This meme pretty much sums up my thoughts this morning!! 😊😊😊 Happy Monday Folks! Here’s to a blessed & productive week!
Phew it’s been such a long time since I’ve posted and I apologize for that. Today I felt like blessing my page with an entry so here goes. ☺
First and foremost, Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I hope your year has started off on the right foot! ☺
Recently I read a conversation on Facebook that made me think about the importance of the conversation. As many of you may or may not know I am Haitian American. And I am a proud Haitian American. Many things have changed in the last couple of months in regards to Haitian immigrants so you can imagine how many felt when they heard about the President’s comments (if you haven’t heard about it just google it). Some may not understand how hurtful it is to hear the President of the country at which you reside degrade and disrespect your people. Especially since you know the history of these people and how much they fought for our freedom and independence! But the conversation started because a young lady asked why some rallied together to protest recent decisions in addition to what the President said. Her argument was that protesting does nothing and it’s a waste of time. Another young lady responded that protesting is a way to show our reaction to the President’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for Haitian immigrants and to address his derogatory comments. Needless to say the conversation went back and forth with each of their views.
Let’s be honest, protesting isn’t for everyone. And not everyone will see the value in doing it. However, I see the importance in the act of protest. We protest to show that we won’t stand for certain injustices. We protest to bring awareness. We protest to show how strong we are as a people and to show that many have like-minded views/opinions. The only caveat I’d like to add is that your views shouldn’t only end with protest, it also requires action. What do you do after you stand up for that cause? You fight. Whether its writing letters, supporting an organization financially, or educating others on the importance of the cause. What ever it is do it in addition to your protest. In my opinion, words without action is pointless!
Have you ever protested for a cause? I have and will continue to do so. I want to know that I stood for a cause and that my opinions are known and may potentially be heard. If you believe in something, stand for it! Don’t let the opinions of others deter you from making a stance for what you believe!
Locs, Love, Life!
If you guessed learned how to ride a bicycle then you guessed correctly! I’m sure you’ve already chuckled or even had a full ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing) moment and that’s ok because guess what?! I am proud of this accomplishment! ☺☺
Never learning how to ride a bike has always been something I’ve been ashamed of and at times, felt like I was limited to only a certain type of physical activities. It’s disheartening when everyone else can do something and you can’t. So this year I was determined to learn! I didn’t know who was going to teach me or how I was going to learn but I set my mind on figuring out a way!
After much research my Sister found this association that provided classes on learning to ride. I signed up immediately. This past weekend was the moment of truth. I was extremely nervous the night before my class and the day of. Honestly, I almost backed out because I was scared of falling off or even not catching on at all. However, I have a determined personality and once I set my mind on something it’s really hard for me to not follow through. So with every inch of my bad nerves I mustered up the strength to attend the class. In approximately 1.5 hours (the class was 3 hours long) I was riding a bicycle! 👏👏👏 Can you imagine the pure excitement I felt after conquering this daunting task?! I was on Cloud 9. Now I am not going to say it was easy, because trust me it wasn’t, but after getting the hang of it I was a bicycle riding machine!!! ☺☺☺
Here is what I learned this past weekend….
- Never let your fear stop you from doing something that you’ve always wanted to do.
- If you fall, that’s ok. Dust yourself off and do it again. Keep doing it until you’ve mastered it.
- People will laugh at you. So what?! It’s your life, do what makes you happy!
- You are NEVER too old to learn something new. NEVER!
- Nothing is impossible! With the right mindset and a positive attitude you can do it. If you want it, GO GET IT!
- Life is too short to be scared of taking risks. There is no reward when there is no risk.
- Trust in your God given abilities. It may not be easy (physically or mentally) to do something that appears daunting BUT you can do it!
- Don’t talk yourself out of it, lol.
- Be proud of your accomplishment!
- LIVE. YOUR. LIFE. UNAPOLOGETICALLY!
If you live in the DMV and would like to learn for yourself you can visit the Washington Area Bicycle Association (click here) for information on classes. Trust me you’ll be glad you did it! ☺
Locs, Love, Life!
Anyone else excited that it’s June?! I am because we are half way done with 2017!! I feel like June is a good month to reflect on the first half of the year and see what things have gone right, what has gone wrong and what we can do to finish the year off strong.
June is a month to re-visit your New Year’s resolutions and see if you’ve continued to work on them or see if you need to re-adjust. How do you feel you have done? I’ll be honest, I haven’t held true to some of those things I said I’d work on (lol), BUT it’s never too late to acknowledge that and continue to work on being a better me. Some progress is better than no progress. We don’t change overnight, but if we consciously know what we need to work on we will likely make great efforts to make those changes.
So cheers to making it to the half way point! May the other half of your year be greater than the first half! 🙂
Locs, Love, Life!
Happy Memorial Day to you all! Today is not only a day to celebrate with friends and family but it’s also a day of reflection. To remember those who have and are serving in the armed forces. Many have fought to keep us safe and many continue to fight. Let’s never take this for granted. No matter how you choose to spend your day try to remember the real meaning and importance of this day! 🙂
Locs, Love, Life!
Happy Haitian Flag Day to my entire Haitian family and to those who love us! Today is a proud day for us and we’ve been celebrating all week! Be proud of this Flag and all that it stands for! ☺️😊
If you would like a little bit of history about our Flag visit my past post titled the History of Haitian Flag Day!
Locs, Love, Life!
This is dedicated to all the beautiful women out there who play motherly roles to any individual in their life. Shout out to my Mommy who is beautiful inside & out, very strong, most forgiving & loving woman I know. If I can be half the woman/mother she is I’d be forever grateful.
Ladies enjoy what your day has to offer because you deserve it! 😘😘
Locs, Love, Life!!