1 year in Haiti 

Today marks exactly a year since I moved back to Haiti. I love living in this country, but especially this town. Jacmel is where I grew up. I’ve been coming here since I was a month old. At age 5, I used to ride my bike around not telling anyone where I was going and I always felt safe, that was before there were so many motorcycles everywhere. I always felt free and I learned how to be independent in this country at a young age and I was always safe. 
Before moving to Haiti, I was on l antidepressants and the day I moved, I stopped taking them because I felt like I didn’t need them anymore. I felt more at peace with myself and my surroundings. When I was younger, every time I would come visit Jacmel, I would say one day I am going to move back and finally I did. This is my home, it is the place where I feel that I belong. This is the place that I fell in love. This is where I met Chris and got to know him and fell in love with him. Chris is the most wonderful thing that has happened to me. I found a man who is my partner, my best friend and my everything. He is my home. This is where I plan on raising my kids. 

Haiti is such a beautiful country. I always felt a little bit of a misfit everywhere else and here, I feel like I belong. It’s been a crazy amazing year! This was he best decision I ever made. Moving here was fate. 

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This is my first time having a big dog. I adore him. He makes me feel safe. He is an amazing g dog and he is growing up so fast and becoming bigger every day. 

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I know I haven’t written in a while, I will try to be better on updating about my life. 

It’s crazy how much has changed in the last 5 months and how fast those 5 months have gone by. 

5 months ago, I started seeing my boyfriend Chris and two weeks later, we moved in. That’s been an adventure of it’s own. Being with someone and living with them is different. Being in charge of the house hold and learning to do has been crazy. I feel lucky to be with him every day. He is a real man who puts me first before everything. He protects me, supports me and loves me. 

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Our dog 

Chris and I just got a German Shepherd. He is 2 months old. 

We named him Zeiss after the German camera lens. It’s what I get for being with a photographer. 

His birthday is January 11th just like me. Getting this dog seemed like it was meant to be.

He is very handsome and adorable. We love him already. 

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Goodbye 2016

A lot of people are saying how 2016 has been the worst year, but for me it has been the best year. I feel like every year for me is better then the last. I accomplished a lot of things.

In 2016:

-I worked my butt of at La Sorbonne

-I graduated from La Sorbonne 

-I decided to move back to Haiti 🇭🇹

– My beautiful God daughter Arya was born 

-I made the move to Haiti and it was the best decision I made as I found my place. 

-I started my first teaching job

-I found an amazing community of people 

-I met someone who was the biggest surprise of 2016 and who makes me so incredibly happy. ❤ We started seeing each other and 2 weeks later, we moved in together. I fell in love with him. He was the unexpected and the best part of 2016. He is so good to me and I can’t imagine not being with him. 

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Hope everyone had a good christmas

Happy Holidays. Hope everyone has a great Christmas.

Christmas was a little different this year for me. I was unable to go home to LA to be with my family. It strange being in Haiti without my family and my family felt my absence as well. My brother, Harley and I make Christmas what it is.

I loved being with my boyfriend on Christmas. It was our first Christmas together, but it was not the same. I did not feel like it was really Christmas. Next year, I will go home and try to bring my boyfriend with me. 

I missed our Christmas Eve dinner, especially the delicious ham so Chris got a pig which was killed and we will be eating a lot of pig in different ways.

Our Christmas in LA are part of tradition. Every Christmas Eve, my brother gets his gifts, wraps them on Christmas morning. Christmas morning, I wake up and try to wake up everyone else up. Tell Harley to finish wrapping. This year, they were still sleeping at 9:30, which is not normal. We open the presents, eat left overs, nap, watch movies, eat, sleep, eat and sleep and take a Christmas hike.

I missed being with my family. Presents are nice, but to me being with my family is enough. At least, I will see my family in February for a few days which I am excited for.

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Christmas in Haiti

For the first time in a long time, I will not spending Christmas in LA with my family and strangely I am okay with him. Every year, I was always very traditional about Christmas and I had to be there. Harley did try to get me a ticket to come home, but I saw the prices and I told him to skip it and to get me a ticket for January. It turned out to be February as it was cheaper and I am okay with that.

I get to spend Christmas with Chris. I love being with him. He got to spend thanksgiving together and now, Christmas. This is my first real relationship, my first real adult relationship. We live together. When I am not at work, I am with him.

I am excited to be with him for Christmas. It will show how our future will be. I want this to be it. He is everything I have ever wanted in a guy.

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