What You Don’t Know…….1..2..3..4..5

Hello Hello Hello beautiful people !!! Let us all thank God for another day with our loved ones and family members!Since it is the my FAVORITE day of the week, today I decided to do something  random with this post! I decided to answer some tough questions, so you all can get to know me better, not only as a writer/author but as a person.


Question #1: What made you decide to start blogging?

   I really never thought about this question, until now. I have had a blog for a few years now, but I wasn’t as active as I am now. When I started blogging I decided to blog just to have a place to put my ideas, but as I started to understand more about writing, blogging and how things worked. Blogging began to give me my voice back, by allowing me to freely express myself and my gifts with others. Blogging has become a way for me to share my thoughts, struggles, journey, opinions, etc with others. Being able to share those things and just be myself and write what I believe God puts on my heart has given me my voice back, and has made blogging an enjoyable activity for me !


 Question #2: What’s one thing you would like to change about yourself? 

Wow, this question is hard. I would try to change so much, I mean we all have flaws who wouldn’t? But if I had to choose, I would like to change and become more patient in everyday life. Though this seems like a small thing. Patience helps in so many situations in life.


Question #3: What are you most afraid of?

The thing I am most afraid of is, losing the parts of myself I have found, to my mental illness and the lies the world tells me about who and what I’m supposed to be like.


Question #4: What was the best compliment you’ve received?

The best compliment I have received has to be the first time I heard a person tell me my book Words Are Art inspired them and really helped them see things in a new way. This melted my heart, and I was so grateful! I was grateful that one of my readers understood exactly what I was trying to do!


Question #5: What’s the title of the current chapter of your life?

Homework. No Quality Sleep. Peppermint & Acai Bowls.




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Inspire.Motivate.Love ~ Natasha Minier

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Make A Difference .

Hello Hello Everyone & Happy Wednesday to you ! I want to take a moment & say thank you to all the individuals that have participated in my survey! Your feedback is very much appreciated and your voice & opinions MATTER !


Please if you haven’t already spare 1-2 minutes to take my quick survey below titled Awareness to help me make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of others!
Please be sure to only take THE SURVEY ONCE .

I can’t thank you all enough for the amazing & honest feedback I have been getting . I really want to improve and see how I can help those people that may need help. I ask all of you to just please take a moment today and say a prayer for me. Pray that God opens my heart more to connect with more people and to not be selfish in anything I do, but to do things out of love for him and for people. Pray that God works through me to help as many people as I can on this journey.

Lately with all the stress I have been experiencing, I have been questioning God and his plan and purpose for my life. I have found myself angry and feeling lost, because of recent symptoms i’ve been experiencing and mental health emergencies with friends. Though I feel as if I have been going through this for so long and there is no end in sight, I just want to say no matter what goes on I will use everything I have to give back and show love and do whatever I can to help others. Lately I have realized I have been so consumed with MY symptoms and MY issues, I have not been the Natasha I want to be. Loving despite everything, devoted to God in all I do. It is as if I have started to lose a piece of myself I believe I had found. The day I am able to accept life for what it is and stop fighting against myself is the day I will be able to love myself unconditionally.


Please today keep me and my family in your prayers and I will do the same for all of you! Again thank you for taking time to read my work! Please continue to give me your feedback so that I can continue to strive to make a difference in the lives of others, because at the end of the day the only thing that matter is Loving God & Loving People. So let’s work together to help make sure we are doing those things DAILY, through the rough days and the good days (:

Let’s not lose sight of the finish line just because it seems impossible to get there today, we will get there how and when God says it’s time. ~ Natasha M.


Have a great day everyone, and if you haven’t already be sure to CONNECT WITH ME:
 
Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

Mental Health Awareness…

Hello beautiful people & Happy Saturday! How is your Saturday going ? Are you getting  a lot done ? Are you relaxing at the beach? Are you spending a day with family? Or are you binging on a show on Netflix you found? Whatever you are doing today, I hope this post finds you well. I would like to take a moment and give you some insight on what I am up to.


So,  I am currently working on a project involving something I am sure you all know at this point, I am passionate about….. Mental Health and Mental Illness.

I am so passionate about these things not only because of the stigma around it, and how uninformed I feel people are, but because I suffer from mental illness.

Please if you haven’t already spare 1-2 minutes to take this quick survey and help me make a DIFFERENCE!


PLEASE ONLY TAKE THE SURVEY ONCE .

