April is here friends! Arrived with the smell of spring, blooming flowers and a promise for a beautiful summer. I have been away from “Passionnee Fatale” these past few weeks wrapping up a life in Chicago for a new adventure in Los Angeles. I have moved a lot so far in life, from Abidjan (Ivory Coast) to Whitewater (Wisconsin) to New York City to Chicago and now Los Angeles. This move has been pretty emotional Continue reading “Cheers to April, A Promise For New Beginnings”
I grew up listening to songs from this magnificent African queen. Last weekend in Chicago, I was honored to attend her story telling concert and meet Angelique Kidjo in person. This queen, vibrant with positive energy and armed with humor lit up the Harris Theater and left the crowd in awe. Continue reading “Queen Kidjo”
May you jump back up and believe harder even when you fall
May you keep the peace and conviction that it will all be ok
May you love unconditionally even when you hurt
May you rise hopeful for all the infinite possibilities life has to offer
May you believe in all your heart desires
May you be and remain happy, grateful, a fearless optimistic
An online dating tale written by my dear friend, the fearless Nicki Deng.
“Sometimes, it’s good to randomly do stuff without thinking too much.” Nicki.
A few weeks ago, I got on bumble (the dating app) right before bedtime and engaged in the swiping game. Left, left, right, left… I got two matches and decided to make the first move (what did I have to lose?). I sent my first “ hi there!” to one guy and copy – paste to the other guy. That was it for me; at least I thought that’s how the swiping game ended. I closed the app and went to brush my teeth.
I come back to plug in the charger and guess what I see? Continue reading “Short Story Series: Bumble Boy”
I first learned about Tulum 2 years ago from an article listing most favorite vacations spots for solo female travelers. I became obsessed with Tulum ever since and added it to my destinations list. When 2 months ago I found a $254 United flight to Cancun, I knew that was the universe making a way. I talked my sister into joining me and we were ready to spend Christmas week in Mexico. Here is what we learned, the places we ate and the activities we did: Continue reading “Wêrê-Wêrê on the Road: Tulum, Mexico”
Have you read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new essay on feminism: Dear Ijeawele, or a Femininst Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions ? If you haven’t, rush to her Facebook page right now and get on reading. Inspired by Adichie’s manifesto, I wanted to share my thoughts on the two points that resonated the most with me.
- You either are or you are not
There is no “kinda”, “maybe”, “potentially”. Adichie highlights that fact through my most favorite quote from her essay:”Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not”.
Many claim to be feminist but behave differently on certain matters. My friend’s husband recently got promoted and transferred to a new city. Her mom argued that a woman must follow her husband because “he is the man”. Continue reading “On Feminism, another “Cri de Coeur””
It has been just a few years since Chicago started hosting an African Fashion Week of its own featuring some of the best african designers on the globe. One of the most amazing aspects I found out at the event this past weekend, is that all the featured designers were mostly locals of Chicago representing the diversity and originality that lives in this city. See for yourself through my lenses: Continue reading “African Fashion Week Chicago 2016”
There are encounters that can change the course of your life: within seconds, hours, days or beyond. You know those people you meet and think: “I want to be you when I grow up?” A few days ago, I was introduced to this amazingly successful businesswoman who shared with me her life story and 10 tips for success. I am a strong believer that every encounter in life has a purpose: to teach us, to challenge us, to guide us and so on. Miss CB will probably never understand the magnitude of her effect on people, but her story somehow answered a question I have anxiously been asking myself for the past two years and at the same time defined my course of action to succeed with that answer. Here, the messenger, I want to share with you those advises and hope that they hit you the way they did for me. Miss CB on life: Continue reading “Think Big – How to Change your Life from Ordinary to Extraordinary”
“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.”
Pardon me? Did my question shock you? GOOD! It was meant to! But of course I meant it figuratively. I heard a high level executive today asking how someone at a much lower level had the balls to ask for something else than the generous offer made. To be honest, I thought the same thing before Mr. Executive expressed it. The requesting party created an option that none of us ever dared thinking of.
I realized that so often, we let fear get in the way of being happy, of living our life purpose, of realizing our true potential. We are afraid the answer will be no, we are afraid people will judge us, Continue reading “How Big are Your Balls?”
Mom emptied her wallet on the bed, dumping what looked like a hundred different coins of all sizes and colors. She was counting and piling the coins up in mini towers. I laid on the other side of bed watching her with amazement; I had never seen so many coins before. Mom was preparing for the “Kouroubi” Continue reading “Night of Destiny”
I might say this about all the books I feature on my blog this year :D, still “Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert” is one of the best stories I have ever read. Starting this year, I promised myself to read some fine books, to be inspired, shaken, revolutionized and so on. This book did just about that and even more. In Gilbert’s story from Italy to India and finally Indonesia, from pain to self-discovery to self-mastery to enlightenment, you are transported in this amazing spiritual journey lifting your heart and presenting a whole new perspective on life. Continue reading “Eat, Pray, Love”
One of the greatest african TV shows produced within the past few years, “an African City” is a satire of life in a modern day african city. Described by many as the african version of “Sex in the City”, the show presents the lives of young african ladies who lived most of their lives abroad and return home to build a life. Continue reading “An African City”
Have you ever reached a point where you question many of your life decisions? Do you ever wonder whether you are heading in the right direction? What is your next move? Do you ever wonder what is your life purpose? What you are truly passionate about that you can turn into a career, make it fit into your life purpose? Continue reading “What Is Your True Life Purpose?”
Weekend Meet and Greet!!! Get your social on!
It’s the Meet and Greet weekend at Dream Big!!
Ok so here are the rules:
- Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
- Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
- Edit your reblog post and add tags.
Feel free to leave your link multiple times! It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want. It is up to you!
- Share this post on social media. Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.
Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and Meet n Greet your tails off!
See ya on Monday!!
Studies by Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, showed that using and focusing on positive words can dramatically improve the chemistry in your brain and propel you into great actions. Other studies have shown that a key element to happiness is how much gratitude we express. Indeed, the experiment in the video below, shows how expressing gratitude can increase your happiness level and therefore allow you to see the good in your life and in the people around you.
As I sat this morning on my sticky mat, encouraged by my yoga teacher to focus on the goods in my life and what I was grateful for, I thought I am grateful: Continue reading “The Gratitude Experiment”
I started writing around the age 9 and discovered something I was really passionate about, something that “created a revolution in my heart”. I knew then I wanted to be a writer. My parents never took me seriously but I kept writing because I could, because it made me a better person, because I believed in me. However as I grew older, I let the fear of rejection, the fear that my art wasn’t good enough, important enough, take over me. I even postponed starting this blog for the longest time. Until one day I thought: to hell all the assumptions! I needed to let the artist in me live out, speak out. Continue reading “Creative Living: Honor the Artist within You.”
One of my resolutions for this year was to travel solo to a new land, a country I’ve never visited before. I wanted to go big: Thailand, Indonesia, Japan. I started my little research and read some great stories about solo female travelers. The one recommendation I noted from multiple solo travellers was to start small and safe with a little trip, not too far from home. So I took that advice and packed my bags for this one city I’ve been dying to see (ever since Grey’s Anatomy). Continue reading “Wêrê-Wêrê on the Road: Seattle, WA”