Twas the Nite of Halloween and ALL throughout the City……

There was much activity and the sense of drought

As if the day was turning much darker quicker

I recall feeling less energetic than usual

It then hit mii like a ton of bricks as to why I feel the way I do

Feelings of uncertainty always loom when the greatest light

will soon appear

There are times for a struggle and there are times to be in perfect cheer

Upon communicating to a dear friend, the anxiety within

I realized that though darkness was about to overpower the night sky

We each have the precious gift of light which we should always let shine

Hope you ALL have a safe and frightless nite

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“Prayers on Reserve!!”

“Good Morning, it’s AniYa A.!!” this is the way I pick up my phone, my greeting changes with the time of day so if it is afternoon, I would say Good afternoon, it’s AniYa A. well you get my point!! Today is the 21st of October, exactly a day before my Bday and my L.I.F.E was changed less than 48 hours ago..

I had the opportunity of speaking with Tico Armand, after I kept seeing a vision, for a couple of weeks at least, of her and this vision also included seeing her beautiful face on a flyer that I wasn’t sure what it would be for.. Then on Oct. 17, she posts on her FB page this remarkable testament of how powerful visions can truly be when she shared that #AliciaKeys had just re-posted one of her modeling photos on IG which included the following depiction: “Absolutely gorgeous!! #Stunning” and then came the confirmation!!

How funny was it that Tico and I had been friends on FB for years, I am presuming, and NEVER had a convo, but what was more inspiring was the fact that I really didn’t know much about her except she is Haitian, she is Beautiful and she has a BIG Heart (I can tell that part from her posts and esp. what she says about others).. Taking a second out of my busy NYC day, I send her a message via inbox and ask her to call me or let her know if she wanted me to call her, I could do that as I never want to impose so I give people the leisure of making contact etc.

When Tico called, I was illuminated with joy as I could tell instantaneously that the energy she portrayed on her pages and throughout the web is accurate of her bubbly personality, so this is why I am writing about her today.. Not only does Tico have an amazing personality but she is deeper than just pictures, photo shoots and hosting events!! Tico is like an Amazing Soldier on the Battlefields for GoD but through #Entertainment..

I thanked her for reaching out and let her know about my visions but also asked if she would possibly be interested in helping me with an event that I have upcoming in The Treasure Coast, I recall stating, “Tico, I have to share that you have been on my heart too because though I do NOT know your story, I know you have one and many people to NEED to hear it!!” More confirmation came when she said, “I do have a story, I have been through a lot and I am Unbroken!! I have posted it before, have you not seen it??” To my astonishment, I had not and though I was a little embarrassed that I hadn’t seen her story on YouTube, I said, please share it with me!!

( Please find the link here for her story:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufZr05Or8q8 )

Within a few minutes, I was in tears; she comforted me and told me NOT to cry but I could NOT hold back the tears at that point because truth be told, I was also molested and our stories were quite similar, hers though was much more painful to listen to but that did NOT take away from the fact that she is “Unbroken” in every way.. Tico Armand coming from Haiti at an early age was taught many lessons as I was though I was born in America, I am still a first generation born American to Haitian parents and if anyone knows anything about Haitian families, you will know we carry a lot of burden upon our shoulders as we have it very difficult pretty much from the start but you know what fam, I am sharing this message because there is H.O.P.E (Hold On Pain Ends) – you have a way out of your situation, you are beautiful from the inside out, I am writing this and I am NOT shedding a tear and this is a major step for mii – I was sure I would be balling by this point but our conversation just 2 days ago was a moment of Freedom in every way!! Tico and I, NOT only shared our stories with one another but we also lifted each other up in prayer..

We both could have ended up in less than positive places in this world, utilizing our past hurts as a way to behave out of control but here we are 2 young ladies going forward as we share that we truly care!! If you notice the subject line, you will see the phrase, “Prayers on Reserve” the reason is Tico shared this statement with me that I will hold on to forever..

Here is where I wrap up, while we were in the middle of Praising GoD {together}, Rejoicing in HIS goodness as I was shouting Amen’s on Jamaica Ave in Queens, New York (trying hard to be respectful of the passerby’s – but heck, I couldn’t keep it in as even GoD isn’t a respecter of man – LOLOL), Tico said, “Girl, I thank GoD I have these prayers on Reserve!!”

I stopped and said, “Can you please repeat that……..”

She said sure, “I have Prayers on Reserved for those days I can’t pray, for days I am being attacked and can’t even worship, I have prayers in a vault somewhere that GoD will give me as HE will recall Everytime I Praised HIM and Prayed like we are doing NOW!!” Well, what else is one to say except – Thank You Lord.. We ended our convo with the typical good byes, stay in touch and what have you’s but there was really nothing ordinary about the beginning to the ending of our chat as it was ALL Extraordinary in everyway as is my Sister Tico Armand!!

For more on Tico – Google her: Tico Armand – YouTube her or her powerful poem: “UNBROKEN” – Follow her on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TicoArmand?fref=ts or IG her: @iamtico

Have a Blessed One,

AniYa A.

One individual with many looks..

One individual with many looks..

"As a kid you can make believe to be anything in this world and I, I wanna be #Happy" by Tico

“As a kid you can make believe to be anything in this world and I, I wanna be #Happy” by Tico

It’s Vintage!!!!!!

Recently, I bought a wallet and was pleasantly surprised when I got home to find a little bitty change purse in the package as well.. To many it may just look like an ordinary change purse but instantaneously I was taken back in time to when my grandmother would carry around her little change purse then I started to feel like an old lady and thought I would look foolish carrying this around, though my favorite granma never did!!

A few days later, while picking up a few items at The Coach Store on Madison Ave., my sales guy and I started discussing different types of prints as well as the type of leather utilized on my Coach bag, the funny thing about that is ALL this time I was carrying around real crocodile on my arms and didn’t realize it as it really never came to mind until that very moment; I proceeded to share that I just got my wallet as well and Mark agreed that it looked like I was enjoying reptile prints very much, we both laughed at this and I concurred that he was right..

Before leaving, I looked down at my little coin purse and I became conflicted and said, “Mark, you are an expert with these things, do you think I will look silly taking out my little coin purse, I fear I may look like an old lady or something!!” (NO disrespect to any beautifully seasoned women out there, you know how much I ❤ you ALL  #Smile) Then Mark turned to me and said, “Honey, NO, it is NOT an old lady looking coin purse; it’s Vintage….”

I close with this, we sometimes have fears of how others may perceive us, we sometimes shrink down because of our ridiculous insecurities or because of issues that haunt us from our past!! I was bullied a lot growing up, especially since I was moved from the North to the South at a very young age where I experienced quite a few problems with peers etc. so today I sometimes worry about what others may think.. As Mark smiled at me and gave me the confidence I needed again, the words played in my head for days..

Often times, Vintage is referred to as an item that is old and comes back into style from years past, but here is  the definition I found after a simple search on http://www.merriam-webster.com: a season’s yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard (2) :  wine; especially :  a usually superior wine all or most of which comes from a single year!!

When you read this last sentence, what does it speak to you??

To me, it sheds light on the fact that yes something can be old, not in perfect condition according to some peoples standards, but when you examine what is truly in front of you, you will see how superior it really is.. I have had to stop worrying about others perception but also value myself and realize that I am ME and that is the Only way I can BE!! Friends, embrace yourselves, know that you can use what has happened in your past and turn it into something fabulous, to Granma, I LoVe and Miss You, your style and carefree nature, to Mark, Thank You for helping me realize the beauty in something so uncanny and to the World, Be Blessed and Remember “It’s Vintage!!”