Happy Birthday Mommy !!!🎉☀️


Today is my mommy’s day ! Help me to wish her a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY !



I  don’t really know where to start when talking about my mom. She has been such a ray of sunshine in my life and we have come so far in our mother/daughter relationship and as a family! Her kind words & her smile has encouraged me more times than I can count. I have told people time and time again if I am unsure about having anyone else’s support in this world, I know for sure I have my mom’s. It took years for me and my mother to establish the close bond that we have today, have you ever heard that saying , GOOD THINGS TAKE TIME ?


Mother Coca-Cola Factory 2017


I have learned a lot about my mother and myself through communicating with her and getting a better understanding of who she is and where she comes from. As much as I don’t like to admit it, because I want to be an “individual.” I can see a lot of my mother in myself, through my looks and some of my personality traits.


Fun Fact: My mom is the youngest of 10 siblings. Yep I have plenty of aunt’s, uncles, & cousins between both my mom and dad. Unfortunately I am closer with my mom, siblings,  and other family on my dad’s side. Family is just family you can’t force them to change or be something they are not. Just love them and pray for change !


Mom and Tasha Coca- Cola Factory 2017


My mother was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her favorite color is blue, but she really likes turquoise, she likes the hulk, she loves roses, she has 5 biological children, and she has a smile that can light up a room & brighten your day. ☀️


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My mom moved quite a bit when she was young. Overall, I believe her upbringing, childhood, and life now is a very inspiring story and I am honored to be writing a biography on her life. (will be released 2018).


Fun fact: When I was in high school me & my mom had matching haircuts , and also at one point we both had blonde highlights.



Fun Fact: Me & my mom have a lot of our own inside jokes! A funny thing that we do sometimes is when we call each other we answer the phone using a different voice, and it’s hilarious when she’s like hello, like who is this ! Sometimes she falls for it , other times not so much . haha


As silly as that may sound, I believe life is all about cherishing those silly moment because once people are gone, you can never get those moments back all you will have is memories. So why not make great memories now ?


Over the years my mother and I have not just become closer, she has become my best friend, a person I trust to call me out when I’m “doing too much” and support and compliment me when I am sticking to my morals, pursuing my goals and living by the morals & lessons she has taught me. I love experiencing and sharing my life with her as my mother  and friend. She is such a beautiful person both outside and inside.


 


My mother even now continues  to be open-minded enough to improve her thinking and understanding on different things and is constantly trying to improve on being a better parent and grandparent. For this, I salute her and love her even more. I don’t think we realize (myself included) how important it is to continue to improve daily, we are all imperfect and have things we should improve on.



Fun fact: In this picture you can see that me and my mother have matching tattoos, I guess in a way you can say I will always carry a piece of my mother with me no matter where I go, and she will always carry a piece of me.


I am very grateful that my mother has taught me to follow my convictions. My mother has also taught me wrong is wrong, and there is no way around it. I continue to learn from my mother and for this I am thankful. I am glad I get the opportunity of having such a courageous, loving, silly, fun, and awesome woman I get to call my mother!



Mom, thank you so very much for all the jokes you’ve told, for your hugs, questions you asked, late night talks, all the words of encouragement you have given me, for your support, for the times you took care of me when I was sick and for the movie/junk food days we’ve had hahah.  Those Oreos! lol


Also thank you for always seeing me as a capable person who can get healing despite how the doctors have labeled me & how I have labeled myself. Know that you are appreciated and loved by God & by all the people who have gotten to know you! You are a ray of sunshine !  Continue to be a listening ear for others, a great-grandmother , mother, friend, and inspiration.


Happy Birthday to you my beautiful mother ! May God continue you to bless you and give you strength to overcome hardships and love unconditionally even when it seems impossible !


 

 

Inspire, Motivate, Love ~Natasha Minier

Happy Birthday Daddy!

Dad and me at church .. 2016


Today is a great day! It’s my dad’s birthday, so take a moment and help me wish my dad a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! Let me start off by saying  happy birthday dad and I love you so much and I hope you get your steak you have been talking about !!!



