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About blessings and staying focussed


Since this is my first post here, first I’d like to thank Steeve Austin for the invite, as well as introduce myself.

Jojo Diggs, born in Germany, I grew up in the DMV area which, for those who don’t know, stands for DC/Md/Va. (It is a tri-state area.) I grew up in VA, and had the best of both worlds inside a safe neighborhood, close to a city whenever I wanted to get into trouble. This has crafted my ability to communicate clearly the raw feelings I have experienced in clubs. I am a proud member of MOPTOP family, Culture Shock, and founder of Diggs Deeper. For the past few years, I have been on a deep adventure with Christ and continually build my life around him.

Today’s topic is something that recently happened to me that deeply inspired me. I will share a story with you and hopefully you can take something for your Self.

My boyfriend, Soul, and I, moved to Las Vegas approximately 6 weeks ago. Before we moved we made a commitment to ourselves and one another to not travel for 3 months, except for special exceptions that we deemed were worth it (such as our great friends wedding.) We did this because there was a point that we were both traveling every weekend, and we both lost quite a bit of our own footing as individuals, and it broke up a lot of our consistency with regards to our personal goals.

There is a big battle coming up in a week or two, which Soul wanted to go to. When he asked me to consider going, I started thinking about all the intimidations and ‘out-of-my-comfort-zone’ experiences I could have. I started debating with myself, on some levels feeling guilt or shame that there was a part of me that didn’t want to go, or that wasn’t prioritizing these challenges. I started leaning towards going, but I could tell it wasn’t from a passionate place and I was wobbly about the decision.

I spoke with my good friend, Nicola, who is like a sister to me and often guides me. We ended up doing an impromptu reading because I had seen ‘Heart & Soul Cards’ written on a box on her shelf. (This is what my boyfriend and I go by as a pair.) Hang in there, I’m getting to the point.

During the reading, the battle and travel came up. She inquired and I started sharing. She reminded me that if I make a commitment to myself, and if I declare something to the Universe and then go back on it, the Universe will be confused what to send me. I thought about this deeply and realized she was right. Out of my desire to grow and insecurity, I had started to back down from what I set out to do.

After I re-declared to myself that I was going to follow through on my commitment to myself, I came home and shared it with my boyfriend who also listened to my response in a different light. It was like he could hear my certainty and didn’t question it like before.

The best part is that hours after my declaration, I ended up booking a paying gig here, which will significantly increase my exposure in the scene I now live in, as well as prepare me for future gigs and open up doors here. I knew at that moment that because of my commitment and follow through, the Universe knew what to send me. In my opinion, Christ witnessed my faith and sent me my confirmation. Since I knew, I was ready.

There was so many lessons and wonderful blessings here, but, for me, none more powerful than the fact that when we stay focused on what we set out to do we can achieve it and we must trust our process within that. Its SO easy to get distracted by the shiny balls along the way, in fact, perhaps they are put there as a gift to test you and show you what you truly desire. And when you are certain about your vision, nothing can distract you, and others can sense when you are not.

I hope this touched you in some way. I am an open student, which is wonderful, but should never get in the way of trusting my Self. This discernment is a constant dance of life.

– Dig deep and rise up

Jojo Diggs

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