neglected His teaching. Let me tell you my friends, each time I failed miserably.

Yet, every time I crawl back back to him, I realize he never leave or forsake me. I have reached a point in my life where I fully understand that there is no me without God. If I am to make through this thing called life, I need Him to accompany me every step of the journey.

I am nowhere near perfect, and I will NEVER be. And God knows that. He doesn’t turn His back on us when we rebel. He doesn’t see us for our faults and imperfections. His nature is LOVE, and that will never change. He sees the best in us. ALWAYS.

Have you ever attempted to live your life without God? What have you learned about His love and grace?

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What Letting You Go Taught Me

“Realize that once you stop being the first to reach out, many relationships struggle or end. Take that as a warning sign.”

Two of the many things I inherited from my father is his LOVE for people and his ability to effortlessly build meaningful and genuine friendships with them. I make friends more often than most people make excuses. Frankly, if I was ever locked in solitary confinement with no one to talk to, I would end up best pals with the prison guard. Indeed, I am always excited about listening to people’s stories, learning about what molded them into the person they are and what shaped their characters.

I also like to hear about their dreams, their passions, their beliefs, their insecurities and fears. I also love spending my time with them, making them laugh, encouraging, motivating and helping them create positive change in their lives. But I have come to realize that we can invest a great deal in a relationship, be wholeheartedly there and support them, yet some people won’t reciprocate the investment and won’t be there. We become someone they don’t need anymore. So, they walk away.

Certainly after they vanished our life satisfaction noticeably decreases. However, if our friendship was not as vital to them, if they don’t think of the bond we share as being virtually unbreakable, regardless how terribly we miss them, we have to stop chasing after them and let them go.

Life is hard enough. We need love and support to make it through. But if the people we choose decide to walk away, don’t sit and wait for answers that will never come. Accept that not all relationships will last forever. Choose those who value, honor and cherish you, those who don’t, tell them ADIEU.

My Trip to Rome, Italy

 

I often say that I don’t have a favorite European city because I find all of them, and each inspires me in a unique way. However, I must admit that Rome certainly has a special in my heart. Visiting Rome has been on the top of my bucket list since I was a little girl. I was always fascinated by all the stories that I heard about Roman civilization.

I firmly believe that life begins at the end of my comfort zone. And this is why I always challenge myself, listen to other people’s stories, and travel. Walking around Rome I felt like I was in an open museum. I was surrounded by history.

In this video, we will explore the city of Rome and get a real taste of the culture. We will visit the Colosseum, the vatican, the church Santa Maria, and some other historic cites. We will walk around some beautiful neighborhoods in Rome. The city was every thing I was hoping it would be and more. So, I would definitely recommend you to visit.

A Letter to my 15 Year-Old Self

You will leave everything behind. Your world is going to change drastically. You will feel out of place, but when you get to where you are going, you will adapt quickly.

You are not going to want to be a lawyer to gain your daddy’s attention anymore. You will discover new career paths. You remember how you used to get in trouble with the teachers for telling stories to your friends in class, well your communication skills will get you your first job. You will become the producer and host of your own radio and tv shows at 17, you won’t know much what you are doing initially, but you will be so passionate that you will give yourself to the craft and you will do it decently. And you will be mentored by and become good friends with the people that you idolize right now.

All your childhood friends will be gone, not because you don’t love each other anymore, but you will choose different paths. You will also meet new people that are going to support and inspire you. You and your sister will get along and love each other. Your niece will be your greatest gift. You will even get to name her. You will never have the relationship you want with your father, but you will have a healthy one. He will listen to your feelings and try to understand them. And you will understand that he is broken too, he is doing the best he can, so you will be patient with him.

See that shy, mysterious, smart and handsome young man you are crushing so harddd on, you will not spend your life with him like you are wishing now, but the two of you will fall in love in five years, it will be magical and the purest and most genuine and beautiful way you will ever experience love, but you will break his heart because you will not be ready for his love, and he won’t understand that to love you is to leave you wild. It will be your greatest disappointment, but you will forgive yourself. And maybe one day he will forgive you too. You will fall in love again, but never sooo intensely.

You will move back to your country and serve like you always wanted. But you will realize that being a humanitarian is not that big of a deal, in fact humanitarian organizations are part of the problem. You will learn that investing in people, creating jobs and contributing to the country’s economic growth is the only way to end Haiti’s paradigm of dependency and move towards sustainable development. So, you will attend business school with the intent of going back home again to make a difference.

However, you will fall in love with these European cities, where you will live and work, and do all the adventurous things you always dream of. It will be one of your greatest learning experiences. You will travel a lot, and I mean a lot. You will even go to Venice, and it is as stunning as you are imagining it. You will experience different cultures, meet people with different mindsets, and that will give you a different, even better perspective of the world.

10 years from now young girl, you will still be confused and uneducated about many things. You won’t be where you think you are going to be, but you will be on your way there. But most importantly, on the way there, you will meet God, you will be rooted in His words and He will become your best friend. He will give you great insights and direct your daily steps. So hang in there love, great opportunities are in store for you.

Filmmaking, My Eternal Love

In this story, I juggle a bit with the concepts of spirituality and identity.”

As I am celebrating the second anniversary of my first short film, I reminisce on the days I used to dream about what it would be like to master the craft of filmmaking. Growing up on the island, telling people that you want to make movies would be a joke. In fact, I remember it vividly; I once told my primary school principal what I wanted to do when I grow, he mockingly answered that it was every young girl’s dream. Besides, there was only a few Haitian filmmakers, and they were all men.

Subsequently, I burried that dream for a while, because it felt soooo unreachable. I got introduced to other things that I found enjoyable, but still, I couldn’t forget my first love: Filmmaking. Like a ghost, it haunted me.

Attending film school is undoubtedly the scariest thing l have done in my whole life. But absolutely worth it. It was my way of emancipating the norms, casting aside my fear of faillure, shutting down my demons, taking a leap of faith and walk into my purpose.

Movies and books help me see beyond the borders of that small town where I grew up. They helped reinforced that burning desire that I have to tell the story of my people, the marginalized, the oppressed, the forgotten. They shaped my character. They gave me validation to dream.

Being a creator is by no means easy. You are constantly facing the unknown. You have moments of self-doubt, and others will try persuading you to move to other things. But as I am celebrating the mini-tiny accomplishment that is “The Last Distasteful Supper”, I pledge to get back on track, recommit to the craft, and sharpen my skills, and more importantly to not give myself a deadline and stick to it till the end. There is a reason I feel that sparkle inside when I am writing a script, there is a reason my soul brightens when I am on set. I pray that the Almighty bless me with creative ideas, so that I can use my talents and skills to awaken, inspire and touch others.