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Laurna’s Vacation 2018

Laurna’s Vacation 2018

Picture witnessing someone being hit over by a bus while she’s taking a photo, your purse falling into the hotel’s man made waterfall and being an hour late for the show. That’s just to name a few of the things which took place during my 2018 vacation!

I highly anticipated this vacation as Hurricane Maria practically ruined my plans last year when my sister and I first bought our tickets to St Lucia. Having paid to change our dates, we were packed and ready to go.

 

 

May 10th 2018 my vacation begins, hair braided with my make up on fleek my sister Carlisle and good friends Alicia and Miguel and I are all on the Express. It’s my first time travelling and I choose to stand at the back of the boat where the view of the ocean is great and the sea occasionally splashes your skin. The sun is blazing hot and I’m grateful for the awesome weather, though I am nervous as hell my sister and Miguel accompany me to the back and keep checking on me to ensure I’m ok. Within a few minutes out unto the ocean a group from Martinique begins playing music, I mean beating wooden drums, clapping and singing, they seem to be a cultural band returning to Martinique from a performance and they literally rock the boat. Everyone begins dancing, singing and clapping and I was happy to get the distraction because the sea became choppy after a while and moving from side to side helped me adjust to the sea’s motion.

Everyone seems to be enjoying the ride, I’m surrounded by smiles and happy people and I can feel this is going to be an amazing vacation.

We check into Jennifer’s hideaway in the late afternoon after being on the water for four hours we are a little later than expected. The immigration line was long and tiring and we were the last ones to get through. However, feeling so overwhelmed did not distract me from the beauty of St Lucia, (Miguel‘s friend Yannick from St Lucia was courteous enough to pick us up from the ferry to the guesthouse). The island was so similar yet vastly different from my homeland Dominica, similar by the trees and nature, but they were so creative with their infrastructure that I was intrigued. The guesthouse was about 20 minutes away from the town Castries and we get to this forest as we drove in. Tall and short trees, trees of different shades of green, majestic and splendid fortress as we drove on dry leaves to approach the guesthouse. We are greeted by this petite, silver haired queen by the door of this lovely flat house surrounded by colourful flora and fauna.

Within a few minutes of surveying the house we knew we would have stayed, there was this porch decorated by amazing flowers and plants including the marijuana plant, overlooking the town and the harbour. The rest of the house was homely with ornaments from china, china and silverware with walls covered with abstract paintings that Jennifer painted herself some of which were scary looking with eyes that peered at you and dark paint that resembled something else, however we overlooked this and stayed.  This was her home she kindly rented out to tenants and we couldn’t have refused.

The girls and I share a room with two beds while Miguel bunks alone, as we begin unpacking and prepare to hit the town. Miguel and Yannick organize for a rental for the four days we are going to be here and the drive is about an hour to get to the rental place. Being famished we decided to go along with them in hopes of finding food along the way.

The island of St Lucia is breath-taking, with lush green mountains like Dominica and similar housing schemes I feel like I am home away from home. We eventually stopped at a road side snakette, and discover that they sell some of the best local fish burgers and tamarind juice and huge pies for only $3.00, I can’t believe the food here is so awesome and cheap. From the rentals we drive back to the guesthouse and prepare to hit the town to go to see some karaoke that my cousin told me about. Getting to the town at night proved to be no easy trip, as we navigated using GPS, I get scared as hell in hopes that we don’t get lost. Miguel being the ambitious leader of the group seems confident and doesn’t panic as we journey through the roads of St Lucia in hopes of finding this small restaurant my cousin told me about. After driving through several streets, Miguel decided to call Yannick who gave us directions. We drive to Rodney Bay and the place is lit, I mean the entire street is lined up with malls bars and restaurants. Lights, music, excitement and hundreds of people are crowding up the place, I’ve never seen anything like this so I’m taken aback and I really love this place.

