I am an introverted millennial from the country known for its maple syrup and hockey, Canada. I work in retail, particularly in the area of ecommerce. I am a young leader within my church, as well as a daughter, sister and aunty in my family. My hobbies include: reading a good book (or two), writing, exercising, spending time in nature (long walks are the best), and relaxing with friends and family.
I am passionate about public speaking and teaching. I get satisfaction from sharing the knowledge that I’ve gained and passing it on to others. Teaching allows me to witness the growth and learning process of an individual, and that is very rewarding. With speaking, I enjoy sharing various life experiences that tell of God’s goodness and allow me to share my faith. I enjoy being a voice for God in a noisy world, speaking for those who may not have a voice, and encouraging others through whatever they may be going through in life.
I met Jesus at the age of 10, but I didn’t really get to know Him until I was going through a difficult time in my life. From 2012-2014, I went through a season of major depression and anxiety. This was during my 2nd and 3rd years of study at university. My family had gone through a really tough time financially, and it weighed on me. I almost lost my job, I stopped going to church and socializing with friends, and my health started to decline. In some ways, it felt like a Job experience. I felt like I was in a pit of despair and darkness and I could not get out. I started journaling and praying a lot, and crying out to God, hoping that He would hear me. I asked Him to show me the way out, to give me assurance that He hears me, and to heal me. It didn’t happen overnight, but through much counseling and prayer, the dark clouds lifted, and day-by-day I could feel that God was holding me and leading me through. Delivering me from the constant worries that would keep me up at night. I remember the first few verses that God led me to during this time was 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 and Ephesians 3:20. These are still my favourite verses to this day. I just remember holding on to these verses for dear life, knowing that even though I looked and felt awful, God was still renewing my mind and body, and that what I was going through was just for a season. He had awesome things planned for me.
From this experience, I met Jesus. I met Him after reading a book called “Not A Fan” by Kyle Idleman. The book has 3 different parts: an honest diagnosis of your relationship with Jesus, an invitation to follow, and taking the steps to follow Him. As I read through this book, it led me to read stories about Jesus in the Bible. The more I read, the more I was drawn to Him. At night, I would pray and ask Jesus to help me to know Him and to be more like Him. The rest is history. It hasn’t always been an easy journey, but I wouldn’t trade my relationship with Jesus for the world. I grew up in a Christian home, and my mother raised me well to always pray, read my daily devotional, and to learn about Jesus. But somewhere along the way, after high school, I got off track and lost sight of Jesus. I’m glad that through the major experience in my life, I got to know Him better for myself.