Monday, June 23, 2014

Journal: Life Keeps You Busy

It's been a while since my last entry.  The title for this one explains it all.  So much has happened and completely consumed my time...and rightfully so.  A quick update.

My three year old had a horrible accident.  She fell off a stool at a terrible angle and broke her arm. There has been hospital stays, X-rays, morphine, multiple casts and sleepless nights.


My other two girls wrapped up their dance year with multiple competitions and a year end recital.  There has been road trips, practices, an audition and tons of growth within the last few months.


My husband's gospel singing group FOR THE MASTER had a live DVD recording and it was AMAZING.  So very proud of him for letting it all go and doing things that he would not have done otherwise.


We celebrated Father's Day by honouring my husband as the king of our castle.  We relaxed, made him a special Trini dinner and spent quality time as a family.


Hoping life with slow down over the next few weeks so we can breathe.  If not, I guess we'll just keep moving.

Friday, May 23, 2014

DIY Painting Challenge

It's been a while since I've posted canvas paintings!  Here is my latest attempt at a more challenging piece.  Took a lot longer than the others but it was enjoyable none the less.  At the very bottom is the original painting I worked from by QiQi Gallery.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Journal: Approaching 40!!!

As I inch closer to 40 I find myself going through a range of emotions.  Everyone's journey is different.  Everyone's story is different.  Your story and your journey affects your perspective on things.  I went from being petrified of turning 40 to feeling exhilarated about it.  Let me explain...

Initially I was petrified because it seemed like it was happening too fast.  Time seemed like it was going faster than I could accomplish my goals.  Was I getting old?  Well that's one way to look at it...a negative perspective.  I grew tired of that spot!  Why sit there and just waste even more time?

Then I grew to accept that 40 was coming whether I was ready or not.  With accepting came making the decision to not focus on what I hadn't yet done, but to find the drive and enthusiasm to tackle all my outstanding action items from a place of thankfulness.  I'm thankful that I'm still here.  I'm thanking that I find strength and direction from the God I love and serve.  I'm thankful for what I've already done that I thought I couldn't.  I'm thankful that I still have today.

Now I'm just excited.  I'm excited that I finally, after a long journey...I finally love me!!  This is the most confident I've ever been!  With all my imperfections, with all my shortcomings, with all my curves, with all the growing I still have to do, I Love Me!!  I will strive to be better, do better, learn, grow and GIVE!!  When I look back on life I want to see how I made this world better and how I enriched those around me.  Those are the things that I will find value in and pass on to my children.

So 40...let's go!!  I'll love, give and strive before you get here...and long after I pass you!

Image by http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Journal: Note To My Younger Self

I came across a great post on Instagram the other day...


It really made me think...what would I tell my younger self?!?!  Here is what I came up with...in more than two words!  Lol.


Nat,

Take it easy!  Take the time to enjoy every moment as time goes by very quickly.  

Enjoy being a young wife and mom.  As crazy as things may get you'll have the best memories.  Finding balance is always a work in progress.  You can never have it all together...you have more kids coming lol!  

Embrace change and focus on what and whose company works for you.  

Don't second guess yourself.  As crazy as your random thoughts can be sometimes...you're spot on!

You're such a perfectionist at work.  Take it easy.  Don't overdo it, you'll make yourself sick...literally.

Lastly, you are enough!  Don't spend so much time comparing how you measure up to others.  They haven't walked in your shoes!  You have what it takes!  What you dream about is an indication of what God wants for you!


This was a great exercise!  I wouldn't take away my experiences because they made me who I am today, but I would change my perspective on how I viewed those experiences!