Book Signing Event 8/5/17 ! 

Hello Everyone & Happy Friday !!! Guess What ???

🎉We will be having a book signing event tomorrow August 5, 2017!  (Click ⬆️ for more detailed information)🎉

The event will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will be held at the Pio Pico Thousand Trails camping and RV- Resort in the community lodge. This is a FREE EVENT to attend !!! 

I will have paperback copies of my latest book Words Are Art: See The World Through My Eyes  (⬆️ click for more information ) on sale for $5.00 ! I will also be having sign ups for a raffle ! 1 lucky winner will receive a FREE ebook and ANOTHER SUPRISE GIFT! 🎁🎉

Feel free to bring your copy of Words Are Art or purchase one at the event !

Come out & support me as well as all the other amazing authors that will be attending ! 📚🎉

Be blessed ! Have an awesome weekend ! I hope to to SEE YOU ALL THERE !!!

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Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part III)

Atlanta Ferris Wheel

❤️ Wednesdays are my favorite day of the week. I am not 100% sure why, but here are a few reasons why I think I may adore Wednesdays 😍 : I was born on a Wednesday, I like how Wednesday is spelled & I like how it looks written down or typed out, and I like that it’s the middle of the week. I enjoy when I get to go on adventures, start a new project, see a new movie or just do something out of the ordinary on Wednesdays ! Wednesdays are just ahhhhh 😍 !


Well last Wednesday (7/19/17) was no different . I got to  spend time with family & explore 2 familiar/unfamiliar locations. First off, I tried to sleep in for as long as I could, seeing as I’m sure I stayed up until 4 a.m. that morning. I’m noticing a trend, my sleep schedule has been so crappy while being on vacation with my family. Do any of you tend to sleep less while on vacation? Lack of adequate sleep sure does seem to catch up with me quick. After finally waking up and getting ready I headed over to spend time with……. drum roll please……….🥁

✨my Grammy aka Grandma! ✨ If you read part ll of this series you already saw a picture of my beautiful grandmother. I spent time talking and just bonding with my Grammy ! Surprisingly, I even correctly named the soap opera she was watching !!! YAY !!!! GO ME!!!! HIGH FIVE!!! Guess which soap opera it was ? Yep, you got it right it was in fact, Days Of Our Lives. After spending time with Grammy it was time to do some exploring of my own….


Centennial Olympic park

My 1st familiar/unfamiliar location was the one and only Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. This park was built in 1996 for the Summer Olympics. This beautiful location is in the heart of downtown 🌆. It is surrounded by many major Atlanta landmarks such as : the Georgia World Congress Center, College Football Hall of Fame, Philips Arena, the CNN Center, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium(which is under construction)the Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the World of Coca-Cola . Can I let you in on a secret?🗣  I actually got to visit another one of those Atlanta landmarks yesterday ! I had a blast ! This location will be revealed in an upcoming blog/vlog.  


Funny thing is, I have been to Centennial Olympic Park before. But I have no memory of it looking like it did . Things have been added like the College Football Hall of Fame and there was also a part of the park under construction. It looks so much bigger than I remember !


Before entering into the park I snapped some quick shots. This first picture at the top of the page was on the opposite side of the street from Centennial Olympic Park. The Ferries Wheel is called Skyview Atlanta. It is said that this Ferris wheel🎡 is nearly 20- stories and the gondolas that you ride in are climate controlled.☀️🌥❄️🌬


Centennial Olympic Park

I continued to walk into the park and was amazed to see how foreign it looked to me.   The thing that caught my attention was the water show that was going on. When the water show is not going on people are allowed to play in the water and cool off  !👙☀️🌊


I had a video of the water show for you all to look at, but I couldn’t get the file to upload & work properly .😓🤓


After watching the water show for a few moments, I began to walk into the park further, talk to my family, and take in the beauty of this amazing location. I did notice there were quite a few fountains around the park. The fountains like the one in the picture below were more so for decoration and not for swimming! There were signs at each fountain that warned people for safety purposes stay out of the fountains & off the rocks. But let’s be real of course people probably swim in these when no one is watching !!👀⛲️



Centennial Olympic Park
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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 !

Does Singing = Health Benefits? 

If you read my fun facts about me blog a few weeks back you will already know I like singing very much ! I personally like to use the smule (sing) application (app) . If you’ve never heard of it, it’s basically like in your pocket karaoke. It is available in the istore and google play store both on android and iphone . Inside the app you can sing with others or sing solos, like I usually prefer to do. Time after time while waiting for the music to load up there are fun facts about singing on the screen every few seconds ! I found this pretty cool so why not do research to find more facts/health benefits, I thought ? After doing the research I found health benefits  and facts I never even knew about! I decided to combine the list of facts and health benefits because I figured it would be more interesting that way ! Enjoy & thanks for reading !  Be blessed !!!

Below your will find a list of 7 interesting health benefits & 3 fun facts about singing :

1. Singing is a workout. (Your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections.)

2. Singing lowers stress levels. (Making music in any form is relaxing. Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your blood stream.)

3. Singing challenges concentration and attention, especially when techniques such as singing from memory, combining rhythm with action, and mental substitution are used.

4. Singing might be good for your heart. (Singing demands some pretty specific patterns in your breathing. You take bigger, slower breaths, and in the process, your heart rate typically begins to slow.)

5. Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin. (Endorphins are hormones that increase feelings of euphoria and pleasure. Oxytocin levels increase usually when we hug or kiss a loved one. Both these hormones have the power to makes one feel better overall.)

6.  It is said that singing may tone up your facial muscles, your diaphragm, and your intercostal muscles.

7. Singing improves memory. ( Singing requires memorizing and can help to challenge your brain and keep it active as you age.)

