A Sunny Afternoon | Photography | Creativity and Joy

Many new adventures and places to be found and explored yet!  The sun is also appreciated…though we did get snow today, which was disappointing.  But these shots? Well, I managed to grab them last week before the clouds, the cold, and the snow hit.

Happy Monday!

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Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Downtown Exploration | Photography | Creativity and Joy

Been spending a good chunk of  time recently with my camera and my music puttering around exploring the Victoria area. Hopefully one or two of these shots will brighten your Tuesday!

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What I’ve Carried | Creativity and Joy

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What I’ve carried: The first thing I think of is that box.

I don’t even remember for sure what was in it. Shoes maybe? I liked shoes, and I had a lot of them. Maybe shoes. Or clothes? I had lots of clothes. It could have been that.

I don’t know for sure. But my best guess is that it was a ridiculous mixture of things that somehow worked their way into my possession. That mixture hadn’t managed to get packed in my first round of unorganized packing but instead were forgotten and thrown into a medium sized cardboard box.

This box most likely contained the following: something to do with a hairbrush. Some pencils. A zillion bobby pins that I had obviously misplaced whenever I needed them, but would reappear during the time of moving. One item of clothing that I loved but had forgotten that I owned. (Maybe, probably, that blue shirt that I forget to wear all the time?) And finally a old coffee mug that I had abandoned on my desk.

Yes, that was probably it. A mixture. Chaos in a box. Not really a surprise honestly…among the things I was skilled at and oh-so capable off, packing was not among them.

So. That was that. Unorganized. Chaos in a box.

Little did I know that that box and the events that followed helped represent what would come later in life.

But for now? For now it was just a box. A box with chaotic, disorganized contents that looked blatantly ordinary in the cardboard shell. And honestly? The contents themselves would not fascinate anyone for very long, not even there pack-rat of an owner.

But how does this boringly ordinary box become one of the strangest things I would carry? I suppose it’s because of the events that followed and how many boxes like it I would carry in future that made it strange. These boxes shaped and created my life in intricate ways I did not expect.

At the time I didn’t have a car. It was mid-afternoon and all of my friends and family were working. But for some reason I was absolutely, positively, determined to get this box out of my current housing situation.

Bus it would be.

At the time the idea seemed perfectly adequate. I had taken more fragile things on public transit – heavier things too. It would be okay, I was sure of it. I traipsed down to the bus stop with the box in my hands.

Surprisingly enough the first part went relatively smoothly even through the fact that it was approaching “rush hour” the bus remained fairly quiet and when I stepped onto the sidewalk following said bus ride relief flooded my system.

Unfortunately that moment passed rather quickly upon the realization that I had to cross the road. The traffic lights were out which confronted me with the fact that I would have to scurry across the road with said “chaos box” to the other side with absolutely no assurance that I would make it safely.

Somehow I managed to convince myself that I would be okay. ‘It’s just jaywalking.’ I joked in my head. ‘It’ll be fine.’ I had come all this way with the box and there was no turning back now…and truly there was no “turning back”, because if I really, really wanted to take the box back  to where I had come from I would have to cross the road in order to catch the right bus.

There was really no preventing this.

I had waited patiently until I had seen some sort of break in traffic. I edged my way onto the road and scurried across, gripping the box, my somewhat “precious cargo”, tightly. As I ran I felt something slipping. The box was fine, I had firm grasp. What could it be? As I stepped onto the sidewalk I turned back in horror to see a much different precious item lying in the middle of the street.

Like I said the events made it strange not the box itself. I didn’t realize, but I would carry many miscellaneous chaos boxes. And sometimes I would not expect to carry them. Sometimes I would expect to carry them. Sometimes I would think I had everything together like I thought I did when I had managed to cross the road successfully…Only to find later I had dropped something else behind, leaving it to die in my stead.

The box is not strange.

But the lesson it taught me is invaluable. Life does not go as expected. Sometimes what you physically carry is not truly the issue but the events surrounding.