AWARENESS SURVEY LINK


Thank you all for the time you take to read my work, your love & support !

” To truly be myself is to be vulnerable. Everyone is going to have their own opinions of my condition and me sharing the fact I have been diagnosed and am receiving treatment for various mental illnesses. I have fought this battle for a while now. There have been many many times I felt alone and disconnected from my family and the world. I figured no one would understand my depression, my manias, my triggers,etc so I isolated and still do. This is just a part of my story and my journey that I want to share with others that may know someone who may be going through the same thing. Reach out to them, let them know they are not alone. Don’t judge, make jokes, or assume things you don’t know, stop judging people simply by what you see. We all have a story behind our smiles, and we are all just people. I am a person that wants to make a difference, I don’t care if it makes me look weak, fragile, or if people look down on me. I am tired of it, I am ready to take a stand and do something different, so people can become more informed about just how important mental health is, and how REAL AND DEVASTATING mental illness can be. If you are suffering in silence, please get help, you are not alone. I see you. I know your pain is real. ”

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.


 

Redefining Art, Bad Habits, and a Survey

Hello my beautiful subscribers & readers, how has everyone been ? Busy I am sure, getting things done and living.


I noticed days ago that I have not blogged in about a month,how sad is that ? Well for me it’s very sad. Writing is my love, it’s one of the ways I live, express myself and embrace living. The more I skip blogging not only am I more stressed, but it seemed to get  easier  for me to keep not doing it. Bad habits are so easy to form, but even harder to break, have you noticed that ? 


I have been learning and attempting to take in so much new information in school and I’ve been writing in my notebooks but avoiding blogging. Isn’t it weird the things we notice ourselves doing? Unfortunately, by the time we catch the problem it’s so far gone that by that time, we’ve formed a new bad habit.


Today I decided to dive right back into blogging, and forgive myself that I haven’t blogged for a month. I have experienced quite a bit in the last few weeks, so let me fill you in. Lots of homework that is for sure and writing nonfiction papers ( my favorite)! I also got to see a new even bigger fair than the one I showed you all in a blog previously, it was cool but involved lots of walking! I also switched a few things in my upcoming memoir that I think will really help readers get a better perspective of what I have experienced. I’ve tried some new vegan restaurants, went snorkeling, traveled to catalina island, and one of the best things of all I got to visit my family this past weekend and it was so nice to get time with my mommy.  Things have been so sad and busy for me lately I am so thankful I was able to take a few days to go visit! It is always necessary to take time to BREATHE and eat some vegan food! haha My mom officially loves kombucha now! Have you ever tried kombucha? Or heard of it? If so, do you like it?


I have been reading this book titled Artisan Soul for my Christianity and Creative Processing class. Have you ever read it? If not you should. The author Erwin McManus is an amazing writer. In this book,  McManus brings up some really good points that have inspired me to write not only because we were required to for homework, 😅 but because it spoke to me. Below I shared two quotes I picked out and responded to.


         Artisan Soul: Page 3 “No matter where we are, we live in a world of artists.”

A lot of time we don’t realize that, we are more creative than we give ourselves credit for. Everyone is an artist in their own way. When people hear the word artist, most of us immediately think of a person doing some type of art. People don’t seem to consider how much we create to handle everyday situations. We create problems, solutions, questions, ideas, etc. Not everyone is a painter, dancer, actor, writer, etc. but we all create. This statement furthered my definition and outlook of what an artist is. I realized creating makes you an artist. Create opportunities to spread love. Create new ways to look at a common issue. Create a new way to define something. Creating is what having an artisan soul is all about.


Have you ever thought about what “art” is to you? Do you believe you are an artist & you create?


This class has been so eye-opening. It really has challenged me to want to create more, approach art with a new set of eyes, and it has helped me to redefine what creativity and art can be.

It was so good to finally blog ! Don’t worry, you will hear from me soon, lord’s willing! Below find some pictures of me and my family from this past weekend !

 In the meantime I am doing a project and I would love to hear feedback! If you didn’t receive the Mental Health Awareness survey in your email please help me out and take the survey by clicking the word 👉🏽 Awareness 👈🏽!

Have an amazing Wednesday ! ☀️❤️ Be blessed & find a reason to smile today !

Inspire, Motivate, Love ~Natasha M.