 

Live band is playing at the Keebees restaurant, waitresses at your beck and call, ambience is lovely and the vibe is amazing. The next day we plan to go to the traffic department to get a permit for the rental and to also do some shopping and purchase tickets to attend the Jazz Festival. We know this is going to be fun as we navigate to get to the town still using GPS, we enjoy the scenery. Our day consist of a wild goose chase to first the airport then the actual traffic department as we were given the wrong directions, at the end of it we found out that we didn’t need the permit. We didn’t know whether to laugh or be angry as we wasted half our day but discovered more of the island as a result and bought mangoes and bananas along the way something we hadn’t seen for over 9 months since hurricane Maria destroyed our island.

 

We finally made our way to Rodney Bay to shop and to also collect tickets for tonight’s Jazz concert at The Royalton five star Hotel. The malls are adjacent to each other and run as far as the eyes can see; we do not know where to start. We eventually start shopping and find out that clothes here are also cheap, so we’re shopping like crazy. We get café latees at the famous Felly Belly and we’re laughing and having a good time. We ask around as to where we can purchase the tickets and we’re directed to the Cell which is in one of the malls. We all purchase our tickets $100 each and realize the show starts at 7 which meant we didn’t have much time left. Alicia hadn’t found a dress for the festival and so we hurried off while Miguel is annoyed that he got to wait on us. So we help her look around some more passing her dresses ,while she’s trying them on in the dressing room. Carlistle and I get lost looking for outfits of our own when a young lady calls at us and tells us someone is asking for us in the dressing room. We rush to the dressing room to find Alicia in panic as she holds unto her trousers

”What happened?” we ask “I peed on myself” she cried, she explained how she had been holding it and when she was about to use the washroom she lost control. The floor and her trousers were wet and I became frantic. Carlistle calmed us down as she went looking for the cheapest pair of trousers she could find while Alicia switches dressing rooms. Carlisle returns with a pair of black leggings and we tell her to put it on quickly so we can get out of there before the sales reps can notice anything. Carliste and I return to the racks to casually search for more dresses to pretend like nothing is wrong, we notice one of the sale girls survey the dressing room and my heart skip. I become so nervous and hope they won’t notice it was us. We then over heard two of the sales girls discuss that someone peed in one of the dressing rooms, and we become more worried. Carliste keeps praying for Alicia to hurry up as Miguel comes up to us.

‘’Are you guys ready? Because I wanted to get some Domino’s Pizza before we leave’’

Carlistle and I exchange worried looks ‘’ Where’s Alicia?’’ he ask before we could reply she walks out of the dressing room and we tell him let’s get that pizza.

It’s after six and we are waiting on the pizza, we each discuss what we bought, while Miguel gets distracted by his phone Alicia still feels embarrassed and is still in shock, she asks us to promise never to tell anyone. (P.S her name has been changed obviously for this story lol).

We get the pizza 20 minutes later and we are rushing out of Rodney’s Bay knowing we are late for Jazz Fest, realizing we won’t get time to eat; we eat the pizza along the way while Miguel is still trying to remember the road back to the guesthouse.

 

We eventually made it to the guesthouse and Miguel sets off the alarm awakens a threated Jennifer who thinks someone is robbing her, we quickly calm her down, apologise and offer her pizza to make up.

Getting dressed takes forever since I’ve been planning my look months ahead, I actually had an African print pants made just for this occasion. The girls and I step out of our rooms and Miguel looks at me in a surprised manner, smiles and kind of blushes. He politely compliments us all

‘’You look good yourself’’ I uttered as he opens the front door for us, you might be wondering why Miguel and I aren’t a thing well… that’s not what this blog is about so I’ll just focus on the vacation for now lol.

We are driving towards the hotel and Miguel is confident he knows the way as he goggled it, I am nervous while everyone else is excited. I hope St Lucians don’t keep their time as Dominicans I said as its now after 7pm, we all laugh and all hope the same thing. We made it to the Parking Lot where policemen showed us where to park and from there a shuttle drives us to the Hotel. The Royalton Hotel as the name suggest is majestic with a huge waterfall curtaining an illumination over the name Royalton. However on getting closer to the hotel we see hundreds of guests emitting the entrance on the set red carpet. Did we miss the show I asked myself as we got out the shuttle, people were emitting the hotel while others were standing outside in small groups laughing and in heavy discussion, I went up to this well dressed gentleman and asked him kindly if we missed the show

