Cindy Similien-Johnson

Tell Our Stories
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Tell Our Stories

The other day, I came across a post on social media. Nathalie Lubin, a mother and aspiring author, had asked the public, “Do you know of any Haitian children’s books actually written by a Haitian?” She was building a library for her four-year-old son. By the next morning, she received messages from near and far,…

Transformation Begins With You
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Transformation Begins With You

Part Four As I search what it means to be “Haitian,” I come across individuals whose gifts and talents in their respective fields gives me the opportunity to experience and relive my memories of Haiti. In this series, I will feature seven individuals. Their life’s work not only help those of Haitian descent like myself…

Transformation Begins With You
Ayiti Chic

Transformation Begins With You

Part Three As I search what it means to be “Haitian,” I come across individuals whose gifts and talents in their respective fields gives me the opportunity to experience and relive memories of Haiti. In this series, I will feature seven individuals. Their life’s work not only help those of Haitian descent like myself reconnect…

Economic Empowerment: Take Control of Your Finances
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Economic Empowerment: Take Control of Your Finances

What affects every aspect of a person’s life – from education to health, from career to relationships? It’s only one word, and two syllables – money. When the topic of money is presented, temperatures arise, pulse rates increase, and people shift in their seats. The subject causes discomfort for most individuals. They never have enough…

Know Who You Are: Facing Criticism
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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,…

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