Hello friends!!! Today is a very special day! It's the start of BLOGMAS!! I wanted to challenge myself this month and see if I can post a blog every day up till Christmas. I have already pre-written some blog posts for this month, so I think I am ready! I wanted to take this time to re-introduce myself to you guys since I haven't done that in a long time. So let’s go!
This is me (obviously):
Hi! My name is Noelle Janae. I am 18 years old, and I’m a freshman Music Education major at Lee University. I’m an enneagram 4w3 which means I can be an emotional mess, which is VERY true! I’m also an introvert, which a bunch of my friends find very surprising because I can be very outgoing when I want/need to be. I consider myself Queen of the Potatoes, but I’m striving to be a productive one. I am a recovering inconsistency person. I am a Jesus follower, and I am in ministry. I love people and I’m just trying to show God’s love to everyone.
Some of my favorite things are music, YouTube, social media, my family, and books. I grew up in a very musical family, and it was naturally passed down to my cousins and I. I also come from a really big family, which I talk about every 5 seconds.
I am a very big advocate for mental health. I like to openly talk about my mental health, and how it has affected my life. I am a person who is trying to grow day-by-day. I love self-care, even though I hardly do it. I am a lover of fashion, and I am constantly trying to find my style. I love shopping, but I’m broke so I try not to do it often (keyword: try). I thrive to be a fashionable crackhead, and one day that will happen cause I BELIEVE IN MYSELF!
That is just a little bit about me, and I hope you get my personality and heart. I am so so excited for this month, and I am praying that I can keep to this challenge. I hope you guys have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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HELLO FRIENDS! Today is a very special day. It is Small Business Saturday!! I have always seen this on Instagram, and people being so supportive of these small businesses. I have always wanted to own a little business. I never expected God to bring my dream to reality as soon as he did. I was thinking that I would be out of school completely, but here I am a freshman in college. It be like that sometimes though. Also BIG ANNOUNCEMENT at the END of the post!
Owning a small business is very hard though. These are some things that people don’t usually tell you when starting a business:
Now in honor of Small Business Saturday and the fact that Christmas is just around the corner, I am very pleased to announce that WE HAVE BUNDLES!!!! These are GREAT stocking stuffers/ Christmas gifts. You can order by going to the merch tab up above!
That’s it for me! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @noelle_janae.
Have a great day peeps!
Hello friends! Today I want to talk about something that I have been living in for the past few months. I have been on a journey of trying to find God in the midst of my situation, and being at a Christian school has kind of helped but it has also hindered my journey. Sometimes I find myself becoming bored with “Christianity” because sitting in The Message of the New Testament can become boring, and I know a lot of us students get tired of school. I’m not saying that I am tired of God, but I am tired of professors talking about God as if he isn’t in the room.
Now not all professors are like this and I am very thankful for that, but I also know/have a couple of professors like that. It can get really weird during some classes. My saving grace in this situation has been my morning Quiet Time. The first thing I do in the mornings when I get out of my bed is grab my Bible study things, heading out to the lounge, and sitting down on one of the couches and starting my quiet time. Right now I am finishing up a bible study from The Daily Grace Co. on hymns, and Knowing Jesus from Lifeway. They are both VERY good devotionals/bible studies. After I do those I usually journal for a few minutes. I write about how my day went and some thoughts I may have swirling around in my head.
I am also apart of Delight, which I have talked about in a previous blog post, and I am also apart of the Gathering. I love both my Delight and Gathering family SO MUCH! They help me draw closer to God by lifting me up and being in fellowship.
At my university, we have Tuesday and Thursday chapel service. Some weeks I think of it as something that is required, and it’s almost like a chore or something I have to check off my to-do list. Some weeks it doesn’t feel like that, but a lot of students feel like that every week. We have some really good chapel services, but I feel like we get lost in the sameness of it all. It’s always the same routine, and nothing has changed. This year we have had two African-American women come to speak in chapel, and apparently, that was a huge deal. They were phenomenal speakers, and they had a message that needed to be heard.
Seeking God in this kind of environment is very new to me and I have grown so much because of it. My university as a whole has a heart for God, but it’s the individual people that can discourage me or distract me, and that’s that.
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What’s up, guys? Today I come with a grand revelation, the semester is almost over. That’s crazy, right? In a couple of weeks, I’ll be going home for Thanksgiving break, and after that, it’s finals season. Right now I am writing from my floor. It is November 4th, and registration for classes next semester starts at midnight, so I’m staying up till midnight. I always thought that this would be more exciting, but it’s been super boring so far. I have had two cups of coffee and I am working/doing homework. Is this healthy? Probably not, but it’s what’s working for me right now.
This semester has gone by so so fast. It seems like yesterday I was moving to Cleveland TN, but here I am nearly three months into college, sitting on the floor in my dorm room, and typing this blog out. That’s just really weird to me.
In about two weeks I will be on Thanksgiving break. I’m not really sure what my plans are, but I hope they’re exciting. The day after we get back from Thanksgiving break is something we call Reading Day. All classes are canceled and it’s basically a day of studying before finals start. Then after finals week is over, I’m FREE!!!
