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Hello brave soul, a hearty welcome to my reminiscences on life, faith, travel, and culture!

My name is Janielle, and I'm a wayfarer at heart. I was born in Kuala Lumpur, where I spent the first 15 years of my life and then moved to Melbourne, where I made a new life as a teenager. My time in Australia has opened many doors of creativity, social action, and purpose for me. As I grew into my early twenties, I ventured to far-off countries like Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Israel, and India on different three-month music and teaching projects which led me to numerous encounters with those I call ‘local heroes’, young people with peace-maker hearts and a desire to think and live differently. I’m based in Kabul, Afghanistan, where I teach at the only music school in the country.

My dad always told me, 'It's not what you do, it's why you do what you do.' Thanks to his musings, I often ask myself why I do the things I do, and travel is no exception. As I searched my heart for a deeper answer to this whole wanderlust affair, I knew that I wanted to do so much more than just travel! 

Since 2014, I’ve become more aware of the universal vision of God to touch all nations and all peoples, bringing justice, truth, and hope to lost sons and daughters everywhere. I began to drop every distraction and seek desperately in faith for Him to show me how I could be part of this crazy adventure of reconciliation and destiny in my generation. Over many days of taking small steps of faith in my Melbournian home turf –  visiting detention centers, befriending Afghan refugee families, using music to build relationships and faith with Sudanese refugee youth groups – I began to put the puzzle pieces together from my own life and realized God was calling me and many others to step out into the fray: to touch people in tough places with music and the sheer embrace of Love. 

This little whisper has transformed my attitude toward how I want to live my life and is giving me the guts to step out where I need to go, and to remain where I need to stay for a season. Here I am, simply writing to testify of the fact that impossible things have and are happening, not because of how capable I am, but because of what God has started from the beginning of time! I hope my writings inspire others to embark on a journey that takes on not only exciting new adventures, but also an exhilarating spiritual dimension that leads to a discovery of what you and I were made for and ultimately, the transformation and redemption of our world.

As a musician and music educator, my desire is to use my passion for cross-cultural collaboration, music education and therapy, writing, photography, empowerment of young women in local communities (especially places of conflict), and simply building relationships with people across cultures, to spread soundwaves of Hope everywhere I go.


I love meeting local heroes on the ground! Wadi Rum desert village, Jordan, July 2014. 

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Welcome to my wayfaring world of stories. I’m a traveling musician and music educator from Melbourne living in Kabul, Afghanistan. Join me on my quest to embrace people of peace in tough places, inspire creative education where none exists, spark conversations that challenge the status quo, and collaborate with like-minded young people to catalyze a movement of peacemaking through acts of compassion and creativity among the young and free. As a nomad at heart, my ‘home’ is wherever I journey with people on the ground and discover life on the frontiers.