~Author Interview~ Catherine Delcin

 

Tell Us about yourself? 

I am the second oldest of 6 siblings. I was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  I came to the United States in 1996. I was enamored with the ideals of America. It was a dream come true. Once my family settled in Miami, I began my journey to assimilate while at the same time maintaining my distinguished cultural identity. That proved to be a more arduous task than contemplated. Thankfully, I found some balance over time.

Upon completion of High School, I enrolled in College and began my appreciation for language and writing. Prior to then, it had been a hurdle to overcome. I can clearly recall my very first ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). Then, it seemed like a daunting task to become a fluent English speaker. However, with determination and courage, it wasn’t an impossible undertaking. I earned my bachelor and completed graduate school without utilizing my writing repertoire beyond the occasional paper or article.

In 2013, I published my first book, Entrepreneur Initiative. This book is a product of my fascination with entrepreneurship as I believe it makes up the fabric of our thriving American economy. Being an entrepreneur myself, I wanted to facilitate the dialogue and encourage others to take that leap of faith. I believe it is only through the continuation of enterprising businesses that our society will reap the fruits of innovation and exceptionalism.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I don’t know that I made a conscious choice to be “writer.” Writing was always something that I enjoyed. Academically, I always did well with my assignments. I remember thinking that I wanted to write about things that mattered. I started small, I would write empowerment articles about business. They were well received so I continued to write them. Eventually, some magazines asked to write for them and I did. Once I received certain acknowledgments I felt that it was being reinforced that I was meant to be a writer.

Why do you write?

I write because I feel this urgency, this ushering deep down in my soul. There’s this whisper in my heart and it says: “Your voice matters.” It pushes me step outside my comfort zone and share my ideas with the world. I want to touch people’s lives in a positive way. I get bouts of creativity where ideas are imprinted on my mind. I feel that it would be irresponsible of me not to relay the insights that I feel I have been entrusted with. Creativity is a gift but it comes with the responsibility of sharing the talent with the world through a specified craft.

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I’m always writing, so yes, I write full-time. However, my life includes other professional activities besides writing.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

My evolution is ongoing. I believe that the most crucial step was for me to move to a place of abundance instead of scarcity. I’m sure some writers can relate to this. In the beginning, when you are writing creatively, you start thinking that you have to get it all down on paper before it goes away. Whereas now, I understand that each day has its own creative flow.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing is the ambiguity that lurks in the shadows. Nothing is ever final. It can all be redone, undone and rewritten. Nothing is ever final, that is, until it is.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

I feel like Entrepreneur Initiative is my first baby. If you’ve ever had a baby, you know that you are never ready for the world to tell you that your baby is not perfect. In your eyes, your baby is always perfect. It was hard going through the revision process. It was even harder to release the book and face the scrutiny of being its author. Thankfully, I have never regretted the decision.

Any advice for new authors?

The first step is to connect with your inner disposition for a purpose beyond the actual task. We all do mundane things on a regular basis. You need to take this out of that realm. There are lots of people who write, you need to ask yourself: “Why does this need to be written?” The “why” will drive you to do more than writing actual words on the page. It will inspire you to create something out of the norm. Hopefully, there is a non-pecuniary reason. Once you have your “why”, allow your creativity to take its course. Write everything and anything. Do not self-edit. There will be time for that later.

Once you fill the page with your voice, your words. Stop! Give gratitude for what has transpired. Creativity is a gift and we must nurture and cherish it. There is no wrong way to express your creativity. Trust and believe that you are naturally gifted to embark on this journey. Repeat this process until you have reached your goal. Whether you are writing an article which can be completed in one sitting or a book which requires continuous sessions, enjoy the creative process and the flow of your writing.

While we wait for the economy to stimulate itself or political harmony to restore economic and workforce stability, we fail to realize that we hold parts of the pieces to the anagram for a healthy national economy. We can do that that by embracing our inner strengths, skill sets, talents, and aspirations. It is our initiative to launch ourselves into entrepreneurial activities to become masters of our fate. Because an overwhelming number of small businesses fail each year, you must ensure you are mentally and financially prepared. This book will help you find your passion and teach you how to build a successful business.

While we wait for the economy to stimulate itself or political harmony to restore economic and workforce stability, we fail to realize that we hold parts of the pieces to the anagram for a healthy national economy. We can do that that by embracing our inner strengths, skill sets, talents, and aspirations. It is our initiative to launch ourselves into entrepreneurial activities to become masters of our fate. Because an overwhelming number of small businesses fail each year, you must ensure you are mentally and financially prepared. This book will help you find your passion and teach you how to build a successful business.

