BY: CECILE ANTHONY
“Have passion in finding a purpose rather than finding a person.”
I was born to Caribbean parents in a Caribbean household in Haiti, and we left when I was around 5, so I do not remember much. My family left in hopes for a better life for me and my three siblings. We embarked in Boston, Massachusetts and I remember everything being so different. My first thought about this place was how cold it was, but I didn’t mind because sugar fell from the sky here. My siblings and I had never heard of snow and later found out that it was not sugar that fell from the sky, because we ate enough of it. Life was so much different here. My siblings and I had never road in a car. We actually thought the traffic lights were a game that everyone in the States played with.
Growing up, my parents were really strict compared to my peer’s parents. They were immigrants, so starting from the bottom, we did not live in the nicest areas. My parents did the best they could in explaining everything to us, but to tell you the truth, I don’t think they understood much either. They worked hard to provide for us, so we did not get to see them as much as when we were back home in Haiti.
I was never really allowed to go outside unless they were there, and most of the time they were not there, because they had to work. Staying in the house all the time gave me a lot of time to be creative and I found myself being drawn to and with a love for arts. I found love for all arts, and it did not matter what it was. I loved singing, drawing, making up stories and acting them out and I even taught myself how to sew and knit.
When I was sixteen, I went to the mall and bought myself a makeup kit for Christmas. Later that day I remember practicing for hours. Granted, my face was really sore from wiping off all the makeup and reapplying makeup, but it was then that I knew that I had found a love for this.
I would get a lot of compliments on my makeup and eventually, I ended up helping all my friends with their makeup for school dances and such. In the process of helping them, I would also teach them what to do so that if I was not there, they could do it themselves.
The beauty of the internet is that you are able to be your own boss. Depending on your outlook, competition can become your peers and end up opening doors for you in the long run. A fresh outlook is key. Being proactive with a positive outlook allows me to not miss out on what good things can be born from a negative situation. To me, putting on makeup is a celebration. We apply makeup when we go to work, events, or simply when going to the store, so why not help other women celebrate their beauty?
“Makeup is a celebration, so why not help women celebrate.”
I did not find breaking into this industry difficult, because I am just monetizing my daily routine. Work-life for me was/is a “Perfect Balance.” I want to one day be remembered by my work and the messages within. I am an advocate of independence and all aspects of being positive. In today’s world distractions and the advertisement of negativity are heavily promoted. I consider myself an example of the opportunities that exist without having to sacrifice integrity, morals, and values in pursuit of my financial goals. Hopefully someone watching is inspired to create their own set of new opportunities after seeing my work.
My advice to everyone who has a dream is: “Make it happen. Life is what you make it. It is up to you to make your dreams come true.” My advice to young ladies is to “recognize your self-worth.” Your validation does not come from a man, so don’t jeopardize your character in pursuit of any man. My advice to young men is “aspire to be a good man.” As for me, I am working diligently and aspire to be entirely self-sufficient from my own business ventures.
My strength is God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13). Back then, I did not understand why my parents did the things the way they did and the sacrifices they made with keeping us fed and alive, but today I thank God for it, because it made me the woman that I am today.
“Learning to love your lonely teaches you that there is no lone in love.”
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