I decided to kind of interview my dad for his birthday blog because I mean, why not ? There is plenty I don’t know about both my parents and the only way I will learn is by communicating /asking questions. So asking questions is exactly what I did. Which  happens to be one thing I  like to do! Also it’s interesting listening to people’s responses to random made up questions!


Dad, me and uncle in church 2016

My Dad, Me, & My Uncle


My dad was born in Atlanta, GA but lived in places like Scottdale, GA and California. The two words my dad used to describe his upbringing were alright and hard. My dad has 6 brothers and 1 sister! BIG family huh? I have a lot of uncles and they are all so different from one another ! My dad & mother were married July of 1990.


My dad has 7* known biological kids in total ! Yes I have lots of siblings, and I wouldn’t have it any other way ! Each of my siblings  have their own specific personalities ! My sibling relationship is different with each of them. But overall I attempt to remain close to all of them and my dad does too in his own way. I have realized, different people have different ways they prefer to connect with one another, whether it’s calling one another three times a week, Skyping once a month, etc. All of us are different and connect with my dad differently !


My dad told me that his most fond memory is of him playing sports.If my info. is correct, my dad played little league football and football in high school. My dad has always seemed to be pretty athletic. He rides his bike, he runs, and most importantly he lifts ! I hope he can show me some workouts, I want to build some muscle up! As a child, I even remember my dad coaching little league football.


I was aware my dad had traveled, but I didn’t know where. So what do you do when you don’t know the answer to something? ……. Of course, you ask the question. My dad has traveled to Detroit, Ohio, California,Texas, Mexico, and Florida! Not sure if that’s all but those were some of the ones he named.


My dad’s favorite color is blue & he likes coffee!


Dad and me at church


I was interested in really seeing what my dad sees, based off the time he grew up in, so my next question was what were some of the differences between people who grew up when he was a kid and people growing up now? Guess what he said ?


He stated that people who grew up in his time had more respect for the elderly community.


This statement made me think about how times change, people change and priorities change. Now a days it seems like everyone thinks of themselves and that’s it. We are selfish. We could use more love in today’s society. So let’s MAKE SURE WE are doing OUR part and being loving , kind, and patient with others !


One of the last questions I asked my dad was if he could give a piece of advice to young people what would it be and why?


My dad’s reply was not really surprising to me, but I am glad he said it. He said ” first, get a relationship with God and second, get you a good education.” He continued and said”the reason he said these two things is because if you know God you will be alright, and you need an* education to survive in this world.”


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 My Dad :

I think the biggest thing I have learned about my dad over the years is that he has a good sense of humor and like my mom says “He never meets a stranger.” Believe me when I tell you anytime we go into a store, a restaurant, etc 99.9% my dad, will start a conversation with a stranger. Not only that, but he seems to make just about anyone he meets smile or laugh. This is one of my favorite things about my dad, I aim to be like that. There is nothing like connecting with others, you never know what people are going through and how you can brighten their day with your actions.


I’ve also learned my dad loves to ask questions ! (ex. every time I talk to my dad, he asks me have I been exercising or when my upcoming book is going to be finished?) His questions pretty much hold me accountable, which I have learned to appreciate.


I think my dad is good at giving pep talks, I’m not even sure he realizes that’s what he is doing though. When I was working on my first book (Words Are Art: See The World Through My Eyes) one of the main things that really pushed me when I got into my depressive/mixed up funk was my dad asking me the question when will it be finished? At the time I was at a standstill with putting the book together and I was avoiding it, so it was really annoying to hear him ask me that EVERY TIME I talked to him during that time. But that question is what helped me to keep going, to know my dad was waiting for me to finish , to know he believed I could finish was an awesome thing!


