If you read the previous Q&A with Arielle Jernigan (if you haven't, you can now), then you know modeling led to a breakdown and an amazing breakthrough. The hardship of trying desperately to fit into the fashion industry's model mold forced Arielle to love herself as she is and not as someone's idea of who they wanted her to be. Healthy eating habits, physical fitness, and a positive self image turned Arielle into a compassionate nutrition coach and business woman. Read below for her insights on the value of keeping a journal and thriving in business.
MRTV: How has journaling helped your healing process?
AJ: Journaling has allowed me to be grateful for what I have. It has allowed me to focus on the light and focus on the good. Now I see the glass half full in just about every situation. I used to be really sad about not being signed and now I am so happy. I probably wouldn’t be the amazing holistic nutrition coach inspiring my family, friends, and clients if I were signed. Who knows? Everything happens for a reason and journaling reminds me to be really appreciative of it all.
MRTV: You also created African Print Karibu Gratitude journals? What does Karibu mean and how do you project its meaning towards others?
AJ: Karibu means to be “Welcomed”. Tanzania was the first country I’ve ever been to [outside of the US] and I would see Karibu signs everywhere. The natives would sort of sing the word, kah-ree-boo, and it sounded so heavenly and welcoming. I want people to feel welcomed. Your journal is your safe space. You can talk yo shit, you can praise yourself, and you can cry, laugh, and smile in it. Having a gratitude journal changed my entire life. It literally forces you to not only see the light in your everyday life but how to create it.
MRTV: What is your advice for anyone considering modeling and/or starting a business?
AJ: To anyone considering modeling I would say, do not lose yourself in the industry’s standards. I would say wear your confidence like a crown and that regardless, you are THE standard. I really wish I had someone to tell me that when I was modeling at 17. As far as starting a business... Commitment! A business is truly a baby. You have to commit to it all. You cannot neglect or ignore it. You must, must commit.
MRTV: What is the greatest aspect about being an entrepreneur?
AJ: My favorite thing about being an entrepreneur is freedom. I feel free. I have the creative control over everything that I do. I dictate my time, my schedule, my life. There isn’t anyone deciding how many hours I get, or when I request off of work to have some me time. And most importantly being an entrepreneur for what you LOVE is so fulfilling. And that alone is rewarding.
MRTV: What do you want readers to know about you?
AJ: I want the readers to know that I went from fashion to fitness for a very good reason. I want them to know that my main goal in life, what I am extremely passionate about is inspiring people. I am in love with inspiring people to live wholesome, fulfilling, delightful lives. I love teaching people how to eat for energy, l still love modeling (on my own terms), I love exercising, I love traveling, and I love sharing inspiration. When people see my website, my social media, see me I want them to feel like they can do anything in the world that they want to do. I want them to feel like, "Wow! I can travel.. Anywhere! Wow I can lose or gain weight. Wow I can be myself, I can love myself." I want them to feel motivated and so damn good about their lives. That is what I want people to know about me. Inspiring you, inspires me.
MRTV: Any upcoming projects or products you are working on?
Yes!!! I have a secret project coming up this summer that I am super stoked about. I also have a Black Friday series coming soon where I will be featuring Black Owned Brands on my website. I think it is really important to support your local brands because it helps our communities, our libraries, parks, our children. It truly makes a difference. Not to mention it super inspiring to see people like me owning shit.
Go to her website to see the places she's been, her healthy how-to's and to purchase your very own Karibu journal!