Best Sundays are spent watching Christmas movies on Hallmark.

Yes, they are extremely cheesy.

Yes, they create unrealistic expectations.
(But so do Twilight and Disney)

Nothing screams HOLIDAYS like holiday movies!!

Lazy post… But determined to post everyday for Nano Poblano!!


IT’S THE WEEKEND!!!! WOOOO WHOOOO!!! (As I sit inside on this rainy day…)

Today I had a schedule…. get up early, go get my tire fixed, go to my blog meet up, rest, hang out with the girls.

I wasn’t surprised when I looked at the time and saw that I had like 20 minutes to get ready if I was going to make it to the meet up!!! Yikes!!!

At first I was like, “Naw, forget it. I won’t go today, I’ll just go to the next one.”

But I am so glad I didn’t stay in bed.

I jumped up, put the timer on my phone and rushed to leave the house on time. Needless to say I left late, caught traffic, had to find parking and then had to locate the entrance to the building. I ended up being 15 minutes late. But I’m working on loving myself more and that means showing myself some grace. So the fact that I got out of bed and went at all is a victory! Going to celebrate where I can.

The event was awesome!!!

The team over at spoke on 9 tips for networking. I arrived just in time to jot all of the tips down.

Let me just point out that tip #2 was Arrive Early…. I’m glad I was standing in the back so no one was able to see my embarrassment, LOL.

Afterwards we had the opportunity to connect with other bloggers.

Let the Networking Begin!!!

I had the chance to speak to some phenomenal female bloggers. Some who are just starting and others who are a bit more seasoned in the blogosphere. Here are a few sites from the ladies who I spoke to today.

Rosi from perpetual-message

Valeria (she doesn’t know it but she’s my new BFF!!) from ChicbyV

Stacy (best brownie muffin eeeevvveeerr!!!) from StacyMoya

Suzy from ChatterBlog

Jessika from StyleGraham

Please stop by and show them some love!

If you are interested in attending the next meet up then just head on over to SouthFloridaBloggers for more info.

Keep Shining, Nat


I missed my weekly Friday Women of the Bible post last Friday. But the week before that I posted Zipphorah Part II on Moses’ wife.

Today I introduce to you Elisheba, Aaron’s wife. I love her name. I like the way it sounds in my mind. LOL…. because let’s face it, if I try to pronounce it out loud I’d probably butcher it.


23 Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab44 and sister of Nahshon,45 and she bore him Nadab and Abihu,46 Eleazar47 and Ithamar.48

In Exodus 6:23 we learn that she is the daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon.

After doing some cross referencing we can see that Elisheba was actually  a descendant from the tribe of Judah.

However weird this may sound… it seems so romantic to me that Aaron, descendant from the tribe of Levi, and Elisheba, descendant from the tribe of Judah, would end up together.

She must have been a strong woman to be the wife of one of the two men challenging the pharaoh of Egypt.

She had 4 children with Aaron.

She was a mother.

I imagine her as a warrior for some reason.

A no nonsense, strong willed, God fearing, Hebrew woman.

I’m encouraged by Elisheba. She reminds me that’s it’s OK to be a strong woman.



Is it okay if instead of a Throwback Thursday today we do a Truthful Thursday?

Great! Thanks!

Yesterday was one of those rollercoaster days. Emotionally I felt all over the place.

I had some high moments with smiles and laughs and then some extremely low moments where I compared how I felt to a dead branch on the pavement of a parking lot. At least I got my Wordless Wednesday post out of it.

I am going to come out and say it.

I struggle with maintaining a positive self talk. I’ll be good for a few days and then I’ll start forgetting and the negative thoughts and the negative self talk will resurface. If you don’t face this struggle then you may not understand that it’s a daily fight.

The fact that it’s a daily fight scares me. It overwhelms me to think that for the rest of my life I have to fight my own self. Because you see the battle lies within me. I have to choose to be intentional. To purposely think about what I am thinking about and choose to think the correct thoughts.

But the incorrect thoughts are sometimes easier to be thought.

That scares me too. The idea that I may not be strong enough to keep up the fight.

I suppose the only way through it is one day at a time.

Because we all know that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

So the other day while trying to keep up with my Tiny Pepper Mates I came across A’s post on exactly the same thing. Positive Self Talk. Check out her post here.

In the comments I mentioned that I would possibly write an updated list for myself and after the day I had yesterday I thought, “No better time than the present.”

So I started piecing my list together last night while fighting a migraine that rendered me pretty useless and bedridden.

So here it is. Some of it flowed easily and then other parts I really had to wrack my brain to come up with positive things to say about myself.


Positive Self Talk 11/19/2015


I don’t know if you deal with insecurities or self image, if you do or don’t I think a Positive Self Talk list is a good place to start.

