20 Things I Did In the Past Year (While I was 20)

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??

Blessings, Smiles,
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!

Bohemian Wall Hanging + Timelapse Video

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Recently I have been having a lot of fun decorating my room, and adding some personalized touches, such as: wall-hangings, posters, decorative pillows, etc. You can only stare at blank, plain white walls, for so long before you have to start decorating…right?

Right.

Personally, I love filling my room with items that I have made or have sentimental value to me…and what better way to do that then by combining the two?! Which is how the idea for this Bohemian Wall-Hanging was born.

Well, actually, the idea was probably born on pintrest, honestly…or at least the concept/inspiration was! I went on pinterest and searched up “Wall Hangings” when I realized my room needed a little colour and decoration. I stumbled across an idea that looked like it was probably bought from etsy, relatively easy to make, and very clean cut, beautiful, and classy.

Instead of buying one I hit up my local Dollar Store and picked up a few things.  After I went for a walk and collected a few sticks. Then, I called Bryce (my boyfriend) and asked if he wanted to craft with me. (By the way, this is not the first time we have done crafts together. Bryce is a pretty crafty guy, and we have done one or two projects together in past, which is when we have discovered crafting makes a really fun date night.)

This was the result:

Recently, this piece has become one of my favorite parts of my room and when I need a break from homework, or resumes, or when I need a smile this is what I look too. Not only does it (in my biased opinion) look pretty, it was incredibly fun and simple to make.

If you would like to recreate a similar piece here are the items you will need:

  1. A Base: You can buy dowels at the store, or you can go find sticks outside (which is what I did) to use as a support for hanging your drawings off of. Finding a stick will create a bit more of a bohemian vibe, whereas a straight dowel might (depending) make it a little more “clean” looking.
  2. Yarn: This is to create the loop on which the piece will hang on, and also will be the strands on which the cards/pictures will be attached too. I chose three different colours, (blue, maroon, and dark grey). You can only use one solid colour if you choose, or more. Wherever your creative juices take you! Ribbon can also be used as well, but my one recommendation is that you use multiple pieces of ribbon or yarn, because using simply one strand will not allow enough texture, and will not be able to maintain the weight of both the paper, and the stick.
  3. Pony Beads: These are optional, decorative beads. You can use them on the top hanging loop, or on the fringe of your hanging strings.
  4. Cue Cards/Cardstock: You need some form of thick paper that will not bend a lot and will be able to weigh on the strings in order to maintain direction. If the paper is to light, the strings will turn and flip, and not sit properly on the wall. I used thick cue card/recipe cards (with no lines) and cut them down to squares. (If you want, you can always have photos printed, and have them in lieu of the cue cards.)
  5. Tape: This is what you will use to anchor your cards to your yarn. I used standard off-brand scotch tape. DON’T use double-sided tape, by the way.
  6. Pens/Markers/Pencils: in whatever colour or brand you choose! This is to write your quotes, and draw the photos on the cards.

Honestly? This project is pretty easy, and props to you if you can ‘mess it up’. It’s super fun, and has some really pretty results. Go crazy with it, have some fun, use your imagination!

And, if you want to see how Bryce and I made this one, here’s a fun time lapse video!

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

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Easter Weekend with Carlee // Creativity and Joy Photography

I did a whole picture post about my Vancouver Island Adventures over Easter Weekend…but you know, when your Best Friend is absolutely gorgeous, and you have incredible pictures of them? Well, I think it’s worth a whole post onto itself.

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♥JENESSA JOY♥

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Easter Weekend Excitement | Vancouver Island | Photography

 

I had a great time exploring Vancouver Island with my parents, my dogs, and my best friend Carlee. Did you do anything special for Easter weekend? If so, what did you do?

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

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Buses, The Ocean, and Campbell River | Easter Weekend | Video

Hi everyone!
I did something different! Over Easter Weekend I got to explore with my best friend Carlee, and my parents. I got some fun footage that I decided to put together to make this video, I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed making it.

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

(PS- I didn’t realize there was something on the lens at the time…so, I apologize for that.)