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Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Catherine Delcin is impassioned by the lack of business infrastructure in her native country to inspire entrepreneurship. To that end, Catherine founded the Entrepreneurship Movement, a nonprofit organization. She has written extensively on the topics of entrepreneurship and serves as a resource to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. Catherine also serves as the host of The Entrepreneur Initiative local TV show. She is an international empowerment speaker who imparts her insights and experiences to support others in their entrepreneurial aspirations and exploits.

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Upsize for Bigger Backyard

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A bigger yard is often on the checklist for homebuyers looking to upsize. They may want a large backyard where kids can play, dogs can run around freely and they can plant a garden. If finding a home with a bigger backyard is on your list, be sure to take the following questions into consideration while house hunting.

  • How much upkeep are you willing to do? When you upsize to a home with a bigger backyard, the level of maintenance needed increases. Mowing the lawn will take longer, trees and bushes will need frequent trimming and the garden will need regular care. Landscaping may also need to be done when you move in and then touched up every year. Considering how much time you’re willing to put into yard work — and how much that yard work will cost — can help you decide how big of a yard you want.

 

  • How do you want to use the yard? Will the yard primarily be a play area for your kids and pets? Do you want to host garden parties or barbecues? Do you want to plant a garden or build a shed? Thinking about the yard’s purpose will help you decide between a medium or large yard, an open yard or one with a few scattered trees, and a low-maintenance yard or a yard needing upkeep.

Contact me today to talk more about your dream yard and to learn more about upsizing options.

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Are moving expenses tax deductible?

Home for Sale If you are qualified, you may deduct the expenses of:

  • Tolls and parking fees on the trip
  • Up to 30 days’ storage of household goods
  • Disconnecting and connecting utilities
  • Packing and transporting household goods
  • Mileage for use of your own car (or gas and oil expenses)
  • Transportation and lodging for yourself and members of your household while traveling to the new home.

Of course, not all moves are deductible. In order to deduct your moving expenses, you have to meet two tests:

Time – You must begin working as a full-time employee within 13 weeks of your move, and you must work at least 39 weeks during the 12 months after your move. And it doesn’t matter whether you were transferred by your employer or you took a brand new job.

Distance – To meet this test, your new job has to be at least 50 miles further from your old home than your old job was. If you didn’t have a job before the move, your new job has to be at least 50 miles from your old home.

 

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~ My Take on Hidden Figures ~

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First, I want to say that normally I do not write reviews for movies. I wanted to write a review for Hidden figures because it is an inspirational movie to all.

I would give this movie a 5-star review. Even though people can probably care less about what I say because I am just a regular person and not a movie reviewer. Yet I feel as though everyone has their own opinion and personal perspectives.

For this movie, all case play a very important role. There, to me, is no leading actor or actress in this film. But of course, Hollywood would separate and determine what role was more important when it comes to the Golden Globes or Oscars.

What I got out of this movie is despite the roadblocks that we face daily, what may seem hard to us or difficult, God can make the impossible possible. If people would come together great things can happen. But we need to put our difference aside.

While we are fighting against each other, the enemy is approaching yet we are too blind to see.

~Short Story~ Sleep

I buried my head deep into my pillow. I was to determined to get some sleep tonight. The past few nights have been brutal on me, my mind, and body. I knew I should have not let Lina talk me into doing overtime at work. We worked for a account firm in upstate New York.

OK, so now the time is 8 o’clock. If I sleep now I can have 10 hours of sleep. Which means it will make up for the hours I lost in previous days. All right time to close my eyes.

I closed my eyes in hopes of getting to sleep within the next few minutes. I laid in my bed. My room was filled with the darkness of the night. I let my body sink into to mattress and let the covers wrap me tight.

While I waiting to be drifted off to sleep, suddenly car drove by fast on the street outside. “Ugh!” I said out loud. Frustrated, I changed positions. Once the noise from the motor faded away. I was able to focus back into relaxing.

I sighed.

Then I reminder that I need to add the lunch meeting with Chad who is the VP of Marin and Brothers Association. I quickly turning on my light next to my bed and grabbed my phone. This will only take a second. I clicked on the calendar app and keyed in the time and location of the lunch.

When I was done I hit save, added a one day alert to the event, exited out of the app, turned, and clicked the snooze button on the side of my phone.

I sighed.

Now I can get some sleep. I turn off the light and rested my head back in the pillows once more. I relaxed my mind and let a heaviness come over me.

-C.S. Dorsey