Empire State of Mind

My journey towards intentional living and authenticity has gotten more real than ever! I have been blessed with the opportunity to live in the most culturally-driven city in the world, NEW YORK CITY! The people, the atmosphere, the culture, the experience, the history of this mecca of all that is fast-paced. New York is one of the most populated and busy locations known to man, maybe that’s why its called the city that never sleeps (takes the time to ponder on that fact, sarcastically reminiscing).

My stead-fast prayers, hard-work, diligence, and most importantly faith is gradually manifesting the dreams and desires that I have been patiently waiting on to transpire. I am going to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I WILL step out on faith in pursuing meaningful connections, take advantage of the numerous cultural events and festivals, explore the history and content of the various burrows of NYC, and most importantly grow closer with God through my worship, assistance to mankind, and creation of personal values and boundaries that are meant to make me a better Christian and person. God has been so faithful to me, and He has used my belief in Him to show me that anything is possible (ANYTHING), as long as GOD is my stable foundation through all things.

As I stated before, and will state several times again, I am an advocate for the scripture of Habakkuk 2:2-3; “Then the Lord answered me and said, ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, It will not tarry’”. Hold on to the promises that God has trusted to reveal to you, thank him in advance for the blessings that are already yours (whether they have transpired or are in waiting), don’t settle.

You know I couldn’t end this blog post without posting my NYC “To do list,” right….

  1. Visit the statue of liberty
  2. Enjoy a Broadway show
  3. Visit the Apollo Theater
  4. Go to Central Park (During day time hours of course!)
  5. Explore the Museum of the City of New York
  6. Visit Times Square
  7. Explore the New York Aquarium
  8. Visit the Metropolitan Opera House
  9. Enjoy the High Line
  10.  Explore the Bronx zoo

Sincerely,

A. Nicholson

© A. Nicholson, 2013-2013. All Rights Reserved.

“Somebody Almost Walked Off With All of My Stuff!”


“Somebody Almost Walked Off With All of My Stuff,” is an heart-wrenching poem recited by the incomparable Loretta Devine for the Tyler Perry film adaptation of the book “For Color Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. In the film titled “For Color Girls” Devine pours her heart and soul into the monologue, which describes the destructive plot of a woman who has had her love, youth, trust, and ultimately sense-of-self stolen by a man. In one line Devine recites, “What can anyone do with something with no value, on an open market?” depicting her character’s feelings of emptiness and worthlessness from the ordeal of having her “gems” apparently taken without consent.

While emotionally invested in each line of the poem, my mind could not help but to simultaneously ponder on the many other thieves of life. In essence, being in a relationship with the wrong person is not the only path towards losing yourself. One can lose themselves in a one-sided friendship, overly demanding job, or a dedicated hobby that has over the years become less engaging and more of a chore on the “to do list”. This tragic occurrence of self-loss is not just reserved for the plot-line of a fictitious character; it represents an epidemic that many woman and man experience at least once in their lifetime, as a byproduct of maturing and learning to set boundaries for oneself and others. Prevention of this experience is in direct connection with level of self-worth. It is such a valuable gift to have a high sense of self worth because without it many situations can transpire, such as: a) someone else can/WILL define  it for you (which can have a very negative consequence in the hands of the wrong person), or b) you can get lost in translation among the many other faces and personalities who have already mastered this journey. While they are getting ahead you can be left behind sorting through the scraps of their emotional hand-me-downs.

So ladies (and men), it is time to GET IT TOGETHER! As Loretta Devine triumphantly states toward the conclusion of her monologue, “This is mine, Juanita’s OWN thangs, now give me my stuff!You can’t have me unless I give myself away.” The decision is ultimately ours in the end. Who we choose to love, work for, befriend, or even make the space and time for in our lives. If you are unhappy, fix it. If you want to do something, do it. If you want to travel, get on your laptop click into expedia and book your flight! The time to start acquiring or reclaiming your self-worth is now. The time to learn how to set boundaries is now. The time to STOP taking what others give you, and to start commanding what you know you deserve is…..NOW! In the last line, Devine humorously engages her audience after the reclaiming of herself by stating, “Did you know somebody almost got away with me, ME,  in a plastic bag under his arm?” Do not let this ending line be the conclusion to YOUR story, take back what rightfully belongs to you and make it ten times better than what it was before. Operate in your high level of confidence, self-worth, and authenticity and don’t think twice before you take the world by storm.

