Day 3198 – Listen To Your Past Self – repost – With Updates

I am getting SO close to finishing one portion of my major blog project (editing old content with my affiliate links, and cataloging my good stuff for ease of sharing/updating later). I have less than a year left in the posts I have already marked as needing my attention. The post below came up in today’s update. It’s wonderful how some themes repeat themselves in your life over and over again. I feel as though I’ve always been different and one who embraces being different. When I was younger, I think I was embracing and flaunting my differences to gain attention. But now, I embrace who I am, the choices I’ve made, and the things I say no to because I see how healthy it makes me. I wear my cloak not to stand out and say “look at me! I am different and weird and I love it!” But it now says to me “I am comfortable in this because it’s warm, it takes care of a need, and it is a reflection of me.” (which fun fact, my cloak is about 20 years old). Where before I would wear a fun shirt or wear sparkles to stand out, now I wear them because they make me genuinely happy.

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Originally posted 12/4/16
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One thing I try to do regularly is journal. I’ll listen to sermons and jot down some notes. Sometimes I’ll write a little more if something is pressing on my heart. My journals are a conversation with God, talking like I would to my best friends. I’m nearing the end of my current journal and was searching for an empty journal. I found a book I received while rocking out at Cornerstone (a huge Christian Rock festival) 10 years ago. Sometimes I write notes to myself in books and this book was no different. Here’s what I wrote on 7/8/06

“This theme of being who you are meant to be has been haunting me for months. Maybe a year. This week though, it is evident in everything I do. It screams at me through the songs, the speakers, even the lines on the other side of this page. Every part of my being is aching to deepen this journey. To seek and find all that I truly am in Christ. I am excited, elated. I want to scream it from the rooftops. Yet, I feel the battle beginning to rage. The evil of this world already fights against me. As it always does when someone strives to be who they are in Christ. To let go of what the world and even Christians around them tell them to be. It is ok to be you. If you are keeping Christ as your central theme. Christ’s personality is so vast yet so precise. There is room for all of our personalities there. How glorious, how wonderful, it is ok to be you.

I must write this book. People need to know.”

I’m not sure what my theme of that book was. I’m not sure if it was even remotely about business since I had been photographing weddings for less than two years. But the desire to write a book has been in my soul for a long time. I can’t believe that I am so very close to putting my devotional on Amazon. I can’t believe in a short amount of time, I will be able to say – “Hello, my name is Jennilyn, I am an author.” I should have listened to past Jennilyn much sooner. I can only hope that this book will help more Christian business owners trust God more in their businesses and life.

For laughs, here’s me driving to the festival and goofing off. Somethings never change. 🙂

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