Redefining Art, Bad Habits, and a Survey

Hello my beautiful subscribers & readers, how has everyone been ? Busy I am sure, getting things done and living.


I noticed days ago that I have not blogged in about a month,how sad is that ? Well for me it’s very sad. Writing is my love, it’s one of the ways I live, express myself and embrace living. The more I skip blogging not only am I more stressed, but it seemed to get  easier  for me to keep not doing it. Bad habits are so easy to form, but even harder to break, have you noticed that ? 


I have been learning and attempting to take in so much new information in school and I’ve been writing in my notebooks but avoiding blogging. Isn’t it weird the things we notice ourselves doing? Unfortunately, by the time we catch the problem it’s so far gone that by that time, we’ve formed a new bad habit.


Today I decided to dive right back into blogging, and forgive myself that I haven’t blogged for a month. I have experienced quite a bit in the last few weeks, so let me fill you in. Lots of homework that is for sure and writing nonfiction papers ( my favorite)! I also got to see a new even bigger fair than the one I showed you all in a blog previously, it was cool but involved lots of walking! I also switched a few things in my upcoming memoir that I think will really help readers get a better perspective of what I have experienced. I’ve tried some new vegan restaurants, went snorkeling, traveled to catalina island, and one of the best things of all I got to visit my family this past weekend and it was so nice to get time with my mommy.  Things have been so sad and busy for me lately I am so thankful I was able to take a few days to go visit! It is always necessary to take time to BREATHE and eat some vegan food! haha My mom officially loves kombucha now! Have you ever tried kombucha? Or heard of it? If so, do you like it?


I have been reading this book titled Artisan Soul for my Christianity and Creative Processing class. Have you ever read it? If not you should. The author Erwin McManus is an amazing writer. In this book,  McManus brings up some really good points that have inspired me to write not only because we were required to for homework, 😅 but because it spoke to me. Below I shared two quotes I picked out and responded to.


         Artisan Soul: Page 3 “No matter where we are, we live in a world of artists.”

A lot of time we don’t realize that, we are more creative than we give ourselves credit for. Everyone is an artist in their own way. When people hear the word artist, most of us immediately think of a person doing some type of art. People don’t seem to consider how much we create to handle everyday situations. We create problems, solutions, questions, ideas, etc. Not everyone is a painter, dancer, actor, writer, etc. but we all create. This statement furthered my definition and outlook of what an artist is. I realized creating makes you an artist. Create opportunities to spread love. Create new ways to look at a common issue. Create a new way to define something. Creating is what having an artisan soul is all about.


Have you ever thought about what “art” is to you? Do you believe you are an artist & you create?


This class has been so eye-opening. It really has challenged me to want to create more, approach art with a new set of eyes, and it has helped me to redefine what creativity and art can be.

It was so good to finally blog ! Don’t worry, you will hear from me soon, lord’s willing! Below find some pictures of me and my family from this past weekend !

 In the meantime I am doing a project and I would love to hear feedback! If you didn’t receive the Mental Health Awareness survey in your email please help me out and take the survey by clicking the word 👉🏽 Awareness 👈🏽!

Have an amazing Wednesday ! ☀️❤️ Be blessed & find a reason to smile today !

Inspire, Motivate, Love ~Natasha M.

 

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My little sister, my mommy, & me

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Visiting Familiar and Unfamiliar Places (Part V)



We got back from Ohio on a Sunday evening. I was pretty tired from a long weekend, so I slept a good amount on the way back to my parent’s home. The following day on Monday me & my mom decided to go to the World of Coca-Cola!

I hadn’t been to the world of Coca – Cola for a long time, so I was beyond excited to go on an adventure here !🤓😎❤️


Before actually going to buy our tickets, I decided to take a few moments, enjoy the view and take some fun pictures. Afterall,  this place was beautiful. There were museums, the aquarium, statues, the world of coke, and probably other things I didn’t notice in this huge park like location.



Fun Fact Below!



When I first walked up to the ticket window, I was glad there wasn’t a long line! It always seems when going to places on weekdays there is less of a crowd. Have you ever noticed different places being less crowded on weekdays?


I was just happy to be there and even more excited to go in ! While walking in I took photos and noticed how so many things seemed different. Despite the fact I had been here before, this place looked unfamiliar to me.



When we first walked into the World of Coke, we all were led to this room filled with different decorated coke bottles, along with a huge timer hanging on the wall. Some of the below pictures show exactly what I saw, while in “the waiting room.”



I took a picture of these maps because they were made in a variety of languages for people traveling from all over the world to visit The World of Coca-Cola.


One of the next things I noticed was that they were giving away FREE coca-colas !!!! YAY!!! They were not only giving them away for free but they had choices ! Bet you can’t guess which one I tried ? Have you tried any of these? Personally, I am not a coke drinker, but if you’re visiting The World of Coca-Cola how can you not drink some coke? Isn’t that the whole point of visiting THE WORLD OF COCA-COLA?


Different Types of Coca- Cola


Yep you guessed it, I chose the green one! I’m sure I picked this one because it was made with cane sugar and more importantly the can was green, and green happens to be one of my favorite colors !



After grabbing my Coca-Cola Life and putting it in my back pocket I waited for the timer to finish counting down until the next show started ! I looked around and continued to take in my surroundings, and continued to think about how everything seemed different.


