By Bethany Jae [dot] com

Hey Guys!

The time has finally come! My new blog is up + running. This is my very last post on itsasocialthing. To those I know + those who I’ve never met, thank you for sharing in this journey. But a better one is here.

I truly hope you make the change + head on over to… bybethanyjae.com.

If you liked this blog, I know you’ll like the new one. More content will be added to it over the coming days, but for now, it’s just an introduction + base for what’s to come.

So in case you missed it…. the new blog can be found at: bybethanyjae.com. I repeat, bybethanyjae.com.

Thanks again, & I look forward to starting a new journey with you at bybethanyjae.com.

Lot’s of lovin’

Beth x

[PS: The new blog is bybethanyjae.com…;) ]

New Blog Update (including launch date!)

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Hey Everyone,

Okay, following up from the last post, I now have an update! On Monday, 19th March, aka THIS Monday, my new blog will be launched. I’ll post from here one last time with the link, but then after that it’s au revoir to itsasocialthing, and hello to <insert new blog name>.

In total honesty, would have loved for it to be launched on 1 March, but the process got delayed. And that’s totally fine 🙂

Oh, & the new blog will be more in depth about the other two things I briefly talked about from the last post.

Have the best week, & will post you on Monday! By the way, the pic below is the new site (minus the content)..

Much love x

Sometimes Crickets Are Good… aka REALLY EXCITING BLOG UPDATE!

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Sorry for the crickets on this blog guys! I’ve been putting off posting because I know that as soon as I hit the blue ‘Publish‘ button, I can’t back down from what you’re about to read.

Since my last post, things have been crazy busy, frustrating as, & making sense as I’ve been planning out, thinking & pondering, lot’s.

So, I thought I should post a little update about what’s been happening…

Project #1: A Book

Yes, a book. It’s something I started writing in November 2009 as a blog, which I then stopped & turned into a personal journal. I later decided to turn that journal into a book, & voila, the first draft is completed!

Am I going to publish it? Uhh yes. When? Not too sure. How? You’ll have to wait & see. It’s all in ‘the plan’…

Happy face for finishing the first draft! Woo's all round!

Project #2: New WeBSITE

This blog is my baby. It met the criteria I needed for my University subject, to then being a platform where I could write about my mission trips to the Philippines. But there comes a time when one season ends & the new one begins.

I’ve just finished University so life has taken another turn. And right now, I feel like it’s a good time to start afresh! Why? Because sometimes you need to cut all ties with the past so you can freely flourish into the future – so I’m cutting the ties guys!

The new website will be similar to this, but really different. I’ve been working on it for a bit & am completely stoked! It will be launched over the next couple of weeks (aiming for Thursday, 1 March…).

Project #3: You’ll just have to wait & see…..

THAT’S LIFE

So, that’s life at the moment. And as Donald Miller once wrote

“fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” 

Cut the ties. Fear no more. And live the life of colour you’ve always wanted to live. Seriously.

The Little Things

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Life is about the little things. And it’s the little things that make up the big things.

So far my week has been made up of: planning, writing, emailing, designing, thinking, Googling, researching, planning, cleaning, writing, thinking, subscribing to new found blogs, planning, emailing, receiving rejection emails, emailing, planning, + more planning.

In fact, throughout my thinking + planning, I realised what my 2012 goal or vision is:

“Putting pen to paper, and action to dreams.”

Why? Because as much as I adore typing + using loverly technology to note stuff down, there’s something incredibly authentic about picking up a pen + writing on actual paper. Everyone’s writing is different, so they leave a different mark; it’s a beautiful thing.

And why action to dreams? Because I don’t want to be 5-years down the track + only feeling alive when I dream. I want those dreams to become a reality so I can truly live.

It’s the little things that I do today that will become the big things in the future. It’s how I deal with a ‘rejection email’ that will form my appreciation of the successes. It’s what or who I discover today through researching that will create the connections needed to build tomorrow.

And it’s the planning. There’s nothing sadder than getting closer to what you want to do + having it crumble because you didn’t plan it wisely.

Dream it. Write it down. Plan it out. Take a step. Be thankful, always.

‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.’ – Vincent van Gogh

Two Paths

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“Are you a born writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action.
Do it or don’t do it. It may help to think of it this way. If you were meant to cure cancer or write a symphony or crack cold fusion and you don’t do it, you not only hurt yourself, even destroy yourself. You hurt your children. You hurt me. You hurt the planet.

You shame the angels who watch over you and you spite the Almighty, who created you and only you with your unique gifts, for the sole purpose of nudging the human race one millimeter farther along its path back to God.

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution.

Give us what you’ve got.” 

[From Steven Pressfield’s book, The War Of Art].

Since reading this excerpt a couple of weeks ago, it’s been swirling around in my brain. See, life at the moment for me is kind of at a crossroads and there are literally only two paths I can choose:

Path 1: Putting action to the dream; that one thing that keeps me up at night and gets me excited about the future. But the only problem is that I have no idea what step to take next.

Path 2: Doing something temporarily that will help my present, but not necessarily the future.

Pressfield’s quote really challenged me when thinking about these paths.

Why? Because my one fear in life is leaving this world with the wrong imprint. I don’t want to go through life writing a story that’s not meant to be written by me. And heck, I don’t want to live an insignificant life.

I know what I have to do. Do you?  What’s your contribution going to be in this world? Don’t let us down. We need you.

