Road Trips and Sandcastles // A Video Diary | Creativity and Joy

I’ve been enjoying taking footage to splice into “Video Diaries” or “Vlogs” (whichever I choose to call them…personally I’m really enjoying calling them “Video Diaries” – unsure why! It just sounds so classy to me!) It’s nothing perfect or crazy – but it is a happy memory that I am choosing to share with all of you today.

This video is of when Bryce and I took a road trip around Vancouver Island last week. It was a little two day trip that we were able to take, and have a nice getaway during Bryce’s off days. We travelled up to Parksville to go to the beach and checked out there Sandcastle Competition (themed around Canada’s 150th(plus) Birthday!). We then hit up “Coombs” a small town, with lots of fun artisan shops to check out. Eventually we made our way to Campbell River to visit my parents, where we also checked out ice-cream on the pier (it had dairy, so no ice-cream for me! – Sadly.), and the Elk-Fall Suspension Bridge. It was a short trip, and on the second day we went to a couple local Campbell River Bakeries (Dave’s Bakery, check it out if you’re ever in Campbell River. I couldn’t eat anything there, but Bryce did, it was a high recommendation on my parents part as well.) Afterwards we went to the beach, and made our way back home.

I chose to capture the beach and the sandcastles, as well as some footage of us in the car in video form…and thus this “Video Diary” was created! Keep your eye out for pictures, there will be some coming in post form soon…but if you really can’t wait, I’d recommend you follow my instagram.

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♥JENESSA JOY♥

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“Scissors” – A Story by Jenessa Joy K. // Creativity and Joy

I took a deep breath and opened the door of the salon.

I loved my hair dearly, but I wasn’t ready to trust it with anyone else. My hair was the one part of myself that I liked. It was what gave me the fragile splinter of confidence that I had.

“It’s just a trim.” I reminded myself as I approached the reception desk.  “It’s just hair it grows back.”  I echoed back my Mom’s words in my mind.
“Hi, I’m here for Stanley.” I told the receptionist, a tall woman with bubblegum pink hair. Honestly, I thought that her hair was a bit unprofessional for a receptionist.

“This is a salon I guess. It’s normal.”

“What’s your name, honey?” Bubblegum Hair asked.
“Maria, Maria Dasontos.”
“Okay, Stanley will be with you shortly.” She assured, pointing me towards the seating area a few feet away from the desk I stood at. Nodding I turned to find a seat.

“It. Is. Just. A. Trim.” I firmly reminded myself, out loud this time. “Hair. Will. Grow. Back.”

Wistfully I ran my fingers through my long locks as I sat down in one of the green covered chairs in the corner of the room.
My hair was a shimmery blonde – white, almost silver.
But it wasn’t an old silver-white kind of thing.
It was silver-white in a pretty way…or at least that was what I always thought of it. It was an utterly unique colour that set me apart from most. The type of colour that are often in hair magazines and on those Pantene commercials.

I wouldn’t say I was beautiful…but my hair certainly was.

It set me apart and I liked that.

I liked that because the rest of me was blatantly average. Average height, and weight, just average. As a sixteen year old girl I was basically a disgrace to womanhood. My face was an odd shape, somewhat androgynous. And my eyes were a deep, yet boring brown that made my skin look even paler.

Boring.
So very boring.

But my hair?
It was the most wonderful part of my appearance. It made me unique. And it made me feel pretty. Should I not have had my hair I don’t know what I would have done.
“Maria?” A voice glared into my thoughts startling me.
“Yes, that’s me.” I said standing up.
“Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m Stanley.” The man approached his dark hair streaked with grey. He was tall, I noticed, with a nice smile. He reached to shake my hand. “Welcome. Follow me please.” Nodding uncomfortably I followed him into the back. He seated me in a large chair with faux leather cushions, throwing on the plastic “sheet” cape over me to protect my clothes. “Whatcha here for honey? Cut?”
“Yes.” I hesitated before continuing onwards, “but only a trim. I like my hair.”
“Oh, sure you do honey. It’s gorgeous.” Stanley agreed stroking through its length with one hand as he reached for a hairbrush with the other. “Don’t worry honey. I’ve got you.”

He washed and blow dried my hair first, which helped me to relax.
‘Maybe this won’t be so bad after all,‘ I thought; but the overwhelming feeling of doubt was still gnawing away at the pit of my stomach.

I closed my eyes as he began to cut. “Maria, I need you to stop hunching.” Stanley commented as my shoulders touched my ears. “Why? I asked timidly as I turned to look at him.
“Because it can cause –“ Stanley began but stopped as soon as my eyes met his and we both heard the horrifying “click” of the scissors. Something about my head felt lighter. My eyes widened and so did Stanley’s. “Don’t freak out!” He said.

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A/N: Hey everyone! Just thought I’d pop in at the end here and say hi! – This is a story/scene I wrote for my “Fiction” Class last semester. It was fun to write so I thought I would share it with you as well. Let me know what you think of it! Also, please don’t be deceived (or angry) by how Maria is downplaying her appearance, I really tried to depict nervousness and insecurity. 

Thanks for reading!

♥JENESSA JOY♥

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A Boat Ride in June // Photography | Creativity and Joy

I’m back guys! Bryce and I went on a cute little electric boat ride, and I took some photos…if you want to see more photos like this…well, then let me know and we’ll see what I can do.

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Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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This Was A Year Ago – Vlog | Creativity and Joy

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday!
I found some footage that I took last June when I was travelling around Vancouver Island. I thought it’d be fun to make a vlog out of it, over a year later.

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♥JENESSA JOY♥

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20 Things I Did In the Past Year (While I was 20) // Creativity and Joy

Twenty was a good number for me.  This past year (while being twenty) has been pretty amazing. It has also been exciting, emotional, crazy, hard, complicated, and absolutely wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing….in celebration of my twenty-first birthday I thought I would share some things that I have done, and things that I have accomplished in this past year. I am positive that a lot more has gone down in the past 365 days, but instead of trying to think of all of them here are a few little and big victories and accomplishments that I think are worth noting from my year being twenty.

  1. Graduated with a Certificate in Theology.
  2. Got into another college program of my choice.
  3. Began studying Creative Writing.
  4. Studied Music.
  5. Passed theory…with a good mark!
  6. Came out of my first semester at a new college, with a relatively good GPA.
  7. Finished my first semester at a new school.
  8. Moved to a new city.
  9. Managed to successfully clean my house.
  10. Learned how to dance Balboa.
  11. Competed in a Jack ‘n Jill!
  12. Worked in a daycare.
  13. Worked in a church as a Children’s Ministry Intern.
  14. Read through a lot of theology textbooks.
  15. Found a CC Cream/Foundation that DOESN’T KILL MY FACE! 
  16. Created a collection of songs, that I am incredibly happy about and proud of.
  17. Read at a high-level College/University Academic Paper launch.
  18. Began visiting the ocean a lot more.
  19. Traveled, traveled, and traveled!
  20. Managed to actually nail out and sing an Adele song.

Good-bye twenty! Hello Twenty-One!

What have you done in the past year??

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Prayers, and Music!!
JENESSA JOY♥

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Calligraphy for Your Wednesday (Work in Process)

Happy Wednesday Lovelies! ♥

JENESSA JOY♥

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PS – ‘Calligraphy’ all by me. 😛 Sorry if you’re cringing. I kinda am too. It’s a work in progress, type of hobby!