“How I Planned” | Calligraphy and Music Video | Creativity and Joy

Let’s be honest here guys (like I ever lie to you guys anyways!), being vulnerable is freaking TERRIFYING.  Most/all of you have gone through something, some emotion or experience that forced you to be vulnerable and open. I know I have.

And this is what this post is about today.
How?

Well, it’s actually this way for two very specific reasons.

The first is that as an artist putting my work out there for the world to see is terrifying. Whether this “art” is a story, poem, song, jewelry design, dance, photo…whatever it is, sharing it and showing it to everyone is scary. But it is worth it. Because whether I like it or not, the best person I can be, and some of the best things I do, and some of the best things I can do for Jesus stems from my passion for creativity.

Out of all my creative passions though, releasing music and showing it publicly is definetly the most terrifying for me to release into the world. I’m sure some of you have noticed me put out music and then only to see later it was taken down…mostly because I am embarrassed. Out of all my “artsy” creations anytime I perform music I get hyper-critical. I’m pretty self-critical of most of the stuff that I work on and create, but for some reason I go into OVERDRIVE when it’s something musical. But I’m going to try to not do that with this piece…because I actually really LOVE the way this video turned out.

And I’m going to try and ignore how I think my voice sounds “nasally” or how the guitar sounds “to loud” sometimes, and how “I don’t enunciate the words enough”. I’m going to accept this as it is. This music is a RAW SESSION. And no matter how much I re-record this song I will probably, most definitely, find something wrong with it.

Music is my baby.
And I’m letting it go here, to show it to the world. It’s time to release.

Now that we’ve gotten past the first reason: Reason #2: This song is about vulnerability.
The whole point of this song is that walls that you did and didn’t know you have/had come down with someone. This song is knowing you have limits, becoming aware of any sort of  emotional protection you have, and having them disappear. You didn’t plan it. You didn’t realize that the walls would come down. But someway, somehow, your emotions are out in the open, and someway, somehow, you are vulnerable – things aren’t going how you planned. You didn’t expect this to happen. But it has.

I’m leaving this up to you to decide whether or not this is a good thing. I am letting you interpret whether or not for you this is a romantic interest, or a platonic one. That’s for you to decide and interpret. When you need a song like this I want you to relate to it whether it’s romantic or otherwise.

And I hope you like it.
Because, I think I really like it.
I hope I really like it.
So, I hope you do too.

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
Jenessa Joy♥

PS – I did do ALL the watercolour, print/calligraphy work. It’s a fun hobby for me. Just in case you’re wondering!

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Mother & Daughter Photo Shoot | Creativity and Joy Photography

Hey Friends!
A little bit of black and white, a little bit of vintage, a little bit of  a pop of colour! Lots of fun!
I got to take photos of my friend Zlata and her Mom! I loved the results of this mother-daughter shoot, and I hope you do too!
Have a fantastic Monday/Tuesday friends.
Sweet dreams!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!
♥Jenessa Joy♥

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Currently: June & July 2016| Creativity and Joy

Currently:  Fashion Frequent: 
Keds Shoes (Found at Valu Village): I wear these to work occasionally, but for the most part I often will wear them to swing dancing, and when I’m out and about, hanging out and just having fun. They look great with jeans and a t-shirt, but also super cute with a dress!
Addidas Rucksack (Found at Valu Village…again!): I wanted one of these lightweight rucksack bags to carry to work, and dance. I didn’t feel like I needed a huge backpack to go to work, and I didn’t want to be carrying my purse to the jobsite. I wasn’t opposed to buying one new, but was super happy when I found this at Valu Village for $2!
Fraser Campbell Merch Sweater: This is a super cozy, oversized graphic sweatershirt. This is what I snuggle down in, or pull on when I’m going out, or heading to the beach. I bought it last year at SERVE 2016. If you don’t know who Fraser Campbell is, you can check him out by clicking here.

