How to Manifest a Better Version of You

A beginners guide to manifesting

Someone once told me that we’re not just given a life, we create it. 

We hear stories of successful people sharing how they spoke their dreams into existence like Jim Carrey’s one-million-dollar check that he shared on Oprah. He wrote himself a check for one million dollars and kept it in his wallet for years. When Dumb & Dumber was released he got a check in the mail for one million dollars; that was his first check at such a substantial amount. So what did he do alongside the hard work and sacrifices? He manifested it. He spoke it into existence. He visualized it. 

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But why aren’t we taught about this? Why is there so little information and resources available to help us tap into this Universal “magic”? This energy that surrounds us? Is it still considered a taboo?

I think the most important thing is to remember that we create our lives. One person who is helping women do that is Samantha Kozuch, the creator and founder of The Maniscripting Journal. I talked with her about the power of manifesting and how to do it.

So, my biggest question was ‘how does one manifest’? 

“Manifesting is a practice that involves focusing your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs on a specific goal or desire with the intention of bringing it into reality” says Kozuch.

Samantha Kozuch on manifesting

Here are some ways you can start:

Set Clear Intentions

Clearly define what you want to manifest. Be specific about your goal or desire. The more precise you are, the easier it will be to focus your energy on it. This is where a product like The Maniscripting Journal or a special diary or notebook (we love this cool celestial-inspired journal with a lock!) will come in handy, so you can write down those goals and desires.


Close your eyes and imagine yourself already possessing your desired outcome. Use all your senses to create a vivid mental image. Feel the emotions associated with achieving your goal and immerse yourself in the experience as if it’s happening right now.

Believe and Affirm

Cultivate a strong belief that your goal is attainable. Use positive affirmations to reinforce this belief. Affirmations are positive statements that reflect your desired reality. Repeat them daily to reinforce your positive mindset.

Stay Positive

Maintain a positive mindset and avoid doubt or negativity. Focus on the possibilities rather than the obstacles. Surround yourself with positivity, whether through uplifting people, books, or activities.

Take Inspired Action

While manifesting involves more than just taking action, it’s important to align your actions with your intentions. Take steps that are consistent with your goal. These actions don’t have to be huge. They can be small, deliberate steps that move you closer to your desired outcome.

Practice Gratitude

Express gratitude for what you already have and for the progress you’ve made. Gratitude helps to keep you in a positive state of mind and open to receiving more.

Release Attachment

This might seem counterintuitive, but being too attached to the outcome can create resistance. Let go of the need to control every detail and trust in the process. Detach from the outcome while maintaining your belief in its manifestation.

Patience and Persistence

Manifesting can take time, so be patient and persistent. Stay committed to your practice and continue aligning your thoughts, emotions, and actions with your goal.

Where to start

One thing that I know has helped me manifest my goals is creating a feng shui vision board. Yes you read that correctly, there’s a method to the madness. “Incorporating the fundamentals of Feng Shui like the Bagua Map, as it is all about balance and organization, can help you organize your desires and optimize your vision board” explains Kozuch. Even Actress Viola Davis says “You have to see a physical manifestation of your dream”. 

However, we must realize that this isn’t going to happen overnight, “this is why there are popular sayings like, ‘trust the process’ to avoid becoming frustrated if your desired outcomes don’t manifest immediately” Kozuch explains. “There are 2 key things that I always share as a precaution when I am teaching about manifesting:

1. You must have patience. The Universe does not have a timeline, we as humans created time, and it definitely does not care about yours. 

2. You need to be ready for your reality to start changing and shifting – this is not always a pleasant experience. “

Kozuch states that “When you start calling in new things that you desire, the Universe (God, Source, whatever it is that you believe in that you are co-creating with) has to make room for that. So if you are requesting to manifest more money, and you are at a job that you hate, well, it can happen where you are fired from your job unexpectedly as a push from the Universe to get you to go out and get a more aligned job. This shouldn’t scare anyone from manifesting, it should empower you to remove things from your life that are no longer serving you nor in alignment otherwise. The Universe will start doing the work for you.”

So what are some tools to help you, navigate you to achieving your higher self? 

The 90-Day Journal Ritual & Guidebook is not only a 3-month journal but also packed with activations, challenges, a vision board workshop, rituals, and my favorite, how to use crystals. 

I also find the Ryve Mindfulness Coloring Book to help me meditate and Ryve Awaken Tarot Cards to bring me the spark of affirmation, reassurance that I am on the right track.

Ashley-Victoria Smith
Ashley-Victoria Smith

Serial entrepreneur, celebrity publicist, published author, swimwear designer, and creative director. Currently resides in the Queen City with her two rescue fur babies indulging in coffee, a good book, and Marvel movies.

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