‘’Yes, the show is over’’ he said in a French accent as he smiled we couldn’t believe it, I quickly went up to a policeman and asked the same question

‘’Yes, it just ended’’ he replied I looked at my friends and we were all in disbelief we were too late. There was this couple who came on the shuttle with us who also couldn’t believe it. I mean how our money could go to waste like that, the policemen advised us to go speak to the organizers who sat behind a table near the entrance. We told them our situation and how we didn’t know the show would be so short. They told us that there was this other show at 11, so we should hold unto our tickets and could possibly get into the next show. That was bit of a relief but we had three whole hours before the next show. We decided to sit near the waterfall take pictures and wait, to our amazement we were not the only ones waiting on the next show and other people were taking photos as well. While taking pictures a bus that was turning in the yard accidently bounced into a girl who was distracted taking photos, she didn’t notice the bus coming. We screamed and people run to her, my heart burned in my chest and saw no sign of her as the bus seemed to run over her. Miguel went together with other persons to see what happened. The three of us were worried and hoped she was ok, Miguel came back after speaking with the rest of the persons at the sight, he told us hopefully she was ok and the review mirror was what knocked her. We thanked God then sat back near the fountain when my sister’s purse fell into the waterfall, “This is the worst vacation” she cried as we managed to fish it out of the water.

“Don’t say that” I told her, hopefully her phone wasn’t in the purse but her ticket for the festival got soaked. We all looked at each other and laughed out real hard; this definitely was a vacation we wouldn’t forget.

 

Two hours later persons began going in for the second show, finally we could go in, we each gave the guy at the entrance our tickets and went in laughing at Carlisle’s embarrassing expression as she handed over her wet ticket. Inside we were greeted with a glass of fine, wine and smiling faces. The set up for the jazz was amazing, huge stage overlooking the 100s of tables and chairs. Each table covered in white table cloths and colourful candles, the ambience is so intriguing. We went to a table with chairs of four and waitresses soon serve us finger foods. The Show commences with a great MC who opens the stage with a DJ (can’t recall his name) but he’s Caucasian, long hair combed back with a hat covering his face. He begins to play this real old school R&B and the crowd goes wild, I realize it’s a bunch of grown folks at this jazz festival and I thank God I’m a 90’s baby who happens to love Old school. Every song he puts on we all sing along and couple of people stand and start dancing. The place is hyped and we are singing and dancing, unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures or any video recordings. The main act comes out Lalah Hathaway and she is spectacular and gave a great performance, one that brought couples up front to dance with their sweetheart and I’m goshing and cherishing every moment. The show ended about minutes to 1am and everyone can’t stop talking about the show I am glad I encouraged them to attend.

We are still using GPS to find our way back to the guesthouse and somewhere along the way we decide to take a short cut and got lost, we drove to a tunnel that brought us to a dirt road with a dead end. We didn’t panic as we quickly found our way back to the main road and headed safely home.

The next day we decide to dedicate towards shopping since yesterday was a bit rushed we head back to Rodney Bay and we shop and eat till night fall. We simmer down at this restaurant and Miguel calls Yannick up to come join us since we hadn’t really hung out with him. Yannick and his girlfriend meet up with us an hour later and bring us to this bar one of their friends own just to chill and hang out. The manager offers us all a sit and he has two other friends with him so they begin talking about the spiritual realm and it goes from interesting to being really weird. This guy talks about his out of body experience and becoming an enlightened being, from Jesus to obtaining Power to do things I soon realize Yannick and his girl are into some really freaky things.

Luckily my cousin calls us up and says she is coming over to greet us, she shows up a few minutes later and after the introductions she asks us if we want to go for a quick drive around the town so she can show us a few places. We excused ourselves and off we went, the town was up and still busy as she showed us different hotels even bringing us into one to use the washroom. The Blue Coral was the hotel’s name and it was beautiful, with air conditioned washrooms and lovely pool bars, she told us to return so we could have a one day pass to spend at the hotel.

We make it back home and we’re exhausted after a long day of shopping, the next day our last day on this beautiful island, which happened to be Mother’s Day, Yannicks girlfriend decided to take us hiking and sailing at the Sandals Hotel. She used to work there so she got to sign us up for sailing for free as she said they owed her for all the stuff she’s done for them.

