Resilience

On this much cooler Friday morning, I am looking through the window from my seat on my train ride to Montreal and admiring the beautiful trees and the leaves with all of those vibrant colours
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I’m listening to the song Reflektor from Arcade Fire and I’m so saddened to know that so many people are losing their love ones and their homes, but not their spirits in hurricanes, earthquakes and volcano eruptions.

I feel so helpless but seeing their resilience gives me, and probably you, the strength to keep going and continue showing them compassion. Maybe even showing some compassion to those less fortunate in our own country.

I was so moved to learn that in Bali, the Balinese are making kitchen appliances and toilets at their refugee camps. Instead of playing the victim, they are choosing to be resilient and strong. 

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There is this beautiful, strong woman called Kalek. She is Balinese and a mother of two beautiful children. Kalek, her family members, workers, and other Balinese have taken others under their wings, ensuring that they have food and a place to stay.

When you hear stories like this, your heart just melts. It brings me more faith in humanity. Kind people are still around us. We just have to open our eyes and our hearts.
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I feel so blessed and lucky in life but sometimes, in a way, I have this survivor‘s guilt and helplessness. But, by talking about these issues on The Chronicle, I hope I can help in any capacity to raise awareness and perhaps bring myself some closure too.

In Canada, there is an amazing charity called The Shoebox Project. Actually, it’s very literal, you put items in a shoebox such as creams lotion, lipstick, shampoo bottles, anything you can think that a woman may need.
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The foundation will give those boxes to women in shelters within the country. Caroline, Jessica, Vanessa, and Katy Mulroney are the force being this wonderful charity. The really cool part is that it can even be a project done internationally. I find it powerful that four sisters, four compassionate womens are giving back to the society like this. It’s really a powerful message and an act of unity.
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I am currently collecting my shoeboxes (a really good excuse to buy more shoes! Hahaha!! Poor husband.) and starting to fill them with useful items.

I think, all together, we can make the world a little brighter by helping each other.

What do you think?
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Femmes de rêve, femmes d’espoir heureux

 

Ah ah, vous pensiez que je vous avais oublié et que les margaritas m’avaient rattrapé… Hélas non!

You would taught I would forget you guys and the few maragaritas cocktails were catching up on me… No no

Aujourd’hui, je décide de laisser parler les photos.

Today, I will let the pictures speak by themselves.

Ce sont des femmes fortes, courageuses, drôles et passionnantes que j’admire. Je n’ai pas pu mettre tous leurs photos comme ma maman, mes grandmamys, mes tantes, mes mentors au boulot. À vous les femmes de ma vie, merci de continuez à “shaper” la femme qui évolue en moi.

They are strong, courageous, funny and passionate women that I admire. I wish I could showcase my mamma, grandmothers,aunts, mentors and friends but I will respect their privacy. You know who you are. To all the women in my life known and unknown, I would like to thank you for shaping the woman I am becoming everyday.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (CBK juste un mot en anglais: Ethereal

J’ai l’impression que le meilleur était à venir pour Carolyn.

Dans un autre post, je parlerais de cette femme que les médias ne connaissaient pas du tout et qu’elle était totalement l’opposé de leur description. Carolyn était une vraie amie pour son entourage. Dans une vie, on devrait tous avoir notre Carolyn.

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I got the feeling was best to come regarding Carolyn. The media put a false representation of the person she was. When you hear her friends talking about her, she was the definition of the perfect loyal friend. We all need in our lifetime a friend like Carolyn.

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Two books to read by her closest friends. You will laugh and you will cry. What remains from Carole Radziwill talk about her friendship with CBK.

But the love story between her husband and herself is magnificent. I won’t tell to much but I started to read again and it did hit me since my love is fighting the same fight as Anthony. This infamous July 1999 was a very tough summer for Carole. She lost her best friend, JFK jr and the love of her life all basically at the same time. While reading this book, you will feel the strength that kept her going.

Fairy tale interrupted from RoseMarie Torenzio is another good book to read. She was John Kennedy “Jr” assistant and one of his closest friend. Her honesty and her openness to share her story make this book really beautiful journey to read.

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I realize while reading  both books that Carolyn was very lucky to have fiercely good friends like Carole and RoseMarie. Amen to sisterhood.

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Maya Angelou

Une vie si enrichissante et des poésies si touchantes.

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She had such an amazing life that it is inspiring. Her poems are so touching and beautiful. Such a beautiful soul.

Maya Angelou website

Michelle Obama, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Lauren Bastide, Dominique Anglade et Régine Chassagne

Ces femmes sont des combattantes à mes yeux. Tous ont eu des épreuves, des défis et parfois des tragédies qui ne les ont pas empêcher de continuer à affronter leurs combats.

Une a dû se faire une place dans un monde où les hommes ont souvent eu le monopole, une autre femme s’est battue contre des troubles alimentaires et n’a pas eu peur d’en parler avec les médias et le monde entier.

Et celle qui a dit à toutes les jeunes filles américaines que c’est le temps de prendre notre santé en main tout en acceptant comme nous sommes dans la joie.

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Il y a une de ces femmes qui a  quitté une carrière pour une émission très populaire et qui était une rédactrice en chef hors-pair pour un magazine très populaire pour créer un podcast tout à fait féminin. Et durant son podcast, elle demande à ses interlocutrices comment est leur relation avec leur utérus.  J’appelle ça avoir de l’audace avec un grand A.

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Some of them cherish their mother tongue language that is Creole and to be really proud to be a Haitian and singing proudly so the whole world can hear it. In each of those women, we can find a part of ourselves. Let continue to encourage them in their charities that they are doing it with love and passion.

Kanpe foundation website

Lee Radziwill

One sentence to describe Lee Radziwill. Elegance, an adorable sense of humour and this eternal class and aura about her. We always talk about Jacqueline Kennedy but me, Lee was and it’s still the case until now, my favorite Bouvier sister.

Jane Goodall

I’m in love with Jane Goodall. I can’t never thank enough my 2nd grade teacher when she show us a documentary about her and her love for champazes. It was actually a precious gift this documentary that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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Emmanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani, Garance Doré

Emmanuelle Alt est la super cool éditrice en chef du Vogue France. Son côté super cool and laid back se font ressentir à travers de chaque page. Et il y a un petit grain de sel d’humour qui peut être subtile qu’on y retrouve également.

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Vogue France site web

Franca était un pilier dans le monde de la mode. Elle a complètement revitalisé Vogue Italia a une époque où être différente des autres n’était pas la bienvenue. Le Black issue restera à tout jamais un exemplaire légendaire. Elle nous manque énormément à tous.

Garance est trop cool et en regardant ses vidéos Pardon my French, vous tombez déjà sur son charme. Lire son livre et son blog, vous avez l’impression de chiller avec  une copine.

Site web de Garance Doré

Angelina Jolie

Her heart of gold, her goal to help others, her audacity to make movies about subject that we may not have found comfortable talking about it make her in my mind a gentle warrior.

Like us, she didn’t have it always easy but when she is always fighting for her children, for her cause and for her conviction. Sa beauté intérieure est contagieuse. Merci Angelina.