On Rotation: October-November // Music Suggestions // Creativity and Joy


I always have a list of music that I’m listening to “currently”, and it’s always rotation. Here’s some of my current “favorites.” If you want leave me a couple comments of some of songs that are on your music rotation list.

  1. Madilyn Bailey – Death of Me 

    Beautiful song, unique new up and coming Madilyn Bailey is on the scene. Her incredible and beautifully unusual voice is showcased well in this new song. Plus, to top it all off this song is something she wrote herself. Props to her for great lyrics.

  2. Sabrina Carpenter – On Purpose 

    Disney Star, from “Girl Meets World” Sabrina Carpenter is extremely talented. And though she may be most well known for her work on Disney Channel, I think this song shows great maturity and extreme talent and is worth the listen.

  3. Treat You Better – Kenzie Nimmo (Cover) 

    Always killing the cuteness and cover game is Kenzie Nimmo and her husband Harris Heller.

  4. Loveless – Said the Whale 

    Great indie-pop sound, awesome lyrics spelling out genuine lyrics of love.  Plus the music video is just plain adorable, okay?

  5.  “Multiplied” – NEEDTOBREATHE

    This has been one of my favorites for a long time. Beautiful worship song with a great blend. Also let’s reflect on the incredible lyrics, okay? “Your Love is like radiant diamonds, bursting inside us, we cannot contain…” 

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!

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“Weight of the World…” | “Dear Friend…” | Creativity and Joy


Dear Friend,

I know you come from, and in a place of stress and complication. I know you are overwhelmed. I know that you toss in you sleep and feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. That you’re struggling and getting pulled in all directions, feeling like with every day a new piece of you is ripped and torn out of your heart. I know you feel like you’re dying and struggling being pulled into the depths, waters so dark, being pulled down by weight that’s constantly getting heavier.

I know you wonder if it’s worth it sometimes.
I know you wonder if anyone cares.
I know you wonder if anyone loves you, even if they say they do.
I know you wonder how people can still love you through everything going on in your head.

I see the pain in your eyes, and the veil you put up to try and hide the pain. Try and hide your “demons”. I notice the dark circles under your eyes, and that you’re losing weight, and how you try to slip into the background…melt, so you do not get asked if you’re okay. Because you don’t know how to answer that. You don’t know what to say. You can’t tell them you’re bad. You don’t want to tell them what’s really wrong, what’s really going on in your mind.

You can’t. You won’t.

So you lie.
Just little white lies, right? “I’m okay!” “Things are crazy!” “Uhhh, a bit complicated…but overall not bad!”

But you don’t have to with me. I understand you. I know you. I love you.
I am here for you, as are so many other people.
I am here for you.

I promise to sit in silence when you don’t want to talk but you need someone.
I promise to listen to you when you need to vent.
I promise to be there for you, and I promise to call you out if you need someone else being the voice of reason.
I promise to be empathetic.
I promise to pray with you, and I promise to pray for you.

You are valued.
You are loved.
You are truly not alone.

People care for you.
I am one of them. I care for you.

Your Friend,
Jenessa Joy

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Eight Years! |Behind the Blog| Creativity and Joy


I started blogging pretty young. I was twelve when my first experience with blogging began. It has been an up and down roller coaster of inconsistency and an adventure of investment. Today, after almost eight years of inconsistent blogging, and after having many of my viewers grow up with me (literally and figuratively) I thought that I would write an article of thanks and re-articulation. Before I begin I would like to thank-you for reading this and thank those who have been reading with me through this adventure. Here are eight facts behind this blog, and behind this adventure of writing and my development through blogging.

  1. As already stated: I was twelve when I started my first blog “Believing and Beyond.”
  2. My Mom proofread and double checked all my articles before I ever published them.
  3. A big part of my journey in blogging was based in telling the gospel and my story as a Christian.
  4. I started “Jenessa Joy’s Journal” as a base to be able to produce content to do with my personal creativity and to have a different focus then “Believing and Beyond” did.
  5. “Jenessa Joy’s Journal” became more of my focus when I realized that I loved producing content that was more broad and less structured to one thing.
  6. Jenessa Joy’s Journal was changed to “Creativity and Joy” when I wanted to start more of a marketing platform and felt like “Jenessa Joy’s Journal” felt to personal, and somewhat inaccurate to the content within the website itself.
  7. I wanted this blog to become a place for people to view creative things, learn, be inspired, and a place for me to show my passions and adventures. I wanted the re-naming to represent that. A big part of who I am was based in my desire to be full of joy, and be like my middle name “Joy”. I really wanted to combine my creativity and to have an uplifting place. This place became “Creativity and Joy”, which is my constant desire. To be a creative and joyful individual who is using this platform and her entire being to glorify her savior, and bring joy to others as well
  8. My hope for “Creativity and Joy” is that you can feel uplifted, refreshed, inspired, and enjoy yourself while you’re here.

Have a lovely day friends!

Yours Sincerely,

16 Things I’m Thankful For: Thanksgiving 2016 // Creativity and Joy



I am thankful for…

  1. A Home. images-7
  2. The Ability to Go to Post Secondary. college2
  3. The oppertunity to dig deep into theology. columbia
  4. My family. (Extended and otherwise.)10313404_821009457911234_3197382472069712143_n
  5. My friends – my other family!  (Not only the friends included in these photos.)us
  6. Travelling.14689820_1334331059912402_401434637_o
  7. Swing  Dancing.017
  8. Writing.IMG_3714
  9. Food. (Chocolate included of course!😉 )Sugar Free Purdy's Chocolate Survival Kit
  10. Skype.
  11. Boots._MG_3126
  12. My Camera.747
  13. The oppertunities I have been given to serve.SERVE group picture.
  14. Music.music
  15. Coffee. _MG_3175 
  16. Oppertunites to live life to the fullest.

What are you thankful for this thanksgiving??

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!!

“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.

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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