We waited for Yannick and his girl Keisha the next morning and we almost thought they cancelled because we were waiting for hours. However the hours were not wasted as Jennifer took the time to relish us about her life as a model in England in her younger days; she also starred in a 70’s movie called Life on Mars I think. Her model photos were numerous and lovely and she had aged beautifully. All this while we were being housed by a local celebrity, I couldn’t believe it. They finally arrive to tell us the hiking been cancelled because of a Mother’s Day event the section of the hiking was closed off. But we were told that the sailing was still on and that we should hold our swim suits. The drive to the beach was fun as we chatted about how much fun we were having and how we needed to come back soon. We also decided to go to the theatre later that night as that was one of the things I wanted to do while here. We arrive at the parking lot and walk across to the beach, on the left side of the road was the hotel and it was beautiful. With luscious green yards, beds and hammocks, like something straight out of a Travel magazine cover.

We head to a food snackette on the beach and get some food to eat as we hadn’t eaten anything since morning; we get some delicious St Lucian cuisine that causes us to lick our fingers. As we enjoy our meals, live music is beginning to play and the infamous Hotel California song comes on, Yannick begins to sing along and he goes on to explain what the song means. My sister and I exchange looks and wondered if Yannick couldn’t be any weirder. So we ended our meals and head towards the Marina where we come to the water Sports area alongside the Sandals hotel where there were many cabanas, lodge chairs and tourists. Many tourists, tourist seated at the beach restaurant which was beautifully decorated in aqua and tortoise colours, tourists at the tables beneath the umbrellas, tourist laying beneath their cabanas, tourists at the two swings made out in the sea and tourist engaging in several of the water sports . They were trying out the water skies, while a family were at kayaking and some were far out into the sea sailing, sailing the thing we came here to do. Our names were written down and we quickly changed into our bathing suits, placed on life jackets and spilt into groups of three.

We were far out into the sea with Kiesha as our sailor and Yannick was out with Miguel and Alicia. Kiesha and Yann had taken a sailing class some time back and learnt well enough to give us this treat. The water felt great splashing against my skin and the wind enveloped us in its awesome splendour. Things were going smooth till we needed to change sides and the hob cat almost capsized causing Carlistle to deep beneath some waves, I panicked as I was scared for her life, knowing she can’t swim, her face remained expressionless and it all happened so fast. Kiesha took quick control of the situation and luckily we did not turn over. We laughed it off minutes later and enjoyed the rest of sailing as normal. We decided to head back to shore as the wind began going against the sailes,we made it safely back to shore and went over to some floating pools on the water while we waiting for Yannick’s team to return.

They eventually joined us and told us of their tales as we told them of ours; we were all laughing and grinning at the same time. We relaxed in the pool some more then did some swimming. Looking at the beautiful hotel before us and the beauty of the sun on this lovely day I smiled knowing I enjoyed myself and was going to miss this place.

 

We headed back home about minutes to five to return to go to the theatre as planned. However between packing and getting ready to go to the movies we arrived five minutes late for the movie we were supposed to see at 7pm. Yannick and Kiesha decided to wait with us for the next movie that started at 8:15 so we could see it from the beginning. It was pretty sweet on their part but we had to return the vehicle to the rentals by 10 and no doubt we were going to be late for that as well. But in St Lucia time went out the window as we were on vacation darn it.

The Avengers Infinity ended after 10 and it did not disappoint, quickly after we made our way out of town and towards the rentals. The owner wasn’t pleased about the time we returned but brushed it off after Yann explained the situation. We all made ourselves in Yannicks jeep and headed back to the guesthouse. It began to dawn on me that this vacation was really over and my heart felt heavy.

We got back to the guesthouse to meet Jennifer waiting on us; she had made out four autographed paintings of hers to us. She told us how she enjoyed our company and would miss us terribly.

The next day we were packed and ready to leave and head out to meet the Ferry at 7am, with sleep in our eyes. I looked at the streets, trees, the town Castries who we were too busy to visit; one last time (I secretly promised I’d be back to visit as four days was just not enough).We waved Yann good bye and my heart cried as we said good bye to the lovely island of St Lucia.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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poetry

Green Galaxies

A trail of mystery

Gravity cant hold back hearts intertwined in life times passed,a soul that searches for only one spirit.

