Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jenna Marie // Soulful Beauty of the Week


"I knew right then that questioning God was a big mistake. He made me question myself. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t have, I should focus on what I did have. Instead of complaining about what I couldn’t do, why not use what I have to do what I could. I realized I can’t compare my success to someone else because I don’t know what they went through to get to that point. My focus should be on my own purpose and plan and continuing to work hard toward it."
| Jenna Marie




*Describe your a-ha moment. 
If there is one person in the world I know that has my best interest at heart it’s my mother. When I would get in a little mood and be a little mouthy, she would always say “There is power in the tongue”. 

I kind of knew what she meant as a child, but the impact of her words didn’t hit me until I got older. I found myself in a place of disappointment and frustration. My life hasn’t quite turned out how I would have hoped. I was always complaining about being broke, not having to means to get my ideas/dreams started. New publications were hitting the stands “The Secret”, “Law of Attraction”, and many more. 

Each of these books was filled with the principles my mother has been teaching all of my life. Your words have so much power. You can speak life or destruction. I decided right then that I was going to use my words to speak love, kindness, prosperity, and positivity over myself and everyone I encounter. I want my words and my life to have a positive impact. So I created my blog www.prettypositiveprosperous.com as a way to spread positive messages and lessons that I have learned throughout my life. Thanks Mom!

*Tell us something about your personality that used to bother you, but you've now learned to love?
One thing about my personality that used to bother me is that I am sensitive and my feelings are hurt very easily. It is something that many people have told me about all my life. “You’re too sensitive”. As I have gotten older I realized I am not “too sensitive”. I am perfectly fine. My sensitivity may seem like a curse or annoying to some, but to me it is one of my biggest blessings. My sensitivity is what allows people to immediately open up to me to easily. My sensitivity is what allows me to feel your hurt, your pain, your frustration and your anger as if it is my own without judgment. My sensitivity is actually a true strength not a weakness or imperfection.

*What’s your best piece of woman-to-woman advice?
The best piece of advice I would give to a woman is to love yourself, respect yourself, never be afraid to say how you feel, let go of the past, forgive yourself, forgive others, build a relationship with God and never let anyone stay in your life who doesn’t appreciate you or recognize your worth.


*What has been your favorite mistake? 
At one point in my life I was comparing my success (or lack thereof at the time) to others and becoming quite ungrateful. I couldn’t understand why some people seemed to be thriving and shining and I was still struggling just to get one project off the ground. I started questioning God and my purpose. Why give me all of these dreams and desires if it was going to be nearly impossible to get anything to go right. 

Suddenly I started being stalked by the scripture, “To whom much is given, much is required”. The scripture would be everywhere. It would be on a random television show, then in a blog, and then on a televised sermon. Then I had a conversation with my best friend only to realize the same scripture had been stalking her as well. I knew right then that questioning God was a big mistake. He made me question myself. Instead of focusing on what I didn’t have, I should focus on what I did have. Instead of complaining about what I couldn’t do, why not use what I have to do what I could. 

I realized I can’t compare my success to someone else because I don’t know what they went through to get to that point. My focus should be on my own purpose and plan and continuing to work hard toward it.

*So far, what has been the most challenging aspect of being a woman?
For me the most challenging part of being a woman is finding your own voice, living your life on your own terms, and unapologetically doing what’s best to maintain your peace and happiness. I have learned that my purpose is not to make a life of trying to appease, impress, or satisfy others, but to boldly use my life as a class and teach the importance of love, kindness, positivity and gratitude.

*What do you not want us to know?
One thing that I would never want people to know is that I have an obsessively odd attachment to my baby pillow. I have to hold it at all times. Up until my late twenties, If I were traveling anywhere for more than a couple of days I would have to bring it with me. I still have it and hold it. I can’t sleep without it. It doesn’t look like much of a pillow now. It looks like someone’s old dirty dish rag, but it is my everything.


*When do you feel most creative? What inspires you?
I feel most creative at all times, simply because I am inspired by so many different people and things. I have tons of ideas always running through my head that I find myself traveling with a note pad and pen in my purse to take notes at any time. Life inspires me. People inspire me. News and world events inspire me. That’s the beauty about inspiration, you don’t have to look hard to find it, most times it will jump out at you.

*How do you soothe yourself when you are upset, disappointed, angry, jealous?
I am grateful that I have found quite a few ways to help me control my emotions and work through challenges rationally. First, I usually call my best friend to vent, curse, and laugh. Then I will take a moment to pray and meditate. I also like to write about everything. Sometimes that means writing in my journal, writing a blog post, or even writing someone who may have hurt/upset me a letter to express my thoughts and concerns. Then I will blast music and have a mini concert in my own apartment. Music and dancing is definitely therapy. I also use yoga and working out as a method to soothe my nerves.

*What does it mean to you to be a soulful beauty?
To be a soulful beauty to me is to be loving, kind, compassionate, sensitive, strong, humble, respectful, giving and fierce. It is to speak in such a way that people love listening to you and listening in such a way that people love talking to you. To be a soulful beauty is to see the beauty in others and treat them as if that is all you see. No judgment. No hate. All Love.

*What is your favorite quote, scripture or affirmation?
My favorite quote is by the amazing Maya Angelou, “The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise”.

My favorite scripture is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

My favorite affirmation is, “My life is abundant and filled with joy”


Name:  Jenna Marie Christian
Age: 30


6 comments:

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  2. Well said! I love love reading these types of post. I can relate so much to them.

    -Jessica
    www.urbanhomenomics.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this feature and I just checked out your blog! It is wonderful. I agree with you on the "too sensitive" comment. People usually tell me "I think to much" or "feel to much." But yes these traits allow us to be empathetic. This is random but your feature reminded me of this song by Tessanne Chin -Anything's Possible.

    www.whatshetaughther.blogspot.com

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  4. these are always insightful. You sound a lot like me..

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  5. This interview has been really beautiful and inspiring.
    I'm so glad I've found this blog!

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  6. I have definitely found myself comparing my life to others. I am so glad to be moving past that space. It's a miserable place to be. Sometimes it's so hard for us to accept what God has given us as our talents. Once we nurture those gifts, the possibilities are limitless.

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