Showing posts with label guest post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label guest post. Show all posts

Thursday, September 14, 2017

because your light matters [STAY. ft. elizabeth]


when sweet sweet elissa asked me to write a post on the word "stay" in honor of World Suicide Prevention Week and her dear friend Maddy who passed away on Oct. 4th, it got me thinking of a lot of moments in my life where "stay" was difficult. I remember having to move and loving where we lived, i wanted to stay. i remember my dad holding on to the last of his days, being told i had to let him go, when all i wanted was for him to stay with me. I remember the anxiety and sadness i felt, and not wanting to stay anymore. but most of all, i remember the whisper i heard, telling me to "stay," because i was never alone.


so what does stay mean to you? for me, i see it different ways


i. staying present. it's hard these days to sometimes just keep yourself planted in the now, instead of alway being worried about the future. but staying present, taking note of where you are and respecting that, that's what staying should look like.

ii. staying faithful. this is a hard one sometimes, because it's easy to want to do your own thing and to think you can figure it all out on your own, but stay faithful to the Lord. seek his presence, give him your time, and live your life in step with Christ. stay faithful, fighting the good fight.

iii. staying hopeful. it hurts when people tell you to just be positive, because i get it, that's not always possible, but don't lose hope. one of the many many wonderful things that our Lord gives us, is never-ending, unrelenting, overflowing grace and hope. because of him, we can have hope for the future and say "it is well with my soul."

so honey, i know life is hard, i know there are struggles that no one knows about, that you're ashamed of, that you keep hidden in the darkest corner of your closet. i know, because i've been there, i've hid in that closet, fists held tight, eyes blurred, and silent sobs so no one would hear. it's so lonely, and scary, and small, but you know what dear friends? that small closet is never too small for God. stay, and find refuge in him. stay, because your light matters.


stay-what does that word make you think?

love you all my sweet friends,

Elizabeth



so Elizabeth is kinda one of my favorite people in the world- beyond the blogosphere, I actually get to see her in real life, which is just as awesome as you would imagine. Elizabeth blogs over at elizabeth anne, and she also writes poetry at chasing moonlight. Thanks for reading, and don't forget to say "hey!' in the comments below!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

kinder by caring [STAY. ft. vanessa]


After I had met some people who struggled with mental illnesses I found myself wanting to be there for more people. I never understood how much of an impact mental illnesses have on someone's lives until I met people who struggle with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other mental illnesses. These people opened my eyes to what having a mental illness is like and I am so blessed to have had that opportunity.

Mental illnesses make it impossible for people to stay present in their lives. They make everyday tasks into huge challenges so when someone has to deal with a lot of little tasks everyday one can become very overwhelmed. Staying present in their lives becomes a very hard thing for people to do when they are preoccupied with little tasks that become so much bigger.

Imagine living your life with worries and fears. Fixating over what people are thinking and being taken down by the thoughts in your head. That's a hard way to live. Living in the moment completely vanishes because you are living in the past or the present. It's a hard life to live.

It's important to show compassion to every human being because you never know what they are going through. It's hard for someone to openly admit they are struggling so by being there for someone you can provide them with a little bit of support to make their day easier. Different people will need different kinds of support so just because one thing doesn't work does not mean you should give up and move on. It's about treating everyone like friends so they feel comfortable and welcomed in this world.

Care for others by:
-Telling people if they need anything you will try your best
-Being friendly
-Offering a listening ear
-Sending little notes of encouragement
-Small acts of kindness
-Giving out hugs
-Respecting boundaries
-Telling people how much they mean to you

Suicide is one of the big topics when it comes to mental health but there is still a huge part of society that has a hard time talking about it. All mental illnesses can lead to suicide and that is a crazy thing. Simply said, show your support to every human being and you'll be able to help prevent people from taking their lives. It's all about being kind to one another.

Don't forget about yourself. Sometimes we put so much focus on other people and things we forget to check in with how we are doing mentally. It's important to take care of your mental health too! Don't neglect yourself. Every once in a while do a check in to see how you are doing.

Self-care check-in questions:
-How have I been feeling the past few days on a scale from 1-10?
-Have there been things on my mind that are drowning my thoughts?
-How have I been sleeping recently?
-Am I taking care of my personal needs?
-Do I spend time with positive people?

