What first struck me about Martha @marthayunalay was the quote she puts first on her IG bio "Faith can move mountains". Mori has printed this quote on our notebook refill covers since our early days. Martha is a mother with a toddler son based in Australia. She is passionate about fashion, daily affirmations and Jesus. And she journals too - something close at heart to us at Mori!
Martha shares about how faith got her through her darkest days, and her take on personal journaling, as well as her heart for son Brax in learning how to navigate through emotions as he grows up. - R
R: Hi Martha! Please share with our Mori community about yourself and your transition to a stay-at-home mom. :-)
Martha: Hi everyone! I am Martha. I am a stay-at-home wife and mother to my son who just turned 14 months old last October. I am not really sure what life was like before I had him in my arms but I used to work in marketing at Asia Pulp and Paper company back then before I moved to Australia. Since I moved to Australia, I've been working in hospitality. However, my husband and I agreed that when we have our first born baby, I'll take a career break and look after our precious child.
This transition from working as a busy bee to a full time mother really is something new for me. I am so grateful for this opportunity, a new calling to be a mother but some days it can be lonely and repetitive. So I am glad even though I have quit my job, I have been able to use my creativity and my communication skills to work with brands that I love through the Instagram platform. At this stage, I love what I am doing while I am nursing my baby at home. I just can't wait to see what the future might bring.
Motherhood totally changed my entire life. This new journey takes me to a new level where my perspective about life has shifted into a new understanding of what really matters in life. There is no experience such as this. My calling as a mother has grounded me and shaped me to be a better version of myself.
R: You love the quote "faith can move mountains" and have selected this quote for our refill notebook cover for our Pursebook! ;-) What made you resonate with this so much and how would you encourage Mori community in having faith especially in this pandemic?
Martha: Matthew 17:20 is my favourite verse that holds my life together.
I think if my life was not anchored in faith, I wouldn't still be here. I've been through a lot of times of desperation and frustration back then when life tried to push me to the edge many times. I've tried to end my life a couple of times but God's grace saved me, Jesus turned my life upside down.
The pain is more than words can write. I was upset and disappointed at the first time when I did not understand why "nothing shall be impossible" with having faith doesn't work this time.God reminds me that faith is not only believing that He can do the impossible of what we wanted to happen but also believing that He will do what he thinks is best to happen according to His plan.
You seem like a reflective person from your Instagram posts and you've let us in on your love for journaling. Could you share with us what do you journal about and how it has been helpful for you?
Martha: I've always been a typical person who likes to express my feelings through words. I have loved writing a diary since I was in high school.
I think writing a journal is so much simpler than talking with anyone who may or may not understand your point of view. Writing a journal helps me to be honest to myself and the best part is whenever I want to re-read what I've been through in the last few years, all I need to do is turn the page.
I remember my mentor at church back then told me that reading devotional everyday will make your day different. To make it even better, write down the reflection that you can take away from what you read on that day. Since then, I put what he said into practice. Before I go to bed at night, I always write down the reflection from my devotional of the day. After I read it in the morning, I like to keep it in my mind and think about how it speaks or resonates with my situation. I'll make it to a few main important points as something I learned on that day.
R: It seems being honest with our feelings is always a good first step! :-) Thank you Martha for sharing what having faith looks like and your take on journaling. We hope our Pursebook and Kids Portable Doodle Bag serve you and Brax well!
" I personally love to write my devotional of the day and some important notes in my journal. Usually that includes my to do list, meal plan of the week and shopping list. Well, I was wondering if I can only keep them all in one binder or book to make my life easier so I can carry them all with me. And I guess I find just what I needed. @mori.official_ pursebook has helped me to stay organised to keep everything in one place. The pockets inside the purse comes very handy when I need to store my membership cards, phone and let’s say some beauty products that I must always carry in my purse! No more worries in forgetting carrying some things with me. How good is that! 😉👌🏻"