101 Questions… Book Launch Challenge #3

Challenge #3 =) Oooh love this one! Brings back memories of high school and my early 20โ€™s, the years of self discovery and finding self confidence ๐Ÿ˜‰ And coming out of the 5 years of learning and growing, the nuggets (yes nuggets cause Iโ€™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: ๐Ÿ˜‰ That everyone else is figuring life as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That peopleโ€™s naysayers opinion of you really shouldnโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ That no one can make you feel inferior or judged without your consent =) damn straight! And what that looks like? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You take more chances fearlessly and leap with faith into the unknown. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If the thought, I donโ€™t think I can comes up, it means I definitely should do it ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Comfort zone living no longer seems enticing, life of edge looks way more fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ cause God is more concerned about our character growth than our comfort ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ with Godโ€™s grace & love. ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Žโค๏ธ Trust me, if you nail self confidence and vanquish self doubt early on – youโ€™ve already accomplished what people spend most of their lives trying to ๐Ÿ˜‰ Go forth and be awesome! ๐Ÿ™ƒ P.S: My go to self confidence & love songs are Who Says by Selena Gomez & Iโ€™m Me by Us the Duo ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰ Perfect songs to start any day =)

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101 Questions… Book Launch Challenge #2

Challenge #2! And itโ€™s an epic one ^^ Reading this reminded me of Secret #26 in @paulangone 101 Secrets for your Twenties, โ€˜Our imperfections, doubts and questions about faith donโ€™t make us unfaithful freaks- they make us human.โ€™ Stand out quote from the secret? โ€˜Why waste time with church if we all share a collective perfection?โ€™ 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 wasnโ€™t a cloud, drop of rain or speck of pollution in the sky!โ€™ Haha. In all seriousness though, he has a point. If church canโ€™t be a place where we donโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ And thatโ€™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 donโ€™t tell them you are struggling, they cannot help you ๐Ÿ™ƒ so I made the leap and couldnโ€™t have moved out without my Youth Pastor and partners help! And now? As a church leader, Iโ€™m super intentional in sharing my struggles cause that builds a sense of trust, relability and authenticity. That Iโ€™m just like my group members, still learning and growing and looking for answers. Thereโ€™s nothing like authenticity and transparency that gets even the most introverted members to share their struggles as they realise theyโ€™re not alone in this.๐Ÿ˜‰ So be intentional in sharing your struggles, it builds relationships. Itโ€™s time to ditch the facade of perfection. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Love & Grace thoughts…

Saw this the other day while I was chilling at my fave @starbucksau ๐Ÿ˜‰ couldnโ€™t help but smile and snap the moment. One more letter, and it would have read Saviour & Grace ๐Ÿ˜‰ To this I add, โค & 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰ My answer. โค & Grace. ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ I remember that itโ€™s not personal, itโ€™s just work. I canโ€™t choose how people react when theyโ€™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. Thatโ€™s how I do it. ๐Ÿ˜Š Same applies to my family members, we all have bad days. As Christians, weโ€™re called to be the light of the world. And thatโ€™s not just a Sunday thing. Itโ€™s an every day thing, when itโ€™s not easy in our workplaces, families, friendships and our personal lives and thatโ€™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. ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰โค๏ธ

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101 Questions You need to ask in Your Twenties book launch!

So in awe to be part of @paulangone book launch team for his new epic upcoming book – 101 Questions you need to ask in your 20โ€™s! So this is challenge #1 (the above) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Having just got out of the woods (of my last life season – more on that in my Faith in the woods podcast!), God has shown me if I had thrown in the towel to resign in my crappy job, I would have missed the valuable opportunity to train, empower and inspire the new young 20something junior female recruits! I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be in the privileged position to share my knowledge and pass on the torch of what I know and become a team leader before I hit my mid 20โ€™s! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Same story for my @cityonahillmelb church Gospel Community/bible group- if I gave up rooting myself in a church, would have never ended up as a GC co-leader and be at a place surrounded by inspiring young women to empower and nurture them. Thereโ€™s a reason after all why people say patience is a virtue! ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Faith in the woods podcast coming!

Hey JJ readers!

Just swinging by to say hi & updating you what’s happening for JJ this year ๐Ÿ˜‰

โค Podcasts: I’ve decided and realised I should be more realistic rather than super ambitious – a podcast a month on JJ radio ๐Ÿ˜‰ Given it’s time consuming to write, record and edit ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who knows? Maybe one day there’ll be a JJ radio!

โค Book reviews: will come as I read those awesome books from What’s in JJ’s bookshelf!

โค Guest posts: would โค to collaborate with you awesome writers/bloggers!

Stayed tuned for the 1st JJ podcast of 2018! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Faith in the woods, inspired by my late night adventure in December =)

Wishes for 2018

Wonderful โค felt prayers for us all!

He loved us first.

I know that all of us are praying that 2018 will be the best year yet. Many things have happened to us in the past and so as this new year comes, here are my prayers for everyone including myself:

I pray for a sustained physical and emotional strength.ย  Weโ€™ll not know what we will face this year because struggles are inevitable and part of our life. But I pray that whatever we will face, weโ€™ll be able to handle it. Our bodies and spirits will be ready to face anything. We will not let whatever comes in our way bring us down. We will not let ourselves lose andย  be depressed or have that โ€œself-pityโ€ state.ย  I pray weโ€™ll be able to handle everything well even though itโ€™s hard, that we may remember to take things lightly because we are not alone in our journey.

I pray for happinessโ€ฆ

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