Happy New Year !!!

 


Hello all my lovely subscribers ! I wanted to be sure I take time and wish you and your families a VERY VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! Though I am fearful of what will happen in the new year, I am looking forward to using all of my talents, energy, and resources to serve God and help and uplift others.  ❤


Happy NEW YEAR everyone ! BE blessed and please remain safe if you are going out !


2018love 2018


 

Inspire. Motivate . Love ~ Natasha M.

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Broken Arm and Depression.

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This is extremely sad and true. While it does seem people are more open to the “mental health” conversation now more than they probably were ten or even twenty years ago there still seems to be ALOT OF stigma.


This quote reminds me of a recent situation I experienced from another student at my school. I was treated differently once this student found out I had mental illness. The situation became so stressful I began to feel defective, like an outcast and a burden to the world.


But I wonder if I had a broken arm instead of mental illness would this student have discriminated against me still? Would they have said unnecessary things? Would they have been more empathetic? Would I have been singled out? Would things have been different ?


Sad to say but I am pretty sure they would have been different if I had a broken arm instead.
As much as these type of situations push us to want to repay evil for evil, we must NOT.


We must stick to our good morals & what we know is right despite how much pain we may feel. We must fight with good as hard as it may be.


I am so imperfect and I fought this battle with silence towards the individual that was doing the most discriminating. I fought with secret tears and rants to loved ones about what I did wrong and how I am so annoyed,angry, and stressed out I was over the whole situation. I also fought with hate, directed towards myself for being ill.  Keep in mind, I am no victim, so don’t get mistaken reading this. I don’t need or want a pity party, plenty of people deal with discrimination in even worse ways than I experienced it. This was just my first time I recall experiencing discrimination due to my mental illness, and it really sucked and was miserable. Discrimination is one thing when you can remove yourself immediately from the unhealthy situation, but it’s another thing when it’s day in and day out over a period of time.


I had to hear it over and over again from loved ones and friends that I was not the problem in the situation and still I didn’t believe it. The discrimination I was experiencing along with other stressors evoked a hate and despair in me I didn’t know existed. Hate, me? I love everyone, I thought. Everyone but MYSELF, I continuously wonder why have I hated myself for so long and why did this situation strengthen that hate. I believe it’s because I never thought I was good enough. From as far back as I can remember I seemed to always be messing up something, getting made fun of in school, or not meeting the expectations I set for myself.


As the situation continued at school, I thought to myself  if only I didn’t have mental illness I would have been treated better, I would have been accepted and there would have been no tension. Silly me, I knew deep down this wasn’t true, if discrimination was in a person’s heart then no matter what you do their true colors will most likely come out of them sooner or later.


Despite the discrimination I experienced I am going to get back on a path of wellness, continue writing my memoir and my creative non-fiction book , continue with school, and seek God.  One moment at a time, I can’t give up now, I am kind of sure my purpose on earth has not been fulfilled just yet.


I also STRONGLY believe #Mentalhealthmatters and that we as a society need to talk about it and stop judging and discriminating.

Let’s open our ears to listen and open our hearts to accept and embrace differences.


Inspire.Love & Motivate. Natasha M.

Continue ;


When you are going through a “storm” in your life, it seems like there is no way to get out of it, and then God pulls you through. It’s so hard to think about those times when the storm has seemed to last so long or you feel it’s taking everything away from you. But fear not, God got you out once and he will DO IT AGAIN.


Today I choose to continue through the storm ;

 If you are struggling with mental illness or different forms of stress, (we are all human and we all have our own battles to overcome) my hope is that you continue through the storm also. God has our backs, and he has a plan and purpose FOR EACH ONE OF OUR LIVES.


Have a great Saturday lovely people ! You will be hearing from me soon lord’s willing !


Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

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.

Hello Weekend !!!

So far this weekend things have been a little hectic for me while trying to balance doing school work (final/homework) along with, working on others projects, preparing for my move/college transfer in a few weeks, and participating in the book signing event yesterday. Through all the things going on in my life, I am thankful I am able to just take a minute and just BREATHE. Sometimes we need that. We need to take a moment from our busy day-to-day schedules and just smell the roses, read a book, go to a movie, go for a jog, go to the beach, spend time with loved ones(without electronic devices) , read your bible, pray, or just do something  enjoyable that can free your mind from expectations, to do lists, due dates, etc. I have found this is much easier said than done, most of the time. It’s like no matter what happens in our lives, life keeps going, it’s almost as if there is no room to stop and BREATHE. Honestly we have to make that room because as humans beings we all experience fatigue and overwhelming things at one time or another in our lives. Let’s be honest, it is hard to function at our full capacity when we aren’t well rested and we feel overwhelmed/stressed. So this week and every week remain aware, hold yourself accountable to see if you are taking those moments to BREATHE. Set out that time to do something you enjoy! Something to recharge your mind,body, and spirit!


For me I feel as if I recharge in various ways ! One of my favorite ways to take my moment to BREATHE is by doing something I enjoy, like participating in events where I am able to connect with people.


Book Signing Event 8/5/17


Yesterday I participated in a book signing event ! It was an great experience and I am so thankful I got the opportunity to connect with people and share my work! I also got to give away free e-books to 3 lucky WINNERS !!! As I sat at my table with my books in front of me talking to people as they passed my table I realized something. I realized that at the end of everyday no matter what our occupation is, hobbies, status,beliefs,etc, we are all just people. Imperfect, bad habits, flaws and all, but just people. In today’s time life hits each one of us in different ways and we sometimes become so self-absorbed in our own issues and in ourselves we lose sight of all the beauty around us, along with all the beauty we can create. We can create beauty with a simple smile or hello, or just having a conversation with a stranger about something you may have in common. We have to look outside the box that we sometimes put ourselves in with our beliefs,ideas,or habits, etc and realize that we weren’t put here to live in a box  and only think one way and only see things one way. We were put here to love God & love people with our words,actions, and just everything we have, with everything we are. So many of us are losing sight of this and getting so focused on negativity and in things that DON’T MATTER. Talking and connecting with people yesterday made me just think and analyze things in my own life. It is so important to always keep your eye on your goals, but always keep your why in mind. Always know why you are doing what you are doing. Why are you trying to become an author? Why  are you trying to become a doctor? Why are you trying to become a counselor? Why ? What is your why? In answering the question of your why please keep in mind, money isn’t everything. As I said in my latest book Words Are Art money won’t buy you anything but THINGS. Don’t lose sight of your why. Losing sight of your why may cause you to get caught up in things that DON’T MATTER. Love God & love people let this be your why.


Overall, it was a great experience getting to share my journey and my work with others, and I can’t wait for the next event! I want to say THANK YOU A TON to all the lovely authors & people I got the pleasure of meeting and chatting with! Stay in touch! My memoir release date is coming soon !


Isabel & Natasha 8/5/17 Book Signing Event


While connecting with others yesterday, I also got the opportunity to meet and talk with some awesome authors! I am glad I finally got a signed copy of  The American Dream And Everything In Between   !!! (Click on the link to GET YOUR COPY TODAY & SEE BELOW for a description )

Description : Thousands of people have this dream of living in America but sometimes they have no idea what one goes through to live that dream. Immigration is a very important part of it and Isabel talks openly about her experience trying to find a job and in a way, gives you tips to fix some of the problems by just learning her story.


We make a living by what we get,but we make a life by what we give. ~ Winston Churchill

 

 

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M. 

Thanks for reading ! Be Blessed !

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