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A/N: Thanks for reading! Recently I have started to study Creative Writing, including Creative Non-Fiction, and this is one of the assignments I wrote in class. I hope you enjoyed! 

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

Currently: December-January | Creativity and Joy

I’m very happy to share some of my most used items this month.

Currently for stationary and planning I am using…
A really cute ban.do planner. It’s hard to see the way I edited it but it says on the cover: “I AM VERY BUSY”. I started using this awesome planner in August and it was a really good investment. It has some super cute stickers that come with it, and overall the planner has a great structure and overall look.
Also, other things I’ve been enjoying are the Staedtler 0.3 mm Fineliner Pens. They are probably my favorite pens and I use them for my colouring books and journals. They’re more of a finetip marker consistency so if you’re not into that, you might not like them. But they dry quickly on paper, don’t smear, and don’t dry out.
My second favorite are these great Fine Tip Pentel R.S.V.P. Pens. I’d recommend them. They do blot sometimes, but they create great lines, and I use them for notetaking and I love them. Lots and lots.

Currently for Food I am…
Really enjoying the “Calbee: Harvest Snaps: Snapea Crisps. Low Salt: Original.”  I try to stay away from chips sometimes, but these are a bit more healthy and I find that they are a fabulous substitute.

Stylewise I am sporting a lot of…
These awesome boots (seen in picture above)! Honestly, what brand they are or where they’re from? I don’t know. I bought them used in practically new condition over a year ago. They are a more mustard colour and I have had a hard time for awhile trying to figure out what to wear with them. Well. After some time of staring I started to figure out how to wear them properly. Quickly they became some of my favorite and most used footwear!
Also, to go along with these boots and going along with the winter season is a grey pom-pom toque. It’s very soft and made of a great chunky yarn. The best part is I found it at Dollarama! For $2. Talk about a steal!
My favorite bag this month is this purple Calvin Klein bag. Great ombre purple colour. I got it as a gift last year and I still haven’t stopped loving it!
For Christmas I received this rosegold heart-key necklace with (faux) diamonds. I received it as a Christmas present from my parents and I love it dearly.

Currently for Make-up and Skin I have been using…
All Mary Kay.  (And I promise this is not sponsored!) I have super sensitive skin so unfortunately for me most make-up causes me an epic skin reaction. It is absolutely terrible. But Mary-Kay is one of the few make-up and skin products that allow me to breathe easy.
I am using Mary Kay: Botanical Effects for my skincare, the cleanser and the face cream. It is also free from alchohol, fragrance, and dyes. Or at least this one is. Helps sooo much!
Before discovering Mary Kay I have never ever been able to utilize a CC Cream or Foundation on a semi-regular basis. That’s changed now. I use the Mary Kay Complexion Corrector Cream with Sunscreen SPF 15. I use the colour Medium to Deep in case you were wondering.
Lastly, I’ve been enjoying a Mary Kay lipcolour in ‘Sparkling Rose’.  It’s a sheer colour, and it’s moistorizing too, so sometimes I just use it as lip balm.

Books!:

All three of these books were Christmas presents! Let’s just start with these beautiful vintage books! The first one was from my best friend Carlee. She gave me this wonderful book which are “Selections from John Milton’s Poems.’  I really hope you all know John Milton, but if you don’t he was a poet born in the 1600’s. He is most well known for his work: ‘Paradise Lost’ which this book does feature! My favorite part about this book besides the fabulous writing is that my friend found it used and  it has writing and  notes in it from past authors, which I find  incredibly cool! (Plus, it was published in the late 1800’s which I think is pretty neat.)

Second book! One of my other best friends bought it for me as a Christmas Present. (Can you see that I really like old books?) It is The Works of Tennyson and was printed in 1902. I personally love Tennyson and this book has easily become one of my favorite things. Tennyson is formally known as ‘Alfred, Lord Tennyson’ and was Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland during a good majority of Queen Victoria’s reign. I recommend reading some of his works if you haven’t already…you’re missing out!