Some things that I have learned as the semester is coming to a close are the following:
These are just a few things that I have learned. I have learned a lot this semester, and I think I have become a better person because of it.
That’s all I have for today! I hope you guys have an AWESOME week! I will write to you guys next week.
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What’s up PEOPLE!?!?! Today I am going to be reflecting on my fall break. It was super hectic and crazy busy, but really good at the same time. My fall break consisted of a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I stayed home the Monday after because I had some very important appointments that I couldn’t miss.
On the afternoon of Wednesday October 16, my best friend Alexis, her mom, and I ventured home to Nashville. This car ride was full of singing, conversations, and laughter. That Wednesday was Bible Study night, so I was able to great some of my church family. I stayed for bible study. After bible study my mom and I went home, which is literally across the grass, and I went straight to bed. That whole weekend consisted of running around visiting a member of the church who was really sick, getting my car from the shop, and sending in my paperwork for my passport.
I didn’t get to rest much, but my mom let me sleep in as long as I possibly could because she knew how tired I was. It was really nice to just sleep for as long as I wanted. I have forgotten how important rest is, and that has caused me to become really sluggish and lazy.
One of the biggest things that came out of my fall break was I GOT MY CAR! His name is Hobi the Honda. He is named after Jung Hoseok of BTS, aka my favorite band in the world. Hoseok is known as the sunshine of the group and he is always bringing light and positivity to the group and the world. I have been told that I am equivalent to the sun in personality. I wanted Hobi to be an extension of myself, and I want it to be a safe and fun place that lifts people out of their bad moods and brings a little joy into their lives.
I drove home Monday afternoon in the pouring rain. My GPS took me through backroads, up and down TWO MOUNTAINS, but I completely bypassed Chattanooga so that was awesome! My drive consisted of talks with myself and tons of music. It was a really nice time to motivate myself for this next part of the semester.
So that’s about it for my Fall Break. It was eventful and uneventful at the same time. It was also super weird and cool to be back home after being gone for two months. Right now I am very stressed about all of my assignments, so that is why I have been a little MIA lately. I am going to try to be more active on here and on my social media. Next week I will do an introduction post to a week-long fast I am going to participate in.
I think that is all for now! I hope all of you guys have a FANTASTIC day/ week!
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HELLO PEOPLE OF THE INTERNET! I am back with a VERY exciting story. On October 6, EVS sang with Travis Greene at Lee U UChurch. There are so many words that I could say about this, but I shall tell you guys the story.
The way this whole thing came about was that Travis’ people contacted EVS asking if we could sing with Travis. Of course we immediately said yes, and they sent us the arrangement of the song and what color they wanted us to wear, which by the way was ALL WHITE! Let me go on a little rabbit trail. DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET ALL WHITE AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR?!?! The summer sales are over, Labor Day has already passed, and Fall colors are IN! I digress, but it was still super hard to find clothes.
The day of the concert was super hectic for us. EVS had a performance at a church in town which was super convenient. We finished the service at 1:30 (I think), and we had to be back at Conn Center by 2. The church graciously put our food in to-go boxes, and we were on our way back to campus. When we got back we ate in the Conn Center. We were supposed to have a 2 pm sound check, but we didn’t get to soundcheck till 5 pm. It was a very good rehearsal, and we got everything nearly perfect in a short amount of time. After that we went and got dressed before our call time at 7:15. We were the second song, so we went and stood backstage before the concert started. I was on the side where Travis was gonna walk out, so all of the people on that side of the stage gave him high fives as he walked on stage.
The second we walked on stage the whole crowd erupted. We sang the new Intentional remix that has only been performed one other time. I will never forget the feeling of being on stage. After we performed we yeeted ourselves backstage, and went into the mosh pit. Travis put on a FANTASTIC concerts. It was one of the best that I have been too.
After the concert, EVS got some pictures with Travis. Some of us hung out with his band after the concert and while the crew was tearing down the gear, and it was so much fun. They are some of the nicest guys I have ever met. I lowkey miss them.
I think that is all for now! I hope all of you guys have a FANTASTIC day/ week!
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Hey guys! Today I will be answering a question that, in the beginning I thought I knew the answer to, but now I’m not too sure. Let me give you some background. I have been in the Church of God of Prophecy since I was about 9. I always thought I was going to stay in COGOP for the rest of my life.
In my last year of high school, I had so many people ask me where I was going to go to church, and my immediate answer was Keith St. It was the most obvious answer I could give. My family has been going to that church since forever, but I never fully thought through my decision. There was a big problem with that idea. I don’t have a car, yet.
I never expected to get into EVS, but God was like “HERE’S A VERY OBVIOUS DOOR I WANT YOU TO WALK THROUGH!” I’m in church every Sunday, but not at the church I was originally going to go too. I’m very blessed that I get to travel around with my EVS family though. I have joined a youth group. The Gathering has changed my life and it has given me some life long friends. It is the youth group at North Cleveland COG. They meet Thursday nights, and that is perfect because I can’t go to church on Wednesdays because I don’t have a ride and I’m usually covered in homework.
