Welcome to The Joy Journalist! =)

Welcome to The Joy Journalist

Poland Christmas market by Everyday Wow Twitter

The story of The Joy Journalist goes way back to 2013 and was inspired by awesome 20something blogger and author Paul Angone in his 101 Secrets for your 20’s (highly recommend the book! 😉 It was the last secret- the best secret for your 20’s are the ones your discover for yourself. So here we are!

A collection of my life stories from when I was 18, all the way till now- 22. Way back when, the original name of the blog was actually Saving Grace, which later changed to randomthoughtsofa20something (whew, that was one long blog title!) But both didn’t that really capture the quintessence of why I was writing.

Till 2016. The Joy Journalist- a smiley dreamer at heart. 😉

Relentless daydreamer with optimism despite the odds 😉 

To inspire hope, faith, to give encouragement and uppage, share prayers, light and <3. 

That is my quintessence. 

New posts will definitely be on ze way! To tide you over, a little welcome post awaits you in every category 😉

Till then, courtesy of my fellow blogger friends who inspired The Joy Journalist, check out:

    • Paul Angone’s Allgroanup (20something uppage)
    • Danny Rubin (Career aces blog) 😉
    • iBelieve: everything from faith, relationships to prayer to every day life!
    • Ruthie Dean (Relationships expert)
    • Allison Fallon (Writer guru, she travelled all 50 states of the US and wrote a book!)
    • Matt Appling’s Church of no people (blog archived now).
    • Seeds 4 Life (daily mug of uppage and happiness 😉

Happy readings! 😉

With =)’s, light and hope,
The Joy Journalist aka JJ 😉

P.S Shout out to my awesome brother who came up with the incredible pen name!


The 60/40 World Changer Challenge =)

Just another regular Sunday relaxing in my room scrolling through my Instagram as usual, when this interesting promo propped up. And it immediately caught my eye. What was the 60/40 challenge? Jumping over to their Instagram profile, I instantly clicked on the link in their bio to pique my curiosity.

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Letting go… =)

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When my church co-leader asked me if I had a spare notebook lying around for our GC prayer book keepsake (😀 – it's going to be so cool at the end of 2019 when we review and look back on them!), this one immediately to mind 😉 Sure I admittedly have enough notebooks/stationery to run my own Typo store 😂 but this one has a story. I won't go into the full details, but this pretty notebook had a bit of tainted history from the less than ideal workplace experience I had. And it's 2019 now and I'm like – it's time to let go of as Cisco from @cwtheflash "some bad juju" 😎. The moment I started ripping out every page from the notebook that I used to take worknotes, I could feel the release of tension/baggage that I've been carrying around with me unknowingly.* By the end, like @taylorswift would say – I think I'm finally clean 😊🎈🌈. Time to write a new story in this Travelesque notebook by @typoshop with better memories, stories, friendship, ❤ and family. And who better to help me write it then my church family? 😇🙃😊😉 *I know it sounds crazy but it literally feels like – I didn't like the story especially how it ended. So I've changed the ending 😎

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Feeling anxious?

Yesterday I was chatting to one of my good friends that I met late last year in my short stint in the Animation course and was blown away by her maturity and wisdom at such a young age! Gabby’s only 18, is already amazingly talented in her drawings, inspirational stories and messages across her social media and is always so smiley! Not to mention incredibly insightful in our Christian growth =) *Yup, the post above is all hers!
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Brings back memories of my first few songs I sang at church ;)! A blissful reminder about giving thanks and being grateful for the simple things of life. ❤

The Godly Chic Diaries

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” (Psalm 103:2)

Anddd just like that, another exam is now behind me. Thank you Lord. The feeling of finishing a difficult exam and passing is incredibly gratifying especially when you’re running on very little sleep. These are moments of rewards that make the long days ahead worth it….