Last but not least one of the biggest things I learned from my dad is that ironing jeans is a good idea! But my question is ,why iron when we have a dryer dad ? I know the dryer doesn’t put the crease in the jeans, right ? haha


Just about if not everytime I talk to my dad on the phone, Skype, or in person I smile or laugh at some corny joke he makes. He is one of the most lively, goofy people you will ever meet (that is if you ever meet him). I am so blessed and thankful I get to call this awesome man my dad !


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I love you so much dad, thanks for letting me interview you and get to know you better over the years. Keep telling your corny jokes, keep making people laugh, keep an open heart and an open mind, keep giving me all the pep talks, and asking me 500 questions especially the famous question (when will the book be finished?) every time we talk, hahah ! Dad you are really a one of a kind!


Happy birthday dad ! I hope you have a great day and I look forward to seeing you again soon !


Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part IV)


🚗 Road-trips are usually pretty interesting!  I guess the more people you have in the car, the more interesting it may be. I’ve been on road-trips to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Nevada , Mexico, and other parts of Socal and now Ohio. I was pretty sleepy before we got on the road, but I didn’t sleep too much. I am sure, one of the main reasons I didn’t sleep much is because I decided to drink an energy drink when we first got on the road. On the trip up we laughed, enjoyed different types of music, and napped in between. In total it took us about 9 hours total to get to Ohio. We made more than a few stops for one thing or another, on the drive. We arrived to Cincinnati Ohio Thursday evening got to our hotel rooms, got ready for dinner and we went into town. We ended up settling on a restaurant, I’ve never heard before. It was called Cheddar’s.


Cheddar's Entrance


Honestly they didn’t seem to have much on the menu that I could actually eat . The best thing I ate at Cheddar’s was the steamed broccoli! Me & my family enjoyed one another talking, laughing, taking pictures, and just spending time together . It is so nice to spend time with family and put electronic devices away !!!! Connecting with one another in person face to face is priceless !


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This beautiful waterfall was at the entrance of Cheddar’s.


Friday seemed to end as quickly as it started ! Is it just me or do days seem to go by faster when on vacation? Friday morning, we got up and went to breakfast at a place called Bob Evans, ever heard of it ? (Click on name for more info) If you are in Ohio it’s a must eat ! Their biscuits were really good ! The food was delicious, better than cheddar’s because there was more options for me ! I love breakfast food ! 🥞


After a delicious breakfast at Bob Evans we traveled to one of the outlets to shop and do some looking around !


The next couple of hours passed by quickly and before we knew it, it was time for the family meet and greet ! This was a fun time for me , I got to reconnect with family I haven’t seen in years and connect with family members I don’t remember ever meeting. We all ate, prayed, laughed and talked ! It was a fun night and by the end of it, I was tired but I still had homework to do. YAY FOR SUMMER CLASSES !!!!  Once I was back at the hotel room,  I believe I watched a little bit of one of my favorite movies of all time, The Lord of  The Rings. I think it was the fellowship of the ring, but I can’t be 100% sure, I was so tired that night.  All I remember seeing is a few of the main characters! As I’m sure you have realized reading this, I was watching a movie and worried about sleep, so yeah I didn’t spend much time on  my homework that night.


Saturday finally arrived and it was the day of  THE FAMILY REUNION !


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View of Lake at Family Reunion


We arrived at the family reunion in the afternoon and the weather seemed to be  getting pretty hot ! We ate, we took pictures, we laughed, and most importantly we talked and enjoyed one another’s company ! As the day progressed in Ohio, the temperature seemed to cool down enough for me to sit outside, talk with family, and enjoy the weather. I had a good time and laughed a lot on this whole trip! It was good that I got the opportunity to make it to the reunion this year to spend time with family! I was nervous yet thankful to be able to, not only connect with  family  but talk about my book Words Are Art: See The World Through My Eyes .


I have learned while on this journey of being a writer, an author, my work isn’t for everyone and everyone isn’t going to connect with it or even like it. At first this was a struggle to accept, I wanted everyone to like my work. But I realized we are all individuals, we all have our own struggles, our own journey and our own taste of what we like and what we don’t like.


