Where I’ve Been for the Last Month or so! :)


Hello my lovely Truuties,

It feels so good to be back!

Guess where I was…(Clue: I went to the other side of the world!)

I was in Japan!!!! It was incredible! Although I’d been to Japan before to see family there, I discovered so much more this time about the country and life in general – partly because we did more travelling around but also because I’m older and can understand things more. But I must say that seeing my grandparents again was the best part of our time in Japan. I’m so thankful for everything we did and experienced during our trip!

Because we were spending time with family and friends and exploring Japan, I decided that I wouldn’t write any blog posts while we were there; I wanted to make the most of our time. Sorry if any of you were looking forward to some Eastery posts hehe! :/ Hopefully I will have those kinds of posts next Easter. 🙂

Probably my next blog post will be of some photos I took in Japan. I’m so excited to share them with you!

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Did you have a good Easter? What have you been up to recently?

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

I love Spring so much! The flowers are so beautiful.

It’s so lovely to see lots of flowers. Just looking at them and enjoying the outdoors makes me feel so peaceful and thankful for all the wonderful creations.

During the cold seasons, they have to persevere through the rough conditions but after that, when it gets warmer, they bloom and glow in the sunlight so stunningly and somehow they seem contagiously joyful. I think that can really help us to remember that if we persevere, we will come to know that it was worth it because of the amazing things that happen when we just keep on going with faith.

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Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Do you like Spring? What do you love about flowers? What are your thoughts on my thoughts?

“The Joy of the Lord is my Strength”

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

Have you had those days, or weeks, months or years when you just feel down? It may feel like there’s no hope. Even if you know there is hope, you might not feel the hope.

Last month, I put a Bible verse inside my clear phone case (1 Peter 1:6) which reads, ‘Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead.’ I also have a Bible verse monthly calendar and for February, it says: ‘Be joyful always’ (1 Thessalonians 5:16). I soon came to realise that both of these verses fit perfectly with what I’ve been thinking about recently.

One of the questions I answered in my Q&A post was “How do you make yourself feel better when you are down?”. That question is what planted the seed for this blog post. Since then, God has been reminding me of a lot of things to do with joy when getting through hard times.

I watched a film called ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ and the main character is a teacher called Grace, who goes through a terribly difficult situation. There was a point when she felt hopeless and thought she would loose everything. Grace must have felt as though there was a wall that she couldn’t break through or climb over. However, she prayed about it and God took that wall away and made everything come together amazingly!

Although Grace found it hard to be happy during that time, she still had joy when she remembered God’s love.

When being a Christian was something that I just understood in my head, my life would sometimes feel miserable when something bad happened. My strength wasn’t in the Lord. Now that my faith is in my heart, I can feel joy even when I’m not happy and I’m so thankful for that!

You see, I believe that happiness and joy are very different. A lovely Christian YouTuber called Cambria Joy explained this incredibly well in one of her videos:

“Don’t forget that happiness is a feeling and feelings are temporal. We cannot solely base our lives on seeking out a feeling that can leave us in the blink of an eye or with the changing of circumstances. Happiness is not something that you reach or attain. It’s a feeling, a decision, a choice. Choose to be happy – but don’t base your life around it because you will miss the mark sometimes. So, instead of living for happiness, why not discover the contentment of joy?”

Joyce Meyer wrote:

“You can get unhappy, but you cannot get unjoyed because joy is something that God gives you.”

This is the song that gave me the idea for the title of this post – The Joy of the Lord is my Strength (Psalm 28:7):

 

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I send you all my love and prayers to those of you who are going through a tough time! I’d like to encourage you to trust in the Lord and receive the joy He is offering you right now. I hope this post has helped you or moved you in some way, whether you are finding life hard at the moment or not! 🙂

Challenge: The Bible verse for March on my calendar is, ‘Encourage one another and build each other up.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Please join me in this mission to spread the joy to your friends and family by speaking kind words and being there for each other!

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

What are your thoughts on this?

Feel free to email me (truutyblog@outlook.com) if there’s anything you’d like to chat about! 🙂

My Morning Workout Routine

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 is to have a better morning routine. So, I thought I’d write three posts to do with it: one about my morning devotional/Bible study, one about my morning skincare and one about my morning workout routine (which is today’s post)! I might have more ideas later and then I’ll add more blog posts to this sort of series called ‘My Morning’. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them! 🙂


As I wrote in my Q&A post, my favourite way to exercise is by dancing! There are a lot of health benefits which you can read about, if you like, by clicking here to see a page on a health website called ‘Dance – health benefits’.

