Saturday reflections

Life nice, eh? This morning I woke up with a deep awareness that each day presents the opportunity to be thankful for all the beautiful things and people in my life. I’m learning to practice gratitude daily in all things, big and small. Today I am thankful that I have developed the gift of goodbye. This year, more than any other in my life, letting go has become so easy.  I no longer hold on to things and people that disrupt my spirit, attempt to make me feel small and just aren’t helpful to my personal growth and development. I want to live my best life and fill it with the things and people that support me being the best. This means that I have to constantly monitor the temperature of my life and do some clearing.  This season has brought me to a place where I’m no longer afraid…

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Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams Recap

To the 35 people who turned out to last evening’s Cocktails & Conversations, thank you so much. We laughed, we cried, we showed empathy and we engaged in meaningful, and hopefully transformative conversation. Meschida Philip and I did a vid post for those of you who wanted to come but could not, and I’ll be posting some pics to the Facebook page tomorrow.   A million thanks to Sue Brathwaite for allowing us to use her space, The Connection, again and thank you to Melisa Nicholas, the best mixologist in the game for bringing us more tasty cocktails. Thank you also to Eastern Caribbean Rum Co. for sponsoring the cocktail portion of the event and of course, much love to Meschida for debuting her film with the FemmePowered/Cocktails & Conversation audience. Visit Meschida’s website and the documentary’s Facebook page to connect with her and follow her work.  Also stop by…

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Migration, separation, child displacement and barrel children

Over the past year FemmePowered has facilitated meaningful conversations that are woman-centric and community-focused in nature. This year alone we hosted discussions on mental health, finance and investing, disaster preparedness, parenting and discipline. And we are not done yet; in fact, we are on a roll, bringing a new conversation to you this week. On Wednesday FemmePowered will be hosting a Cocktails & Conversation on the issue of barrel children and the impact on the children left behind. If you are from the Caribbean, you are undoubtedly familiar with the concept of barrel children and the impact of parental migration. This time around, we will be showcasing a 12 minute film on the topic – Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams – and this will be followed up by a Q and A wth the filmmaker and open discussions. The film is written and directed by filmmaker Meschida Philip, a Grenadian living in the US and she…

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To help or to hurt. You decide.

He had not been looking well lately and I feared that his addiction had taken hold of him again. He later admitted so. Some years he had no deep craving or desire. Other years were a constant struggle. Then there were the times he relapsed. One thing was constant – for 30 years drug addiction plagued and haunted him.   I wondered what his life would have looked like had he not touched the white powder and I wondered if there was a way that he could once and for all become clean and remain so. I guess I would never know. Maybe he too, would never know. But what I did know is that I could show him kindness, charity and the grace we all need to pull us through tough days.   Drug addiction, I am learning, is a disease. It needs treating like all other ailments.We don’t look down…

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Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams

On 14th June, I’ll be hosting a very special Cocktails & Conversations. This time we’ll be looking at parental migration and the impact on the children left behind. At the center of this Cocktails & Conversations will be the screening of  Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams. Scars of Our Mother’s Dreams is a documentary that explores the impact of parental migration. The film is written and directed by filmmaker Meschida Philip, a Grenadian living in the US. Following the 12 minute film, we’ll have an open Q and A discussion with the Meschida. This is a must attend event for all the “barrel children”and those impacted by economic and parental migration. This promises to be transformative as the discussion will focus on Trans-national family structures, the material gains verses the emotional baggage that comes with migration. Attendance fee $ EC 25 Venue: The Connection, Kirani James Blvd, Upstairs Glean’s Garage, St. George’s Date: Wednesday 14th…

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