Today, Danica speaks to us about her dreams of getting published, her childhood role, and the book that taught her that we can always move. If you don’t watch her stories on IG and see her beautiful adventures, you are missing out.
Tell us a bit about how you grew up and your childhood: I had a very tricky yet amazing childhood. Growing up in the Philippines was such an incredible thing. We had mountains and beaches and farms, and basically these were all my playground. My parents divorced when I was 7, and as the eldest child, I had to step up and be helpful to my parents.
I think that this challenge really helped shape up the woman I have become now, being mature and loving and just nurturing to every person I meet along the way is such a helpful gift that I admire myself having. Nonetheless, my parents have given me and my 4 brothers all the love, support, and wisdom that they had. Nothing was lacking, it was just pure love.
“Nothing was lacking, it was just pure love.”
Inspiring biblical passage of the moment: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
Spiritual growth focus at the moment: This year I would like to finally find a home church, and just be more consistent in reading my Bible.
Profession: I am a writer and a photographer.
If you wrote a memoir, what would the title be? It probably would be called, “Following Paraluman.”
When did you first encounter God and how did you encounter Him? I was raised a Methodist growing up, but also was sent to a Catholic prep school, so it was kind of confusing growing up. But I remembered graduating elementary school and begging my dad to send me to a Christian high school because I had been very interested in that, and because I was fairly looking up to my maternal aunt. It was right then and there that I knew who God was, and that I want to know more about Him.
How has your relationship with Him changed you? There had been a time in my life when I would rebel so much against my parents, but having a relationship with God had helped me heal, forgive, and just open my heart more the love that everyone else around me were willing to give.
What has helped you grow spiritually in this season? It is the fact that no matter how screwed up myself and my life gets, Jesus will never turn His back on me. He has not once failed before, and the good news is, He is not about to start now!
Just read/currently reading (and what has it taught you?): I just read this book called Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple, and it taught me that no matter where you are, if you are not comfortable, you can always move. Plus, it made me realise that Antarctica is a really beautiful place that I would love to go to someday!
Top three essentials: My top three essentials would be: my passport, my journal, and my watch.
How did God speak to you recently?Looking back, I think it was about where I was supposed to settle or go next on this travel journey that I currently am embarking on.
Hobby: I love puzzles, painting, and writing. These are simple pleasures that I really do enjoy a lot. On my days off, I usually go to the cinema to watch new film releases. Oh, I also like trying out new restaurants. I am a foodie, so that one is pretty up on my list of hobbies!
Top three practical tips for staying spiritually strong: I think it would be to always read your Bible because it, literally, has everything you need to know about God and our walk with Him. Also, find a good support system, because as strong as you might think you are, it is always good to have people by your side. Oh, and talk to God every day. No matter the circumstance, no matter the place, you can always talk to Him because He is always listening.
“Talk to God every day. No matter the circumstance, no matter the place, you can always talk to Him because He is always listening.”
Favorite person in scripture? Ruth, probably. She is just so bold, so fearless, and by the description in the Book of Ruth, so beautiful too!
What do you want people to learn about God when they look at you? I hope that people see God’s goodness through me.
How do you engage with your community? Normally, I am very shy, but I do like to offer my services and my talents in any way I could to help. Usually, everyone accepts it and are always very grateful for that. So, I think it is a great way to engage with your community through that.
Favorite holiday? Halloween, undoubtedly.
A goal you have? Eventually publish my first novel, by the time I am 25!
A special tradition you and your family engage in or keep: My family is not really traditional, but I think it would be to go to this city in the Philippines called Baguio every holidays. My mother is obsessed with that place!
Question you will ask when you get to heaven? Will I get to see everyone I loved on earth here?
Thing you want to raise awareness about: I am very passionate about the climate crisis we are currently facing, sexual harassment, and femicide.
What does your morning routine consist of? Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
What is on your nightstand? Usually, I do have a stack of books that I have and am wishing to read, a glass of water, my weekly flower picks in a vase, my Bible, and my journal.
Define Christianity in a sentence: A relationship with God that guides us through everything in this world.
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Until next time, keep witnessing!