Faith, Family, and Fibro

Featuring Mitylene Bailey Mitylene was born and raised in Hattieville, she loved the village life. She remembers her first culture shock moment came when she began attending high school in Belize City. High school was where she discovered her love for learning and she decided she would keep pursuing learning, in her words, “till a …

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Woman in Hiding

Woman in Hiding

My worries were interrupted by the ringing of my cell phone. It was my husband calling from work, the words from him confirming my fears and shattered my world into pieces. He held in his hands a letter that was informing him that his post was now redundant and he would no longer be needed …

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Choose to Challenge

Today is being celebrated as International Women’s Day, it so happens to also fall on a public and bank holiday for us in Belize. That means I have time to think and write. Today, I want to challenge you to take a moment and think of all the women in your life, the ones who …

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Vessel for Honor

When I was growing up in the village, the dry season in the village meant more work and also more time at the river. The hot, cracked ground with grass dried and brown scorching my feet.  Water would become scarce and we would have to make many trips to the river to collect water. No …

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NaturaLean Belize with Carla Mendoza

A Journey to Wholeness

Part 1 I had the pleasure of talking with Carla Mendoza, founder of NaturaLean Belize. A Belizean woman with a powerful message that can bring about not only a physical transformation but one that can bring transformation emotionally and spiritually. Carla was born and raised in San Ignacio, Cayo. She is married with 2 children, …

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Change Yo Clothes

When we were little, there was a favorite song that we would always ask our mom to sing, “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton. I’m sure she got tired of us asking her to sing for us but she never complained. A little girl, in a coat of many colors sewn from rags, teased …

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Wach Yo Mowt (Watch Your Mouth)

Kine wuhds neva bruk jawbone. Kind words never broke anyone’s jawbone. Kriol Proverb When we were growing up, we had a little black and white TV that was powered by an old car battery. We thought it was the coolest thing ever. As I read this proverb, it made me think of all the black …

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While I’m Waiting

Children are a wonderful example of teaching us valuable life lessons. I have learned so much from my children’s response to different situations over the years. A few months ago, my 9-year-old daughter was experiencing headaches and after a couple of days of not feeling better, she decided to do something about it. She laid …

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What’s There to Prune?

“It’s the remnant that is most valuable to the Vinedresser, for there is life in what remains.”  TD Jakes The pruning process is one that causes me to flinch, it’s not a pretty process. Lately, my husband has been in the process of pruning his plants. Watching him cut away the beautiful plants was hard; …

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