I'm a motivational speaker and author born in Haiti. Co-founder of Little_Dayane
I decided to write motivational bedtime stories to help build my daughter's self-esteem and confidence.
I grew up in the Western world, where it was difficult for me to fit in as a Haitian dark-skinned girl; this was accentuated by the fact that I did not have any role models teaching me how to love myself; instead, I was introduced to relaxers and bleach.
I hated myself and fell into a deep depression very young. Despite everything I did to fit in, I could not.
Becoming a mother is what helped me search for who I truly am. I discovered my story as a Black Haitian woman. I encountered the beauty of Africa and found my inner beauty through the strength of my nation. So, I decided to forgive myself, learn about self-love and teach my daughter the same thing.
I noticed how my stories were positively affecting my daughter. I understood that bedtimes are precious moments to insert good messages into our little ones' minds. It is important to help them develop their self-esteem, encouraging me to publish The Magic Mirror in May 2021.
I hated seeing myself in the mirror for so long because the voice I used to hear told me many unkind things about myself, which were, of course, not true. Publishing The Magic Mirror as my first children's book is a way for me to make peace with the mirror.