About They Pressed On

About They Pressed On

Hi, I’m Jarys,


A freelance writer and currently, a counseling student.

Writing and healing flow in my bloodstream.

But they didn’t happen overnight.

I dabbled on short stories (sometimes senseless) during grade school and started blogging in high school.

I wrote reflections, bothersome things, and everything that challenged my thinking. Blogging was a hobby until the times I worked as a banker and left the banking industry a few years ago.

Everything changed after.

I took the risks of unemployment and career confusion. Anxiety and depression became my companions. Months passed by and I wasn’t able to find my “ideal job.”

Maybe. Maybe I can write to earn.

Finally? No.

I don’t know where and how to start.

Do I have the guts? Skills? Is this a viable career? 

After a lot of ifs and buts, with my eyes closed, I decided to pursue writing both as a career and as a passion.

It was never easy.

I still have bouts of depression. Few people reading my work triggered issues of rejection. We still have bills to pay.

But God opened different opportunities to learn and to heal.

In terms of career, I started as a content writer (and still am). This gives me an overview of the digital marketing world.

For passion, I joined an online community for young writers called The Young Writer’s Workshop. It validated my dreams to become a published author someday.

Studying counseling does not compete against my passion for writing. They complement each other. Learning more about inner thoughts and emotions helps me to heal. My healing journey fuels this fire to write more.

Now for my tagline.

New chapter. New name.

I choose the statement “THEY PRESSED ON” because first, it sounds like depression, but this time, with hope.

Second, pressing on means continuing to live despite difficulties.

Lastly, we don’t press on with our own will and might, but we press on our wounds and weaknesses to Jesus, who is our salvation and ultimate source of strength.

I honor those people who did not give up.
Let us learn from them. 🙂

Press on.

My previous tagline was “Contwrite Heart”, which means “Contending to Write from the Heart.”

Such is the tagline I aptly chose, drawing from a library of painful, but humbling experiences as a growing person. There were life-draining discouragements that almost stopped me from writing.

But behind this crushed, contrite heart is a warrior that refuses to be defeated. Writing has become my weapon. I have learned that not winning today’s battle means a chance to fight again tomorrow.

I now write to live, or better yet, I live to write.

That said, I will always contend to write from the heart.  🙂

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