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How To Use Social Media To Manifest Your Dreams

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Social media is often stamped with lots of negative effects such as being addictive in nature, triggering mental health issues, and creating a cycle of comparison that leads to diminished self-worth.


But one positive that is often overlooked is how social media can be used as a tool to progress personal and professional goals.

Over time, I've discovered several positive ways to use social media as a part of a bigger picture that helps me manifest my dreams. These ways are discussed below.

Vision Boards

Pinterest is a great platform for creating a virtual vision board that goes everywhere you go. Think through all the things you'd like to manifest and look for visually appealing things that match that manifestation. You can leave the board public as inspiration for others, or adjust your privacy setting so that only you can see it. Either way, it'll be available at the touch of your fingertips whenever you need a reminder to stay focused or a meditation tool.

Networking

My favorite IG feature is the saved tab, but the game-changer is the ability to put these saved photos into collections. The most useful of my current collections is bookmarked as "Women to watch". Every picture in this collection is made up of like-minded women aspiring to similar goals and aspirations as myself, or who have already reached a certain goal I am hoping to achieve. Throughout my week, I check-in on new and exciting things these ladies are achieving through posts and stories on IG.

Maintaining genuine interaction allows me to make connections with people I can learn from while also following their journey. Over time, I've had the opportunity to collaborate and work with incredible girl bosses just by being myself and getting to know them virtually.

Important tip: Treat your social media encounters with the same level of respect that you would treat a new interaction on the street. You generally wouldn't ask prying questions or expect someone to give a major benefit until you know them better. Networking isn't about using people or asking for one-sided value without making deposits. Build genuine relationships and the rest will follow.

Fitness

If you're anything like me, your workout is all over the place unless you properly plan in advance. My solution is to take note of various workouts I see and implement them. Both IG and Pinterest are great for saving workout routines you can test out at the gym. I love that you can use boards from Pinterest and collections in IG to keep the workouts organized. Now, you can get right to the work without being overwhelmed by machines or clueless about what you should do.

Spiritual Guidance & Encouragement

Nothing beats watching positivity that uplifts you – especially after scrolling through draining news reports and other drama that can often bog down your mental space. I enjoy starting my day by filling up on things that jumpstart my spiritual mindset. A particular favorite is Kellie Lane's Live Facebook talks with Warrior Nation each morning. I'm also a major fan of Sarah Jakes Roberts. She always brings an amazing word. And I'd be remiss in my duties if I failed to mention those awesome goalcast videos that make me feel like I can take on the world.

Think about the people who put you in a good spiritual place and encourage you to put your best foot forward. Try starting your day by checking in to see what they've got to say before you start sifting through the parts of your social media that leave you feeling down about life. Also, consider saving encouraging quotes and scriptures to a special board in Pinterest. Go read them when you need a pick-me-up. You'll find that it makes all the difference.

Monetize

They say, "If it don't make money, it don't make sense," so why not make your ongoing use of social media make sense by maximizing it as an opportunity to monetize your brand? Focus your efforts on virtually promoting your business and its services to the proper target audience. There are plenty of platforms that make it easy to put yourself out there. Why not go for it?

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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