Keep Shining, Nat



This morning I had a schedule laid out for the day.

I knew where I’d be and what I’d be doing at every hour of the day… Ok maybe not that extreme. The point is that I had a plan for my day.

I had a #transformationTuesday post all planned out and then I got a phone call that changed everything.

You see when your sister calls you for help you pretty much put all plans on hold. Family comes first after all.

So I had to leave work early. I missed the puppy shower… Yes you read that correctly a party to celebrate the arrival of a puppy! I wasn’t able to post the piece I wanted to post.

But… All of that is ok because I was able to share an unforgettable experience with my niece. I was able to help my sister. I was able to have an unexpected bonding moment with the littles.

Moral of the story::: BLESSED ARE THE FLEXIBLE!!

You never know what greatness could come from flexibility!

Keep Shining, Nat


Today is a dreary Monday… my alarm went off early this morning followed by the loudness of the rain. My first thoughts consisted of, “NO! I’m too sleepy to wake up!” and “NOOOOOOOOOO, it’s raining!!! Now I really don’t want to get up!” After the mellow-dramatic-ness in my head I remembered that Monday mornings are filled with sweet First Priority moments at my local middle school. As much as I didn’t want to get up I remembered how badly I didn’t want to be late. In an effort to not fall into the damaging generalization of “I am ALWAYS late.” I snoozed less than usual giving myself 30 minutes to get ready instead of merely 20.

Our club meeting was pretty sweet!! We are super excited to host our first Missions week next Monday! It’ll be a yummy Gospel-Donut Monday!!!

My sweet coworker and I are always talking about how we feel uncomfortable in our current bodies. We both want to loose weight and get the muffin tops under control. This isn’t any easy task being that there are always muffin top inducing snacks and foods around the office. Determined to combat the tires around our waists we’ve started taking 5 minute walks around the building. Literally, we walk down the stairs to the outside, around the building, back up the stairs and repeat. We are taking these walks twice a day.

It feels great getting to move and go out of doors even if for 2 minutes. It feels like a reset to my body and brain.

Today was a dreary day though so no sunshine. I’m looking forward to a dose of Vitamin D on our future walks. You do know that sunlight helps reduce depression and promotes a positive mood!

Tonight is also Tribe Fusion‘s Annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner! I’ll post all about sometime soon…

Tomorrow I want to share a special Transformation Tuesday! 🙂

Love ya guys for reading my Monday ramblings.

Keep Shining, Nat

By the way, did it rain today where you are?


When I got the email from Menchies that they had brought in their holiday flavors I got super excited!!

Obviously I had to go get me some Mint Chocolate froyo!! Tonight my belly was filled with frozen yogurt happiness!!! Here are some pictures of our froyo adventures.




The littles got original tart & pink lemonade and ginger bread & Oreo. I got mint and pecan. So yummy!

What’s your favorite favorite froyo??
Or if you don’t like froyo what’s your favorite ice cream?

Keep Shining, Nat


If you have been reading my blog then you probably read the post, TOP 5 FAVORITE: CHILDHOOD READS. In that post I talked briefly about my love for books and the written word. I especially enjoy when the stories I love are transformed into visual accounts through various platforms. A while back I came across The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and immediately fell in love with the short installment mini series form becoming more and more popular on YouTube. So here are my 5 favorite mini series based on stories I love. There are so many other mini series that are equally as amazing but I’m staying within my 5 faves limit. I hope you guys check them out.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Have you already seen these or do you know of others you recommend?

Keep Shining, Nat

The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

lizzie bennnet diaries

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre


Emma Approve


Anne With an E


The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy



Music has a way of infiltrating the soul and bringing healing.

There have been so many times in my life when I had no words. You know those moments when your heart hurts and you turn to the Lord seeking peace but don’t know what to pray. In those moments of anxiety or heartache I have found myself falling to my knees with the largest tears ever rolling down my cheeks, signing songs like the ones listed below. These songs hold such powerful promises. They remind me of God’s goodness and truth. I hope they minister to your heart as much as they do mine.

Keep Shining, Nat

1. LIFELINE Hillsong Young & Free

“You took me from the wayside! Called me your own!”Hillsong-album-cover

2. GIVE ME FAITH Elevation Worship

“My flesh may fail, but my God you never will!”KINGDOM COME

 3. EVERLASTING GOD Trinity Fellowship Worship

“I will remain confident in this, I will see the goodness of the Lord!”trinity


“Here now all I know is that you are here now, still my heart let your voice be all I here now.”

hillsong united5. YOU MAKE ME BRAVE  Amanda Cook & Bethel Music

“Cause your love in wave after wave crashing over me crashing over me. For you are for us not against us.”bethel music

What are your favorite Jesus songs??