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Coming Into The New – Part Two

During the summer I worked in a daycare, as a Summer Day Camp Teacher. It was tiring, amazing, sometimes frustrating, draining, but incredibly rewarding. It was a wonderful experience that taught me so much, filled me with joy daily and never failed to make me smile. As I left that job to begin school again, I marveled at how quickly the summer had passed. I remembered the entire summer dreading the day that it ended. Dreading the day I had to go back, back to school, back to long study nights, but most of all I was dreading feeling locked in. I reminded myself it was only two semesters left, and that I would be okay.

I was uneasy about the fact that I had chosen to stay at Columbia, but concluded that not gaining the degree I had worked so hard on would be a decision I would regret. Staying seemed like the best option, even though everything inside me was screaming to go. Going into the school year I was eager to begin so that it could end, and at the same time dreading beginning because it meant feeling caged. Through that internal conflict there was also happiness, it was nice seeing some of my closest friends again, and meeting new ones. And I knew I only had two semesters remaining, and I was determined to enjoy them.

Then, in my first week back to Columbia in the fall semester I received an email from the director of my program asking for a meeting.
Immediately, I was nervous.
I went to meet with her and found out that there was a distinct problem in my classes, schedule, and program structure. I’m not entirely sure how, but it was there.
She told me she thought we’d have to meet with the registrar  to discuss options. We also had to meet with one of my teachers about a class that they wanted me to take privately.
The meeting with the teacher went smoothly. We came to a reasonable agreement, and I felt so much better, but was overall very emotional. At that meeting my director said I would probably have to take an extra year regardless but we’d talk to the school registrar before we made that final ruling.

The following week I went into the registrar’s office, and got told, gently, that there was no way I could graduate with a two year degree in Worship Arts by the following April. I would have to stay another semester (possibly even a year) at Columbia.
This was the point where I began to cry.
I had been struggling for months about the decision whether or not to stay, and when that decision had finally been made, it was ripped away.
My director looked at me sadly, as the tears began to stream and I apologized (slightly embarrassed) for being so emotional. “It’s okay,” she said kindly. “I know it’s stressful. I would cry too.”
“It’s perfectly normal, you’re going through a lot.” The registrar confirmed.
“Do you think it’s possible for her to finish with Columbia One by the end of the year?” My director of Worship Arts asked.
“I think so,” the registrar replied.

Staying another semester was not an option. I knew that, deep down to the center of my core. I got up and asked if I could have a minute, and hurried to find a washroom, where I closed the door and bawled my eyes out. After a few minutes, I manged to regain my composure (somewhat) and re-enter the office where my Worship Arts Director and the registrar were waiting for me. During my time in the washroom they had looked over my transcript and what classes I was in and had discovered that I could finish with a One Year Certificate in Theology by the end of the semester. I was in six classes, and only needed one of them to leave with the certificate. They told me to go home and think about it, and they also suggested I drop a couple classes, since I had a heavy course load. (6 courses, a voice lesson, and a piano lab in case you were wondering.) I told them I didn’t think I wanted to drop anything, and that I would have to think and pray about whether or not to leave or continue. “It’s okay,” they said, “you can decide whether or not you want to graduate with Columbia One by December. You have plenty of time.” 

I left the office and cried.
“I guess I’m leaving.” 
I thought.

Because, what I knew was that my skill set needed something else…I had known that all through the summer, and I had known that as I started the new semester.
If I wanted to grow I would have to go. 
My commitment to stay was based solely on finishing something –  finishing with a degree in Worship Arts.

“Are you going to stay? I think you should stay!” One of my friends said the following week after my meltdown in the registrar’s office.
“You know what, this is what I’m getting: I’m going unless God gives me some big flashing sign that I shouldn’t.” 
I knew that wasn’t the way God worked. He doesn’t just drop out of the sky and audibly say: “I think you should stay.”
What I wasn’t saying to my friend that day was I thought that this was God’s big flashing sign for me to go…because all through the summer I had been thinking: “Victoria. Something new. Art. Adventures. Working on my leadership skills and my adventure skills in a bigger  art center.” Even though I  felt I should go, I had felt obligated to stay.

But,  for things to come together a lot of things had to fall apart.

A/N: Thanks for reading everyone! If you haven’t read part one yet, you can see it here

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