Back to the Basics

Hey Jolie’s, so here on this forum, I made a promise to myself that I would be transparent. Not only for you but for my healing as well. This year is more than halfway over, and it has been very eventful. I have gone through so many changes and experiences that it became overwhelming at one point. Because of the many lessons, I have learned this year thus far; I had to take a step back to self-reflect, analyze, and prepare to move forward. I decided to go back to where this journey began…my “EPL” year.

In my “EPL” post I took you through my starting point of finding myself, loving myself, and becoming the best me I could be. Now, in stating that I knew it wouldn’t be an easy journey and I also knew that it wasn’t going to be a quick fix. What I mean by that is, life is an infinite school, and I could only get better as time progresses. I dropped the ball this year (which is A-OK), I went against my intuition, my better judgment, and I became lazy at different times throughout the year, but you know what is so rewarding about all that? I recognized it, was patient with myself, fixed my crown and now I’m back and better.

I say all that to say, remember to be gentle with yourself when you are less than perfect (nobody is perfect), and it is okay to start over, just DON’T EVER GIVE UP!


I decided to go back to my “EPL” mentality, and I stumbled across these gems in my community.




N Atlantic Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108 (8am-12pm)


With an array of crisp, vibrant veggies, baked goods, and many different goodies you find in a farmers market; I was ecstatic! If you’re anything like me, you’re a foodie; and I appreciate quality finds. I found so many of my favorite ingredients for under $20.

Perkins Center for the Arts Collingwood


Tastefully South Jersey is “an exhibition of folk art and culture through the lens of food tradition” (Perkins, 2018). This past Saturday (August 18, 2018) Perkins showcased Mexico and Peru. I got to see a lot of art, taste some delicious food, and I met some pretty amazing people. Not only did I get to taste the food but they taught us how to make what we tried as well (if you know me personally, you know I LOVE to cook). Oh, and the music, I love authentic music from different cultures. It comes from me being Haitian you know! I have a sense of appreciation for the stories, music, and food that comes from these beautiful islands.


Following the conclusion of this post there will be pictures and videos below that I captured through this experience.


Jolie, I will leave you with this; if at first, you don’t succeed, try and try again. Any mistakes you make still lead to your success so push through. Eat good food, surround yourself with good energy, and press forward into your destiny.


Love Always,

Alexandra Joli


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