December 31, 2017

Reflect With Me

Hello Guys, welcome to my chaaanooo. I have always wanted to say that.I feel like it’s a millennial thing I want to be a part of (plus avocados). I’ve always wanted to do a taking stock edition on this blog. Since it’s almost the end of the year I figured I’d do something different. So here it goes.

Taking StockImage Shot By Shalua


Making:  My 2018 vision board, I am all about new year resolutions and to do lists lately. Do you make new year aspirations or you just wing it?


Listening:  To my good friend @soafricane’s recommendation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons podcast I love it.


Replaying:  A Hope Chest: A podcast over and over because Stacy gets me. Especially “A Woman To Will-Be Woman”. To echo some of the words she said, “ I am aware of the impression of me I helped you form, but your impression of me is not who I am”. Forever poetic.


Taking Stock

Sometime in November-Kariakoo

Wanting: More time to create and more time for my own personal projects. I kid you not personal projects are everything. They shape you and mould you.

Deciding: To consciously choose me.

Daydreaming: About Morocco, forever my travel goal. Maybe I’ll go soon.

Loving: Quinta Brunson, I think she is my spirit animal. Please watch Quinta Vs Everything.

Taking Stock

Sunsets at Forodhani, Zanzibar

Watching: Black Mirror s4 Episodes and Vimeo staff picks. Honorable mentions of Vimeo Staff Picks include  Losing Patience, Dear Mr Shakespeare and MasterPiece

Happy: Me and JT are back to fully creating together.

Appreciating: The cinematography of Handmaid’s tale and The Crown( Not about the romanticizing the British royals and colonialism) but the cinematography……wow.

Waiting: For 2018 and all its glory. I love the newness of things

Seamen, Prison Island

Praying: Grace comes back home in time. We have been trying to raise funds to bring my friend’s mom home. We still need your support. Check out the gofundme account.

Knowing: God is real and I am made in his reflection. So call me by my name, Badu’s On and On sticks with me.

Taking Stock

A Church in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Admiring: Everyone who did Vlogmas on youtube and Blogmas their blogs, You consistent beings. Kymmie I see you girl. 

Smashing: Patriarchy

Grateful: For all the highs and lows. Most importantly my family and creative friends, who have been a strong voice of reason for me this year. You know who you are.

Taking Stock

Self, Shot Taken By My Sister

See you on the other side.

Love and Light.

Neema J.



  • Nasra January 1, 2018

    I love you sis, You are forever an inspiration

  • Kech January 2, 2018

    Nice! Blessings & blessings in 2018

  • Kymmiee January 5, 2018

    I am 5 days late but here i am. Appreciating this and the Mention! Well written Jodie. I could actually hear your voice as I read through. I love reading Stocks. I think I will be taking them end of each month… PS: I need to third wheel in one of your Magic moments with JT.
    More Light!

    • thebongolese January 9, 2018

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I can’t wait to read your new “taking stock” posts. Karibu girl (the JT plan). Bless

  • Jeudeth January 5, 2018

    You are amazing

  • Patsy Mugabi January 7, 2018

    Forever in awe.Wow a girl boss ,sis.

    • thebongolese January 9, 2018

      Gosh thanks Patsy. “Girl Bosses” recognize “Girl Bosses”. Keep inspiring. xo

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