Is it true that man is the product of his environment? The answer is NO, because growing up in Haiti in times of political instability, insecurity and extreme poverty, the fate of my life couldn’t be anything but an enormous failure. I would not let…
2013 was one of the most incredible years for me. I thank God for His unfailing love and faithfulness towards me. I wholeheartedly thank everyone who inspired me, and supported me throughout the year. Before I completely close the pages to 2013, I would like to share some of the valuable lessons that 2013 taught me in the hope that you will apply them to your 2014 for a better and successful year.
1. God should always be the center of everything in your life
2. Set personal, professional and family goals in the beginning of the year, revise and adjust as you go along.
3. Focus, determination and persistence are crucial to success
4. Leaving your comfort zone is the first step towards success
5. Your spiritual health is as important as your physical health; feed your soul as your feed your body everyday with the right diet.
6. Keep a daily journal
7. Take time to listen to nature, admire its beauty and be inspired
8. Give yourself completely in everything you are doing, it’s either you are in or out, there is no half way.
9. Never be ashamed or afraid to ask for what you want.
10. Always surround yourself with positive and like-minded people
11. Spend less time in front of the TV
12. Procrastination is the #1 killer of productivity
13. Learn how to prioritize your daily checklist
14. Time spent worrying is time well wasted
15. Speak with actions not with words
16. Never make promises you don’t intend to keep
17. Take time to recharge your internal battery at least once a month by doing something fun and unexpected or just spending time in meditation.
18. Be a friend to everybody
19. Criticism is a part of life, accept it gracefully and move on
20. Failure is a part of success, if you are afraid to fail you will never succeed
21. You will never know until you ask the right questions
22. Wake up each day expecting a miracle and go out be a miracle to someone
23. No matter how bad you think you have it, someone else is going through worst
24. Cry your eyes out when it hurts, you will feel better when you are done
25. Everybody wants to be a part of something great, be the one to make it happen
26. Celebrate other’s success and learn from their failures
27. Following a well-balanced diet with daily exercise and supplementation should be a part of your daily life to stay physically healthy
28. Don’t allow negative thoughts and negative minded people to intoxicate your life
29. Be patient, God’s timing is perfect
30. What others think or say about you is not your business
31. Your uniqueness will set you apart from the masses, don’t be afraid to share it
32. Learn as you go, grow as you learn
33. Honesty is refreshing, make it your daily habit
34. Treasure true friends, sometimes they are all we have in this world
35. Please and please have fun, life is too short.
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Being a Christian is not a peaceful walk in the park, you will always encounter trials and endure sufferings but you must always be certain that God is in the midst of it all and He will never let you be tested beyond your capacity.
1. Acknowledge that God is always with you. Hebrews 13:5b “I will never leave you or forsake you”….
2. Be patient and wait for His perfect timing. Psalm 31:14-15 “I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
3. Trust in God for guidance: Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insights”.
4. Keep fellowship with other believers: Hebrews 10: 25 “Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.
1. Disconnect yourself from all sorts of negativities
2. Learn to forgive
3. Live in the present
4. Don’t worry about things you cannot change,
5. Be thankful
6. Be happy and at peace with yourself.
7. Surround yourself with positive people
8. Give your time to a worthy cause, it can be an hour a week volunteering in a soup kitchen or sit with seniors at the nursing room.
9. Take at least an hour a day for yourself
10. And remember no matter what is going on in your life, God is still in control
As a shy and stuttering little girl growing up, I was always afraid to talk because of how my friends and other people would perceive me. Sometimes it took me so long to answer a question even when I knew the answer but the words couldn’t come out. Some people would finish my sentences or try to guess what I was wanted to say. I became so frustrated and angry at myself that I entertained the idea of learning Sign Language but such option was hardly available in my homeland. Consequently, I decided to do the next best thing, which was writing.
I started writing about my feelings, and the events that took place in my life. The more I wrote, the more aware I became of my emotions and myself. I became relaxed, and somehow liberated.