 

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My little sister, my mommy, & me

Farewell To My Summer and The Place I Called Home 

Time was ticking away….. The sun was up and it was getting close for the time for me to get going. I continued to sit in my chair silently and let my thoughts wonder. Immediately, my thoughts went to summer ending, and how it all seem to just happen so fast. The summer had come to an end, and I was now living in an unfamiliar environment & attending school. My thoughts of the unknown remained.


Suddenly, my mind began going through my memories of the summer & all the work I went through writing essays, mailing transcripts , making phone calls researching & applying to schools, traveling to the east coast, dying and cutting my hair,etc. I continued going through my memories as if it was a slide show, one memory after the other. As I started traveling back in time in my mind, I began to laugh out loud. One of the funniest memories I remember is in May, when me and my mom were at the beach and my mom put her toe in bird 💩 thinking it was a seashell. 😂 🌊


So many times we get so caught up in thinking about the future, we aren’t mindful of the present. Sometimes we fail to just reflect on the memories we have. So, I decided to make a slide show of some of my beautiful 2017 summer memories for myself & to share with you all. What is your favorite memory from your 2017 summer? 


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​Summer seems like it flew by now that I look back on it. Geez, my first week at my new school is already over !!! Overall, I am thankful for my adventures and the time I got to spend with my family over the summer! I was so happy my mom was able to fly out twice to see me this summer ! We had a good time at Welcome Weekend last weekend! Words can’t describe how lucky I am to have her as my mom !


Over this summer through learning more and experiencing difficulties , I have grown. God has really been working on my heart and mind and I pray he continues to do so. I am expecting this semester to be an adventure and a struggle !


I guess I can officially say  “Farewell To My Summer and The Place I Called Home, it’s time for the next chapter of my story.”



Happy Friday & thanks for reading ! God loves you !


 

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part V)



We got back from Ohio on a Sunday evening. I was pretty tired from a long weekend, so I slept a good amount on the way back to my parent’s home. The following day on Monday me & my mom decided to go to the World of Coca-Cola!

I hadn’t been to the world of Coca – Cola for a long time, so I was beyond excited to go on an adventure here !🤓😎❤️


Before actually going to buy our tickets, I decided to take a few moments, enjoy the view and take some fun pictures. Afterall,  this place was beautiful. There were museums, the aquarium, statues, the world of coke, and probably other things I didn’t notice in this huge park like location.



Fun Fact Below!



When I first walked up to the ticket window, I was glad there wasn’t a long line! It always seems when going to places on weekdays there is less of a crowd. Have you ever noticed different places being less crowded on weekdays?


I was just happy to be there and even more excited to go in ! While walking in I took photos and noticed how so many things seemed different. Despite the fact I had been here before, this place looked unfamiliar to me.



When we first walked into the World of Coke, we all were led to this room filled with different decorated coke bottles, along with a huge timer hanging on the wall. Some of the below pictures show exactly what I saw, while in “the waiting room.”



I took a picture of these maps because they were made in a variety of languages for people traveling from all over the world to visit The World of Coca-Cola.


One of the next things I noticed was that they were giving away FREE coca-colas !!!! YAY!!! They were not only giving them away for free but they had choices ! Bet you can’t guess which one I tried ? Have you tried any of these? Personally, I am not a coke drinker, but if you’re visiting The World of Coca-Cola how can you not drink some coke? Isn’t that the whole point of visiting THE WORLD OF COCA-COLA?


Different Types of Coca- Cola


Yep you guessed it, I chose the green one! I’m sure I picked this one because it was made with cane sugar and more importantly the can was green, and green happens to be one of my favorite colors !



After grabbing my Coca-Cola Life and putting it in my back pocket I waited for the timer to finish counting down until the next show started ! I looked around and continued to take in my surroundings, and continued to think about how everything seemed different.


 

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These pants were in the first room we were in after the timer went off ! There were some really neat and old things in this room! I thought these pants were funny looking, but at the same time kind of cute ! Would you wear them? Maybe as pajamas right ?



After this room and a movie of amazing moments that involved coca-cola, me and my mom kind of did our own thing. We had some great laughs especially in the 4-d theater they had. Something actually stabbed me in the back, and IT HURT! We continued walking around exploring the different exhibits and some of the amazingly decorated coca-cola bottles they had. Such great creativity!



The color pink has really started to grow on me ! I found this bottle one of the most beautiful! It has just the right touch of pink and white! Such beauty . What do you think?


Coca-Cola Factory 2017


I thought this bottle was simple yet cool ! Not really sure if I was supposed to be leaning on it ! But it was a great work of art, and as you can see it was HUGE !