8. It is said that when we sing sound comes out of our mouths at about 75mph.

9. More than 100 muscles work together when you sing or speak a single phrase.

10. Singing daily for at least ten minutes is not only said to reduce stress, but it clears sinuses, improves posture and can even help you live longer. (Make this number 8 for health benefits )

For me learning is fun! I had an interesting time researching and putting this list of some fun facts and health benefits of singing together. I am so glad I got to share this with you ! Be sure to check out my cover of the song Touch The Sky by Hillsong United below . I messed up, but oh well I enjoyed singing it !  🎶🎼🎤🎹🎧 Thanks so much for reading ! Be Blessed !!!

Touch The Sky 

Microphone

The only thing better than singing is more singing.

~ Ella Fitzgerald

 

References :

[1] : 11 Suprising Health Benefits of Singing

[2] : Singing On Prescription

[3]: 6 Ways Singing Is Surprisingly Beneficial To Your Health

[4]: 11 Amazing Benefits Of Singing You May Not Know

[5]: Top 10 facts about singing

[6]: 15 Awesome Facts You Never Knew About Your Voice  

[7]: Fun Facts About Singing!

Say Something…

I have sang the song Say Something on the smule (sing) application quite a few times , but I am happy I finally got to do a cover of the acoustic version!🎤🎶🎼 Singing is such a destressor for me. This song really touches my heart every time I sing it, because for what seemed like forever I felt like I had given up on myself and my well being. I had sunk into depression and let that, anxiety and my mental illness diagnosis really take over my life and it was like I had given up on myself. I felt I needed to say something but instead I was giving up on my loved ones because I felt like even if I told them the truth of how I felt & what was going on, they wouldn’t accept or understand me. But most importantly I had given up on myself because all I wanted was to just be okay and it seemed impossible. I never realized how hard it was to say to people “I’m not okay, and I need help.” Gosh for so long I felt like couldn’t tell anyone, and it was eating at me. My mind screamed for HELP but my voice was silent . It was miserable back during this time . Life isn’t perfect but I’ve just gotten so tired of not using my voice and today I decided to say something and speak about my journey and struggles.
I am so thankful that today despite all I have been through in the last 4 years, I can say I am making progress to getting and feeling better overall. We all struggle with issues, and I never try to share my journey to get people to feel sorry for me. We all have been through something at some point in our lives. I use writing as an outlet to help me express myself and to make sense of what I’m going through. I use writing to show people despite how much the world, people , and illness try to tear you down there is still hope. Getting better is an option and is possible. Overcoming is real! Remember that and stay motivated , God has your back and troubles don’t last always. I know that now more than ever.

Check out me singing “Say Something (Acoustic Cover)” on Smule:

Say Something

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~ Confucius

 

We continuously learn, so we grow as people . Our perspectives change and we cope better so we do better, because we get to a point where we know better. Open your hearts to learn, always. ❤️☀️ ~ Natasha M

✨Happy Friday my lovely subscribers ! Have fun! Be safe ! Stay awesome !✨🌴🌍🎭🎑📱📖🌆 🤘🏽

Bright Lights, Sunsets and Funnel Cakes

The Fair 2017
The sun was setting. I could see the bright oranges and yellows that made up the sun ☀. The colors  and the placement of the sun in the sky looked so unreal it appeared to resemble a painting. As I continued to pay attention to my surroundings, the fair came into clear view. I could see bright lights coming from the rides. I became memorized and excited by seeing the lights on the rides. I quickly snapped out of it and realized I had been in the car for approximately 10 minutes just waiting to park. Traffic seemed to be backed up. I begin to explore my environment and noticed what seemed to be hundreds of people both going in and leaving the fair. Finally traffic began to move and I was at the front of the line and it was time to pay for parking. Even after paying for parking it took about 5 to 10 minutes until finally, there was a open parking spot. I opened my door and got out of the car and walked for about half a mile to get to the entrance of the fair. As I walked into the fair I was told to smile by a photographer and snap, off went the flash. From that point, I headed into the fair and one of the first things I decided to do was go to the place where they had animals. While viewing animals I pet some goats, saw some cows, 🐄 and even watched a goat being milked. It looked pretty uncomfortable for the animal. 😞  After leaving the place where the animals were I walked around searching for food, and finally decided to get a slice of cheese pizza. A tiny slice of cheese pizza cost me $5.00! Fair food is expensive and some of it is not worth the price. I wanted food so I settled for it ! I continued to walk around and made my mind up that I didn’t want to ride any of the rides due to the price, and I preferred to keep my feet on the ground on this particular night.🎢🎡🎠 Another thing I did was explore the flea market that was set up. Inside the flea market look alike people were doing foot detoxes, giving massages, selling comics, jewelry and everything in between even hotsauce ! I ended up finding a stand that sold hand made soap along with an array of other items. I was really happy to find these soaps, they are great for the skin and don’t have all the extra ingredients store bought soaps have. I bought both moss and aloe vera soap! (find benefits of both soaps below)   The one thing I couldn’t leave the fair without doing was…….. drum roll  🥁 please……. getting a funnel cake! I didn’t eat much of it, but it’s definitely a fair tradition. One of the main points of going to the fair is to get a funnel cake! Right ? Overall despite I was bumped into a lot by others and at some moments I had to take a breather because it was so many people and so much going on, I enjoyed being there. The things I enjoyed most were the music, sounds, lights, food, and just the atmosphere ! I am glad I get the opportunity to share some of my photos & videos with you all ! See below!

Side note: I really love the goat 🐐 video! They were adorable ! Animals melt my heart! 😍🦁🐬🐄🦋🐎🐓Thanks  so much for reading ! Be Blessed !

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Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun. ~ Randy Pausch

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