Week 2: First Light Gratitude

Welcome to April 2020 JJ readers! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So much has been happening over the past couple of months (even before the COVID-19 pandemic), with work, settling into a new church and Bible group and just basically figuring out what life will be like for 2020. And of course when that finally got sorted, the pandemic came among us. Being in lockdown isn’t all too bad though, it’s given me the gift of time to ponder on blogging projects that have been sitting in Trello for just a tad bit long ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Day 1: First Light Gratitude challenge

Gratitude day 1
Hello lovely JJ readers!

I know itโ€™s been a long time coming since Iโ€™ve posted this year – and itโ€™s so good to be back! Letโ€™s just say itโ€™s been a season of transition. And now that things finally seemed more settled into a norm – I can finally get back to things that really matter. Writing ๐Ÿ˜‰

To kick off my return to JJ – I thought it would be nice if I started with Lucy Celebrates: First Light Gratitude study reflections. I first came across Lucy through the world of Instagram and am so inspired by her encouraging and inspiring spirit. Definitely check out her website & IG!

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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 (๐Ÿ˜€ – 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sure I admittedly have enough notebooks/stationery to run my own Typo store ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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" ๐Ÿ˜Ž. 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 ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŒˆ. Time to write a new story in this Travelesque notebook by @typoshop with better memories, stories, friendship, โค and family. And who better to help me write it then my church family? ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‰ *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 ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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101 Questions… Book Launch Challenge #2

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

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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 =)