Sincerely,

A. Nicholson

© A. Nicholson, 2013-2013. All Rights Reserved.

The Great Expectation from Graduation

College Graduation. It’s a time in any young adult’s life to feel accomplished, liberated, loved, and ready for the world! I recently had the opportunity to experience this surreal occurrence from one of the top populated Universities in the United States of America.  My heart-pounded, my faced boomed with pride, and my sashay was on point as I glided into the “Black and Gold” arena filled with the faces of professors, deans, fellow graduating peers, and most importantly family and friends. I had given so much over the past four years; or even within the past forty-eight hours, to be THERE. To be THERE in that moment, to be THERE in that place, to be THERE as the first woman within my immediate family to receive a college degree. It was amazing!

My college graduation can be described in so many adjectives that it is uncanny, but right now I am choosing to personify it as a display of God’s love, power, and divine order. Forty-eight hours prior to graduation I felt as if my life was crumbling beneath me. It was the quintessential model of Murphy’s Law “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. Broken promises, retracted RSVPs, and so on and so forth. It seemed that every obstacle that I faced was meant to break my spirits, and cause me to miss out on my special, long-awaited day. However, the devil is (and always WILL BE) a LIAR. When discouragement and doubt began to creep into my thoughts, I immediately began to counteract their presence through speaking life into my situation. In the scripture John 10:10, it states “The thief does not come except to kill, and to steal, and to destroy; but I have come so that they may have life, and have it more abundantly” (NKJV). Abundance of life does not correspond with fear, doubt, worry, or distress. The scripture Matthew 7:7-8, states “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (NKJV). Through this truth I started to speak into existence the things that I wanted to manifest within my situation. I sought out a trusted mentor and she began to pray in agreement with me, and together we began to shatter, break down, and crush the destructive walls of the enemy in the name of the Lord. In a matter of hours support started to manifest, peace settled into my heart, and I was filled with a calmness that had to be of a supernatural nature. I knew that God had my back, and all things were working for my greater good and benefit (Romans 8:28). Struggles that you face are meant to toughen you and prepare you for the greater life that awaits you. There can be no gratitude for triumph without hard-work, sweat, pain, and tears.

Looking back at my life-experiences, obstacles and triumphs, I have been truly blessed. There have been many people who have not encountered the hardships and downfalls that I have encountered; however, there are also many individuals who have not had the opportunities and blessings that I have had either.  I have had the chance to go various places, and meet and get to know various individuals who have poured into me and have helped me to grow as a person, woman, and Christian ten-fold. It’s a foreign concept for many of us to believe that we have the actual living God alive within us, but it is TRUE. As a child of God, I am in direct lineage to all of the benefits and powers that my Father, Jesus Christ, has ownership of. Unlimited favor and a life that is unlimited is within my reach, it just depends on how deeply I believe and how tenacious I am in acquiring it. Through this axiom: I am blessed, I behave and think in the realm of me being blessed, everything that I touch or is within the proximity of me is blessed,  and I declare new opportunities into my life and family members’ lives of health, growth, love, friendships, and support.

Despite the situation, I know what God has promised me and I will live inside the realm of great expectation and supernatural favor and blessings. I DECLARE this year to be of: MANIFESTATION, PERSONAL POWER, and SUPERNATURAL FAVOR, HEALING, AND GROWTH. I have planted the seed, now I will nurture it and watch it grow.

Sincerely,

A. Nicholson

© A. Nicholson, 2013-2013. All Rights Reserved.