Thirdly, and finally, the most recently published book! – Talking as Fast as I Can, by Lauren Graham. Lauren Graham is an actress, you may know her from Gilmore Girls or Parenthood. She has been one of my favorite actress’s since my obsession with Gilmore Girls began when I was 12 or 13 years old. This book is fun, and fully of wit. A great read which follows Lauren’s life in acting, and tells us what being on Gilmore Girls was like.

Music!
Currently have been listening to a lot of ‘The 1975’ (the band. Not the era!) and classical music. Weird mix. I honestly don’t think have to validate why I love either. But I do. Some of the 1975’s music is as bit to…uh…explicit for me? But some of there music I really do appreciate.
I am going to save you from an essay on why I love classical music, and which classical music I have been listening too, because that is another blog post for another time.

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

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Diary Page Rant of an Extroverted Girl | by Jenessa Joy | Creativity and Joy

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A/N: Dear Readers: all my introverts, I would like to make this clear before you read on: This is not an attack on introverts. This is an article of frustration to the way extroverts are perceived. I know there are some very, very, very understanding introverts out there! – this is not an attack on you. This is a fun to frustrated rant about how extroverts are not always as universally understood as people think. Part of these are excerpts from my personal journal, and I promise you that I sometimes do feel this way. But this is definitely not an attack. I love all my introverts, ambiverts, and extroverts! Blessings, Smiles, Prayers, and Music!! ❤ Jenessa Joy

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Honestly…sometimes being extroverted can be so extremely frustrating.

I hate feeling as if what I am doing needing other’s company is wrong. I hate feeling as if I am nothing but a bother because I need company. I understand that I am not a bother (most of the time), but I also understand that a good majority of people in my life are introverts. And they need space. Leaving me in a very difficult position

It is sometimes really frustrating needing to initiate things.  I hate feeling like I’m alone I hate that the world has made such a big deal of understanding introverts that extroverts are left behind and misunderstood.

Extroverts are constantly expected to understand introvert’s needs but extroverts are not extended the same courtesy.

Leaving me feeling annoyed and more than a little angry some days.

We (the extroverts) are supposed to just stand by and always understand that introverts need space? But introverts are never supposed to try and understand that extroverts need people? Isn’t that a double standard? Isn’t that unfair? Why does it always feel as if extroverts are in the wrong for trying to interact with introverts?

It doesn’t seem fair to me.

Also, while I’m in rant mode…let’s discuss the way the internet decides to showcase extroverts vs. how they showcase introverts.

Introverts: Smart. Intelligent. Geniuses. Wise. Book-reading, incredible, people who are clearly misunderstood and attacked by society for wanting to get alone time occasionally.

Extroverts: Needy, party-people. Shallow. Not smart. Never takes time to sit and reflect on life. Doesn’t ever like to be alone. Insanely annoying. Self-absorbed. Takes advantage.

Let’s set a few things straight internet: just because extroverts need people to recharge does not mean that we don’t ever like time alone. Just as introverts still (sometimes) like human interaction, extroverts still enjoy alone time. Many of us still enjoying binge watching TV, taking time to read a book, or enjoying being by ourselves. I know. Shocker. Wow. Who would have thought? Just because we recharge with others does not mean we constantly need people either. Weird right? Also, some extroverts aren’t big on parties.(Did I just blow your mind? Sorry.)  Oh, One more thing: being an extrovert does not mean we are not intelligent.

Okay?
Okay. Cool. Glad we got a few things straightened out.

Extrovertedly Yours,
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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2016 Photo Diary: Part Two | Creativity and Joy

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

Here is my year in photos continued! (If you have not seen part one click here!) This time I did include phone photos as they are part of the photo diary kept. You’ll have to excuse the quality, but they help me remember some wonderful moments of 2016.

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Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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2016 Photo Diary: Part One | Creativity and Joy

2016: My year in photos. (Part One.)

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