I have learned in every circumstance that comes my way, to give thanks. In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give.We also need to remember from where God has brought us. When times get tough and you think you have nothing left to give, think about the goodness of God and all that He has done for you. Sometimes we need to rehearse our faith to get through times of doubt. We all doubt ourselves…

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101 Questions… Book Launch Challenge #3

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Challenge #3 =) Oooh love this one! Brings back memories of high school and my early 20’s, the years of self discovery and finding self confidence 😉 And coming out of the 5 years of learning and growing, the nuggets (yes nuggets cause I’m feeling peckish right now) of wisdom I learnt are: The moment you stop worrying what other people think about you and let go of your inhibitions… You realise: 😉 That everyone else is figuring life as well. 😉 That people’s naysayers opinion of you really shouldn’t matter. In fact that became my sign that I was on the right track when people were telling me that I was crazy and reckless for even considering it 😉 😉 That no one can make you feel inferior or judged without your consent =) damn straight! And what that looks like? 😉 You take more chances fearlessly and leap with faith into the unknown. 😉 If the thought, I don’t think I can comes up, it means I definitely should do it 😉 😉 Comfort zone living no longer seems enticing, life of edge looks way more fun 😉 cause God is more concerned about our character growth than our comfort 😉 😉 You learn to love yourself not only for your strengths but your flaws and somehow make them into your greatest strengths. The end of my 5 years of self discovery has led me to become the every brave, witty, relentless, perseverant, courageous, funny, fearless, confident and kind person that I always wanted to be 😉 with God’s grace & love. 🙃🌈😉😎❤️ Trust me, if you nail self confidence and vanquish self doubt early on – you’ve already accomplished what people spend most of their lives trying to 😉 Go forth and be awesome! 🙃 P.S: My go to self confidence & love songs are Who Says by Selena Gomez & I’m Me by Us the Duo 🙃😉 Perfect songs to start any day =)

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101 Questions… Book Launch Challenge #2

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Challenge #2! And it’s an epic one ^^ Reading this reminded me of Secret #26 in @paulangone 101 Secrets for your Twenties, ‘Our imperfections, doubts and questions about faith don’t make us unfaithful freaks- they make us human.’ Stand out quote from the secret? ‘Why waste time with church if we all share a collective perfection?’ In true Paul Angone style, he also added the fact that it honestly felt like a problem-free parallel universe where everyone was so hyped up… [on coffee, donuts, light shows and Jesus] where there wasn’t a cloud, drop of rain or speck of pollution in the sky!’ Haha. In all seriousness though, he has a point. If church can’t be a place where we don’t have to act like we have it all together, where else can we go? After all, we all have issues, problems and questions- so maybe instead of hiding them, we should be intentional in sharing them 😉 And that’s what I decided to do ever since last year ^^. Sure it can be scary to be vulnerable. But people are not mind readers, if you don’t tell them you are struggling, they cannot help you 🙃 so I made the leap and couldn’t have moved out without my Youth Pastor and partners help! And now? As a church leader, I’m super intentional in sharing my struggles cause that builds a sense of trust, relability and authenticity. That I’m just like my group members, still learning and growing and looking for answers. There’s nothing like authenticity and transparency that gets even the most introverted members to share their struggles as they realise they’re not alone in this.😉 So be intentional in sharing your struggles, it builds relationships. It’s time to ditch the facade of perfection. 😎

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Love & Grace thoughts…

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Saw this the other day while I was chilling at my fave @starbucksau 😉 couldn’t help but smile and snap the moment. One more letter, and it would have read Saviour & Grace 😉 To this I add, ❤ & Grace every day. Cause in life you will come across some people for no rational reason is taking out their negativity on you even when it has absolutely nothing to do with you. One of my guy colleagues asked me; how do I manage to work in a male dominated industry as a female and cope with all the incoming demands being in the customer service centred project role? And still remain smiley and optimistic? 😉 My answer. ❤ & Grace. 😉❤️ I remember that it’s not personal, it’s just work. I can’t choose how people react when they’re having a bad day or in a bad mood. But I can choose how I react. And I choose love and grace and help them find a solution. That’s how I do it. 😊 Same applies to my family members, we all have bad days. As Christians, we’re called to be the light of the world. And that’s not just a Sunday thing. It’s an every day thing, when it’s not easy in our workplaces, families, friendships and our personal lives and that’s why we need Jesus as our Saviour to guide us to show love and grace to the difficult people around us. Choose love and grace. It always wins. 🙃😉❤️

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