Reclaiming the Space Episode Jannah and the Dilemma of Braces

  Hi Everybody! We are back with another installment of one of Reclaiming the Space! This week we are thrilled to feature Jannah Browne! Beyond being my sister, Jannah is a programmer, gamer, artist, singer, craftsman, designer and overall virtuoso. What I bet you did not know is that Jannah has a gap! Her story…

A Part of the Team (Jamaica Pt. 2)

In missions, there is no room for ‘I’ or ‘me’, not when the work to be done revolves around a certain Him. We are fit into what preacher John Piper calls God’s “architectural plan”. By our connection through the one Living stone Jesus, we are like living stones being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus

Jamaica, Land We Love (Part 1)

I have to begin this post with the confession that I am not a Jamaican. Nevertheless, I have been so struck by the wonder of the place, I wanted to give a tribute to a land I now love. Earlier this week, Jamaica celebrated 57 years of independence. That’s 30 more years than I have…

This is For the Workaholics – Introduction

Hey there! This is just the introduction of a three part podcast I am running alongside Reclaiming the Space. In this episode I am talking about an experience I had earlier this year and how it taught me a very valuable lesson you may need to hear too. This is for the workaholics. You know…

Good Friday Reminders from Isaiah 53

There are so many poetic and poignant things we can say about the death of Christ. Nevertheless, no one can write about it in as resonant expressions as they have been conveyed in the Bible. Now I am a King James version type of girl, but on occasion I read other versions of the sacred…

Reclaiming the Space – Ch. 2 – Shazelle and the Fountain of Youth

“I think my smile is just awesome with it [a gap], like a bit impish and also innocent in a way because it gives off this child appearance. But I’ve also found that persons really like my smile and it makes me easily approachable.” Shazelle points out thoughtfully. Though well into her twenties, Shazelle has…

Reclaiming the Space – Ch. 1 – Jacinth and a Handful of Tales

Hey everyone! Today is very special to me because it marks the advent of an operation dear to my heart. This is the first of a mini series you can expect over the next few weeks called Reclaiming the Space. Here I’m going to facilitate discussion on having a gap otherwise known as “space teeth” and…

An Ode to Adulthood

If you came here looking for poetry I have to apologise from the start. Perhaps these meandering thoughts can pass as paragraph poetry but certainly not an ode. Why call it an ode you say? Because I believe that although adulthood comes with its unexpected, unfurling, sometimes wild twists and turns, there is some metaphorical,…

Believing in a Breadnut

Breadnuts in Barbados, what a novelty to me. Although they weren’t commonly represented here. They were here. They belonged here.

Sometimes You Cannot Carry Everybody

About six years ago I had the privilege of being the president of a Christian organization on my University campus. I was honoured to work with an amazing, focused, steady, hardworking team and a body of dedicated Christians. It is easily one of the most memorable years of my life. When I started I did…

Women Were Made Strong Enough to Fight Abortion

Exactly one year ago I held a tiny, pink, wrinkly person in my arms. I remember his full curly head resting on my bosom and his tiny ‘o’ of a mouth homing in on a full, aching breast without opening his eyes to find it. I still remember effortlessly beating the sun to the next…

Sometimes God uses the Worst of us

Hey guys! Please note that a podcast element has been added to the blog yay!! So if you find yourself unable to read at the time you can take a listen 🙂 there will also be elements in either format which make it different from the other. Here’s today’s content: It must have happened to…

Can Christians see life in John Allen Chau’s death?

This occurrence is no secret. The news has been plastered across the internet for weeks through every news house imaginable. We have heard the commentary. We have seen the feedback. Responses range from pity to outrage to apathy among others. Some, increased faith. And while I have had several of my own reservations about how…

Baby Backpacker – A Standard List for the Travelling Parent

Hey there! What today’s piece might lack in inspiration, it makes up for in utilitarianism. Anyone who travels with a baby knows that it is a monumental task. Whether or not it gets easier or harder as they grow is entirely impossible to deduce. Some things get easier, some get harder. What I do know…

Because Love is not Something You Earn

One of the worst feelings you can ever experience, is realising that you are not worth as much as you thought to someone you love. This could happen in a love relationship where you invest your attention, care and time while your partner just does not seem as excited. It could happen with a friend…

Some Thoughts on Introversion and Love Life (Pt. 1)

So! Here we are again for another commission topic. This week, I’m taking up a suggestion from Riana. It reads: “When personality and love collide – struggles of an introvert.” I thought this would be fitting this week as my husband and I just celebrated our second year of marriage! There is hope for introverts…

A Reflection on my homeland Hairouna

When I get homesick I feel it in my belly. Although it’s only been 9 months since my last trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, it often feels like years. It’s a strange experience living in the diaspora. Myriads write about it. It’s an inseparable part of being West Indian. We are a region…

The Walk of Body Shaming – A Postpartum Chronicle

Today was hard. After my son was born, I got into the habit of purchasing items for him and only him. My dollar became dedicated to the well-being of my child. Yes. I would proudly admit that I am one of those obsessive parents when it comes to ensuring that my child is taken care…

Making Light an Artform

Hi there! I have not written anything in the creative section since the blog launch. So I would like to share a tiny bit today. This is a brief free write that came about a few days ago. (See below). I was thinking for quite some time about how easy it is to write about…

Living for Jesus With an Ambitious Soul

It’s been a while but today I will be responding to a commission topic. This subject was so graciously suggested by my thoughtful friend K-Lynn, this one reads: Help! I love Jesus and I am ambitious – How to serve God while pursuing your dreams. Ambition generally connotes zeal, passion and commitment. It reminds us…

Why Christians Should Be Aware of the Fame Monster

However, there are factors that come with spotlighting we must be wary of ourselves, especially as Christians. Several events we see unfold on a daily basis herald these underlying problems. The Fame Monster can consume us unaware. And I don’t mean Lady Gaga’s album.

Inside the Mind of the Restless

Today I was reminded that my body has limits. That if you don’t put safety guards on your grind you will kill yourself.

Baby Backpacker: Tips and Tales for Tot Travel

A concrete panorama is sprawled across the entrance. Rust coloured blocks are piled high upon each other, reflecting red by the light of gentle white rays. Ruby and snow petals litter the patches of emerald green, sequestered between the brick road. While large, burly trees stand guard all around; the broad, sturdy sign is unmistakable:…

The Trap of Hesitation

How often have you found yourself feeling an urge to let someone know how you feel about them, then a day later you hear that they have passed on?

Courting and Age Gap Love

It was a breath of fresh air to meet a man who was deliberate in his pursuit without being creepy.

It’s Always and Only Been Him

One thing I’ve been finding it impossible to do is to take glory for something that God has done. You might think this is an obvious assertion to make but in our prideful nature it isn’t hard for us to conceive of constantly elevating ourselves above His. I’m sure there are moments when we declare:…

Reclaiming the Space – Ch. 4 – Shannique and a Positive Perspective

Hey guys. Welcome back to Reclaiming the Space 🙂 This week I’m inviting you to read with me about Shannique’s uplifting experience as a girl with a gap. Next week join us again for another podcast. Shannique is from the beautiful island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We have been close friends for…