Its not just you baby it’s,your soul your very trail,your genius,

Your pink lips,your green eyes your aura.

Your pieces of a missing galaxy,pieces found only in me,

Pieces of a missing galaxy ,pieces found only in me.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

adventure, bloglife, Writers Space

There is more than what meets the eye..

Exploring the unknown..

Have you wondered what it would be like if we could see and hear more than the normal range of sight and sound? What if we could see energies and more into the spiritual realm what would we do? what would we accomplish?

Eyes have not seen nor ears heard the things that God has in store for us His children,the promises he has set aside for us to accomplish. But if we never believe or explore them think about the chances we are missing out on. I believe we are powerful beyond measure and we can accomplish many,great things if we trusted ourselves to believe that it’s possible.

If we rose from our depression and low thinking and decided that we too are worthy of love,peace,belonging,wealth and happiness. We too deserve a shot and we got this. We step up and make our own tables instead of waiting on others to invite us at theirs.

We trust our journeys and always make the best of situations as they come. Life has proven to be difficult at most,with lots of unanswered questions at every bend. But the fact that we are here,means there is a reason,oftentimes bigger than ourselves and small and not recognizable at first glance,but it is there. Like a little mustard seed awaiting faith to sprout up and grow into something beautiful and grand.

The lessons we learn,the character molding that oftentimes bruises us is all for the bigger picture.We have to trust our process,learn as much as we can and thread steadily forward and remain hopeful.

To my brothers and sisters that are struggling my advice to you is be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,don’t give up,keep believing in you,keep believing that one day things must get better. Faith is all that is needed to manifest your blissful reality.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

Relationships and Marriage

When will He give me a ring?

Have you guys seen the movie “He’s not that into you”? It is  a 2010  American movie  which features about four different couples and singles facing every day relationship problems which makes them conclude that their partner really is not that into them.

One of the couples featured is starlet Jennifer Anniston alongside Ben Affleck, who plays a couple that has been together for over seven years and has not been married. Ben Affleck’s character actually does not believe in marriage and rather just love and live together with his partner without ever committing to her. After being put into that realization Jennifer breaks up with Ben and concludes that if a man is with you for over seven years and has not married you ,he is never going to marry you.

This may sound like just another girl flick but I’ve come into contact with women who are in similar situations that got me wondering what are these women doing wrong?

I have this female friend of mine who has been with her boyfriend for a similar seven years and he has yet proposed. She’s a great cook, she caters to him and by the looks of things I know they love each other. She appears to be wifey material and she is a woman who knows what she wants yet still he cant seem to wife her. Their relationship has not been perfect though as he did mess up and there was someone else for a season of seven months. But they got through that and reconciled and today are happily in love again. She no doubt loves him and is waiting on that big question as she sees she can spend the rest of her life with him as they have been through the worst together.

There is this second couple I know  who has been together for five years and he has not proposed, they live together and they too has had their shares of infidelity but they stuck it out and  today they’re  still together and she does everything a wife suppose to do but he still hasn’t wifed her. The question is what are they doing wrong?

There is this third woman whose been with her partner for several years and they even got a seven year old son. He has given her nothing but stress although she has been a good woman to him. She’s cooked, cleaned and taken care of him and he has cheated on her several times and she stayed. Although this one I wouldn’t recommend she await any ring for it is a hopeless situation.

There are countless situations of  women with  men giving them their love, time, womb and devotion wondering what else they need to do for a man to propose and commit. I am recently single and I feel in a better stance to talk about things since I’ve been through a similar situation. Most times men don’t marry women they don’t respect and lots of men are afraid of commitment. Me personally feel that if a man is wasting your time you need to put your foot down and let him know what time it is. We as women should have standards and never put down those standards for any one not even your beloved. If those standards are constantly not being met I recommend walking away with your pride and dignity while you still have it.

