Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Transitions

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!  I'd like to inform you that I will no longer be writing for Monique's Medley.  Instead, I will write for my new blog The Indie-lancer.  Thank you everyone who has supported me with this blog, I hope you will stay with me in my transition to my new blog.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Versatile Blogger Award

I woke up Sunday afternoon (let's keep it real, it's still summer) to two very exciting notifications.  First, I saw through Twitter that one of my mentors, Marco Santana, wrote an awesome article about the local blogging community.  LINK TO THAT AWESOME STORY HERE   

I also saw in my Instagram comments that had nominated me for the "Versatile Blogger Award".  This is the first blogging award I have ever won and I am so honored and grateful to receive it. 

 Thanks so much to Chloe and Aimee for the nomination!  It's really wonderful to know that two ladies that I've never even met not only have read my blog, but also find it worthy of an award.  Congrats to Chloe and Aimee as well for receiving the award!

So here are the requirements:

I hereby nominate:

Anna Powers and Sarah Ristorcelli -

Laurence Magaly -

Bess Auer -

Cory Warren -

Darcy Mae -

Francesca Felix -

Jack and Finn Harries -

The last one is a bit of a long shot, but heck, why not!

Now to the 7 facts:

  •  I am a junior in high school and currently 16 years old.
  •  I am an only child.
  •  My family is from Trinidad and Tobago.
  •  I enjoy trying new foods and exposing myself to different cultures.
  •  My favorite band is The Strokes.
  •  I'm a bit of a nerd (even my parents tease me about it).
  •  I started Monique's Medley in 2013 as many of my friends, family and acquaintances urged me on to start a blog.  I didn't know much about blogging before I started, but I fell in love with the independence of it as well as its immediate impact.  It's really nice to go to school and have a reputation as "the blogger."

Thanks once again to Chloe and Aimee!  Blog awards are really great, they are such an awesome way to motivate and connect us bloggers!


Friday, July 31, 2015

My First Freelance

So far my summer has been filled with online Chemistry, AP U.S. History and AP Language Arts assignments, a trip to Myrtle Beach and college visits. 

 Most importantly, it has been filled with a group of tremendous people who are willing to help me live out my dream as a freelance writer.

During my sophomore year, I worked as a staffer for my high school newspaper.  Part of the newspaper experience at my school includes a Partners in Education program.  The goal of the program is to let students get hands on experience and guidance from professionals within the field, in this case journalism.  

Our Partners in Education mentors were Anna Powers and Sarah Ristorcelli.  Together, the two make up Powers and Ristorcelli Content Agency.  

After numerous workshops and exercises, the two ladies sponsored a writing competition especially for our newspaper staff.  The competition was judged by Shea Glenny, Megan Padilla and Hancel Deaton.  

On the last day of sophomore year I received the incredible news that I had won the contest. Not only did I receive a wonderful cake, an awesome Starbucks gift card and a check, but also the opportunity to write a freelance piece.


Shea Glenny, contest judge and Director of weVENTURE, was kind enough to seek me out for this opportunity.  She and her awesome assistant Diana Lawrie helped me get my first published freelance work.

The two are helping me connect with some amazing people.  Through these connections I have been mentored by Marco Santana from Orlando Sentinel, wrote a guest blog post for Orlando Tech Association and a peice for the Canvs newsletter.



Glenny also awarded me a scholarship to Pam Hoelzle's How to Start Something Workshop.  The event not only provided me with further networking opportunities, but also a clearer vision of what I hope to pursue.

I am so grateful to everyone who has helped me fulfill this much, I feel so blessed. 

For any girl in the Orlando area who hopes to get a jumpstart in her career,  I highly suggest you contact the people at weVENTURE.  You will be amazed by the things you can accomplish.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Surviving Wisdom Teeth Removal

This past 2 weeks I have endured the pain, struggle and sacrifice that comes with wisdom teeth removal.  

The truth is that the experience varies from person to person.  For me the pain wasn't so much of a physical pain, but rather an emotional one due to the fact I couldn't eat the foods I wanted.  All in all, it was a humbling experience haha.

