I want to share this song I wrote not too long ago called "BE STILL". I wrote this when everything in me wanted to do otherwise. I wanted to to kick, scream, throw things, break things, break me. Why? Because I was angry & obviously broken up inside. Disillusioned about many things, but more so with myself. Disappointed because I felt & believed that I was a complete failure. I put myself up to par with who I thought I needed to be by now, who I needed to be with by now, where I should be by now, what I believed were people's expectations of me, the kind of achievements, how many hits, how much money, how loud the applause & the list goes on...and on...and on.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! TO YOU AND TO ME! Let me officially welcome you to MY BLOG. This is officially my very first blog post. Whoohoo! I'm new to all of this, so let me just start by introducing myself.
Looking back at my 2015, it wasn't the easiest year, but doesn't mean it was a bad year. It was challenging to say the least. A year of both rain & sun, highs & lows, laughter & tears. I remember asking God for NEW things at the beginning of 2015. He absolutely answered that in more ways than I expected. New meant change. New meant having to let go of the old. New meant stepping out of my comfort zone. New meant learning to surrender control. New meant uncertainty. New Also meant adventure, , new desires & new dreams. New relationships too. A huge part of me had to go back to the basics. Re-asses what really mattered & unlearn a lot of things I thought I already knew. As we all know that kind process is not absent of pain, in fact it probably was the biggest and most effective tool God has used to make sure I got the point & didn't let go of Him in the process. I know it's been a rainy new year for most of us. But how beautiful and constant Gods promise is. It dates back before time began. God used birds & an olive leaf back then as his love letter & sealed it with this beauty in the sky. In our time now, after just enough rain and sun comes this. The same grand display of Gods faithfulness & unwavering love through every season. Faithful He was to me in 2015. Faithful He will be in the year to come. Am so excited!!! To take the lessons learned from last year & keep practicing them. Most of still am learning...it isn't easy. But it is rewarding for sure. I speak blessing & bravery to all of you this 2016. That as we journey on, we would know that God is in control of both the rain & the sun & oh that He loves you dearly & desires to bring you to even greater heights.
LIVE & LOVE BRAVELY
I'm Julianne Tarroja. You can call me Julz! I'm a Singer-Songwriter from Manila, Philippines. I'm also a designer by day (but I mostly work during moonlight hours. I absolutely love working with my hands, always wanting to make beautiful things. I'm most passionate about inspiring & encouraging others through songs & stories. Through all my God given sense & sensibilities. Not just by sharing mine, but yours as well. Hopefully all that can take place in this space. I believe we were all created to create & to reflect a Greater light & love. That's why I decided to start this blog as an avenue for me to communicate & connect with anyone who will be willing to listen, watch & learn along side me as I journey on. We're all in this together anyway right? Still figuring out our way through life a little bit everyday. Learning to find beauty in least expected places. I know this must start with me. I want to be the beauty, love and light that I desire to see in others. I hope & pray that I can live that out, using all the gifts God has given me, & in effect inspire & encourage you set out & do the same. So happy you are here today! You are most welcome here!