To Ms. Lauryn

“To those supporters who were told that I abandoned them, that is untrue. I abandoned greed, corruption, and compromise, 
never you, and never the artistic gifts and abilities that sustained me.”

-Lauryn Hill 

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Since the release of ‘Neurotic Society’ by Lauryn Hill this month, I’ve been hearing and reading conflicting reviews.

To be quite honest, I haven’t listened to this song as yet. I’m afraid that I may not like it. The good reviews have been very
good. The bad reviews have been VERY bad. There’s no ‘in between’. At worst, I could be disappointed by this new release- this is my fear.

I promise myself to do so however, after writing this post.

Hours ago, my Twitter timeline began buzzing with the news that the Grammy-winning Ms. Lauryn Hill’s failure to pay
federal income taxes for three years had earned her a prison sentence.

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There were again, mixed reviews and comments. Hows, WHATs, Damns and then some HA!HAs . Some Good-for-hers.. Some Let’s-feel-sorry-for-hers..

Well this tweet about summed it up.

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Ms. Lauryn… I can never forget your performance in the film Sister Act 2.. I still get goosebumps.

I love you for giving us The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

I listen to you sing about Zion and think about all the parents who sacrificed for their children somehow.

When I hear your name, I think of your beautiful music and NOTHING else.

Can’t we just say that Lauryn gave us good music?

5 Challenges Everyone Must Try

Personal Challenges keep me sane. Knowing that I’ve decided to start something, endured the full period and started seeing positive results or changes- however small they may be, is a great feeling. So, I’ve decided that I’m going to do a personal challenge again in the upcoming month. In deliberation, I’m running back and forth through a mental list of the challenges I’ve done before, attempted or thought of doing, and trying to decide which one would be a good idea.

I compiled a list of 5 of these great challenges to share with my readers: 5 Challenges Everyone Must Try.
Of course my list is female-biased but nonetheless, no one is excluded from trying any of these challenges.

If you are new to any of these challenges, doing it as a group challenge is probably the best way to start off. It is easier to stay on track because it’s so easy to lose focus at first. The idea of competition is also always a great source of motivation.

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The Hide Your Hair Challenge is personally the most fun challenge I’ve done. I did a lot of protective styling (mainly updos) during this challenge. When I get tired of wearing my hair up I simply switch to wearing it down and then continue the cycle. However I wasn’t able to do this during the challenge because I had to hide my hair and protect my ends. After the first 2 weeks I had to get creative with my hair and the styles. That was the fun part and the challenge altogether was a great change. It made me take styling seriously for once.

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30-Day Squat Challenges have gone viral. Although I’ve never done a squat challenges, I used to include squats in my regular exercise routines so I know how challenging it could be. Squats are a great workout for your lower body and are among the few exercises that are super easy to do at home. The good thing about the squat challenges that I’ve seen so far is that they include proper rest days and the difficulty level increases. I know a lot of beginners are complaining about the pain of trying to walk the next day. Well..the old cliche No Pain, No Gain works well with exercise.

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The 8-A Day or eight glasses of water a  day is something I try to live by. You don’t have to literally drink an eight ounce glass of water 8 times daily. What you eat, how much extra physical activity and your body’s needs determine how much more water you need. Water intake depends on individual needs. What I’ve learned to do is drink small amounts of water regularly or when I really feel the need to. Carrying around a bottle of water instead of buying juice also helps. It’s a hard habit to get into but it was really worth it after some time. Your body will really thank you later..

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This was a personal challenge idea that I got from a book. Unfortunately, I cannot remember the title/author of this book. The aim of the challenge is to say something positive or give a compliment to someone you may not know too well (since it’s easier to be nice to people we are familiar with). This self-development challenge was an uncomfortable one at first since I’m shy with strangers in person. I know you’re probably wondering how giving someone a compliment makes YOU feel better. A compliment works positively both ways- for both giver and receiver. Try it..

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The Eat Healthy Challenge  combined with the 8-a day challenge, has bigger and better overall health benefits. But it is my least favourite, most frequently attempted and least successful challenge to date. I love junk food. The End. Okay, eating healthy is a great choice and we all know that it’s something we should be doing so, but it’s hard right? Junk food is my weakness so I make up a million excuses. This is the one challenge that I’ve only attempted too many times to count. But I think that it’s also the one challenge that everyone should try- Including myself again. So, motivation anyone?

T&T Carnival: Masquerade Dream

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2013 has come and gone. And who was not there? Me.
One costume that I really had my eye on this year was Azure by the Tribe Mas Band. pic3Of all the costumes that I saw myself
masquerading in my carnival dreams, Azure by the Tribe Mas Band topped them off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Trinidad’s Carnival finally over, I am anxiously awaiting our own upcoming Carnival. Carnival in Trinidad is one of (if not) the most looked forward to in the Caribbean and is definitely on my list of events to not miss in the very near future. Carnival climaxes on Tuesday with masqueraders taking to the streets to display their costumes. Ooooh the costumes..

THE COSTUMES. I love Trinidad’s carnival costumes with a passion. The traditional type costumes and the ‘bikini and feathers alone’ costumes are equally amazing. However every year I keep my eyes on the party bands, as I call them. These bands are fun over competition and cater for a good party time on the road. Their costumes are the original bikini and feathers costumes, and the best. They are light and allow you to get on, misbehave and party hard. I love these itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny barely covering costumes, though some may label them too skimpy and non-traditional.

I’ve yet to muster up the courage to wear one. (I’m just really afraid of my boobs falling out in public. It’s one of my worst nightmares.) So, tell me what you think. I’ve also attached some links for those of you wondering how you can get into the Carnival fun in the future.

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pic1Tribe costume images featured are via TRIBE Carnival FaceBook Page. You can check out their costume designs, band launchings and other band related info. Their website Carnivaltribe.com also contains masqueraders and costume info. 

TriniJungleJuice.com images via their website. Also, check out more photos on their FaceBook Page

All other Photos are via carnivalinfo.com. They have great info and pictures on T&T Carnival. Check them out.