As we continued our adventure through The World of Coca-Cola, we found more interesting and fun things. We even saw the polar bear character! It is unfortunate I didn’t get any pictures with the bear ! But I did get some other pictures, like mirrors on ceilings, other Coca- Cola products, and even videos!





“The Vault.” It is said that behind the below picture, there is  a vault where the secret formula for Coca-Cola is. When they said this, guess what ? I didn’t really believe them, I don’t think they would put something that important in a building where so many people come and tour. The actual vault looked a little fake to me, but then again who really knows where the secret to the Coca-Cola formula is …. What do you believe ? Do you think it’s actually there? 




Our adventure in The World of Coca- Cola was going great, that was until we went into the tasting room and that is where everything went downhill ! Unfortunately, I have not finished up the vlog that I took while in the tasting room ! It will be posted soon in a future blog ! This adventure was definitely another highlight of my 2017 summer vacation ! YAY!!!!!!!


Oh and just as a side note I did try the Coca-Cola Life after we left The World of Coca- Cola and it was okay, it didn’t taste like it had as much sugar as regular coke.


This travel series has been interesting to write and I am glad I wrote about memories that I can go back and read about whenever.  I am sad, but excited to be ending my travel series, for now that is. In the meantime I’ll be starting on new projects/blogs, getting adjusted to my new school and new town, and working on releasing my book in the next few weeks !  Stay tuned & thanks so much for reading this series !


Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca

 

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

Wednesday !!!

Hello beautiful people ! Happy Wednesday !!! How is your week going ? Have you finished any big projects or reached any of the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the week? Or have you already started thinking about your weekend plans? It’s interesting for me to think about the fact that it is already Wednesday !  This week is passing by so quickly! Where did the time go ? For me the time was stretched out between sleeping (despite I still feel like I haven’t even had close to enough), packing my stuff for the move, errands, phone calls & text/Facebook message exchanges with family & friends, and oh yeah blogging along with all my other creative activities (ex. drawing, singing, working on vlogs, etc).


The move is on Friday and it will be here before I know it and unfortunately,  I have a lot of things on my to-do list to finish up. Do any of you make a written out to do list at the beginning of each week or at the beginning of each day? Or do you just program everything on your calendar in your phone ? Personally, I prefer the old-fashioned way, I like having a planner/notebook to manually write my lists instead of counting on my electronic devices to do all the work. I actually heard writing things down can be beneficial to memory. Check out some articles below about how writing things down may benefit you!


How is Writing Things Down Related to Memory Article References:

  1. Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write
  2. Why Using Pen And Paper, Not Laptops, Boosts Memory: Writing Notes Helps Recall Concepts, Ability To Understand
  3. 6 Psychological Benefits of Writing Things Down
  4. For More Effective Studying, Take Notes With Pen and Paper

Some pretty cool information in those articles huh? I hope you enjoy them and learn something new !




 Even through writing my to do lists and processing and attempting to cope with everything going on in my life, I realized that sometimes, we need a shake (literally) or just someone to tell us something (that “magical” word or phrase) ,to help us to realize things in our lives. Things that we may not be aware of, things we may be in denial about,  things we may be doing that aren’t right, things we may just need to look at from a different angle. I hope that my blogs and my work in general can be this for you, even if only a little bit. I hope they can challenge you to look in the mirror and assess yourself, your ideas , habits, your ways of thinking, while also helping you to gain a new outlook on subjects/issues we all may have to deal with.


The thing is, writing helps me not only get others thinking, but it also gets me thinking and looking over my life. Through doing this I can see how I can be a better friend, a better daughter, a better student, a better person, and most importantly a better follower of Christ. The truth is we need change in this world BIG TIME. We need less violence, racism,hatred, etc and more people opening their hearts to think differently, to see things differently, to love differently.  We need people to be different  in every way, so we can have more love. But this will only happen when we begin to be the change we want to see. It’s as simple as that. Love God & Love People.




The rest of my week will be spent tackling my to do lists, hopefully sleeping, connecting with family, waiting for my mom to arrive here, errands, creative projects, and making sure I am taking care of myself mentally, spiritually, and physically! Be sure you are taking care of yourself also !


I pray this blog finds you all well both physically and mentally on this Wednesday morning. I want you know that God loves us & Jesus died for our sins!

John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Have an awesome day!

Thanks for reading ! 


 

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

 

Find a reason to smile today & everyday! ~ Natasha M

Smile June 2017