According to my mommy and one of my best friends, I’m always eating. Like, they really think they know me! I mean they do, but still. What else can you expect from “Ya Fave Festival Girl”? I have to eat. As a child, I was an extremely picky eater. At 16, I visited Luciano’s for lunch and tried calamari for the first time and that opened the door, or my palate really for foodie adventures. Fast forward a few years and I found myself regularly posting reviews on TripAdvisor, having people ask me for lunch and dinner recommendations, asking my friends to take photos of their food whenever we went out and just a little taste of whatever they got, of course. Like, I have to try it too. I figured with all the food photos I have in my phone and reviews all in my head, it was time to write. I’m happy to introduce my new blog series: Dining with Derencia!
Hey, it’s your favorite festival girl! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Festival Season 2020 is finally upon us and starts this weekend with one of my absolute favorite festivals, the Tru Tru Bahamian Festival. Thinking back to 2015, this is where my love for all things festive began. At that time, I volunteered for Tru Tru and had a blast. Seeing all the food choices, the jewelry, the artwork, singing and dancing along to some of the most memorable Bahamian songs was wonderful. With more and more festivals popping up, I think that there has been an increase in Bahamian owned food/drink/ dessert vendors. They are trying to build their clientele and showcase their excellent products and these festivals were designed just for that. However, with so many festivals and as more people become interested in attending, I figured it was time for a festival guide. How else are you gonna know how to navigate these experiences and truly enjoy everything they have to offer?
This isn’t my usual kind of post, but I felt like it was timely. With all the things that happened in January, I wanted to give you (see: myself) the extra push to keep following your dreams and living your best life. All while taking the necessary steps to practicing self care and choosing you always. I know we’ve all seen and probably even heard that, the world is ending and these are the signs. While, this may or may not be true, it did get me thinking. These past few days, I struggled with dealing with emotions of loss, tragedy and even questioned a few times, “What’s the point of all this?” I saw a tweet though that resonated with me and read it over and over again. I spoke with my mom and friends, watched Grace and Frankie, listened to inspirational music and read a few scriptures. A week later, the dark cloud is starting to move away. But honestly, if I don’t take care of me, who will? Time may be running out or I may have a whole lot of time left. We don’t know, but in the meantime, here’s how you can actively choose you and practice self care: