5 Tips on How To Live a More Authentic Life with Jamilla Manigault

As we progress through Summer, thus entering into the second part of the year, I can sense an awakening that is occurring amongst many human beings. There is an underlying restlessness and urge that is morphing into a global need for self-discovery and truth, a truth that will allow people to live freely and authentically. Yet, within the Western world and our society at large, this is a true struggle. With the “Never Good Enough” syndrome that we are fed from an early age, it can be hard for many people to grow into their true self and identity. With this in mind, I felt it would be beneficial if I would contact someone that could give me some information and tips for myself that I could share with others on such a deep topic.

Jamilla Manigault, life-coach, author of the book, Have You Ever Had an Orgasm? and sexual energy expert whom specializes in helping people to open up to their inner greatness and power, was the first to come to mind. I am one of her former students, from her For the Goddess in You web series that is dedicated to teaching women how to heal themselves and step into their womanhood. It was the most powerful class I have ever taken, even as a degree holder; no course that I took in college could compare to the knowledge and experience that Jamilla reveals to her audience. And because of this, I knew that she would be perfect in relaying such inspirational answers.

Below are 5 tips that Jamilla agreed to share with me; as well as, words of wisdom on what people can do in order to break free and BE. Check them out.
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  1. Get Intimate with Yourself
    Grab yourself a journal and sit quietly where you will not be disturbed and Freewrite (writing without thinking) all the reasons that keep you from showing up authentically. Whether it is telling the truth about your circumstances, how you feel in a moment or even the physical appearances you feel you have to keep up. Why do you show up in this way? Is it because of your job, so people will like you, you feel this is a way to be loved, whatever it is… WRITE ABOUT IT! 
  2. Adopt a “So What?!”Attitude
    It really only matters what you think of yourself. Whenever you feel the anxiety of what others maybe thinking, say: “Who cares? So what?! I am ok with who I am and that is all that matters.”. 
  3. Limit Social Media and Internet Browsing
    Seeing others accomplishments, whether through Facebook, Instagram, or even what they’re wearing, can trigger an insecurity within you because you may feel you are not living up to those standards or keeping up with “The Joneses”. Stay focused on what you are doing to create happiness within your own life and less on what others are doing. 
  4. Tell The Truth, No Matter What
    Many lie to make themselves look more important. Just force yourself to tell the truth. Let go of any embarrassment, and as you tell the truth, that embarrassment will magically disappear. 
  5. Manage Your Insecurities
    Find your self-worth by doing some mirror/affirmation work. Everyday, look in the mirror. Just stare in your own eyes, then say a powerful affirmation. One that I like is, “I am beautiful and powerful. I love myself so much and so does the world.”. You can develop one that resonates with you. Developing this habit of affirming helps you to release self-depreciating habits. Become honest with yourself and let go of the need to blame others for your shortcomings.

Overall, in living an authentic life, being honest with yourself is the most important thing that you can do. We all are flawed in some manner; however, what makes us perfect is our ability to honestly and consistently work through our issues and release past traumas that keep us stuck from enjoying the freedom of life that is promised to us all. It is not easy, but well worth the struggle. There is a market for your insecurity and need to fit in. You can choose to buy into it and stay in an unending spiral of self defeat, or choose to liberate yourself completely. Start today, live authentically!

– Content appears on Sapphires & Sisters courtesy of Ms. Jamilla Manigault
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Shout out to Jamilla Manigault for taking out the time to share such incredible information, I hope that this inspires you all! Let’s start LIVING!

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A Woman’s Dilemma: Body Image Roundtable Discussion

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“Body Image”, a term that most women cringe or feel awkward about when they first hear.  It’s an issue that most of us deal with mentally, and feel very uncomfortable talking about with others.  Because it is no secret that in our society, specifically the Western world, that women have to deal with so many images and influences that shape us into believing  what is considered the ideal beauty of a real  woman.   And this has affected women of ALL cultures, backgrounds and age groups for years.

StyleLikeU, an online magazine/site, dedicated to pushing forth creativity and free forms of expression to the world understands the importance of this issue.  And took it upon themselves to create a roundtable discussion with Eve, Cory Kennedy, Venus X, G*LEE, Megan LeCrone, Nicolette Mason, Domonique Echeverria, and Sara Ziff.  These 8 different women whom all work in creative fields, whether it be media, journalism, music etc… talk about their different and even similar experiences dealing with their identity and self-acceptance, particularly, when it comes to their body.

I actually found myself relieved and empowered after watching this 18 minute video, primarily because it confirms that I am not alone.  And that even Eve, a women who broke down barriers as a Black entertainer that I have looked up to since she first showcased her talent to the world, still has insecurities too.  I also related closely to the stories of Nicolette, Venus X and Dominique; although all 8 of these women’s stories are authentically real and can be learned from.

I suggest all of you lovely ladies out there to take a look at this video, because it is more of a celebration of the individuality and uniqueness amongst women, as we all continue on our journey of accepting who we are as powerful beings and creators of the world.

Thank you, StyleLikeU!