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Manifesting: It Actually Works.

Post by Diana Modupe

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Journaling Career: 5 years

Over the years, I may have heard the word “manifesting” in passing, but it wasn’t until my junior year of college that I learned the true essence of the word and started my own manifestation journal. At the time, I was taking an Afrofuturism Literature course, which introduced me to the late author Octavia Butler. Along with reading some of her novels, we watched a documentary about her life that featured some of her manifestations. Octavia Butler wrote her desires and intentions on paper in the present tense as if she was actively achieving each goal she wrote down. Some of her affirmations were as simple as “I am a bestselling writer,” and others were more detailed like, “Every one of my books reaches and remains for two or more months at the top of the bestseller lists of….,” where she listed several publications. The amazing thing about what she wrote down is that it all ended up happening. 

That same semester, I purchased my first journal and got to manifesting. If Octavia Butler could do it, why couldn’t I? I started off with very general affirmations like “I am healthy” or “I am financially abundant,” but then I wondered what would happen if I wrote more specific affirmations. In a matter of days and over the next few years, I began to see some of my journal affirmations unfold before my eyes. I found myself living in France (twice), traveling throughout Europe, meeting financial goals, and paving the way to live out my dream career of becoming a writer. 

So How Does It Work? 

A main idea surrounding manifestation is that seeing your goals or intentions repeatedly in writing (or another preferred method) and believing that these goals are possible will inspire you to take small steps each day to reach them. Forming habits like having a positive outlook and consistently practicing gratitude can be the fuel you need for your manifestations. The key to manifesting is letting go of pressure that the specific manifestation needs to happen and just having fun imagining the outcome. How would you feel if this really happened? Channel those emotions and get to writing! When manifesting, believing that the outcome is possible will make all the difference, so I suggest starting off with something small if it’s your first time. I’d like to note that I am not a manifestation coach or expert, but these are just some things I’ve done in my personal experience and that I’ve learned from doing my own research over the years. 

Easy Techniques for Manifesting:

  • Speaking positive affirmations/intentions out loud: Saying positive sentences to yourself in the present tense can be an easy way to manifest. It might feel unnatural at first, but the more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
  • Writing down what you desire in the present tense: If you prefer journaling, this may be the manifestation technique for you. Instead of saying your affirmations or intentions out loud, write them down!
  • Creating a vision board: Picture where you’d like to be in life and create a collage of images to represent those goals. You can even make a digital vision board on your phone.

I still have my original manifestation journal from 2017, and every now and then I get overwhelmed with gratitude as I like look back at all the amazing things I was able to materialize in my life. Throughout the last few years, I’ve kept little pieces of my manifestations, like postcards from my travels in my journal and even a mini elephant collection from all the countries/cities I’ve visited, to remind me that I really can create the life of my dreams.

Have you tried manifestation before? Do you have a preferred method of manifesting? Let us know!

Happy manifesting,

Diana Modupe

Check out more of Diana’s work here: linguistanoire.com

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What Journaling Has Meant in 2020

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I’ve been journaling for as long as I can remember. From the heartache I felt at age 7 when a school friend broke a pinky promise right up to the recent exhilaration of hauling a Christmas tree through my neighborhood- past deserted restaurants with chairs stacked up against the windows- at age 25. 

And journaling, like Christmas traditions, has been one of the things I’ve tried to keep up this year despite this pesky global pandemic. 

During the first lockdown period here in Paris, my journaling reflected the novelty of the experience. In a fluffy pink, heart-shaped notebook I scribbled daily recounts of life inside: watching the president’s speeches on TV, talking to friends on the street from our living room window, choreographing dance routines for my flatmates and even venturing into an activity I’d never envisioned for my life: cooking. I wrote about everything, e v e r y t h i n g. A quick flick through my lockdown journal has reunited me with profound entries about how much I (still) love Gwen Stefani’s song “Cool”, impressive results from a new eyelash curler, and a note on how nice it was to eat macaroni and cheese in the bath. One entry from March reads, in its entirety, “Today, Friday, I did a barre workout in my living room. It hurt my arse.” 

I used all the colors of the rainbow to journal- metallic gel pens, bright purple calligraphy markers, glitter glue, stickers… everything was fun and funny. I was living something that would one day be in the history books, and I was creating a bright pink fluffy one of my own. I rarely looked inwards or adopted a serious tone. Looking back, perhaps this was because, subconsciously, I didn’t want to even begin to try to understand the absurd reality we had begun living in. Or maybe it actually was fun, in its own, strange little way. Back then, we didn’t know, of course, how long all this was going to last. I was happy to participate in collective responsibility by doing a whole lot of nothing.

Our summer of (cautious) freedom in France meant the end of my daily journaling. It was almost like I was happy to be rid of it- I had an actual life again and didn’t need to invent one in a notebook!

And then the second lockdown came. This time, to put it lightly, I no longer wanted to reach for anything pink and fluffy. I felt blue, the bluest. 

The contents of my journal came to resemble the sad, restless, sometimes despairing tone of entries from trying times in my late teens and early twenties. Not the kind of headspace I had been hoping to return to. It’s like I began treating my journal like people at my Christian high school told us not to treat God- as something we turned to and used only in our darkest times. While I’m in no way religious (and certainly do not consider my journal a deity, no matter how much I worship my own handwriting), I do feel like I used to be much better at turning to my journal to document everything I’m grateful for and blessed to have. I don’t want its pages to be filled only with doom and gloom- if nothing else, it’s no fun to reread. This is part of the reason why it’s been so important to us to have JoClub prompts that directly ask us to stop and smell the roses.