Recently I’ve started using the dance workout videos on the Icon UK YouTube channel and they are so fun to do! (This is NOT sponsored by Icon.)

I always begin with a quick warm up which is only one minute and thirty-two seconds and it warms me up really well! It includes head rolls, head tilts, shoulder rolls, stretches (arms, ribs, legs) and cardio. You can watch the video just below:

There are lots of great dance workouts on Icon UK’s channel which are very quick and effective if you don’t have time to do a longer one. They are really enjoyable so I definitely recommend them! I’ve embedded the videos in this post (I only do one of these a day though):

Afterwards, it is really important to cool down to prevent aching the next day!

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Doing a bit of exercise every morning wakes me up, makes me feel more excited for the day, helps me enjoy breakfast even more and in the long-term, will keep me healthy!

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Do you have a favourite way to exercise? If you do, what is it? Have you written a post to do with your morning routine on your blog? If you have, please link it in a comment!

Q&A – Your questions answered! :)

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

Thank you for all the questions I have received for this post! I will answer them now! 🙂

What did you want to become when you were a child? ~ Curlygirlabroad

There was a time when I wanted to be a princess (haha)! Later on, I wanted to be a professional dancer. I still would like to do something to do with dance (but I might share more about that another time…).

Did you have any interests/hobbies as a child you regret giving up? ~ Ella May Garrett

Maybe playing the piano? But I don’t regret it that much because not doing it has given me more time to do other things that I’m more passionate about.

How do you make yourself feel better when you are down? ~ allylmare

(I could write a whole post about this – thanks for the idea!) I usually do my best to think of lots of positive things about the situation, which helps me to see the light in the darkness. The first thing I always try and remember to do though is to repeatedly tell myself that I can trust God and He understands how I’m feeling. Then I’ll pray about it. Practically, I will just stop and think, to sort out my thoughts in my head. Sometimes I might write my thoughts down in a notebook too. Also, if I feel that I should, I would talk to someone I know well – usually my mum.

What’s your favourite way to exercise? ~ Grace

Dance!!!!! 🙂

What job would you like to do in the future if you couldn’t be a dancer? ~ Grace

Maybe be a Youth Leader at a church in Japan or write blog posts and make YouTube videos about my faith.

Have there been times when you’ve doubted yourself? How did you get through those times? ~ Lucia R

Yes, there have been times when I’ve doubted myself. My mum was very encouraging so talking to her definitely helped. However, most of all, it was God who was carrying me through those times. Since I realised His true care, I’ve doubted myself less and less.

What’s your all-time favourite book? ~ outnaboutweb

I don’t have just one favourite – hehe, sorry! :/ I love ‘Anne of Green Gables’, ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘Emily Windsnap’, ‘Ballet Shoes’, ‘Girl Online’ and lots more! 🙂

What’s your favourite thing about blogging? ~ Tabi Bee

I love being able to reach people all across the world!

What is your favourite post to write? ~ Ella May Garrett

If this question is asking what post I enjoyed writing the most, then, I think the one called BE YOU|”Comparison is the thief of joy”?

How long ago did you get into blogging? How has that experience been? ~ healthylivingbyeva

I started looking into blogging about one and a half years ago but I actually wrote my very first post on Christmas Day 2015. I’ve learnt so much through blogging!

Have you got any advice for a relatively new blogger wanting to become more involved in the community? ~ emmasblog04

From my experience, I’d say:

  • Comment on other bloggers’ posts.
  • Try to make time to have a fairly regular posting schedule, if you can.
  • Write about what you have a passion for.
  • Reply to any comments you get on your blog, if you have time.
  • Follow blogs that are similar to yours.
  • Get advice from other bloggers (like you did by asking this question)!

If when you put on a special pair of glasses you could see the perspective of someone else ( living, dead, or fictional), who would it be? Sincerely Dreamette

I would love to see how I viewed the world when I was a baby! Also, imagine having ‘Jesus Glasses’…

What’s life like being a Christian and do you ever feel that it’s hard work? ~ Anna Hopkins

Life as a Christian is so amazing! There are many challenges to face, though. Sometimes life can be hard but I know that “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength”.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this!