P.S it is said that a man knows within the first six months of a relationship whether he wants to marry you or not.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

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Moving on

Hey guys,

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged about my life and what’s going on with me personally. I really do want to be more real when it comes to my blogs and write  about  the daily issues that we face as humans. It is solely my desire to inspire people through my writing,after all this  is the main purpose behind this blog site,and what other way to inspire my readers  if not through my experiences and journeys.

So,its been a few months since My boyfriend  and I of four years plus  broke up and it has been nothing short of emotional. I have been contemplating writing about it,since it’s still a very touchy subject,nonetheless I believe there is a form of healing in this process of written word.

We ended for reasons to me that were spiritual and emotional and I honestly couldn’t continue being with someone who made me feel slack in those areas. Walking away was easier said than done as it becomes harder to leave someone that you’ve built a connection with and have become used to. You have established a bond and it becomes hard to tear it apart the longer you stay with that person.

After years of going back and fourth I believe it was time to end things as my mind had no peace as we always argued. My heart however,was slower in accepting this, as even though we ended I still felt the need to have him in my life.

The process of letting go proved to be hard  and difficult and made me reach out even when I wasn’t suppose to. I was in a whirlpool of emotions trying to figure out whether or not I was doing the right thing.But if someone makes you more stressed than feeling blessed is it really worth it?

Many women choose to stay in emotionally draining relationships because they love the man and they accept less than satisfying treatment all in the name of love. Darling if a man cant do right by you,you got to let him go and trust God to heal you and take care of you.

It took me years to let this man go because I loved him but when love is no longer served you got every right to step away from that table.

But in everything give thanks, and I thank God for through this relationship I learnt things  about myself that I did not know existed.I learnt about my attitude,my manipulative ways my sharp tongue and other areas that needs work. You see sometimes we are the reason why things did not work out,we were the toxic person and we got to own that,grow up and work on us. We cant continue doing the same things and expect  a different  result.I believe this time we both messed up and we both need work and we did not bring out the best in each other.

Presently I am accepting that I need change and only with change comes results,I am working on becoming a better me not for anyone but myself. I am growing through the pains so that I wont  repeat the same mistakes.

P.S Self love is so important,loving you,taking care of you,if you cant do that for you what makes you think you’re gonna do it for someone else?It starts with you and you are so worth it.

Moving-On-Quotes

Written by

Laurna Guiste

poetry, Poetry Corner

Life goes on

Knew you for a second,knew you for a day,knew you for a moment,a moment that faded away.

Knew you for a month,knew you for a year,knew you for knowing you,

but did I ever know you ?The real you

Time lost,time gone,days spent having fun,reminiscing  of the days I thought you were the one,but those days are gone.

I’m here singing my sad songs,knowing life must go on,but  I take this moment to cherish that moment we shared in time that may never exist again.

I feel all there is to feel, I let the tears pour,for I wont stay in this place much longer,

The rainy days will soon end where the songs of hope will be played again,

I will rise from my ashes anew,as I’m slowly getting over you.

Written by

Laurna Guiste

 

Art, bloglife, christainity, interviews

INTERVIEW WITH SINGER/SONG WRITER Jenillia Maronie Richards

Habakkuk 2:3

For the vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie, though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Jenillia Maronie Richards or Solace her preferred stage name is short   but powerful as she demonstrated her dynamic energy  two weeks ago at the Sinach concert held in the Commonwealth of Dominica on November 25th. Solace as the name suggest brought comfort and joy to the thousands that were present at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium leaving her catchy rhythms on the lips of several.

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(Sinach concert Nov 25th 2018)

 

Having been born in a family of singers and dancers she was no stranger to music and it became a natural gift to her to sing and write songs of her own. She started at the tender age of seven singing Jesus loves me, a song that still resonates throughout her career today as she has established herself as a gospel artist.

She recalls her big break from shyness and leading in song as a teenager when her worship director asked her to lead worship one Sunday as he saw she had the potential to do so. She hasn’t shy away from singing ever since as she is grateful that her music can minister hope and deliverance. Solace has since backed up for several renown artists such as Positive ,Marvia Providence, Bridget Blucher and Emrand Henry just to name a few.

