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.
HELLO!!! I'M JULIANNE TARROJA. I am a Singer/Songwriter from the Philippines. I am a woman who is passionate about pursuing & creating things that are beautiful, excellent & authentic. Whether through music, making art, helping out a friend design her room, experimenting in the kitchen, or basically anything I can literally get my hands on. You'll see more of those different sides of me as we go along. :) I love seeing potential (ergo the title of this blog) in everything & everyone. It is my hope, that through this blog I can inspire others to pursue their passions with eyes & a heart wide open.
I also want to urge people see things from a different perspective. A perspective that recognizes that all things true & beautiful in life don't always presents itself in "pretty & tinselled-up" packages that have an easy to follow how-to manual. That more often than not, it starts of seemingly impossible & hopeless. It takes a special set of senses to spot the makings of something great. Before we can see value in anything, it requires more than what we're really willing to give. It takes intention & commitment. It takes hard work. It takes being willing to be vulnerable & risking failure - but only then can growth really happen, and growth is the beginning of something beautiful. But more so, it takes knowing the SOURCE OF ALL THAT IS BEAUTIFUL, TRUE & EXCELLENT. This is what I stand on, & what I desire to live out. To be able to see beauty in the most unexpected places. To experience a life to the full even in the midst of challenges. To be strengthened in weakness. And I know I cannot do this alone, that's why I started this blog, is so I can journey with others. :) This is my invitation, to you, to journey with me. As I type this, I speak to myself too, because today is my LAST DAY OF BEING 32!!!
As I step into this new journey, allow me to look back one more time to reflect on things I have learned & are grateful for, so to see how far God has carried me through.
My word for the year that has past was NEW. And NEW indeed, it was. It was a kind of new I did not expect. NEW meant CHANGE. Anything that has to do with change is far from easy. I was never really good at "change". I think most of us are. Coz truth is, it's easier to keep the familiar & stick with what we know. But I must say, It wasn't all that bad. The last year was really challenging to say the least, but was probably the most exhilarating adventure I've been on. Just to name a few highlights...
New experiences meant having to step out of comfort zones. New found perspectives meant I needed to be willing to change certain mindsets. New relationships meant being willing to live in the context of community, which was hard for me being the introvert that I am (YES I am an introvert! Believe it or not). It meant investing & being intentional in opening up your life. To be vulnerable & authentic because that's the only way real relationships can thrive. New dreams needed new priorities & meant narrowing down who and what matters, and in allowing my life be sifted, my circle of trust got smaller (which is a not a bad thing). Stepping on new ground meant I had to be brave & face fears as I explored uncharted paths. It's like God did a complete overhaul & said "OUT WITH THE OLD SO TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW". I had to make peace with a lot of things in my past, let them go before I could really truly move forward. It is a process I still am in till today, but I know that I'm on my way.
TOMORROW I TURN 33! As I take that plunge (*deep breath*) This I declare by faith, that it is "BEAUTIFUL BEFORE IT BEGINS." I am so excited, & I choose to be BRAVE (MY WORD FOR 2016), in knowing that I am in the hands of WHO makes beautiful things out of nothing. That everything good & perfect only comes from a GOOD & PERFECT SOURCE "WHO DOES NOT CHANGE LIKE SHIFTING SHADOWS". We all need consistency, in world that is constantly changing & uncertain. This is why I can be brave. I hope I would be brave enough stand on that truth everyday. To have the kind of eyes of faith that spot beauty even in ashes. To experience that to the overflow so that in the outpour of my heart, I can be generous with my life to others & help them be brave too.
WHEW! OK HERE WE GO...33 READY OR NOT HERE I COME!
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!