Another change in my journaling this year came in the form of JoClub. For the first time in my life, I had something that was usually so solitary become a collective experience. I met strangers from all corners of the world- and not only did I meet them, I met their inner thoughts, the pages of their journals, their triumphs and heartbreaks and fears and frustrations. In a year where it was more important than ever to remember that I was not alone, JoClub gave me exactly that. Reminders that my worries were found on the journal pages of so many others, too. That we were in this together, all clumsily trying to figure it out.

So this year, whether happy or hopeless, journaling has been a salve when I’ve really needed it, a distraction when I’ve wanted one, and, sometimes, an inadequate search for comfort. 

It hasn’t managed to be a bandaid for this horrid year, but it has often felt like tending to a wound- even if this has sometimes meant picking at the scab, then redressing it, only to watch it start bleeding once more. Importantly, it has at least reminded me that this wound, like all the rest, will one day heal.

What has journaling meant for you this year?

Article by Alyssa Perrott

About JoClub

JoClub is an online movement. It’s an Instagram page with daily journal prompts, and it’s also a membership program that includes daily emails, a discord group, and fortnightly Zoom calls where members share journal entries and write new ones live, together. 

JoClub, above all, is a community, inclusive of every type of journaler. Follow us on Instagram for daily prompts!

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22 Lessons Learned in 2020

Good morning. Jo here, writing to you from the Connecticut home I bought in cash at the end of July. The same home I’ve only slept in six nights total – cut the check and had to replenish these funds. I filmed a video about the purchase and still haven’t had time to edit it… yeah, it’s been a crazy last six months. I’ve been off the grid and on a journey that’s taken up my entire 2020 – filming a project that will only come out next Summer that I’m legally unable to tell you about. So for now, I’ll give you nuggets of wisdom I’ve collected along the journey, and thoughts to wrap up 2020.

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Here are 22 lessons to live by:

  • You must cut out toxicity to make room for positive things and people.
  • Introspection is not only recommended but should be mandatory.
  • Helping family may drain your energy and wallet but it’s a beautiful honor to give back to those who brought you into the world.
  • Music helps maintain sanity when things seem to be unbearable. Play Bob Marley on a crappy day and you’ll see how much better you feel.
  • Finding true love is incredible, but it doesn’t solve all of your problems.
  • When in doubt, drink water.
  • If you’re around people who make you feel guilty for being you and loving the things you love, those are not your people.
  • When you know something no longer serves you, cut it out.
  • You can only move forward if you’re looking forward.
  • Being grateful for things that haven’t happened yet shows the universe that you’re ready to receive it.
  • Paper will always be more patient than people, grab a journal.
  • Noticing that a moment will become a memory is a gift, sharpen it by appreciating small moments every day.
  • The five people closest to you should be a reflection of not only who you are, but who you aspire to be. Take inventory and modify if necessary.
  • Reading will always give you more than refraining from doing so.
  • You don’t always need to solve problems right away. You’ll notice that if a problem solves itself, it wasn’t ever really a problem.
  • Collaborating with people is one of the greatest gifts we humans are capable of. Find someone worthy and build something with them.
  • You are a prisoner to the things you say and a master of the things you keep to yourself.
  • Not everyone wants the best for you. Learn to recognize genuine care, and keep those ingenuine at a safe distance.
  • Being light is one of the most desirable qualities in a person. Practice letting things go, you’ll train yourself to be lighter.
  • The struggles are what give your character texture. Learn to embrace hard times and thank them for making you a more evolved person.
  • Nature is essential. When you’re stressed, take a deep breath outside and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Speculation is poison because it’s giving energy to things we cannot control. Focus on what’s in your power.

That’s it for now. Sending my love and gratitude always.

Introspection is the key to unlock the soul – there’s goodness awaiting you.

With love,

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JoClub Membership is Now A Thing

I’ve been wanting to develop this for a while. So I sat my a$$ down and developed it. We’ve built a nice little community on Instagram and some of you have been journaling for 100+ days! JoClub is growing, and so should the access to the community.

I’m officially rolling out the JoClub membership program where you get to choose from 3 different tiers based on your interest in making journaling a lifelong habit!

Psst: my favorite tier is the “Connected Journaler” because it includes 1 monthly live journaling event and a Discord group so you can meet your best friends from around the world you don’t know exist yet.

So what is this all about? Here’s a breakdown of all of the tiers!

Don’t worry, we’ll still be updating the JoClub Instagram account daily with free prompts, there’s a little something for everyone 😉.

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NEWBIE:

Price: $5/month

This membership is for anyone who has been wanting to take their journaling to the next level but needs a little extra kick. We’ll help you turn journaling into a daily habit with the following perks:

  • 30 thought-provoking questions on a monthly basis via Google Drive doc (so you won’t have to wait for them daily on Instagram)
  • Access to a Facebook group exclusively for the JoClub community of all levels

INTROSPECTIVE:

Price: $10/month

This is the level for someone who’s been journaling for a while but wants to dig into themselves a little deeper. Members who purchase this tier will get access to the following:

  • 30 thought-provoking questions on a monthly basis via Google Drive doc (so you won’t have to wait for them daily on Instagram)
  • Access to a Facebook group exclusively for the JoClub community of all levels
  • Monthly newsletter with recommended reading

CONNECTED :

Price: $20/month

This membership is for anyone who wants to make lifelong connections with other people who want to dive into self-improvement, mental clarity, and journaling for life. We’ll help you turn journaling into a daily habit with the following perks:

  • 30 thought-provoking questions on a monthly basis to your inbox (so you won’t have to wait for them daily on Instagram)
  • Access to a Facebook group exclusively for the JoClub community of all levels
  • Monthly newsletter with recommended reading
  • 1 Monthly live journaling event/journal slam
  • Access to an intimate Discord group for this tier only

Can’t wait to grow this movement with you!