Social Changers: The Big Issue

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“The Big Issue Australia is an independent organisation that develops and operates social enterprises and creative, sustainable solutions to homelessness; providing opportunities for homeless and marginalised people to positively change their lives.”

The Big Issue is a major social changer when it comes to the lives of those affected by poverty. Founded by John Bird and Gordon Roddick in London in 1991, it’s since spread to eight countries from varying social climates (Kenya, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, Japan, Namibia, Ireland and Australia).

In Australia, the main program that they’re known for is The Big Issue Magazine. Released on a fortnightly basis, it’s produced by professional journalists and sold by street vendors – which is what makes this non-profit so special.

The street vendors are what many would consider ‘marginalised’ because of their circumstance. Some are homeless, others have physical disabilities, and others are struggling with addictions; but they all want to improve their lives.

Each magazine only costs $5 with half of the sale going directly to the vendor ($2.50 per issue). And since starting in Australia in 1996, 6 million issues have been sold with vendors receiving $13.2 million.

The vendors are incredible people and if you look at the website, you can read about some of their lives. Check it out here.

Another program the enterprise runs is The Women’s Subscription Enterprise.

Flowing from The Big Issue Magazine, it works on the model where for every 100 magazines subscribed to, a woman is employed. These women are employed by the enterprise to work as Dispatch Assistants, sorting, collating and inserting magazines. But more than that, they are given opportunities to receive training and ways to develop their skills in a great environment. Learn more about it here.

They’ve also started a community initiative called the Street Soccer Program.

With a simple mission: “To use sport as a means to promote social inclusion and personal change for homeless, marginalised and disadvantages people, creating healthier communities.” Participants are able to make friends, get fit and healthy in the process, receive support and advice, find employment, and become part of a community. [Note: Watch the video below on it, amazing.]

The last program run by the enterprise is The Big Issue Classroom.

With the purpose of breaking the stereotypes surrounding homelessness, students learn about not only about it, but also have their level of social awareness developed. This is done through lesson plans, excursions, and the opportunity to hear from someone whose experienced homelessness.

The Big Issue Enterprise is a great social changer. They value, educate, provide, support, encourage, and include those that society may have otherwise overlooked or ignored.

Next time you’re in the city and see a vendor, how about you stop, smile, chat to them for a bit, and buy a magazine (or two). That’s how simple it is to make a difference in their life.

“The Big Issue Australia is proudly non-judgemental and welcoming to all, treating all people with dignity and respect, and promoting independence and self-reliance”.

How He Loves (Song): The Story Is The Power

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Stories could quite possibly be the most powerful weapon when it comes to impacting someone’s life. Not the made up “Once upon a time blah blah blah” jazz, but the stories about a real person.

Artist’s, writers and candlestick makers create from the core of their soul. Sometimes it can be scary, sometimes it can be easy. But when you look, hear or smell their work, you can tell if they’ve put their blood, sweat and tears into it by how deeply it resonates and impacts you.

Take the song How He Loves for example. Upon hearing it nearly five years ago, it impacted me greatly… especially when I discovered what the the song is actually about.

After Jesus Culture and David Crowder Band covered it, it became an anthem in the church and the cry of people’s hearts around the world. Many believed that Jesus Culture wrote it while others thought David Crowder Band did (and some people get waaaaaaay to fired up about who wrote it. Just check YouTube comments). But no, John Mark McMillan humbly wrote it.

And the state of his heart at the time of its inception is what makes the story behind this song so powerful – written as a tribute to his friend Stephen Coffey.

See, Coffey was a youth pastor. One night at a church prayer meeting he prayed: “I’d give my life today if it would shake the youth of the nation.” And that night he died in a car accident.

McMillan didn’t write that song from a joyous heart expressing just how much God loves us; he wrote it while mourning the death of his best friend.

Lines such as: “I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy”; “If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking”; and “So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss” resonated with people’s hearts because it presented images of God’s love in a way that hadn’t necessarily been done or sung about before.

But there’s a last verse to this song that’s only on his original CD. It says:

I thought about you 
/ The day Stephen died
 / And you met me between my breaking
 / I know that I still love you God
 / Despite the agony 
/ See people they want to tell me your cruel 
/ But if Stephen could sing 
/ He’d say its not true 
/ Cause your good

How He Loves has shaken the lives of millions of people around the world…the impact Coffey had prayed that his life would be.

It isn’t just a powerful song because of the brilliant lyrics and images that it evokes of God’s love, or even for the simplicity of its message. It’s a powerful song because of the rawness of the story that birthed it, and the courage McMillan had in letting the world see it.

And that’s what makes something created so powerful – the story. We’re all created beings with a story, are you courageous enough to let people hear it? Your life, your story will change the world.

How He Loves lyrics:

He is jealous for me
 / Loves like a hurricane
 / I am a tree
 / Bending beneath
 / The weight of his wind and mercy
 / When all of a sudden
 / I am unaware of these
 / Afflictions eclipsed by glory
 / And I realize how beautiful you are
 / And how great your afflictions for me



Oh how he loves us so
 / Oh how he loves us
 / How he loves us so /  He loves us
 / Oh how



We are his portion
 / And he is our prize
 / Drawn to redemption by the grace in his eyes
 / If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
 / So heaven meats earth like a sloppy wet kiss
 / And my heart burns violently inside of my chest
 / I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
 / When I think about the way


I thought about you
 / The day Stephen died
 / And you met me between my breaking
 / I know that I still love you God
 / Despite the agony
 / See people they want to tell me your cruel
 / But if Stephen could sing
 / He’d say its not true
 / Cause your good