We all matter so much in this world so stay with us and make the world a kinder place. Care for one another and yourself so that we can strive as a community of human beings.

thanks for coming back for day 3 of Suicide Prevention Week! my dear friend Vanessa (who blogs at Simply Me) so willingly jumped on board to this project, and I'm so thankful for her wise words!  Go check out her blog and show her some love in the comments! 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

there is hope [STAY. ft. grace anne]

hi.


i don't know you, not really


and you don't know me


not really


but i do know something about you


you were born to run


it's woven into your veins, as innate as breathing


"the fight or flight instinct", science teachers tell us


our reaction to stress or fear


and sometimes, you're just too tired to fight


so you take flight


you run and run and just want to keep running, trying to escape the echoes in your head


and you're gasping, not knowing where to go, just knowing that you've got to run, got to get away


stay


stay, darling, stay


when it all feels like too much


and you can't see two feet in front of you


and everything is closing in


stay


i know i know i know it's hard


and you don't want to fight anymore


because what's the point? it never gets better, so what's the point? what else is there to do?


stay


because let me tell you a secret


you're not going to be stuck here forever. you're not trapped in the dark forever. light breaks through, night turns to day, and that string pulled tight around your lungs breaks and you can finally breathe. 


but how can you feel the warmth of the light on your skin if you don't stay? 


stay


stay, because there is hope. stay, because there is joy. stay, because there is healing. 


stay


stay, because the number of people who love you far surpasses anything you would probably even imagine. stay, because there are sunsets that you still haven't seen and music you still haven't listened to and adventures you still haven't had. stay, because you have so many more things to do. so many people to meet. stay for those dreams still curled up inside you. stories to write, places to go, things to create. stay, because even when everything feels like it's falling apart, you have a heavenly Father who loves you more than you are physically capable of comprehending and wants nothing more than to gather you in His arms, who has so many plans for you. Who has a future for you. Who created all of the stars and constellations and oceans and rivers and skies, and still knows the number of hairs on your head, because you are His, and He calls you His child. 


stay


stay, darling, stay.

hey friends! I am so honored that my dear friend Grace Anne said yes to participate in Suicide Prevention Week! Grace Anne blogs over at Totally Graced and everything she writes is AMAZING!!! So go check her out, and don't forget to give her lots of love in the comments below!

Monday, September 11, 2017

it isn't the only answer [STAY. ft. julia]


who says leaving is the only answer
who says you're not good enough
and what makes them the authority on that
why has giving up become the chosen option
when darling, there are so many more
it's not like pain isn't real
bc it is
what if pain is a blessing
what if staying could mean the difference between ending your story without really living it
the difference between life and death
doing hard things is hard - that's how its supposed to be
some days you will feel beat
sometimes you'll just cry
it's ok
don't say goodbye to second chances
don't cross off all the available options to the most empty of them all
stay. please. k.


[ okay so this is probably one of the toughest things I've written. it's tough bc its a subject a lot of people have chosen to brush past for many reasons. maybe you don't deal with these thoughts or don't want to think about them...well, whatever it is, they are still real. still there. Elissa emailed me + a bunch of other fantastic bloggers awhile ago. this is part of a post series about staying. about realizing that God has given you this life as a gift.  and that, you're loved. completely and utterly loved  LOVE, J]

in case you didn't already notice, Julia is completely and totally amazing! she seriously blows me away, and I'm so humbled to call Julia my friend! please check out her blogs the barefoot gal & twilight to dawn. And don't forget to show her lots of love in the comments! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Joy in my Journal: a guest post


Hello Elissa's lovely readers,
My name is Joanny and I blog over at Joannywhite.co.uk. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Elissa asking if I could do a guest post for her blog. I haven't done a guest post in a while and I love doing them so I didn't hesitate to say yes.

Elissa gave me a list of topics to talk about and when I saw one that mentioned "something that brings me joy", I immediately thought I would write about my journalling experience.
I have been journalling for a while now and I have really enjoyed it so  I will write a bit about the different things I journal about and how that has helped me grow closer to God. 

