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Interview with Livy Jarmusch
Recently Livy Jarmusch, manager of Crown of Beauty Magazine (www.crownofbeautymagazine.com), released her first e-Book! I had the pleasure of interviewing her about this book, below!
You can purchase the e-Book here for just $5.00 -
Hi, Livy! I absolutely love your art within the book! You really captured thoughts and situations well! Have you always wanted to write a book?
-Thanks! I really liked American Girls magazine when I was growing up, so the drawings were kind of inspired by their art. I've always loved making up stories, first with dolls, now with paper and ink, if you will!
You talked about the dissatisfaction that certain teen magazines fostered in your thought processes, and specifically about the time you've spent daydreaming / being obsessed with celebrities. When did you first realize that this was such a problem?
Well, as I tell about in the book, I was about 14 when I became obsessed with the Jonas Brothers. I watched Hannah Montana and other shows on the Disney Channel a lot. It was that same year that the Lord showed me where my mind was spending so much time! God's grace intervened.
I enjoyed your description of a Safe Friend. Did someone model this for you, or was it just observations?
My older brother really showed me how guys think, and was a good example in how he related to girls. So, my brother was a good example of purity to me!
What's your favorite Scripture to "pray over" someone? (Page 55)
I pray Psalm 20:4-5 over my future husband.
I love to pray over my future man, "May He give you the desire of your heart, and make all your plans succeed. May weshout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name ofour God." I want to be his biggest cheerleader and "shout for joy!" when God is victorious in his life.
Is it ok for the girl to bring up the "rules" talk, or if the guy doesn't, should she get her parents to? (56)
Good question! Traditionally, we hope the guy will bring this up - but he might not! I would say it's good for the girl to bring it up in that case. I think the parents should be really involved! Not just so they can tell her if they like him, even though that's important, too, but because they can offer so much guidance, especially if they are Christians! Even if a girl's parents are not Christians, God can still speak through them!
You mentioned not breaking up over texts / emails / the phone - what other conversations are best "in person?" (61)
I would save any confrontation, or otherwise important issues, for a face to face conversation. Even with other girls, sometimes text messages especially, can come across a different way than we intend them to!
I was intrigued by your encouragement of spending time alone. I have never seen an actual list before, and I think it is something badly needed by girls today. We have lots of distractions, and some people don't even know what to do with quiet time, or are afraid of being alone with just their thoughts! How often do you spend time alone?
Well, I moved at 15, and was given the opportunity to spend more time alone - and then I found out how valuable this really is! It can be a fear, or seem awkward at first, but that's something that's worth overcoming!
Your Prince Prayers and quiz were truly inspiring! What prince was yours?
Um, definitely Flynn Rider. (Take the quiz to see what yours is!)
Do you ever still struggle with the feeling that something's wrong because you are still in the waiting season? If so, what's your best encouragement / what do you remind yourself?
Yes, especially this past year. Last summer, I had a lot of friends getting married, so it was hard. But, to use a Disney example, Cinderella wasn't hidden away because she was ugly - but because she was beautiful! I think of it more as that the guy I will meet at that perfect moment, must be really special - that I must be really special, too, for the Lord to be that "greedy" with me!
We get a question a lot at GGFG - is there "an age" that it's definitely okay, or definitely not okay, to start dating?
That's a tough one, because everyone is different. It's something that should be decided between you and the Lord - and your parents!
I really am glad you encouraged girls to go to their Creator with their obsessions / daydreams. Some girls may object that they feel awkward talking to God about this kind of stuff (even though they don't need to). Any encouragement?
It's just like getting to know anyone, really - you start with more superficial conversations, and then you get to the deeper stuff. God valued me and what I had to say, even when I was focused on the superficial stuff - He just wanted my attention to shift!
You pointed out the trend of early dating linked to rough marriages and even divorce. What do you have to say to the girls who think, "Yeah, but this is just dating!"
Our hearts and emotions are so valuable! We think we "can handle it," but our hearts are not supposed to be like footballs, tossed around everywhere. Some people say "we're tough, we'll get over it," but our emotions, in reality, are fragile.
What's your advice for girls who want to make a book of their own someday?
Write. I know everyone says that, but you have to actually write things down! Don't be critical of yourself. Rewrite, ask for feedback from others, rewrite again. Remember why you are writing - don't do it just to become famous - write with a true purpose. If you want to change lives, keep that focus in mind!
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