Ann-Marie and I discuss growing up in poverty, abuse, depression, anxiety, finding yourself and your true desires.
I loved talking with Ann-Marie, located in Jamaica (and listening to her accent) as she described her life growing up, her health challenges, getting past wanting more love from her parents and getting past disappointment to live her true life.
Here’s more about Ann-Marie:
Ann-Marie Graham is a visionary and a world changer who is anointed by God and whose mission on earth is to help people rise up from the dust to a life of purpose.
She wants each and every person to know that they were born with a purpose and the purpose of life is to actually live a life of purpose!!
Ann-Marie describes her childhood as a ‘challenging’ one, an early life of ups and downs, Ann-Marie survived some unsettling times during her childhood; unsettling times that she would have rather forgotten. Her story of growing up in poverty, not having a father around, being physically and emotionally abused, suffering from generalized anxiety all tells of her strong resilience to pick up and start from the dust even at a tender age. In her teenage years Ann-Marie came to the realization that she had been unknowingly and unintentionally programmed to fail mentally emotionally, physically and spiritually from a very early age.
Ann-Marie recalls having lived what she describes indifferently as a’ very broken life’ from birth until her early twenties’. As she grew into adolescence, Ann -Marie eventually started to suffer with the subtle signs of low self- esteem. Despite her tall and graceful structure as a young and upcoming adult, Ann- Marie walked in extreme fear and low self-confidence. No one would have ever guessed though because she lived behind a beautiful mask called a smile. Ann-Marie is still known for her very big and welcoming smile to this day.
She later fell into a season of deep depression and shame and the seeds of her dream fell to the ground. she started going to the parties because she no longer cared. This led her to become a contestant on ‘The Vybz Kartel Teacher’s Pet Show’ on CVM TV. Although the season had changed, that scene was too ‘hot’ for the Ann-Marie whom she knew her true self to be. It was while on the show that Ann-Marie realized that she was born for more. There was a dream somewhere in her heart still but she could not see it in the dark situation that she found herself in. Ann Marie decided to return to the safety of her hometown near Montego Bay. She continued her life as normal until the real transformation began. The transformation began one summer night at a church in Montego Bay where a pastor whom she had never met before prophesied to her and told her that she is a mighty woman of God. He spoke life into her by telling her that one day God was going to call her to travel the world and preach the gospel and that she would own a really big business and marry a man that is a world traveler from another country. At first Ann-Marie couldn’t believe, she really couldn’t believe that God still had a great plan for her life but with childlike innocence she went to the alter, knelt to the ground and gave her life to Jesus Christ. Slowly but surely she started rising up from the dust to a life of purpose. Whilst working full time she also enrolled and studied at Leverage Leadership Institute where she later graduated with a diploma in Biblical Studies.
Ann-Marie’s dream began to emerge from a flicker of light to a small flame that would eventually become a big beacon of light to direct the future path of her and others.