Blogger Recognition Award

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!


Happy Journey!


  1. Eliza   The Road to There…
  2. Tom and Audrey    “USA Through Our Eyes”     
  3. Jack Shalom Jack Shalom
  4. Dr. Andrea Dinardo Thriving Under Pressure
  5.  Surya Ramachandran The peepal
  6. Kiran Goswami The PenGirl
  7. Aman Pan BrewNSpew
  8. Miriam Hurdle The Showers of Blessing
  9.  Ipuna Black      IPUNA BLACK
  10. Ashleya Nicole A Genuis Creat



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58 thoughts on “Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Wow, Oristel! What a touching touching touching story you have. I didn’t move from another country, but I can relate to many of your struggles. I came from an abusive home environment myself. I used to pray (because that’s all I could do) for a better life and to know that there was more to life than the hell hole I was living in. I felt like God carried me through my childhood. I grabbed a hold of my future and went to college with no help. My high school counselor told me to get a vocation because college isn’t for everyone. My English teacher (one of them) told me I wasn’t good another for her advanced placement class. Now, I have a PhD in Nursing, and I have a literary agent. We can overcome all odds, and we can let the youth know they can do it too in the process. Thank you for sharing your touching story. You are amazing! ❤️ And thanks for the nomination. Now I have work to do. 😬​

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    1. WOW! See what I mean! Everyone needs a little bit of encouragement, and I think it is up to us to offer that to the one who is still living in a house of lost hopes and dreams! Thank you so very very much for sharing, and I remember I read something like that in your blog. We will achieve with our determined heart. I believe so.

      Yes, lol! It took me quite a few minutes or even an hour before I published it. You can do it! 😏

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  2. Congratulations! Your story is very encouraging. Your reason for blogging is very inspiring too. Thank you for sharing your past with us…May God bless you in your endeavors!
    And Thank you very much for the nomination. It is a great honor. I’ll write about it soon.😊

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  3. Congratulations on the award and for another inspiring post! What an incredible life story! You have so much to share with the world Oristel. A spirit of resilience and thriving that would not be there without the struggle. Warms my heart to see how you pay it all forward. Speaking of which, thank you so much for the nomination. I am truly honoured. That said, I do not accept blogger award nominations. Please pass the goodness on to someone else. 🙂 🙂

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  4. I absolutely love all of your posts. You are so inspiring and I always leave your blog feeling happiness and hope in my heart. Among all of that, you were so kind to nominate me. Thank you so much, my wonderful friend. I greatly appreciate this. 🙂

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  5. How nice to know more about you brother! What you’ve been through and your firm resolve to rise above it all is so inspiring! Keep on fighting. Keep on moving! Your story is an encouragement to those who can relate to it as well as those who are aspiring for a much better life and living conditions.

    All the best, Oristel!

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    1. Thank youuuuuuuu very much Andrei! I feel the love ❤️. Thank you so much. our struggles in our lives make us who we are and because of those tough times that we had to overcome help us to feel and understand the pain of others. 😊🙈 yes, I will keep on moving even if the wind is on my face. 😏😊 Once again, thank youuuuuuuu for not only being my reader, but also for being a great friend to me!❤️😊🙈👈🏾

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    1. Thank so much!!! 😊😊🙈🙈 That’s okayyyy, I would have gone through it one or another. So, it happened to bent childhood, and that’s okay! 😊 Yes! Thank God! Otherwise, I would have been dead and gone. 😩

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      1. So thankful God gave you hope and held your hand through it all. ********Thank you Father, for being in this man’s life as a child, for parenting him and comforting him when his own parents couldn’t or wouldn’t. Thank you that he is now using all of this to inspire and encourage others… amen!

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  6. Oristel, we meet again! 🙂 Your story is an inspiration to me and many others who have read it. You are a brave and courageous young person who has suffered greatly but who has not allowed evil and suffering to break you but has shown what an amazing soul you are. You have used your past to uplift and encourage others. Long may you prosper and enjoy the rest of your life and may God continue to guard, guide and protect you.:)

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    1. Awwwwwww! Thank youuuuu so very much! I am indeed happy that we have met on here. Somehow, it makes me feel so connected and feel as if we have known for years. Thank you so very much! Though, it was hard to cope with life, especially when everything was falling down on me at once. 🙂 Thank you once again!

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      1. Awwwwww! Oristel you are so welcome. Your story is my story too, only it has taken me a lot longer to forgive, put the past behind me and ‘move on’. Your post so reminded me to keep on that path. I too am grateful for this connection and I know that God works in mysterious ways to bring about light and healing in our lives. Thank you! 🙂
        ps. Your ‘English’ is great! Don’t worry what others say about you – you are perfect in your imperfection! 🙂

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