 

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These pants were in the first room we were in after the timer went off ! There were some really neat and old things in this room! I thought these pants were funny looking, but at the same time kind of cute ! Would you wear them? Maybe as pajamas right ?



After this room and a movie of amazing moments that involved coca-cola, me and my mom kind of did our own thing. We had some great laughs especially in the 4-d theater they had. Something actually stabbed me in the back, and IT HURT! We continued walking around exploring the different exhibits and some of the amazingly decorated coca-cola bottles they had. Such great creativity!



The color pink has really started to grow on me ! I found this bottle one of the most beautiful! It has just the right touch of pink and white! Such beauty . What do you think?


Coca-Cola Factory 2017


I thought this bottle was simple yet cool ! Not really sure if I was supposed to be leaning on it ! But it was a great work of art, and as you can see it was HUGE !


As we continued our adventure through The World of Coca-Cola, we found more interesting and fun things. We even saw the polar bear character! It is unfortunate I didn’t get any pictures with the bear ! But I did get some other pictures, like mirrors on ceilings, other Coca- Cola products, and even videos!





“The Vault.” It is said that behind the below picture, there is  a vault where the secret formula for Coca-Cola is. When they said this, guess what ? I didn’t really believe them, I don’t think they would put something that important in a building where so many people come and tour. The actual vault looked a little fake to me, but then again who really knows where the secret to the Coca-Cola formula is …. What do you believe ? Do you think it’s actually there? 




Our adventure in The World of Coca- Cola was going great, that was until we went into the tasting room and that is where everything went downhill ! Unfortunately, I have not finished up the vlog that I took while in the tasting room ! It will be posted soon in a future blog ! This adventure was definitely another highlight of my 2017 summer vacation ! YAY!!!!!!!


Oh and just as a side note I did try the Coca-Cola Life after we left The World of Coca- Cola and it was okay, it didn’t taste like it had as much sugar as regular coke.


This travel series has been interesting to write and I am glad I wrote about memories that I can go back and read about whenever.  I am sad, but excited to be ending my travel series, for now that is. In the meantime I’ll be starting on new projects/blogs, getting adjusted to my new school and new town, and working on releasing my book in the next few weeks !  Stay tuned & thanks so much for reading this series !


Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Seneca

 

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

Finally…

Tidelands Park 2017


Finally a moment to sit & BREATHE, and still my thoughts seem to be going a thousand miles a minute. Seems like there has been so much to do with not enough time. Do you ever feel that way? Deadlines, expectations, etc (sigh) It’s life right? I guess it’s not really that there is not enough time, maybe we just give ourselves a lot to do in a day . Or is it poor planning on our part? or maybe it’s spending too much time on things that aren’t on our to do lists? or it’s not holding ourselves accountable for how much time we are spending on each task? or perhaps it’s a mixture of all these things? Who knows ?


Lately, I have been so busy with getting stuff ready to move I have noticed myself writing less and less over the last few days. I haven’t even been able to blog as much as I would like to. As the date of the move gets closer, I am filled with different emotions about different aspects of my life. It is really funny how we make plans in our lives but God ALWAYS has the final say. Surprisingly, I am excited to move despite the packing all my stuff and going through things, etc. I am just ready to be in a new place and start a new chapter in my life.


I’ve missed writing and feeling like I have time to spare. Recently even when I finish half the stuff on my to do list, I still feel like it wasn’t enough, and I want to do more. That is when fatigue begins to take over and it’s pretty hard to fight that but I try to, if only for a little while.  (Taking breaks when completing tasks is a must, even if it’s a 5 minute break. I haven’t quite mastered this skill myself yet, but when I do take breaks I feel better and more alert when I return to the task.)


No matter what happens life is constantly going, things are constantly happening. But like I stated in a blog a few weeks ago, we have to make sure we are taking that time to BREATHE and do some self-care. (So much easier said than done.) As I am sure you have gathered reading this blog, I have been neglecting my self-care lately.  Sometimes I get so caught up in doing stuff I forget about self- care and how important it is especially to me for certain health reasons.


Yesterday when I finally did get to BREATHE it was nice, to actually just let my self have a moment to just take pictures and enjoy the wind blowing, and the music going on in the background.  🎧   There’s nothing like taking time to take care of yourself physically, mentally , and spiritually !


Speaking of music, some of my go to tunes lately have been by Lauren Daigle. They have been uplifting for me. What are some of your go to tunes? What type of music do you like? I am planning to do a cover of one of her songs again soon! I did her Trust In You cover on a blog titled Trusting in God ! Check it out if you haven’t already !!!


 Over the next few weeks I am hoping to start a new series, give you the release date on my newest book that will be out in the next few weeks lord’s willing, and continue to share my journey with you ! You will hear from me soon !


3  Random Fun Facts About Me: (for my new subscribers)

  1. I have been transitioning to a vegan lifestyle for the last three weeks! I love it !
  2. I love to sing, write, and sometimes even paint !
  3. I currently have black, purple, and blue hair!

Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment with fun facts about yourself ! Thank you to all my subscribers who have been reading my work, about my journey, my struggles, and my truth. Writing is what gets me through the hard days and I wouldn’t have it any other way ! Love God & Love People.


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.

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 !!!

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 !