Cindy Similien-Johnson

Know Who You Are: Facing Criticism
Ayiti Chic

Know Who You Are: Facing Criticism

There’s a Haitian proverb that says, “Pa achte figi moun.” In essence it means, “Don’t try to flatter people.” The proverb admonishes to never demean ourselves to obtain worth and value in the sight of others. The proverb also underscores that we will go mad if we try to please people. No matter what you…

Transformation Begins With You
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Transformation Begins With You

Part Two Transformation truly begins with you. In my last article, “Transformation Begins With You, Part One,” I discussed the importance of knowing who you are. As you gain a better understanding of who you are, what you do, and where you are going, you can effectively bring the changes you wish to see in…

Believe in Yourself
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Believe in Yourself

“Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do… but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” – VENUS WILLIAMS When are you going to start using that talent? You know what I’m talking about. It’s the…

Create A Vision For Your Life
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Create A Vision For Your Life

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” –PROVERBS 29:18 (KJV) Take a minute to survey your surroundings. What do you see? Every single thing that you can see, hear, or touch first began with a thought. Someone had to think of the structure of the building you’re living in, the chair you’re sitting on,…

Surround Yourself With Positivity
Ayiti Chic

Surround Yourself With Positivity

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. –HELEN KELLER Have you ever been around someone who complains non-stop and points out every single thing that’s wrong or could go wrong? They always hope for the worst and assume awful things about people. They place the blame on the world for…

Discover Your Purpose: Use What You Have
Ayiti Chic

Discover Your Purpose: Use What You Have

I had the great honor of meeting the legendary and international Haitian Singer/Superstar, Emeline Michel, at the “Voices from Haiti: Artists as Activists” Panel Discussion on Thursday, March 2, 2017. It was hosted by CUNY Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College. I came across the event through social media, and I decided to go because…

Ayiti Chic

How to Maintain Financial Integrity

Are you guilty of dipping into your savings account to purchase shoes and clothes which are “on sale”? Or, do you find yourself borrowing money and never paying it back? You’re not the only one. Thousands of people across the nation compromise their financial integrity. They do it every month when they don’t pay the…

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Transformation Begins With You

Part One There’s this meme I saw the other day. It was an image of a Black woman, and at the top of the picture was the question, “What’s your talent?” The answer was written at the bottom in bold letters: “I am Black.” It is humorous; however, being Black wherever you are in the…

Help! I’m Always Broke
Ayiti Chic, Columns

Help! I’m Always Broke

“Can you cover for me?” Do you always find yourself asking your friends this question whenever you’re at a restaurant? It’s one of the most humiliating and shameful experiences. You just got your paycheck on Friday, and it’s already gone. You are a responsible person, but you just can’t get your finances together. How do you…

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