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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Fun Facts About Me! 

I decided to have some fun with this blog post, so you all can get to know me a little better ! The following 15 facts are all about me….

1.  I have approximately 12 tattoos, all of which can be covered by regular clothes.

2. One of my favorite tattoos is on my wrist and says “Be Free.”

3. In 10th grade I thought it was a good idea to do a project on vegetarianism, but I had no clue what it was like being a vegetarian. So I became a vegetarian and have been practicing different types of vegetarian diets since (about 8 years total.) I currently only eat dairy products. No chicken, fish, beef, pork, etc.

4. I eventually want to become a vegan.

5. I auditioned for both Juilliard and CalArts within a few weeks of one another. (Talk about NERVE WRECKING)

6. I love to sing but I don’t know how to read music.

7. Technically I am currently working on two new books a biography and a memoir. (Release dates coming soon)

8. Me and my mom have matching tattoos.

9. Non fiction is my favorite genre to write, but I prefer reading the Bible or fantasy books  (ex. kings, queens, knights,dragons,etc)

10. I changed my major in school 4 times. I finally settled on English & Theater only to now work on changing it again to allied health or pre med, so I can become either a emergency medicine doctor or physician’s assistant. We will see what happens ! (Though I have anxiety over it, I believe God will lead me where he wants me to be.)

11. Lemon water is my favorite drink.

12. If I don’t recognize ingredients in products when I’m grocery/vitamin shopping I google it.

13. The memoir that I am currently writing has been one of the most stressful things I’ve written.

14. I really enjoy animal documentaries/shows narrated by David Attenborough.

15. I’ve had braces a total of two times in my life, (once in high school & now in college) currently I’m on my second & last treatment with braces.

If you haven’t already make sure you connect with me on my author’s facebook page for more updates!  Feel free to comment below I would love to hear some fun facts about you!

Headphones in, Pencil in Hand, Notebook Ready….

I’ve been writing quite a bit lately, but I’ve posted none for my readers or subscribers. Sometimes I really do get lost in my notebook, and I just almost detach from the outside world. A good amount if not all of the material I have been writing lately will be included in my upcoming book.

 My upcoming book will contain some of the most heart wrenching and personal  moments I have experienced. 

Below you will find an excerpt from my UPCOMING BOOK : 

I  somehow convinced myself that things were different. Things had to be different, therefore the love I needed was also different. These statements are incorrect. My mind, body, and soul crave different. Different behavior patterns. Different outcomes.Different feelings. I just wanted different. I wanted different but for me things haven’t been different. I’ve covered and filled my emptiness and lack of belonging with a list of to do’s, I’ve covered it with laughter and smiles  that sometimes don’t even penetrate past the surface, to even begin to mend my broken  heart or fill the emptiness. If I take the meds and do everything I am supposed to do,then why does everything still feel the same ? Why has different fled from me? All I keep going through are the same symptoms and same feelings but all I want is different. I want change. But I have yet to get either. 

Release date coming soon !

All rights reserved. No part of the following writings may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the writer.

 

 

Burning House (Cover)

https://www.smule.com/p/580662604_1071491690

I like this song a lot, and I’ve been wanting to do a cover on it, so I did the cover of this song on the Smule app. I am hoping to do a cover of it on my YouTube channel soon!

*Side Note : I didn’t like how in the karaoke version of this song on some of the chorus parts there are like back up singers singing, but overall it’s an awesome karaoke and the Smule app is super fun especially if you love to sing !

Failure, Lack of Relationships, & Death

Usually when all else fails, I write, when no one seems to hear me, I write, when I am trying to make sense of things, I write, when I am constantly being told by  people “I understand you, and hear what you are saying,”I write. But do they really understand is my question? A month or so ago on a Saturday, let’s just say it was a hard day, but not for the reason you would think. You see I sat through an eight hour volunteer orientation that’s main focus was on…….death. At first I felt fine as the day progressed , but as we started getting into the activities that is where my mind began to wonder and begin to accept how inevitable death is for all of us.(I know, I know,  this is the last thing people usually want to talk about but just continue reading.) I think the thing that took the cake and gave me the spooks for me was writing my own obituary. I felt my stomach sink as I continued to fill out the paper. Then I arrived to the portion of the paper that asked what would you want be remembered for? Without hesitation the first thing that came to my mind was my love of  singing and my art that I love to share with people like you. But in actuality this made me wonder, what would/will I really  be remembered for when I die?Saying the word die instead of pass away gives me that same sinking feeling in my stomach I got while writing my own obituary.The day continued and we had more activities that tested and gave us a different perspective  on death and dealing with being in the field of hospice. By the end of the day I was exhausted, ready to go home to decompress, and I felt emotionally drained. I said goodbye to everyone, exited the building and headed to my car. I immediately made a phone call and to make a long story short I was told my granddad on my mother’s side had passed away. I continued the conversation with my mom and it was as if nothing had happened. Deep down I hadn’t really sorted through how I felt, I just continued to listen to talk on the phone without processing my feelings. After hanging up  I instantly felt my body become tense and my stomach dropped. I drove home while trying to ignore the different things my body was feeling. By the time I got home I was super tense. I began acknowledging  the one time I think I met my grandpa a few years back.To be honest the thing that really saddened me was lack of relationship between me and him and how detached my family on my mother’s side is and continues to be. It sickens me how cold people can be. It’s crazy and it baffles me how my family chooses to remain so broken. I feel and have been shown no one wants to change their behavior, no one wants to tell the others what they want or need in the different relationships (mother-daughter, sister to sister, etc), everyone just seems to write each other off and not speak and then that’s it. This is how it’s been for years and I feel like all they do is blame one another, when truly the blame should be directed at the person they see when they look in the mirror. We are all responsible for our relationships with the people in our lives, We control our behaviors, we control how willing/open we are to love one another. Failures, lack of relationships and death all just a part of this thing we call life. 

