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In the spirit of newness...


In the spirit of newness, this being a new year and this being a new blog, I will be sharing with you all some of the things I am actively working on in this new season of 2017. I have spent a good amount of time thinking about what I want out of this year. If I am completely frank with myself, because the blog is called honestly imani jai, I want to continue how I concluded 2016. Not to say that in 2016 I had all the answers because I can say with all honestly the year was a load of shit (a lot of that shit being my creation lol), but all-in-all I ended 2016 in a pretty good mindset. In 2017 want to continue on my path of growth- the growth of mind, the growth of body (health), the growth of spirit.

Growth of Mind

Anyone who knows me, and I mean even knows me a bit, knows I am O-P-I-N-I-O-N-A-T-E-D and BOLD. This has been an attribute of mine that I have found to be both helpful and hurtful. I would like to continue to have these attributes, but I would love for these attributes to not consume me. In 2017 I want to be able to have an opinion and be able to express that opinion from a place of love and respect instead of frustration. I would also like to strengthen my confidence, my capacity to understand, to care and to forgive.

Growth of Body

I don't honestly know "exactly" how I want to grow in the aspect of my body, but I know I want to show it, LOVE. In 2016 I really came to the understanding that I am going to have this body of mine for some time (God-willing) so I have to take care of it and love it! So that means for me cutting out all the crazy drinking, getting some clothes that make me feel like a million bucks, moving and getting some REST! Moving from living in my parents' house where my parents pick my meals and etc. to going to college and having free reign to eat and do whatever, whenever, really made me start to look at the saying, "My body is a temple." a lot differently.

Growth of Spirit

This is a big one for me. I have declared 2017 will be the year that I grow in my purpose. That being submitting myself to the will of the Lord. I am in college now and reality (God) had a funny way of punching me (cause it was pretty hard) in the face and making me reflect on my actions and how those actions were preparing me for my purpose. I would also like in this new year to further my relationship with God and really STUDY theology.

Of course, I do not have a blueprint for how 2017 will play out, but I know the new year will bring many experiences, some not so pleasant and some great (like this blog!), but I know they will all be for the good.


  1. pray 3x a day

  2. take vitamins

  3. drink more water

  4. cuss less or maybe be not at all

  5. dress for myself

  6. have more patience (with myself and others)

  7. exercise

  8. clean up and get organized

  9. read more (a new book every two months)

  10. use my phone less

  11. stink to appointments

  12. write more

  13. draw more

  14. praise more

  15. love harder



I hope that your 2017, so far, is everything you hoped it would be, and if not don't worry you have time! I really thought this post was important because in the past I have found myself only caring about my goals for the new year for one week into the new year. I am challenging myself and you to hold on to these goals for a little longer!


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