Whether you’re a believer in guardian angels or a higher being, it’s worth considering that out there in the universe someone has your back.

Growing up in Greneda, I was taught the basic knowledge about God in the Catholic Church. In addition, attending Sunday Mass with my family was a mandatory requirement.

As I grew into my teen years, I looked forward to going to church because this was the only time I got to see my crush. He never bothered to notice me, but I didn’t care as long as I could look adoringly at his face during the service. The thought of being in the same room with him and inhaling the same oxygen made the 6:30 a.m. mass worth it! That was my extent of God and faith during this time of my life.

When I looked around and saw so many fortunate people, I questioned if God even existed. As one of God’s children, I couldn’t understand why he gave so much to some people in the community and nothing to my family or me.

I knew nothing about vision boards or daily affirmations. Nevertheless, I was very creative when utilizing mental visualizations and daydreaming. I firmly believed that I could achieve anything my heart desired through manifesting my longing to get out of poverty. I didn’t know how or when it would happen, but I was convinced that it would come true one day.

When my father migrated to Canada, I envisioned what my life in Canada would be like after he asked me to join him. So, every summer break, I would make the big announcement to my friends that I would be in Canada for summer vacation. Then, for the next 8 weeks, I would go into hiding because of this little white lie and kept up the charade during my entire high school years.

I was a naïve little girl who believed in her father despite the yearly disappointments, but I knew that he would eventually send for me deep down in my heart. Finally, ten years after my father left Grenada, I received a call that he had purchased my ticket. A few months later I quietly departed Grenada for Canada, and my days in the ghetto were finally over.

When I arrived in Canada my first dream was to become a model.  I figured if I became a success as a well-known model, everyone who ever mistreated me in Grenada would regret their disparaging behavior. Once they saw me in a magazine, they would feel foolish, and I would justifiably get payback.

I knew nothing about vision boards or daily affirmations. Nevertheless, I was very creative when utilizing mental visualizations and daydreaming.

This dream never happened, but I still believed I had the potential to become a model. Unfortunately, the few modeling agencies I approached informed me I was too short, overweight at 130 lbs. and my hips were too big. Luckily, the modeling industry has caught up with current times when it comes to diversity and inclusivity.

Despite this setback, my face will be seen across Canada in a national advertising campaign for American Express in just a few short weeks. My karma sent it out to the universe, and this opportunity returned in the way I initially envisioned it.

If it is God’s plan, manifestation and hard work start with you. What do you want to do, and where you see yourself? One thing I know for sure is dreams are infinite for everyone. There is no time limit on when they can come true. So the critical question is whether you believe in your abilities because your thoughts can dictate your future.