Before I went into surgery I was incredibly nervous.  I spent hours looking at wisdom teeth aftermath videos on YouTube and researching articles.  I was also really nervous about how I would react under anesthesia.  

There are three ways a person can react:

Turns out I'm the emotional type.  I don't remember much after the IV was placed under my arm.  My dental surgeon did a good job of relaxing me while I drifted into unconsciousness.  

I do remember waking up and uncontrollably crying.  I just thought to myself, Oh! That's what they mean about being emotional under anesthesia.

My dental surgeon's assistant tried calming me down by saying, "Relax, relax it's just the medication."

 Everything was blurry for a while, I was crying and numb all over my mouth.  I couldn't get up on my own but I had control of my mental faculties, for the most part.

My first three days after the surgery would probably be the worst.  The swelling is what got the better of me.  For a long time I couldn't brush my teeth properly or touch my top and bottom teeth together. 

For the first 24 hours it is recommended to use cold to soothe the swelling and pain. This is what I used, it worked quite effectively:   

After the 24 hours, I transitioned to heat by warming damp towels in the microwave.                  

As for my diet during the past 2 week it has been limited to:

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Soup was good. It reminded me of squash soups I have had in the past.
I also doctored up my instant mashed potatoes by adding cheese and cilantro in it.
For a treat I had a taro milk slush from Chewy Boba Company, sadly I couldn't have the boba but it was still delicious! 
* Gnocchi and fish are also good meal choices as you approach the 2nd week.

Although I wouldn't say getting your wisdom teeth removed is an enjoyable experience, it is not unbearable.  Just make sure that you are prepared, that way you will have an easy recovery.  Good luck to any of you who have to get the procedure done yourself!



Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tracks of the Month: June

Here are 5 tracks I've loved during the month of June 2015:

1.  Dreams by Beck (Alternative): 

2. Someone New by Hozier (Alternative):

3. Girl Crush by Little Big Town (Country):

4. Cheerleader by OMI (Electronic):

 5. Classic Man by Jidenna (Hip Hop):

 *Links for mobile:
1. Dreams ~ Beck
2. Someone New ~ Hozier
3. Girl Crush ~ Little Big Town
4  Cheerleader ~ OMI
5. Classic Man ~ Jidenna



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Celebrating Life in Myrtle Beach

I had the pleasure of kick starting my summer vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The town has a real southern American feel, which is a drastic change from the very diversified culture of Florida.

I could, however, relate to the great touristic influence it has.  The place was heaping with tourist traps, attractions, mini golf courses, museums, water parks and theaters.  

The beaches were filled with people basking in the sunlight and enjoying the Atlantic seawater.  The streets were filled with concert goers headed to the Carolina Country Music Fest.

View of the Sky Wheel on the Myrtle Beach boardwalk

We were blessed enough to stay at the wonderful Embassy Suites Kingston Plantation.  The suite was a spacious, condo style living area with a fantastic view of the oceanfront. 

View from one of our balconies
Best continental breakfast I've ever had!

While there, we celebrated my favorite (and only) aunt's birthday. 

My aunt and I chillin in the balcony

Although I greatly enjoyed the trip, I have no real interest in going back.  I am too spoiled and biased with my love for Florida.  There wasn't anything significantly great that Florida did not already have.



Monday, June 1, 2015

Tracks of the Month: May

Here are 5 tracks I've loved during the month of May 2015:

1.  When I Found You by Francesco Yates (R&B Pop): 

2. Remember by Feki (Electronic):

3. Some Minds by Flume ft. Andrew Wyatt (Electronic):

4. Kathleen by Catfish and the Bottlemen (Indie Rock):

 5. Need You Now by Hot Chip (Techno):

 *Links for mobile:
1. When I Found You ~ Francesco Yates
2. Remember ~ Feki
3. Some Minds ~ Flume ft. Andrew Wyatt
4  Kathleen ~ Catfish and the Bottlmen
5. Need You Now ~ Hot Chip