I began to write poetry in third grade. My teacher was very impressed by my writing; she couldn’t believe that a timid girl like me could write so well. In my art class, while the other students were drawing trees, houses and flowers, I was writing poetry. My first poem in Haitian Creole titled “the person I wish I was” won a first prize in a nationwide competition. In that text, I talked about how easy my life would be without my speech disorder; how popular I would be if I were an outgoing girl. But then again, these challenges helped me to discover myself and travel to the other side of my imagination.
As I was growing up, writing became not only a way of expressing myself but also to encourage and inspire others. I touched on everything that was bothering me. My pen quickly became the voice of the invisible and the outcasts.
When I was 12 years old, I wrote my first Christmas school play titled “Christmas on the other side of the Lake”. I highlighted how the “bourgeoisie,” which is Haiti’s higher class celebrated Christmas compared to the “domestic servants” working for them. It was a heartfelt and eye opening play. The adults were puzzled by my imagination and my awareness of social disparities in my country.
Writing was my life; I would go to the countryside every weekend to my mom’s farm, sit by the water under the tree and write poetry, and short stories. I would watch the sunset over the water and describe it in my writing. I gave a voice to everything around me, I created my own world. I dreamt of being a writer so much that I became an avid reader, I wanted to learn about great writers, what they write about, and how they write. I would read any book that I could get my hands on, I became addicted to the point that I read the“Larousse French Dictionary” cover to cover, read the Holy Bible twice in less than one year by the time I was 16 years old.
I came to the United States when I was 17 years old. It was a drastic change for me. I had to integrate into a new society, adjust to a new culture and life style, and moreover learn a new language. That was an overwhelming experience, but I didn’t abandon my writing behind. In fact it was what kept me going. I felt at home once I started writing. I wrote my first English poem titled “You and the Nature” as an assignment for my English class. It was published on poetry.com as a seasonal poetry competition and won third place. It was followed by “The cry of a Nation”, a text that depicted Haiti’s political turmoil, economic hardships, and our need for divine intervention. My English teacher, Mr. White was so impressed with my writing and creativity since English was my second language that he encouraged me to keep writing in English. He submitted some of my poems to the school paper. I was hesitant since I was never published before, but he saw the potential in me and encouraged me to keep writing.
Although I had a passion for and excelled in writing, I still didn’t major in English literature or communication in college, I got my MBA in Business Management and kept writing on the side as my main hobby and a place to escape when life became too overwhelming.
Over the past 2 years, my writing went through a substantial and visible metamorphosis. My life experience, my deeper understanding of the concept of existence, a more acute sensitivity toward mankind, helped me inject a little more depth and consistency into my thinking process and approaches. Consequently, the essence of my writing gradually changed from poetry, love stories to devotional meditations. During a time where I was going through serious emotional struggles on a daily basis, once again I found a refuge in my writing. There was born my first book “Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul”. Here is a short description of the book:
“We live in a fast-paced society and sometimes feel overwhelmed to the point that we question God’s plan for our life. Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul offers a dozen meditational reflections, supported by daily key verses, as a regulator to give our lives the rhythm we need to enhance our self-esteem, elevate our morale, increase our faith, and strengthen our fellowship with the Lord. We all need vitamins and minerals to stay physically healthy, and we need the Word of God to remain spiritually healthy. These pages contain nuggets of peace and wisdom for a troubled society and its weary people-and with daily meditation and reflection on God’s Word, you will nourish your soul and soothe your spirit”.
My childhood dream to become a writer did not only come true but with my first book in less than six months of publication, I became an Award Winning Author. My book was the recipient of a Bronze Medal from the Readers Favorite 2013 International Book Award Contest. It is such a great blessing and honor to be awarded a medal for my writing.
It’s been a great journey, full of discovery and surprises but more importantly, I learned a lot about myself. My journey is far from being over, I pray that my writing will live in the hearts of people, inspire and encourage them, whether it’s poetry or devotional, I want it to touch lives on a personal level.