Guess what? My blog has over 300 followers now! Thank you so much to everyone who reads my posts! I hope our community of Truuties will continue to grow! 🙂

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Is there anything you can relate to from my answers to these questions?

Questions for my Q&A Post?

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As you may or may not know, I’m planning to write a Q&A post so that you can get to know me better. Today I just wanted to ask you to comment your questions or if you would like to remain anonymous, send me an email (truutyblog@outlook.com) instead.

You can ask me pretty much anything – about me, my blog, my interests, my life, my passion for dance, my Christian faith and lots more!

I already have questions from three people so thank you so much! I’d love it if more people could take part in my Q&A post!

 

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This is a really short blog post – sorry! They’ll be back to normal next time. 🙂

Lots of love,

Truuty xx

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Are you going to write a Q&A post soon, too? Do you have any questions for me?

BE YOU|“Comparison is the Thief of Joy”

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Hello my lovely Truuties,

For the first post of the ‘Be You’ series, I thought I’d write about how comparing and feeling envious of other people’s lives stops us from seeing the goodness in ours. I hope by reading my experience, you will be encouraged in some way!


I don’t have a top like the one she has, maybe I need to get one. Otherwise, I won’t be as fashionable as her.

He’s so good at sport. I’m not. If I was as good as him, more people at school would like me.

That girl has loads more friends than me. If I get Snapchat too, I’ll be more popular.

My phone is rubbish. He has a really cool one and gets attention for it. I wish I had that phone too.

They’re so good at that! I wish I was as talented as them. I’m not good at anything.

Their family gets on so well. I wish mine did too.

Their life is so perfect. I wish mine was that nice as well.

Have you ever had thoughts like these? Sometimes comparisons can be helpful, inspiring and motivating but negative comparisons are the complete opposite.

I used to compare myself often with other people, in a way that would bring my self-esteem down and make me feel empty. Whatever I did or however I was feeling, I instantly compared myself with my friends, people I knew or even with YouTubers and other bloggers.

Comparison was stealing my joy.

I wasn’t focusing on the great things about me. I was focusing on what other people were like and what they had. When we start to compare, jealousy and envy can overtake our minds too. For example, when my friends went on lots of little holidays throughout the year, I wanted to be able to do that too. When I went on not so frequent big holidays to Japan, lots of my friends would wish that they could go on such long holidays in a completely different continent too. If we concentrate on the things that we have and have the opportunity to do then we feel so much happier!

Since I realised what negative comparison had been doing to my life, I’ve been on a journey of learning how to stop viewing myself and my life as something I had to make like other people’s. Without comparing myself with other people and trying to change my personality and what I’m like, I feel that I can live my life to its fullest! 🙂

To be honest with you, I still find it quite hard to always remember not to compare negatively. However, I’ve definitely changed my mindset so much and I’m a lot happier with my life and who I am! I believe that God created me the way I am and He has a special and unique purpose for my life. When I came to understand this, I felt so much more content!

Trying to be like other people involves unnecessary hard work so now that I try and make the most of who I’m created to be (I think I’ll share more about that in another post), I have more of a sense of peace in my life.

I’d like to end with some quotes and a Bible verse that I find really encouraging, I hope you like them too!

Personality begins where comparison ends.

~Karl Lagerfeld

Don’t compare your weaknesses to someone else’s strengths.

~Crystal Paine

Never compare your journey with someone else’s. Your journey is your journey, not a competition.

~Unknown

Comparison is the thief of joy.

~Theodore Roosevelt

Pay attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

~Galations 6:4 (NLT)

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If you would like to have a chat with me about this topic, please feel free to contact me! 🙂 You can email me (truutyblog@outlook.com) or DM me on Instagram (I don’t have an account dedicated to my blog at the moment but I have one for my YouTube channel – @genmai_chan).

Please look forward to more ‘Be You’ blog posts!

Also, please leave your questions for my Q&A post in the comments! Thank you for all the questions you’ve asked me already!

Lots of love,

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I would love to hear from you in the comments!

What are your thoughts on this post? Have you ever struggled with negative comparison? Do you have any advice for those who are struggling with it now? Do you have any questions for my Q&A?