Jenny Marie Christian is A muse of the arts and an ambitious and determined philanthropist. As the daughter of the late blues legend, “Little Johnny” Christian and the educator, servant of the Lord Mary Christian-Jones is where her journey began. Jenny realized at an early age through the impact of her father’s music on others and her mother’s work she wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Jenny and I chatted about her journey as a wellness blogger, Fill.Heal.Restore, and her favorite ways to practice self-care.
What inspired you to become a lifestyle & wellness blogger?
JC: “My journey to becoming a blogger/vlogger was due to going through some personal difficulties and only having my faith in God to rely on to get me through it. I truly believe God allowed those experiences to motivate me to birth my blog and web series ‘Fill, Heal & Restore’ to encourage others to rely on their faith in God to pull them through whatever they may be going through. God is well able to “fill” every void, “heal” every hurt and “restore” everything that you lost.”
Tell us more about your platform Fill.Heal.Restore.
JC: Fill, Heal & Restore started as a blog where I documented struggles, challenges and lessons learned. It is also a testimonial web series in which I allow others to be featured and to share their personal testimonials in how they used their faith in God to persevere. My intent with this series and blog is to create a platform where people all over can come and find hope even while they maybe presently hurting. It’s a space that reminds you there’s healing and restoration available.”
What’s the best piece of advice you received when you were starting out in your line of work?
I still very much consider myself to be at the “starting point”. My best advice almost always comes from my mentor Pastor Hart Ramsey (who you must follow @HartRamsey). One of the early assignments given to me by Pastor Ramsey was to study the word “trajectory” and I do mean STUDY… the reason behind the assignment was to stress the importance on how where you start is a huge influencer on where you may end. “If you’re a little off in the beginning, by the time you’re way down the road, you’ll be way off. “
It taught me to continue to assess and make a habit of reassessing every point, not only the starting point. A slight change in trajectory can lead to an drastically different destination.”
What are your favorite ways to practice wellness and self-care?
JC: “My favorite ways to practice wellness includes resting, reading, dancing, and food. Sometime I prefer to do those things alone and sometimes with my girls. I listen to what my body and spirit needs.”
What are some books/movies/podcasts that changed for your life?
JC: “I recently read Effective Fervent Prayer by Mary Alice Isleib and its taught me so much about praying more fervently. A reading assignment was given to me by Pastor Ramsey called “Shame & Guilt” by Jane Middelton-Moz. I saw so much of myself in this book that it made me uncomfortable, but more aware of how unhealthy and crippling it is to have a poor self-image.”
Name a favorite entrepreneur/creative that inspires you and why.
JC: “Rudy Currence. I think he’s such gifted singer, songwriter, remixer… lol, and an incredible human being. Follow him-: @Rudy_Currence .”
What advice do you have for someone who hasn’t figured out their purpose yet?
“Personally, I’ve been praying through the process of finding my purpose while also simultaneously following in faith what I believe God has put on my heart to do. Trusting him will lead you through the rest and towards your calling.”
Which of your traits are you most proud of?
JC: ” My transparency and sincerity. With all things I do my best to be genuine and honest.”
Tell us three interesting facts about you!
1.) I’m actually a pretty good Latin dancer. I love salsa.
2,) I’m super friendly, but very shy.
3.) I have the appetite of an NFL quarterback and I’m not ashamed.
What’s your personal affirmation or a quote/scripture that keeps you going?
“Life is tough and we have to endure so much that seems so unfair and unbearable. So I have to remind myself that if God allows it, believe that he’s going to use it and it’ll all come together. I rely heavily on:
Romans 8:28 New International Version (NIV)
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
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