The Gathering has been so influential in my life already, and I love my G fam SO MUCH! I love the heart behind the ministry because it’s all about getting people to Jesus. Go follow their Insta @thegatheringg because it’s FIRE!!
I have also joined the Delight chapter at Lee. It has been SO AWESOME to be surrounded by Christ like women. I love my Delight Girls SO SO MUCH! Go follow the chapter on Insta @delight_leeu.
So that’s where I’m at church wise. I actually love my situation right now because I feel like I’m being supported and encouraged in my walk with God.
Before I sign off, I just want to say a couple of things. MERCH IS STILL ON SALE! It’s some GOOD STUFF! Also follow me on Insta @noelle_janae. I think that’s it, so have a GREAT week!
Let me start off this post by saying, GOD IS SO SO GOOD!!! This whole situation was completely God’s doing. So grab a drink, relax, and enjoy.
One of the things I believe is that God speaks to us through dreams. This is biblically correct, and it is also a spiritual gift that has been passed down through my family. About a week after auditions, I started getting dreams. In these dreams, I was in EVS (Evangelistic Singers), which is a choir at Lee that mainly sings black gospel music. This honestly terrified me because growing up in a family that sang black gospel amazingly was VERY intimidating. I am very insecure about my voice when it comes to that genre of music.
I called my mom a couple of days I started having dreams to make sure I was right in my assumptions. We were on the same page, and she told me that I need to go talk to Dr. Gloria, who is the director of EVS. I was already planning on sitting in one of their rehearsals. Luckily there was an open rehearsal that night, so I went. I was reunited with my QUEEN, Dr. Gloria Scott-Richmond. She has known me since I was a little tot, and I love her a lot. I told her what happened and the situation, and she literally let me sit with the alto section and told me that I had an audition the next day. That night we rehearsed and I pretty much knew every song except two. It was a big confirmation moment for me.
The next day I auditioned in her office with some of the leaders in the group, and I GOT IN! Being in EVS has already challenged me, and I already feel like I’m a part of the family. I can’t wait for this new journey and to see all that God is going to do. That’s all for today! Talk to y’all later!!!!
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I survived my second week of classes!!! (Barely, but I’m alive). I would like to tell you a little story about my first couple of weeks at Lee. If you know me then this story should not surprise you. So basically, I got super sick. The second or third day of classes I ventured to the health clinic WHICH BY THE WAY IS ON THE EDGE OF CAMPUS!!! I was very annoyed to be walking at 7:30 in the morning. The doctor at the clinic said I had tracheal bronchitis. I have bronchitis every other week I think. I have a weak immune system because of my heart condition, and I get sick at the drop of a hat.
I woke up the day before my Lee University Singers audition not able to talk AT ALL. I tried, but it felt like knives were stabbing my throat while at the same time it was feeling completely closed. I had to lightly whisper so that I could talk without hurting my throat. I drank some hot coffee (black coffee which I COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY DESPISE) and I took a lot of DayQuil/NyQuil. I went on with my day feeling like death, and regretting getting out of bed, but it was the second day of classes and I wanted to make a good impression on my teachers. The day passed by rather quickly. After all of my classes were finished I ventured over to my new home, the music building. I went into a practice room to practice for my audition, but there was a tiny problem. I sounded like a dying horse, and it was SUPER bad. I was completely ready to embarrass myself! Now you’re probably wondering, “Noelle, why didn’t you cancel your audition?” Well good people of the interwebs, this semester is my cousin Cherish’s last semester. You can probably catch my drift. I wanted to be in it with her before she abandons me. :))))
I auditioned and sounded slightly better than a dying cow, but it was still bad. I obviously didn’t get in, but that turned out to be a good thing (that story will be in the next blog post). The days after I started getting stronger. I didn’t miss any classes except one, but that was because I was at the clinic. I survived and now I’m pretty much 100% better. God is SO SO GOOD!!! In my next post I will explain how I got into an ensemble because that is an AWESOME story of how God ordained and opened doors. Talk to you guys in the next post!
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Hey guys! I am actually writing this blog from my desk in my dorm!! YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! I have been at university for about 2 weeks, I think. Classes started this past Wednesday, and I’m already covered up in homework. I have had to do College Writing homework, write two papers, and Algebra homework. I bought all of my books on Amazon for a total of $200!!! That isn’t bad for 5 college textbooks.
I am also sick (disappointed, but not surprised). The doctor told me that I have bronchitis, and this is the worst case of bronchitis I have ever had. I can’t stop coughing, my nose is SO runny, and I can’t sleep/rest. Needless to say I am miserable. I have prescribed meds, but other than that, life is pretty good. I am super excited about this next chapter of life. I have met a ton of awesome people, and I have made a few friends.
Other than those things nothing else has happened. I’m just living life, and trying to survive. Which one way you can help me survive is by BUYING MY MERCH!!!!! It would really help me out, and we have t-shirt's coming out soon which I am SUPER EXCITED FOR!!!!! So go buy merch, and have a blessed week! Bye!
I will call them my people, who were not my people; and her beloved, who was not beloved. -Romans 9:25
by Noelle Janae