Open doors.

Earlier this year one of my beautiful friends tagged me in a post on Instagram about a writing competition for a young women’s Christian magazine. I screenshot it and one afternoon while I was sitting in my room mindlessly flicking through my pictures, I came across the screenshot and decided to give it a go. Instead of asking ‘why?’ I asked ‘why not?’ What did I have to lose anyway?
Almost two months past and I still hadn’t received anything from the magazine. To be honest, I had forgotten about the competition altogether – I had other priorities such as Uni and work.
Well here’s where things start to get exciting. This morning I religiously checked my emails, dreading what new Uni readings I would have to annotate by next class. Little did I know that one email in particular was going to open new doors for me. I clicked on an email from a lady whom I had never met, nor heard of. In short, it was referring to a new magazine issue that was being published soon and how she was looking for articles relating to the theme. She finished by thanking the team and signing off with a few “x’s”. I selected the email and was about to press ‘delete’ when I stopped, re-read the email and thought, what are the chances of this being an accident?
I decided to reply to the stranger and asked her to confirm if I was meant to have received the email. She replied within minutes apologising for the confusion and informing me that she would love to have me on board the team of writers. This meant that I would have the ability to contribute to the MICI (Made In Christ’s Image) Magazine through my writing. In case you needed reassurance  – I said yes.
Inspiring people through my writing is something I have always dreamt of doing and slowly, but surely, it is finally becoming a reality. It’s amazing what can happen when you take chances, step outside your comfort zone and try new things. One open door can lead to so many wonderful new opportunities and experiences. So just take that first step. Be courageous. Try something different and be bold.
So before you select what could be a new opportunity to achieving your dreams and click ‘delete’, stop for a moment and think, what do you have to lose? Give it a go and just do it.
Keep smiling. x

Crazy, out-going, happy girl? Enter: Me.

Hey, name’s Jess.

I truly think that writing stuff down helps you to clear your head and is a way of expressing your inner-most feelings and emotions in a creative way. I have enjoyed writing for a long time and one day hope to work in a magazine!

I am new to this whole ‘blogging’ world, so thought I would introduce myself. 
I am not your typical teenager. I don’t go out on a Friday night partying hard, smoking and doing drugs. To be honest, I don’t even see how that is labelled in our society today as even being “cool”. What’s so cool about getting drunk and waking up tomorrow not remembering what you did last night? Instead, I have my own set of beliefs that I stick by…

I believe you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.
I believe what doesn’t kill you makes you a stronger and better person.
I believe that you should live your life to the fullest!
I believe that God never lets you go through something that He doesn’t think you can handle.
I believe in living your dreams.
I believe long pants should never be worn with thongs.
I believe there is no such thing as the “perfect body” and that your imperfections are what makes you beautiful!
I believe a smile is a girls’ best accessory.
I believe the best things in life are free.
I believe in long hugs where neither of you let go.
I believe you can do whatever you set your mind to.
I believe in miracles.

Keep smiling. x