“Scissors” – A Story by Jenessa Joy K.

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. “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.

***

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

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.

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

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This Was A Year Ago – Vlog

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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Prayers, and Music!!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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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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