With that being said, I would like to take a moment and  say how thankful I am for all the people with open hearts and open minds, who  purchased & read Words Are Art. When Words Are Art: See The World Through My Eyes was first released I was nervous because I released some of my journey to others. I was afraid of what others may say about some of the intense writings that I decided to put into this book. At first I was pretty self-conscious about it, then as time moved on my goal for releasing something like Words Are Art seemed clearer, inspire & motivate.

I hoped that through my pain, my hurt, my loss, my misery, my depression, and even my discovery of new beautiful things, others could find a way to know that if they were going through some of the same feelings/things they were not alone. Then for others who weren’t going through it, it would give them a new outlook on those things, so they can become more informed.


Releasing Words Are Art let others  get a glimpse into how I see the world, and some of my experiences good and bad. I am so grateful I was able to write this book and for all the people who have told me how inspiring Words Are Art was for them. I hope that my upcoming books can be inspiring, motivating, and so much MORE.


Me and Mom Family Reunion 2017

Family Reunion 2017


Despite having homework, not getting much sleep, and hot weather I had a good time in Ohio, and I’m looking forward to traveling for the reunion next year, lords willing ! ✈️☀️🌳🎉


Stay tuned for Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part V)  to see me & my mom’s  adventures at the World Of Coca- Cola !

Me and Mom at Coca- Cola Factory July 2017

Me and my Mom at Coca- Cola Factory


Thanks for reading ! Be blessed ! 


Inspire. Motivate. Love ~Natasha M.

Simple Times …

Sibling PhotoCan we just go back to more simple times ? When all I had to worry about was what I’m wearing to school and getting A’s so I could get more allowance money ! I miss you dra aka chop chop 💕& I love you bro.


Gosh I’m sure not the perfect sister that I wish I can be. Sometimes life overwhelms me and I forget to answer your messages and I am not always able to be there for you like I want to be, but just know that I have your back and when I’m able to I will do anything to make sure you succeed and have what you need ! Geez life has kicked us, separated us from one another, knocked us down and just beat us until we were bloody & bruised. But we rose above it, we stayed close despite everything we’ve been through as a family & as siblings. People on the outside looking in have no idea where we’ve been and what we’ve been through. They can all keep their opinions to themselves. It’s unneeded. I love you to the moon 🌙 and back ! I didn’t forget you ! Can’t wait to see you again !


OHANA means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.  ~Lilo & Stitch

I know every family has it’s problems, but I admire those that stick together. ~Unknown Author


I am talking to myself also when I say this but please do not get so wrapped up in your own life that you can’t even take a few moments to call, skype, or even text your loved ones! If you have a bad memory and forget to call then set a reminder on your phone to remind you. It’s so ridiculous, we can spend hours on social media and doing other senseless things but we can’t find time to call our parents, siblings, grandparents, or close friends? I don’t get it ! It makes me ask the question what is really important to you in this life? People can’t be replaced, family is family ! Connect with and love them NOW while they are alive and you are able to build a relationship and memories with them because once they are gone , THEY ARE JUST GONE and there is nothing we can do about it ! Cherish your time with your loved ones now, build a relationship, grow with one another, uplift and support one another ! After all what is life without love and connection with others?


❤️ Love God & Love People ❤️

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Be blessed ! Thanks for reading!

~ Natasha M

Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part II)

The longer I’m here visiting my family the more I begin to realize how little I actually really know about them and just life in general. I think one of my biggest flaws is thinking I know more than I do based solely off my interpretation of a situation. Silly me. I think a lot of times as humans we do this, some of us more than others. It is really a bad habit in my opinion. Realizing and coming to grip with this flaw has made me realize I have so much to learn and so much I need to be open enough to grow on.