 

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(April 1st Restoration of Faith concert)

Though her gift was freely given by God, she did enhance it by enrolling herself in voice training classes, worship seminars, following tips via youtube and seeking mentorship from more experienced artists. She also plans on growing her act by learning to play the guitar at a Christian music school in December.

Her greatest inspirations are her husband and Music Manager Vincent Richards, loving parents, along with some musical artists such as Chevelle Franklin and Hillsong United. Solace has written and performed several of her songs such as Remedy, Praise Him Anyways, Shake it off, I believe, Rising Higher, Unity Time and I am Free amongst others. A mix of Soca, Worship, Cadence-lypso,Zouk an Reggae genres. She is currently working on her debut album “My God shall Supply”.

Having such a deep passion for music lead her to host her first ever GospeLypso concert held in Dominica in 2017 though the idea received a lot of criticism from persons who felt gospel and Calypso don’t mix, she stated God is the creator of Music and Calypso is only a music genre. The show proved to be a resounding success, so much so that patrons are asking for a second one, winner of that show was Berly Samuel better known as Lady B.

 

 

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  (Performers at the Gospelypso show)

Solace is destined for greatness and she is a pure example of how far talent, hard work and a lot of faith can take you. Her biggest music break was not too long ago at the Sinach concert, an opportunity she has been praying for. As Exposure and putting ones music out there has been her biggest challenge as a Gospel artist in Dominica.

 

 

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(Sinach concert)

 

 

 

 Screenshot_2018-12-09-15-50-45(Solace performing at the Fun in the Son Concert)

 

 

 

 

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The interview ends with a word of advice to aspiring artists to always work on their music, never give up on their dreams, speak life over their selves, stay close to God, take the time to enhance ones skill and she encourages them to affiliate themselves with more experienced artists to learn, observe and grow.

Luke 1:37

For with God Nothing shall be impossible.

Solace can be contacted at Jrichardsma@gmail.com or solacemusikdom@gmail.com or via Facebook at Solace Dominique.

 

Written by

Laurna Guiste

 

bloglife, Writers Space

When nothing seems to be working

Hi Guys,

Laurna here,i know its been a while since I’ve been on WordPress,months to be exact and just trying to get on has been a little frustrating  to say the least as I couldn’t remember my password. I mean geez! I know embarrassing but blame it on living in a technological obsessed world,using more than 10 passwords and login information just to do my everyday work things can get confusing and passwords do get  mixed up or maybe I’m just getting old.

Anyways it feels so good to be back,and lately I have been living my best life,lol well if putting on a few pounds whist eating the most amazing meals indicates a happy life well I’ve been living my friends. Well like everything it comes with a price and a big butt,larger hips and growing tummy and cheeks are what are to pay for it.  I have been trying to diet and in the past I have succeeded at these get slim quick things,I have loved exercising and have gotten the time to. But lately its just not happening for me,I mean my discipline is not what it used to be and I lack consistency. So what used to work before I am having difficulty keeping up with it now. My taste buds have been wrestling with me like a kid with a tantrum who spits out the tasteless peas .

I have a few things working against me,for one my hours of work has changed I usually wake late and come  home in the evenings too tired to do any form of exercising. Secondly I am always tired,too tired to prepare these fancy healthy lunches and I am just too tired. But when you look at it closely they are nothing but excuses,and when it comes to being healthy there is no amount of price that is too big to pay.

So,if I want definite results I have to really push myself,get out of my comfort zone and make the necessary adjustments. I am self motivated hence why these positive affirmations of what needs to be done but it is not easy. I started  the  all Oats diet and couldn’t go through with its tastelessness ,been trying to return to the Atkins diet or at least try the Keto and its just not happening. Vegetables has been expensive and eating out has become the norm,but at the end of it my nice clothes are no longer fitting,I get breathless quickly and my face don’t look as cute. So losing weight is a must for me!

It feels like nothing is working when really I have not been as consistent and determined as I should be. I need to want this, I need to organize a plan that best fits my schedule and stick to it. I am currently on a bet with my best friend to lose 40lbs by January,it is attainable and I can do it,but it is going to take a lot of work and me pushing myself.

