What Hurricane Maria Taught Me

Hello everyone, we’re already well into 2018, can you believe it!

I’ve written this post perhaps a dozen time but I just couldn’t string together the right words to effectively convey what I wanted to share with you all

Back in 2017, I wrote about Hurricane Irma, one of the deadliest storms ever to hit the Caribbean region. It was definitely terrifying not knowing if friends or family are alive, or… well you get the point.

But imagine the surprise in September not even a month after, Hurricane Maria came through. Many of the islands affected by Irma got hit again by Maria. My beautiful home island of Dominica would never be the same after this.

Maria struck hard in the night bringing with her heavy winds and rain. As the night progressed, reports of flooding and roofs being lost were already coming in. Those of us abroad were concerned, glued to our computers and phones, listening and sharing any and all information with one another. Our ears mesmerized by the reports from local radio stations. However, in a blink of an eye, there was silence. An experience similar to that of Barbuda.

By morning, roofs, entire houses and many lives were no more. The only communication for the next several days? HAM radios. For nearly two weeks and more regular communication with Dominica was a myth.

My mind raced with hundreds of thoughts, my mother, my uncles, my cousins, my family and friends. How were they? Did they have food? How were they coping? I was frantic. When the pictures of the devastation were finally seen, I was heartbroken. My once lush and green paradise was practically a barren land, the earth and the people both in need of nourishment. Hurricane Maria left her mark deeply rooted in the land and minds of the people.

It’s funny how we all long to achieve better for ourselves, choosing to leave behind a piece of ourselves in the namesake of our native islands. Yet when we have found ourselves in the very midst of our desires, our hearts break longing to return, even if just for a moment. The sensation is not that of regret but more so of a homesickness in which we desire the atmosphere that we know, with the opportunities that we presently have. The bittersweet desire to have it all is like a knife plunging deep into our hearts, where the pain is worth it and we are torn between forever carrying it or removing the knife and thus bleeding out.

Hurricane Maria has taught me that it is possible to bear the pain of the knife while gathering the necessary material needed to repair the heart. If that makes any sense. I’ve grown to have a much deeper appreciation for the life I had growing up and the experiences and memories I share with folks back home. The pain of losing someone you love is unbearable and because of Maria we have to continue living with that pain inside us. We can, however, either let that pain define us or let it build up a strength in us that allows us to do the impossible.

More importantly, Maria taught me that the love I have for my country is bountiful and unconditional.



Moon River

Moon river wider than a mile
I’m crossin’ you in style someday
Old dream maker, you heartbreaker
Wherever you’re goin’, I’m goin’ your way

I was just about to write this post, when suddenly this song comes on in my spotify playlist. A soft piano rendition, that seemed to make things go slowly, a calm that I’ve missed from my life.

Well, it’s 2018. A new year, with new opportunities, some may even say a new chance to fix whatever needs fixing. For me, it is the continuation of something big. This year my focus will be on development. Development of the body, development of the mind, development of the soul.

Looking back at 2017, a lot was lost. In fact, the effects of Hurricane Maria are still very much present. I see it every day I see my grandmother who migrated to the US because of it. I hear it when I speak with my mother, and she tells me of another repair to her house. I feel it every time I think of home.

For now, I can only look forward, not back. I can only think of what is and will be instead of what was.

I’ve got my foot in the door, it’s time to enter and dazzle the room.

New Directions:

Best foot first just in case
When we made our way ’til now
It’s time to listen, it’s time to fight

-Forward, Beyonce Lemondade

I’m a Taurus and one thing about Taurus’ that you should know is that we dislike change. But for some reason this time I opened it with open arms and a one-way ticket to the USA. Alright let me back up, earlier in July I quit my job and headed out to LA to pursue my dreams of being an actress…..I’m just kidding this isn;t one of those stories. Continue reading

Falling for Pharmacy

The time on my watch slowly approaches 9 o’clock. I haven’t been sleeping well these past few nights, perhaps it’s the heat, or the arrangement of my pillows are just not giving me the proper sleeping angle. I semi- sigh as I approach our second branch. Putting my back in my locker I move towards the door that says ‘Staff Only’, and from the moment my hand touches that door handle new life is breathed into me and all the worries of the morning slip away.

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#Dominica: Putting A Small Island on the Digital Map

Hi Everyone It’s officially Hashtag Dominica Day here on the nature isle and twitter fingers are going crazy.

In an effort to put Dominica on the map the Hashtag Dominica campagn was created and organised by Meria Alexis & Monelle Alexis along with Yuri Jones, Garvin Richards and Kerry Severin.

A release from the organisers states “On May 16, 2017, we will be carrying out a social media campaign in an effort to swamp social with #Dominica to get it to be a trending topic on social media for a day. The intent is to encourage everyone to use #Dominica on that day on each post and across all social media platforms. The post could be personal or business related, however, we encourage participants to post content that reflects positively on our island. We are hoping to be one of the most trending topics on social media that day.”

Go forth and #Dominica all those lovely selfies, pictures of rivers, food and all things nature isle!



The Chosen One In Your Life

They said you couldn’t have it,
But God said, “It’s yours.”
They said you won’t make it,
But God said, “I’ll open doors.”
They said it was over for you,
But God said, “It has just begun.”
They said you might as well give up the fight,
But God said, “The battle is already won.

I could quote very line from this song over and over again. Sometimes the simplest of words, speak the most powerful in your life.

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