Lately, I have been out and about spending time with family, attending my parent’s church, discovering new shows and eating random junk food. Overall, I am very thankful to be here with family. I’ve already had a few adventures and lack of sleep has seemed to already catch up with me ! I’ve gotten to see my brother who I haven’t seen in about two years, and we stayed up talking until like 4 a.m. knowing we had to be up that morning for church by 10 a.m. ! After I finally did go to bed, after sleeping for 6 hours I woke up and to my horror my voice was hoarse from laughing so much. It was not a good feeling. I could talk for the most part, but I couldn’t sing 🎶 while getting ready for church. 😶 Anyone that knows me knows how much I enjoy singing randomly throughout my day. As the day went on my throat started feeling better and now almost two weeks later, my voice feels pretty much back to normal, thank God. Despite that happening I can still say I definitely miss those long night “family talks.”


As I continue to spend time here on the east coast in this very humid and hot weather with my loved ones, I am sure I will continue to learn and explore new things, meet and spend time with family, see old friends and just enjoy my time here! ❤️☀️🎉✈️

My Grandma & Me – It feels like it has been forever since I got to see my Grammy! It’s always such a pleasure to spend time with her, she loves to giggle and seems to really enjoy people coming to visit her ! ❤️ She will be 91 this November !❤️🎉😍

My Dad & My Brother Acting Silly 🤣

My brother showing off his signed copy of my book Words Are Art


Happy Thursday all my wonderful subscribers, I want to say thank you for your patience and support ! ❤ I hope you enjoy reading and looking at pictures of my adventures for this series! Stay Tuned for Part lll of the Visting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places series to see which Olympic site & CNN center I visited !!! 🌇🇺🇸🏆☀️🛩🎥


The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ~Socrates


Change and growing is important, but one of the main ways to do this is by gaining new perspectives. Gaining new perspectives helps us to view issues from different angles. If you are ready gain some new perspectives in order to change, grow for the better, & build new positive things !  Check out my book Words Are Art !

Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part I)


As I sat in the cushioned chair, I rested my right foot on the metal part of the chair at the bottom and I tucked my left foot under my right thigh. I was officially sitting in my version of Criss Cross Applesauce.  I was in my ready to write position. The computer was in front of me, everything was ready, except my mind. My thoughts began to wander. I realized that by this time next week I would be approximately 2,000 miles across the world, with my family. I guess you could say I was both excited and afraid. Excitement overshadowed the majority of the fear I felt. It had been almost a year since I saw my dad and even longer for other family members. I liked flying, but not trying to get quality sleep in the airplanes tiny seats. I knew that this trip “home” would be very different. I knew this, not only because me and my family were going on a road trip to Ohio, but because quite a bit had changed since the last time I had been “home.” But what was I expecting? Life frequently changes and people do too in various ways, for the better and sometimes for the worse. I’ve seen both happen. But either way I knew I was ready for this trip!

Fast forward 1 week: The day had finally arrived, I was leaving for the next few weeks to travel and be with my immediate and some of my extended family ! I was sitting on the airplane waiting for take off , so I answered a few messages to kill time and a few moments later a name begin to flash on my phone screen📱 , and guess who it was ???? It was my baby sister, calling to talk about us going to mall together and hanging out! Hahahah I really do love and appreciate how much my relationships have grown over the years with my parents and siblings! I am thankful to have such a open & loving family, though we have our faults the most important thing is I know we have each other’s back. Make sure you find a reason to smile today & everyday !🤣😂😘

Happy Thursday all my lovely subscribers ! Stay safe & stay awesome & stay tuned for part II of this series ! ✈️🌃🎉❤️😂😀😎

At the end of the day all that matters is love and memories so make sure you give it and make sure you make them.

-Trent Shelton

 

Birthday, Challenges, & Positivity !

So very thankful I have made it to see another birthday. This last year has been such a challenge for me, but despite that today I can say is going to be a good day for me! I am going to smile and have lots of laughs. I decided to make a birthday slideshow of the past two weeks with my mom while she was visiting ! I am looking forward to a wonderful year of helping others, publishing my new books, moving to start at a new school and just overall starting this next chapter in my life ! I pray that God guides my heart always ! Happy Birthday to me and happy Friday to everyone !!! Be blessed and remember God loves you!!!!