From the Editor

Welcome to the first autumn/ winter edition of Odette’s Magazine.

The next edition will be spring/summer 2020.

I’ve always been passionate about beauty – and health.

It just seems to be the right time to share some of the things that I do to keep myself as beautiful and happy as I can be! This is why I have started this magazine.

I am committed to bringing you the highest quality beauty tips, articles and the occasional editorial!

About Me

I am over 50 and I will be sharing my thoughts about health beauty and fashion.

I created this magazine for us to help each other to grow strong together and be leaders and great examples so our young boys and girls can be better young beautiful souls

Lets not be afraid to make simple changes so this world can become a better place. It starts with who we see in the mirror.

One of my favourite quotes is:

“Never assume that you’re stuck with the way things are. Life changes every single moment and so can you”  — Ralph Marston.

I have a small group of loyal followers and supporters on social media and I want to share lots with all of you. But first, this is my story.

I was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. I had a very difficult upbringing due to my Father having issues with alcohol. He eventually died from alcohol poisoning.

We learned to deal with this. At that time we had no help and no one to talk to about my Fathers illness with alcohol. It was pretty much hush hush and just live with it. My Mum endured all the pain and suffering, her beatings were unbearable.

My Mum endured all the pain and suffering; her beatings were unbearable.

I am not sure which was worse, the verbal and emotional abuse or the physical abuse.

I remember one day he came home so drunk his behaviour was vile and I though to my self OK Odette, this is it, this is the night your life will end.

The only thing I remembered was jumping from the top of the stairs to the ground.

I injured my knee very badly. Even today, I still have problems with my knees. The rest I do not remember.

I remember waking up in someone’s house the next day. So many thought were going through my head. One of them was, this is no way to live or exist in this world.

Anyone out there having problems with Alcohol. I urge you to please seek help immediately.

Alcoholics Anonymous
Reach Out National Helpline
FreePhone 0800 9177 650

Anxiety UK
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 03444 775 774
Monday to Friday,
9.30am to 5.30pm

Living with an alcoholic is not easy. Its an emotional battle and roller coaster.

This results in anxiety and stress, whilst trying to maintain a healthy work life.

You have to find the strength and courage somehow to cope.

Be strong for yourself and realise there is not much you can do, unless that person realises and admits that their life is spinning out of control and seeks help.

I was very determined to make something of myself.

During this time I was working full time in a whole sale store.

I always had a passion for caring for people. And so I did something about it.

I registered for Nursing School.

I worked very hard saved my money, and completed my Nursing Degree. I was so proud of myself.

In my early twenties we migrated to Canada. This really opened my eyes to the world. Opportunities to learn, grow, and advance my life skills.

I worked with a Medical Doctor for about 7 years. Then eventually I obtained a position at one of the world renowned Cancer Centres where I was employed for 20 Years.

I learned a lot there. Not just about the medical field but the challenges people face on a daily basis.

What I remember about working with patients with life threatening disease is the grace that they carry. The patients were amazing. I then developed great friendships with them.

What I remember about working with patients with life threatening diseases is the grace that they carry.

I remember one patient waited an hour for me to return from lunch to give me a jewellery box, which I do have to this day and I will cherish it forever.

We can all learn so much from these brave souls.

Although I enjoyed my job at the Cancer Centre, I felt a bit unnourished.

I wanted to upgrade my education. I went back to school. I did a 2year program in Health Information Management.

I graduated at 50 years old.

To this day I still remember wearing my black gown, hearing my name called, walking up on stage shaking the Dean’s hand.

Having this Diploma on my CV was very important for me in obtaining employment here in London in the private Medical Field.

I have been very fortunate to work in Central London, and to this day still work in the medical field.

It makes me feel so proud and blessed of my accomplishment.

I know what its like to struggle. I also know that taking care of ourselves physically and emotionally is critical to our well being.

I have been on social media for a very long time.

I started my YouTube channel in 2014. I was not uploading videos regularly at all, once a month maybe.

I was busy working and upgrading my education which was more important the uploading a video.

Eventually I began to understand social media platforms and what it all means.

I control my social medial platforms, it does not control me.

I decide when to upload a video, when to post and what to post.

Most of us feel the need for validation from social media. The likes numbers subscribers to define who we are and be notice and feel some kind of importance.

This is not real and its definitely not real life.

If you have a passion in life for anything, just o for it. Don’t wait for number or subscribers, you will be waiting a very long time.

I am here to tell you, no one wakes up every morning looking like what we see on social media.

Young men and women must understand this is not the case.

I want to get this message out to all the youth out there.

Do not be influenced by what you see on social media.

Some adults cannot handle and manage the pressure of social media.

How can a young impressionable mind think they want all of what they see on social media and are able to handle it?

Quote “Its up to us to break generational curses. When they say: “it runs in the family”, you tell them: “and this is where it runs out”

Social media is an awesome platform to connect with amazing people and collaborate on great ideas.

The negative is the main issue and people just need to stop and think before they act.

I have had the pleasure of creating Odette’s magazine to share all these things with you.

This magazine is jam packed with love, respect, self-care self-awareness, self-love beauty and much more.

I welcome you comments and feedback.


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