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.”


Dad & Tasha 1


 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 !


Dad and me casual


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.

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

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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 !

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 !✨🌴🌍🎭🎑📱📖🌆 🤘🏽

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

 

Celebrate Part l ! 

As I was sitting by the bay looking at the sunset and the city 🌃🌅 waiting for the firework show to start, I began to think about how as a young child I don’t have any memories of seeing fireworks or celebrating holidays. I remember specifically when I was a young child my family didn’t celebrate Halloween or Christmas. Maybe all the other holidays in between I just don’t have any memories of going out and doing things for them because I didn’t. As I got older I started to somewhat celebrate & do stuff for more holidays than I did growing up.  So this year I did something different, not knowing how I would react. I decided to go to the bay and watch the firework show and I want to share my beautiful view with you all !

The colors and shapes of the fireworks 🎆  were very pretty! I enjoyed the show except for the fact it was loud which hurt my ears and made my heart race. I am surprised I didn’t have a headache after, I’m sure I won’t be attending next year ! 😂🎇❤️

I hope everyone had a safe & fun fourth of July 🇱🇷🎆!

 Stay tuned for my upcoming Celebrate Part ll blog that will go more in detail about my 1st official holiday experience  🎅🏻🎄 !