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    Just July

    1 August 2015

    A lit­tle recount of my July 2015.

    This month has been much about relax­ation and recu­per­a­tion from the tur­moils of last month (i.e. exams). July start­ed off with a week of Hill­song Con­fer­ence which was both encour­ag­ing and com­fort­ing. It was an absolute­ly God-filled time for me where I took a break from social media and sub­sti­tut­ed every­thing with an open heart for His voice. Quite hon­est­ly, despite the fact that I’ve lost a lot of fol­low­ers on Insta­gram, it felt real­ly good to take a break from social media and the busy­ness of every­thing and just be able to rest under the grace of God. When I say rest I don’t mean phys­i­cal­ly (I was sleep deprived and my mouth had ter­ri­ble ulcer infec­tions and basi­cal­ly every­thing was going wrong) but spir­i­tu­al­ly. The thing I love most about con­fer­ence is how spir­i­tu­al­ly charged and empow­ered I become after the four days and five nights. It’s a place where we can lay every­thing down before God and take a moment to ded­i­cate our time to Him, which we don’t often get the chance to do because we’re so busy with meet­ing dead­lines, study­ing for exams, going to work, or just.. eat­ing too many piz­zas (me). And quite hon­est­ly I need­ed this five day break. I know I’m already on hol­i­days but I just need­ed some­thing to recharge me and allow me to recu­per­ate.

    Some friends and I were in the cre­ative stream and so we decid­ed to head to the song­writ­ing mas­ter­class despite the fact that none of us wrote music to begin with. I decid­ed to go because last year’s song­writ­ing mas­ter­class was inter­est­ing. They shared about the process of writ­ing a few songs that are on high rota­tion at the moment and how impor­tant it was to align that process with the scrip­ture. Their sto­ries actu­al­ly made me want to start cre­at­ing music. It’s so inspir­ing to see that God can work through so many facets of cre­ativ­i­ty — pho­tog­ra­phy, writ­ing, music, every­thing. We also head­ed to the youth wor­ship mas­ter­class where the Young and Free team talked about their jour­ney and the process of com­pil­ing a song list, their approach to lead­ing and basi­cal­ly giv­ing insight into the things we don’t see on the plat­form. It was so inspir­ing to see what goes on behind what we see. I’m a big fan of behind-the-scenes so to be able to hear them speak about how they got into the team and their indi­vid­ual sto­ries was def­i­nite­ly a high­light.

    After Con­fer­ence, I spent a week laz­ing around, watch­ing TV shows (yes I have fin­ished Sher­lock, guys and it was amaz­ing). I’ve also just fin­ished Orphan Black and am com­plete­ly obsessed. I think it’s actu­al­ly become one of my new favourite shows. I’m not sure what I’m going to do now because I have severe with­draw­al issues with fic­tion­al char­ac­ters and sto­ry­lines (it took me about two months to get over The Maze Run­ner when I fin­ished read­ing the whole series), so. Wish me luck. Along­side all this TV binge watch­ing, I was invit­ed by Black Com­mu­ni­ca­tions to attend a Ladurée event to cel­e­brate Bastille Day. I grabbed my friend Gen­eve along and trekked it to the city in the morn­ing. Need­less to say I was dead and a lit­tle grumpy, but as soon as I saw the food I was cheered up again (that should be in my auto­bi­og­ra­phy). It was excit­ing to see all these dif­fer­ent influ­encers, and feel com­fort­able stand­ing up to take a flat lay for once in pub­lic. Usu­al­ly I’d try to avoid even putting my phone up above a table if I’m sip­ping cof­fee in pub­lic because stares are enough to give me a lit­tle anx­i­ety shock, so I resolve to drink­ing my cof­fee, leav­ing and imme­di­ate­ly regret­ting not snap­ping any­thing.

    The first week of uni is already over and I’m start­ing to realise there was still so much I want­ed to do before this semes­ter start­ed, like a win­ter beach shoot. It’s always been on my to-do list but I’ve nev­er been able to bring myself to do it. Well, I was going to two Fri­days ago but we can­celled it because there were news arti­cles warn­ing us about ‘dam­ag­ing winds’ and heavy rain, and I don’t think I would’ve appre­ci­at­ed being blown away by a gust of wind. Hav­ing said that, for some odd rea­son I was actu­al­ly kind of keen to go back to uni. I know I’m a worka­holic and all but I nor­mal­ly dread going back to uni, so it’s a nice change to actu­al­ly look for­ward to get­ting back into the intense rou­tine with strict dead­lines, etc.. My work­load has increased, so instead of look­ing at pho­tos all day and edit­ing them, I’m back to star­ing a text­book and scratch­ing my brains out. Fun times. I say I’m excit­ed to go back to uni now but watch me com­plain relent­less­ly down the track when I start remem­ber­ing how much stress and anx­i­ety is involved in nav­i­gat­ing this rough lit­tle jour­ney called life. *sighs*

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    • Jef­frey! So glad that you were able to go to Con­fer­ence and enjoy it. Spir­i­tu­al­ly refresh­ing or recharg­ing is a beau­ti­ful thing; it’s great how it allows you to start fresh and car­ry what you took from the event with you to the more stress­ful parts of your life. 

      I always want to take more flat­lay pho­tos, but I can’t stand the idea of peo­ple star­ing at me; I get that anx­i­ety shock too. 🙁 So my pic­tures stay less than mediocre for the sake of sav­ing myself embar­rass­ment. lol. Your pho­tos are seri­ous­ly always love­ly! I wish you the best of luck upon your return to school and study­ing again. It’s nev­er easy to go back, but hang in there, you’re doing a great job! 🙂

    • Ody­dodif Todp

      Hi Jef­frey. Love your con­tents espe­cial­ly those pho­tos.

    • Albert Wijaya

      Your month seems very well packed. Love to see more pho­tos from you 🙂

      Best, Albert | Palm­ing Peb­bles
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    • First of all, the pho­tos. You cer­tain­ly have a gift of mak­ing things so love­ly.
      Sec­ond, I’ve been through a lot like what you’re say­ing, and tak­ing a lit­tle while off social media to just rest. Not just the body but also the mind, is so so good.
      Best of luck in your future endeav­ors.

    • Patrick­Jour­nal

      great pics

    • Noor

      Breath­tak­ing! I loved every lit­tle detail .. Its just beau­ti­ful the way you edit your pic­tures!