Currently: Books:
I haven’t gotton a lot of time to read, I’ll be honest. I know I mentioned “Hacker” by Ted Dekker last time, and “Water Walker” is the next in the series. Definetly look them up guys! They’re a great Sci-Fi/Mystery series that really capture your attention. I recommend. 100%. Secondly, “Tolkien: An Illustrated Atlas”, it’s by David Day…and it is probably one of my favorite collector books that follows J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical incredible lands. It will never not be a favorite for me. Inside it is incredible. I love it. I love it lots!

Currently: Music
It’s summer. I’m pulling out the country to rock out on the road. I don’t know why, but summer always brings out the country in me…so many good country songs are about summer, and are worth a listen! Though I do admit, I hate that some country music talks a little to obsessively about girl in cowboy boots and short-shorts sometimes, I really think Luke Bryan has a great voice, and musicality to him…and a lot of his lyrics are actually pretty solid and can be really endearing and sweet. So, if country is your thing (or isn’t, even!) check it! “Luke Bryan: Crash My Party”.

Currently: Food
Okay, as you may or may not, my body often responds negatively to excess amounts of sugar. It’s a sort of an “allergy”…no matter what I do though, I can’t get rid of my sweet tooth, and my occasional cravings. So, this month I decided to try the Purdy’s Sugar Free Survival Pack. This pack includes an assorted amount of six sugar free chocolate bars. I so far have really enjoyed it! Again, it’s something you have to be careful with to not eat in excess, but I still think it tastes really good, and can eat a little to get through the moments where I really want some chocolate!

Currently: Guitar Strings
So, I have used the brand D’Addario for my guitar string needs in the past, but this will be the first time using this gauge. In case you’re wondering they are the: “D’Addario: Acoustic Guitar: Phosphar Bronze EJ17: .013-0.56: Medium Gauge.”  Maybe I’ll let you know what I think after I’ve used them awhile longer.

What have you been using currently? Let me know in the comments if you want too!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Sepia Photography | Creativity and Joy

Some you’ve seen, some you haven’t, but either way…just a few sepia toned photos to make your day!

Hope you liked it!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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On Rotation: Music Suggestions | Creativity and Joy

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As most of you probably know, I’m a music fanatic. Currently I’m studying music and theology at Columbia Bible College. And I have to admit I’m probably more then slightly addicted to music and the emotional connection and outlet that it offers me. It’s surprising to me that I don’t offer up posts on music and what is currently on my ever changing playlist more often. Before Creativity and Joy was coming to it’s fruition I worked on a blog with my friend Nathanial, which featured us posting our favorite Praise and Worship Songs of that week, which probably has something to do with why I didn’t often post a lot of music posts previously…now, a few years later I plan on showing you some of my favorite songs that currently are on my rotation.

Ideally this will become a more regular occurrence…if, you know, you guys like this kind of thing.

To begin…“To Build a Home” – Cinematic Orchestra 

This song is a beautiful example of simplicity matched with lyrics and packed with meaning. This song has been one of my favorites since I saw a couple of lyrical/contemporary dance choreography to this song. I absolutely adore how this track doesn’t sound like a “typical” top 40 song, and highlights some of the best features of the band itself.

Next…”Hold My Breath” – Kenzie Nimmo 

Kenzie Nimmo is probably one of my favorite youtube artists because of the way she works in a raw form, usually acoustic style. Her songwriting always goes into depth, and often her songs catch me unexpectedly, and force me understand what she is feeling. This song in particular is a favorite of mine, especially since I can relate to the idea of connecting with someone so much and just waiting for there reply, holding your breath, after you put yourself out there. You know what that’s like…right?

“Fearless” – Taylor Swift 

This is a classic, okay? This song always comes back to me. I love the catchiness, I love the fact that it reminds me of the age 12+ and listening to this album and dreaming of moments like this, where I could be vulnerable and still feel fearless. And let’s admit, I’m a dancing girl – and who doesn’t adore the idea of dancing in the rain? (Tips guys: seriously, you will always be able to get me to dance. So. If you ever REALLY need an idea of what to do with me? Take me somewhere with a speaker, or blast your car radio, and we can run around, or just dance!) If you add a pretty dress into the equation? I’m down. Trust me, I love dancing and running around in the rain…plus this song? Fave. Forever.

