I was nominated for this award from one of my favorite bloggers! It was such an honor for me to be chosen amongst the hundred of his followers. Thank you very much, Andrei, THOUGHT AVENUE: Speak your mind, not only for the nomination, but also, for believing in me and my blog. Keep on moving Brother!
If you want to participate in the Blogger Recognition Award, here are a few simple rules:
1. Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post showing your award.
3. Tell a brief story about how you started your blog.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Choose 10 other bloggers to nominate.
6. Comment on each blog letting them know they’ve been nominated, and provide a link to your award post.
How My Blog Started?
Everyone suffers and we all know that suffering exists. Some people suffered in the silence and some behind closed doors. While the others experienced both at the same time, like I did for instance.
When I turned the age of 12, I immigrated to the United States from Haiti and I find myself living with my father and stepmother, whom I had barely seen during the previous years. I thought that I would have received psychological, emotional and financial support from my father and stepmother. Being a child, I had a high expectancy of my father to show me the world and to help me get through when times were rough. However, instead, he beat me even when I did no wrong. After almost every beating, I either went to wash the dirty dishes in the sink or sat in a corner to write to God and to my mother in Haiti. My stepmother constantly demeaned me about the relationship between herself and my father. I couldn’t stand up for myself because my father and stepmother did not allow me to express my emotion. At the same time, every weekend, she expected me to clean the house, do grocery shopping, do the laundry for herself, my father and her two daughters, and I sometimes hand washed her clothes. I am aware that every teenager is expected to do chores in the house. In fact, it is a part of growing up. Instead, I was doing the majority of it.
While at the same time, I was coping with students at school and my cruel ESL teacher. I will never forget the day when she handed me a test and told me “This is not English” and when the students had told me, “You don’t even speak any English. Go back to your country where you belong.” During the same year in my seventh grade, I had suicidal thoughts. I could bear no longer with the pain. However, God has spoken to me and helped me through the nights and days. When I had entered high school, God has made me realized that my suffering at home was not going to ameliorate, and my father was not going to help me achieve my dreams.
God has made me stand up from my hands to encourage myself to keep on moving even when my feet were fading. Now looking back, I never thought that I was a Restavek “Is a form of child domestic slavery in Haiti that affects an estimated 300,000 children” Cara L. Kennedy”.
I started this blog not only to make myself proud, to put words on paper, to track my progress in life, but also to give someone else the things that I had to fight for my entire childhood, such as; love, encouragement and a little push along the way. I indeed believe that everyone needs it at some point. Finally, I started this blog to remind everyone about their hidden abilities, their strength to over obstacles in their lives, and especially to keep on moving when life doesn’t make sense.
My Advice to Fellow Bloggers:
Reach Out to Others:
Sometimes we all get caught up in our own world to perhaps catch with ourselves and our dreams. It’s great to be with ourselves, it gives us a lot of time to track our thoughts, as well as to get to know who we are and why we are who we are. However, don’t stay there too long. There is always a person in the world who needs you, and who needs your advice and encouragement. Reach out to others, so that you can have a better view of not only yourself, but also the other side of your world. Live life.
Keep On Moving:
My motto in life simply says this, I have one life to live, and I have to live it in a way that it inspires someone. So you do the same. Travel the world. Walk often around your neighborhood. You will meet and connect with other people and you will see the world in a different view. Live life. Keep writing. Definitely keep on moving!
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