WOW. I can’t believe that this is happening. This website is the result of months (maybe even years!) of hard work. Sometimes it was stressful, sometimes I didn’t believe in myself, and sometimes I was just plain scared of all the what-ifs.
What-if everyone in the universe hates my writing?
What-if my content isn’t good enough?
What-if I’ve chosen the wrong career and in thirty years I’ll wind up going through the worst mid-life crisis known to mankind???
Okay, okay. I know. Much of that is abstract, unrealistic, and even a bit silly. But hey, I’m a real person with real, crazy thoughts! What can I say? I have to remind myself every day:
Breathe! Relax! Just be yourself! I know that it’s hard and scary and overwhelming and all that advice you’ve been getting feels artificial and fake – STOP! You just have to take a leap of faith and know that whatever happens, happens. In the end, you did the best that you could with what you were given and the time that you had. Find your joy and fulfillment in that, and everything else will fall into place around you. Learn contentment, learn peace, learn joy.
Maybe this is what you needed to hear. Maybe this is what you’re feeling right now. If it is, then this is the right blog for you. I’m a college girl with big dreams, pursuing a fulfilling creative lifestyle.
A little bit about me: I grew up in California, surrounded by Hollywood-sized dreams and visions of red carpets. They dazzled me. I knew that as an adult I would not be happy sitting behind a desk punching numbers unless they were the number of exciting projects that I would get to create each month, no, week!
Flash forward several years and I’d tried it all. Art? I dabbled in acrylics, soft pastels, pencil sketching, and even some digital art. Music? I can play piano pretty well (better if I had a bit more practice), the ukulele became an extension of my arm, I have a pretty basic grasp of the guitar, and I was involved in several choirs. Acting? Musial theatre, stage plays, monologues, improvisation, short films, and a billion others attempts at “making it big.” I was told that I “sparkled” whenever I did these things. That my eyes just lit up. I couldn’t see this sparkle for myself, but I knew what it felt like. It felt like joy. To create something, for me, was synonymous with joy.
Finally, I settled on writing. Because as a girl who wants to live a thousand lives, but only gets one, what do you do? You live them, through your words.
I believe that God creates us in His image and plants unique gifts in all of us, to be used for His glory. God himself is known as the Creator, and I think that He delights in planting a little bit of that creative gift inside each of His creations, you and me included.
I love to read and write stories, particularly historical fiction. I love a story with a good adventure and just hint of that chick-flick romance. Most importantly, I love a story that inspires me and motivates me. As a person of faith, that means seeking out all of the best in Christian fiction.
So I went to college with a suitcase full of ideas. I also became engaged and married to my high school sweetheart in the process. Is this a fairytale or what?!
What did I do when I realized that Christian Fiction industry was something that I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my life? I began an Instagram account @jennavanmourik that was dedicated to not only the great reads in my life, but the great moments. Still, that wasn’t enough. Hence, my brand new blog!
My niche is books and writing. What’s yours? I’d love to get to know you and be a part of your creative journey, whatever it is. If you’d like, leave a comment on this post and subscribe. This is just the beginning of my journey, but it could be the start of yours too.