R.I.P to the grandfather I never knew and the relationship I never had with him.

 

 

The Things We Don’t Tell….

The word testimony has always made me nervous, even now. I always looked at it like some sort of magical thing, as if I could never have one because I’m so imperfect and I make mistakes and I slip up even as a christian. Feeling the heavy burden of being imperfect no matter what I did weighed on me a lot at one time. It weighed on me so much  it even stopped me from sharing the good news about Jesus Christ dieing for our sins with others.

As I went to church last Sunday, I had no idea what was about to happen . The preacher starts preaching and he tells us it is going to be an interactive service so get out our notes. To make a long story short a testimony planning guide with blank spaces on it was our note sheet. The pastor then brought out his daughter who shared her testimony from her testimony planning guide. Throughout the service we had a certain amount of time to go through each section and fill out our testimony. I guess I thought it might be hard,but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. After we finished filling it out we were then challenged to go share our testimony with another person. Truth is, I was scared. Don’t get me wrong I love to talk to people, but I worried about being judged for what I had written as my testimony. I also felt as if  I had no business sharing my testimony, because of my imperfections. Funny thing is after I shared my testimony I could see that woman shedding tears and she even asked to hug me. Of course I said “yes.” But I wondered why she was crying. After she shared her testimony with me about Jesus working in her life I understood.Our stories were similar and this was important to me because it helped me to further realize everyone has their own obstacles in life. Despite obstacles we all need Jesus and we have to realize despite obstacles Jesus loves us. Now, I want to share my testimony with you. I pray that my testimony leads others to God & inspires others to share their testimonies. (John3:16)

  • I Was

My name is Natasha Minier and I grew up in Georgia. Before giving my heart to God, my life/heart was shattered.I believed I would be happy if I was successful enough to outrun the hurt I hid in the back of my brain and if I gave everyone else the love I longed for. For example, it wouldn’t be uncommon for me to be depressed, never feel like enough, and try to love away my hurt to try to fill the emptiness in my heart. After awhile, my behavior began to make me feel empty,hopeless,depressed,angry,moody, and that wasn’t working for me.

  • Then Jesus

At this point in my life, my belief about God was if I was a better person then I would deserve his love. But it wasn’t until I realized doing things my way only left me more empty and confused and that Jesus loved me despite the fact I was imperfect and didn’t feel like I deserved to be loved by him. I finally decided that I wanted to receive Jesus as my savior, so when I was broken-hearted, hopeless, suffering from mental illness, feeling lost, and as low as I could get, I proceeded to accept Jesus Christ into my heart and accept and know he died for my sins. Afterwards, I didn’t view my understanding of life’s whys,loving away the hurt and success as my ultimate source of happiness anymore. I now know that the only way to finally receive joy and contentment is through putting God in the center of everything I do and making sure he is my foundation.

  • Since Then

In my old life, before trusting God, I found comfort, identity, and fulfillment in trying to love away my hurt, being successful, trying to answer the hard why questions in life, and finding ways to avoid loving myself. After I received Jesus, the things I did with my time completely changed. Now I pray and seek God in all I do, I give thanks to God in both good and bad times, and I am working on spreading more love to others with my actions & words. My life has changed dramatically. Though I may still struggle with things, they’re getting better, and I’m different in so many ways, such as learning to trust God,seeking help to manage my mental illness,and finding ways to love myself better(though it’s extremely hard) and be who God has made me to be.

Encouragement For Others

Let me encourage you to trust God with your life. He has been so faithful to me and has never left me (he has always been there even before I was saved) but has always loved me and wanted the best for me and I know he will do the same with you.

Asking Jesus Into Your Life Is As Easy As A-B-C

Father, I Admit that I am a sinner and that my sin has brought death and destruction into my life, my relationships with people, and my relationship with God. Romans 3:23, 6:23

I Believe that Jesus died for my sins and that His death paid the penalty for my sins. Romans 5:8

I Confess or agree that Jesus is Lord, that He died and rose from the dead, and is able to forgive me of my sins. Romans 10:9-10

Jesus, I trust that You love me and can hear my prayer. By faith I ask You to please forgive me and fill me with the Holy Spirit. I surrender my life to You. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Thank you for reading, and remember God loves you more in one moment than a person could in a lifetime ! Comment below with your testimony.

Be Blessed !