Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Q&A Time! ~ Jenny of Wonderfully-Complex

Hey everyone! Today I'm featuring Jenny over at Wonderfully-Complex. I fell in love with her blog instantly. She has such a personable & refreshing style of writing. We both were engaged on the same day, live in the South & have aspirations to become full-time bloggers! Check out her new #LoveLifeProject where she is challenging herself everyday to intentionally love life & be thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given her. Her series on building a classic & versatile wardrobe is really fun and helpful as well! Stop by & say hello!

Describe yourself in 10 words or less.
{As you can see below, I have trouble expressing myself in few words - these definitely don’t count, they’re in parenthesis.} I am determined, thoughtful, creative, rational, confident, fearful; {I am} wonderfully complex.

Why did you start blogging, and what is the main message you're trying to convey with your writings?
I officially started blogging my sophomore year of college, where every journalism workshop I attended told me I needed to start a blog to build a web presence and practice my writing to further my career. So in May of 2010, I started Wonderfully Complex. At that time the whole blog focused on how marvelous God has made each and every one of us. I was really struggling with self image at that point in time, and it was a place to sort my thoughts and share my experiences.

I became more serious about blogging after I graduated, and July of 2013 is what I consider the real start to my blogging career. Now, the topics of my posts vary a lot more, but the message is still the same. God has made us wonderfully complex, and my response is to bring Him glory in all that I do - whether that be in my marriage, or what I make with my hands or how I treat my body.

You're recently married - what are some of the most significant things you've learned since becoming a wife?
I feel like I’ve learned so much, but I’ll keep this down to three {my favorite number}:

1. Daniel {my husband} is not God. Daniel does not complete me. And no matter how much he loves me, he will {and does} fail me. I find I am most disappointed with our marriage when my expectations for what it should be are impossibly high. Daniel is the most amazing guy I know, but I can’t put a God-sized expectation on him.

2. Intentionality is everything. My husband is currently in dental school, which means he is always busy studying. Therefore, we have to be incredibly intentional about making time for our relationship. We try to do some kind of date night every week, even if that means we never leave our living room. And, every night we set aside time to pray and study a little of God’s Word. However, it’s so easy to get sucked into the trap of doing life together without making time to actually be together.

3. Guys are a different species. Sorry, I couldn’t be all serious. But seriously, I thought growing up with three younger brothers would prepare me for living with a man, but I am constantly surprised at how different we are. After only six months, I’ve cleaned toothpaste off the kitchen floor, removed countless plates, cups and bowls from the strangest spots and even fallen into the toilet bowl in the middle of the night {yes, that’s a real thing that really happens when someone forgets to put the seat down...}. However, these have all been excellent opportunities to learn to compromise and fight fairly and put the other person first.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I actually am doing what I want to do when I grow up! My dream job would either be a) a full-time blogger or b) a marketing director for a nonprofit. Currently, I am a Communications Specialist for a {huge} nonprofit, which means I am in charge of external and internal communications, like social media pages, blog posts, newsletters, press releases, magazine content, etc. But, I also play a huge part in creating marketing plans for my company and executing them. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect job right out of college, and if you read my story, you can see that it was 100 percent a God-thing.

What would you say to someone struggling with finding their strength in the Lord? As a control freak who frequently tries to find strength in my own abilities and talents, I would simply say “rest.” The Holy One of Israel is pretty clear when He says, “Only in returning to me and resting will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength” {Isaiah 30:15}. I would also tell them it’s a lesson I’m still learning, so we can definitely figure this one out together. But, I think it starts with releasing your idea of control over the situation. When we buy into the idea that apart from Him, we can do nothing {John 15:5}, we free ourselves to depend completely on Him as the source for our strength.

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