Don’t fear yourself

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of…

Surrender

Whenever I think about the word ‘surrender’ it’s always in the context of war or some sort of conflict. I’m not entirely sure what helped shape this word for me but recently I’ve been grappling with the idea of surrendering to the things that make and sustain my beautiful existence. The grammar dork inside me,…

Six things I gained from a daily yoga practice

When I first met yoga it was through a teacher at a local bar. It was in the middle of a tumultuous time of my 20something experience, though, who am I kidding, there are many more of those to come. We engaged in the typical “what do you do for work?” conversation and when he…

Journey to loving me

I’ve had an intensely hateful relationship with my body. HATEFUL. When I was in elementary school I was an average size. I ate whatever I felt like eating and was as active as any child that age. I played soccer and cricket with my friends after school, climbed trees and went to my Cadets club…

Water

The supreme good is like water, which nourishes all things without trying to. It is content with the low places that people disdain. Thus it is like the Tao. In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In…

I am awake

I bought a bike at a thrift shop yesterday. It was a bit impulsive and I was yoga-stoned but I did it anyway. I instantly did that thing where I start imagining all the things I’d do with my newfound mode of transportation; ride around the city, do a tour of the American River Trail,…

Diwali ki shubh kamna.

I am not Hindu. Well, not by any traditional definitions really. Then why am I writing about Divali? One of the reasons I’m most thankful for growing up on a tiny and heavily multicultural island (Trinidad & Tobago) is that my society exposed me to almost every type of ‘difference’ there was. This exposure wasn’t superficial…

I’m Romel Antoine, and this is how I work.

I’m an avid LifeHacker follower and they’ve recently started a “I’m ________, and this is how I work” series that I’ve fallen in love with. Over the course of the past month or so I’ve read their series and I got to thinking “I should write my own,” so this is my attempt at sharing my…

Women’s History Month 2012: Jessica Flaherty

I wrote in earlier blog posts about my transition from Trinidad to Boston and how difficult that was for me. I wrote about how I was starved for meaningful social interaction, reaffirmation of my identities, new friends and how I picked up smoking. I wrote briefly about the crazy things I’d done during my high…

Women’s History Month 2012: Margaret Sanger

The war over women’s bodies is fiercely raging. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here are some recent excerpts from mainstream media sources; Foster Friess, a prominent backer of Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, raised eyebrows Thursday when he offered up his own idea for a possible contraceptive method: “This contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s…

Women’s History Month 2012: Krista Corwin/Skirt Vonna-Gut

When I received my acceptance letter to City Year, I thought about it in a very narcissistic sense. I was committing a year of service, I had to find housing, I was moving away from my friends and family. I couldn’t care less about the people with whom I would embark on this year of service. The story of how…