This interview spotlight is for all women who are seeking to inspire and motivate other women to pursue their passion. We want to hear real stories from people we can relate to and learn from. Hope you will be inspired, encouraged and motivated by what they will be sharing. This week we caught up with Destiny Malcolm.
Hie Destiny, Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Heya! I’m 22 yrs old and currently living in the small city of Wolverhampton. I’m a singer/songwriter and also write on my personal blog weekly. I am going into my 3rd yr of university coming October so I do have quite a busy-scheduled life, though I make time for what’s really important to me, everyone should right ?
Can you share some key lessons that God has taught you or that God is teaching you in this season of your life?
1. Keep Close To God : as obvious as it seems, its super tricky to maintain! When I feel low, fatigued and/or agitated, I think about whether or not I’ve had enough water or exercise, but usually, I just need God-time. Healing for the soul can re -configure every other aspect of your life, covering mind body and soul.
What is your life work or passion? Or what are you currently doing?
I would hope that my life’s work IS my passion and what I am currently doing is potentially preparing me for that. As a Christian my purpose is to represent Christ in all I do, and spread the good news of Christ & His second coming. If I can do this combined with my creativity then im living life!
What is a day in your life look like/Can you give us a glimpse into your daily life?
My daily life consists of: >Waking up around 7am, doing some exercise, writing in my journal so my head is clear of personal thoughts and ready for, devotional time with God, then I usually get ready for the day. (I like to dress well each day so I often wear smart/casual outfits – it helps with productivity). > During the day I will often refer to my to-do list but flexibility is key so I’m not strict with it. >I’m learning that “self care is not selfish”– being ‘all there’ at any given moment is better than doing half a job. In light of this mantra, I like to practise doing one thing at a time and doing it well! I’m so over multitasking now. > In the evening I try and give myself an hour to wind down before bed, that’s doing some stretching, meditating on any lessons God has taught me that day, and reading something uplifting. I like to sleep about 10:30 so I’m ready for the day ahead of me.
In the busyness of life, how do you cultivate your spiritual life as a young woman?
Organisation, Self-discipline & Prayer ! It takes time, but once you have programmed your brain to dedicate all of your energy to it, you can achieve it. I set aside an 1.5 hours in the morning for devotion, and daily pray that God will help me to sleep well so that I can wake up on time. My phone is perfect at tracking my sleep so I can monitor the best nights and the worst ones and sort out any problems. The evening is a little more difficult because once I start working on something I love (which is usually in the evening) I can’t even stop! I have to pull away from all digital devices and start to wind down, then I am more aware that my spirit is craving for time with God. During the day, my boyfriend and I might share scriptures/ have uplifting conversations, that way we are more inclined to want to cultivate our spiritual lives. I find that listening to spiritual music can encourage you to want to deepen your experience with God too, music is a really powerful tool! Having someone you can do this with is awesome really. Yes there are days when I struggle, I literally look at my bible but don’t open it. That’s when I get on my knees and plead with God to take over!
What is your desire for the young women in our generation?
That they be empowered to be bold, wise, and loving women who live right lives. We need to set good examples for each other, that’s what im learning at the moment. Everyday I ask myself, how can I help everyone who watches me, to be better versions of themselves? That’s also my desire for myself! I’m still learning of course.
As a musician what advice would you share with other women who feel a desire to serve the lord through music?
Get yourself a journal and start to log your experience. Ask yourself these questions:
1. Why do you want to do this?
2. How would you like to do this?
3. What resources, knowledge, skills do you need to do this?
4. Do you have any musical inspirations and what do you like about them/why?
5. Get involved at church or local community. The people around you should encourage you in your dreams, ask your close friends and family what they think about the idea. And don’t forget to tell God everything, He will open doors and close them. Just go for it.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]What are some ways that the Lord has given you triumph in the midst of life’s challenges?
I always wince when i’m asked to give advice like this. It’s very hard when you are in the low situation, but God allows these trials for the purifying purposes of our characters. You are gold! God is on your side! Nestle yourself in His word (I love Psalms for these times) where you can ask God to show Himself strong. “Lord, Your word says this, show me Lord, help me to believe it “ – a simple prayer like that has really helped me. God’s hand is not too short that He cannot reach you, find friends that will lift you, search the scriptures that will fortify you from further doubts and lies of the enemy and keep your head high!
What advice would you give a young woman who desires to go deeper in her relationship with Jesus Christ?
God Bless you for responding to your heart’s desire! Get yourself a journal, and log your experience with God. Women Set Apart sell some pretty wonderful journals so it will never be a bore! God is your friend who is even closer than a brother, He is going to meet you where you are but you have to allow Him to.
1. Write down where you are in your relationship with Him at the moment.
2. Note down (prayerfully) what you believe you need to do in order to deepen your experience. I cannot tell you, it may be waking up earlier to spend time with Him, it may be cutting out TV time, it may be enrolling in bible study.
3.Start asap! God will place things in your way that you can take hold of and embark on, thus enriching your experience with Him because He wants this even more than you do!
Who Inspires you and why?
*Right now, it’s Philipa Hanna – UK Christian Artist. She has just released another amazing album and she inspires me to keep going in my music journey. When giving song writing advice she always points to God and emphasises the connection between you and God. He music is right up my stress and I feel actually encouraged to write a successful record when listening to hers. *God’s word actually really inspires me to be the woman God wants me to be. I read passages and see valuable life lessons that I’m eager to jot down in my journal and start to practise. I like to keep my inspirations minimal too, just so that I don’t compare myself to lots of people subconsciously.
Do you have any books that you recommend other young people to read?
I recently bought a book called How To Be Confident- Anna Barnes, it’s a perfect motivational read and it’s not too wordy either. You must read this with biblical digression as with any read. I’m struggling to find much christian content that motivates and inspires like a lot of the secular content i’ve been into recently. Perhaps there is a gap in the market, or I’m not looking hard enough.
What are some of your favourite things?
*Bloglovin is my new fave online space. I can save various blogs at the touch of a button and the info you find on there is really quite useful! Massage oil from The *Body Shop. There is nothing better than winding down with a beautiful scent and massaging away your tensions. *My minimalism journey. Truly, when your surrounding space is clear, your mind can be clear too. I’m really trying to reduce the amount of stuff I have and declutter so I have time, energy and space for what’s super important to me. * Spotify. As a musician, you might often get writers block, and all sorts of de motivation from lack of inspiration. Spotify Premium allows me to listen to all the music I want and even recommends music that is SPOT ON! Some of my fave albums are from Spotify’s suggestions.
How can other women get involved in your ministry and where can they find you online and listen to your music?
I will be reviving my YouTube channel in a few weeks and so l’d love for you all to meet me over there! I always post on twitter & Instagram too, so you can follow me there and FB is where you will find most of my updates, live shows and links to my musical content. Follow the links below to connect with me.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Take your sweet time, you can’t rush a good thing.