“Booty Swing” – Parov Stellar 

…I don’t know if you sense a theme here, but another thing I am very passionate about is DANCE. So a lot of my favorite songs have a connection to dance somehow, whether it’s dancing around my bedroom, choreographing a new lyrical piece, or swing dancing. This is one of my favorite swing dance songs, and Electro Swing is a fun, upbeat genre which if you want to get into I’m telling you…you should! This is definetly a more popular Electro Swing piece, that is good to getting into this genre. Listen. It’s kinda amazing!

“Gene Takes A Drink” – Field Recordings/Michael Gordon 

This is a beautiful piece of music that makes me soooo happy. As a composer I admire this piece of music immensely, and it inspires me a lot. I love the guitar, which I think he successfully wove it in, and this song functions as a whole masterpiece unto itself. This is definitely a piece that I could listen to countless times without tiring of it. Whether you are someone who enjoys these instrumental pieces or not, I hope you can appreciate the beauty of this song.

“Dance With Me” – Clarensau

Dancing. Again. I think this is a great, cute song for a wonderful lyrical/contemporary duet. Plus, it’s just a really beautiful, cute song.

“Beautiful” – Ben Rector 

I promise you, I’m in love with this song. It’s so cheesy, and perfect, and beautiful.

“Killer Whales” – Smallpools

Smallpools is one of my favorite bands, and in my personal opinion they are way underrated. If you are a fan of alternative dance/indie pop genre of music Smallpools should definitely be on your radar!

“Dreaming” – Smallpools 

This is just in case you weren’t sold on Smallpools on the last song, you guys.

And in closing…
“Meant to Live” – Switchfoot

Let’s finish with some alternative rock, shall we? This is a classic song, which (again) brings me back to being a young teen and jamming out to this song. Switchfoot was a pretty large staple in my music playlist and this song has always been a favorite for me. (This and “Dare You to Move…but we’ll talk about that one officially another time, alright?) Honestly guys, Switchfoot is a band with christian roots, and a great alt rock sound, and I would advise you to look them up…especially there older stuff. Okay? Cool. Good!

In conclusion: I’m a music freak with a huge music collection, and an everchanging playlist in my head, and on my Spotify, computer, MP4 (yesss, I do own an MP4!), phone, and wherever else I carry my music…but my playlist may have new additions, but there will always be those songs that are on rotation, and will be put on repeat. These are just some of them.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about them.
Toodles!

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Simplicity | A Moment of Poetry

A/N:  I wrote this a few years ago, and then had the honor of performing it at the Pacific Northwest Music Festival in Terrace last year. (I received first place in self composition by the way! So exciting!) I realized this was a poem I hadn’t shared with you yet…so I thought I would now! Most people would likely think that these words are about my own tragic experience of coming into adulthood…in actuality it was probably more the inspiration from books and movies about growing up, and first kisses, and “devastating childhood”.  So, please, do not take any of these poems words personally, or expect them to be part of my personal story (because they definetly are not at all!). Without further ado, enjoy this poem “Simplicity” which is about the art of growing up. SIMPLICITY

Simple Memories,
Simple times,
happy smiles,
spoken rhymes,
life isn’t always like this,
but this simplicity I sometimes miss,
before life was super crazy,
and before I had to act like a lady,
before I had to worry about getting hurt,
before I discovered that guys were jerks,
yes, simplicity I do miss,
it disappeared by my first kiss,

Simple memories,
simple times,
happy smiles,
spoken rhymes,
now my life is super crazy,
I have to act like a lady,
It’s not hard to walk in heels yet,
but I always have to keep my words in check,

Frustration is mine,
as I no longer can
invest much in these rhymes,

I don’t have the time,
to sit and laugh at clever lines, oh,

Simple Memories,
Simple Times,
happy smiles,
spoken rhyme,
these are the things I will
always miss,
they disappeared all to quick

Written By:
Jenessa Joy Klukas