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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Wednesday !!!

Hello beautiful people ! Happy Wednesday !!! How is your week going ? Have you finished any big projects or reached any of the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the week? Or have you already started thinking about your weekend plans? It’s interesting for me to think about the fact that it is already Wednesday !  This week is passing by so quickly! Where did the time go ? For me the time was stretched out between sleeping (despite I still feel like I haven’t even had close to enough), packing my stuff for the move, errands, phone calls & text/Facebook message exchanges with family & friends, and oh yeah blogging along with all my other creative activities (ex. drawing, singing, working on vlogs, etc).


The move is on Friday and it will be here before I know it and unfortunately,  I have a lot of things on my to-do list to finish up. Do any of you make a written out to do list at the beginning of each week or at the beginning of each day? Or do you just program everything on your calendar in your phone ? Personally, I prefer the old-fashioned way, I like having a planner/notebook to manually write my lists instead of counting on my electronic devices to do all the work. I actually heard writing things down can be beneficial to memory. Check out some articles below about how writing things down may benefit you!


How is Writing Things Down Related to Memory Article References:

  1. Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write
  2. Why Using Pen And Paper, Not Laptops, Boosts Memory: Writing Notes Helps Recall Concepts, Ability To Understand
  3. 6 Psychological Benefits of Writing Things Down
  4. For More Effective Studying, Take Notes With Pen and Paper

Some pretty cool information in those articles huh? I hope you enjoy them and learn something new !




 Even through writing my to do lists and processing and attempting to cope with everything going on in my life, I realized that sometimes, we need a shake (literally) or just someone to tell us something (that “magical” word or phrase) ,to help us to realize things in our lives. Things that we may not be aware of, things we may be in denial about,  things we may be doing that aren’t right, things we may just need to look at from a different angle. I hope that my blogs and my work in general can be this for you, even if only a little bit. I hope they can challenge you to look in the mirror and assess yourself, your ideas , habits, your ways of thinking, while also helping you to gain a new outlook on subjects/issues we all may have to deal with.


The thing is, writing helps me not only get others thinking, but it also gets me thinking and looking over my life. Through doing this I can see how I can be a better friend, a better daughter, a better student, a better person, and most importantly a better follower of Christ. The truth is we need change in this world BIG TIME. We need less violence, racism,hatred, etc and more people opening their hearts to think differently, to see things differently, to love differently.  We need people to be different  in every way, so we can have more love. But this will only happen when we begin to be the change we want to see. It’s as simple as that. Love God & Love People.




The rest of my week will be spent tackling my to do lists, hopefully sleeping, connecting with family, waiting for my mom to arrive here, errands, creative projects, and making sure I am taking care of myself mentally, spiritually, and physically! Be sure you are taking care of yourself also !


I pray this blog finds you all well both physically and mentally on this Wednesday morning. I want you know that God loves us & Jesus died for our sins!

John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Have an awesome day!

Thanks for reading ! 


 

Inspire. Motivate. Love ~ Natasha M.

 

Find a reason to smile today & everyday! ~ Natasha M

Smile June 2017

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

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 !✨🌴🌍🎭🎑📱📖🌆 🤘🏽

I Wait For Your Voice.

I wait for your voice but all I can hear is all the voices around me saying do this, do that, say this, say that, be this, be that. I want to only hear your voice, I want to know where you want me to go, what you want me to do, who you want me to be, I want to know you Lord. So I wait for your voice but all I keep hearing is the noise of sirens, of cries, of yelling, of war, of heart break, but I will wait, I wait for your voice but now all I can hear is my own voice accompanied by my thoughts screaming, you’re not enough, you’re never going to be in the right place, you’re never going to be complete, you’re never going to be healed, you’re never going to be unbroken, you’re never going to reach your full potential, and you’re going in the wrong direction. My voice says turn right, no turn left, no go straight, no go back, no just stand still but through all of this I wait. I wait for your voice because all I want to know is where you want me to go, what you want me to do, and who you want me to be. I want to know you Lord. So I will learn to be still,I will learn to block out the noises, and the voices of the world, I will learn to challenge and block out the self doubting thoughts. I will block out the do this, do that, say this, say that, be this, be that. I want to only hear your voice, I want to know where you want me to go Lord, what you want me to do and who you want me to be. I want to know you Lord, so I will wait for your voice.

Trust in the Lord God with all your heart.
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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 !

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