 Prayers:

When I got my first journal, I thought there wasn't really much to journal about as the only thing I wrote in my journal were my prayers.
Sometimes I feel like writing about my feelings especially my prayers of gratitude.
This really motivates me to always be thankful because I always read back and discover that I've gone through a lot and that through everything, God has always been faithful.
Bible Verses:
Another thing I journal about is bible verses. There are so many of them I love and I can't pick a favourite. I feel like the colour brings the words to life and I constantly get reminded by looking at them.






Events:
I take advantage of events like Good Friday and Easter to draw. I have recently been into drawing and so I try to do more of it in my journal. These drawings help me remember the importance of these events.



Song Lyrics:
I love songs and I think the most important thing about songs is their lyrics. When the lyrics speak to me, I write in my journal so I can keep reminding myself about what it says.

Quotes:
Inspirational quotes are one of very favourite things too. I love quotes because they are so uplifting and brighten up my day. I find them really encouraging and motivating.




If journaling is something you are considering, hopefully this post has given you more ideas about how you can make journaling very colorful and fun. It doesn't  have to be words. You can get as creative as you want. Let your imagination go wild and just get lost in the moment. Quality time spent with the Lord is never wasted. Hopefully thus inspired someone. 
If you want to see more about my journals or know more about me, you can always pop over to my blog and say hi.
Thanks ever so much for reading.
God bless.

Monday, November 16, 2015

5 Reasons I love to Journal

Hello friends! Today, I am so excited to share this post that Faith wrote for my blog. Faith blogs over at Faith's Girly Life where she shares diy, fashion, lifestyle, and her heart for Jesus. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did! -Elissa


Hey everyone! I'm Faith from Faith's Girly Life and I was blessed to have the chance to guest post here on Letters to Jayna! Lately I've gotten more into journaling (you can check out some more about that over on my blog) so I thought I'd share 5 reasons why I love to journal. Hope y'all enjoy!

1. It's a good "wind down" tool-
A lot of times I will journal at night before I go to sleep. I think it's just a good way to end the day. It's quiet, it's clam, and I find that when I'm done writing I feel good about going to sleep.

2. Getting things on paper is a good release-
This one is pretty simple. But I feel like sometimes writing stud down is a good way to get it out of your mind and let it go.

3. I learn more about myself-
Sometimes journaling really makes you think, and this allows you to really dig into who you are. how you feel, and what you believe.

4. I can be totally me no matter what-
There's no one judging you on a piece of paper, so there's no reason not to say exactly what you want to. This has been so freeing for me as someone who gets very anxious about what others think about it.

5. It refocuses my mind-
Having something specific to write about really helps me just focus my mind when it's normally very hectic (I'm that person who has a million things going on in their mind at once)

So do you journal? What made you start? What do you like about it? Let me (& Elissa) know! & feel free to check out faithsgirlylife.blogspot.com for more of my blog posts!

XOXO 
Faith 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Link-up: Letter to the 20 year old me




Hello!
   An amazing friend of mine, Elizabeth, who writes at her blog here, was so kind and allowed me to do a guest post on her wonderful blog. The topic is Dear 20 Year Old Me, and it was a ton of fun to write! Elizabeth and I go to school together, and she is a beautiful girl inside and out. You can take a look at here post on Letters to Jayna here.


   I hope you enjoy!
        -Elissa

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Letter to the Ten Year Old Me



Todays post is written by a friend of mine, who writes at her own beautiful blog here. I hope you enjoy it as much a I did!

Dear 10 year old me,
Wow, how time has flown! Was it really 6 years ago where you had no cares in the world? I remember how you would finish school every day around noon, and then go outside to build forts, hang out with friends, and play baseball for the remainder of the day. Now all you ever do is school, and worry about your looks, and care about what others say. But why do you care so much? Why do you worry so?

10 year old me, don’t get caught up in this world and all its pettiness. Don’t cry over boys who weren’t worth it. Don’t procrastinate homework to the point where it drives you insane. Keep some of that child-like innocence and playfulness with you. Give big hugs to others and tell the people you care about that you love them. Build more forts instead of putting on more makeup, and smile when things don’t go your way.

Most importantly Lizzy, keep your eyes focused on Jesus, not on the boy who seeks you attention, or that mean girl who won’t stop bullying you, or the C you just got on your science exam. No, focus on the love of Jesus Christ, on loving Him, and on loving others. If you remember that, you’ll be just fine throughout the next 6 years. I know you will be, don’t give up.


 With all my love,

Elizabeth

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