So bloggers that’s one of my latest challenges  and maybe today you too a struggling with attaining something could also be with weight loss,maybe its with a job,a relationship a specific goal whatever it is, it may not always come easy. But do know that nothing good comes easy and good things come to those who not only pray but work for it. Your hard work will one day pay off,and you will be so much prouder of yourself because you know you deserve every ounce of it and you did it, no one else but you and God. So do join me if you dare to lunch forward with determination,perseverance and a no quit attitude till you see results.

From your blogger friend

Laurna Guiste

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HOURGLASS FIGURES(Interview with the trainer)

 

Walks in about 8 minutes late into the interview with sport like attire, black, felted hat and head phones with a smile on his face. Ezekiel Royer better known as Tiraww quiet demeanor is what first strikes me, as he greets me.

Coming from the community of Bath Estate, this 32 year old man (who looks about 26) sits and tells me about his life. Coming from a Christian home Ezekiel had a proper upbringing, he was often soft spoken and quiet individual, though his troublesome ways could not escape him. Being very troublesome Ezekiel found school years were somewhat of a challenge, but yet he prevailed.

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Mr. Royer possesses many talents such as vlogging, gardening, modeling, hiking (member of the Next Level Hiking group).

At age 13 he fell sick and was often in and out of the health center, one visit proved he had a high trance of sugar in his blood. This set an alarm for Ezekiel knowing his grandmother died from such a disease, he became determined not to follow a similar fate. That became the genesis of an alternative life style, he decided to change his diet, get involved in Sports such as being on the track team and drink lots of water per day.

His love for the track field drove him to become coach for his old primary school for three years, working with students, giving rise to a few successful runners.

Ezekiel’s breakthrough did not come until he heard about this trainer in Barbados Kenny Griffin, visiting the island to give a training course in Cardio Vascular Respiratory disease fitness. The announcement was made at church and his friend advised him to join, since he was known to be sporty.  The training course was over a weekend and there he obtained his certificate in being a certified physical Community Exercise Leader.

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Ezekiel  being a certified trainer was the stepping stone that paved the way to him starting his own personal training business named Hourglass fitness. Locals nick named him Tirawww a name derived from his love for hip  hop and artist Tyga who started a shoe  collection  called Tirawww,which Ezekiel named his youtube channel after.

The name Hourglass Figures speaks for itself as it is for individuals who desire to have not only an awesome shape but be in excellent health. The training are for persons up to the ages of 50, though he has mostly worked with persons in the health district as nurses, he works with anyone willing to put in the work to get definite results. Persons to include 2017 Carnival Queen

Winner Jade Romain, he was her personal trainer for months before earning that crown.

Ezekiel’s training includes private one on one training, gym, fun exercises as his motto is fitness made fun.

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He offers one day session for $10(ec), monthly price of $90.00(ec) plus $15 for membership and personal one on one training sessions for $150.00(ec). This trainer stands out as he exercises lots of patience with his clients as he recalls his struggles of when he started off, his amicable nature also causes him to be approachable and easy to train with.

Taking his training sessions to the spontaneous places like the beach, gardens and the stadium. Though his biggest challenge has been getting his own spot to train in as finance has been a burden but he has found ways of making it work, For one he has partnered with a local gym to use their equipment and he gets a small amount of the profit, but the results he gives a well worth it.

He enjoys helping people and assisting them in their physical fitness goals and overall making them healthier.

The interview ends with him stating that being a trainer is no easy road, but being a good trainer is the best teacher”

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Ezekiel can be contacted at 1(767)285-2047. Hourglass Fitness,fitness made fun

Ezekiel can be contacted at 1(767)285-2047,

@tirawww767 IG
trawww836@gmail.com

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Laurna Guiste

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feeling stuck

What have you been up to lately? I am currently stuck on a piece and everything has been difficult,down to the images are being hard to lay my hands on..sigh. I hope that means it’s going to be a great read.Currently frustrated and letting weeks pass by without posting because I am busy working on a paper smh,may I vent.

Hope you guys are having a great week,I have recently started watching Game of thrones and drinking unsweetened chocolate tea before bed,do i sound like an old lady or a frustrated, normal, young  adult enjoying the little moments life offers.

This is an impromptu write,see you guys soon with something a little more interesting.

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Signed Laurna