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guest post | Natasha

Meet Natasha | In honor of the beautiful birthday girl Cass, I was asked to share something for this amazing blog. Yay me! : ) Before you get to read my short bit of advice...


 

 
Are you an early bird or a night owl? I am a morning person for sure. I love waking up each day and having the opportunity to start fresh.
 
Describe your perfect day… Easy I’m on a beach with a warm breeze listening to my favorite jams with my hair all over the place, no shoes and my two best friends with me. Any day where I can do “nothing” in the sun is a perfect day. But if it's raining…that’s the perfect day too! Why? Because well, Hi my name is Natasha, I’m an adult and I absolutely love to walk, dance and or splash around in the rain. It’s awesome.

What's the best advice you've ever received? Don’t allow yourself to be the victim. Why stress about what you have no control over, let it go and focus on what you can control. For me this was huge when starting my career. Every job I applied for was THE job for me. Well actually it wasn’t and I didn’t get many of the positions that I just knew I would be perfect for. And I was so stressed. Or even more recent when the guy I was so in love with decided that he didn’t quite love me the same way and we broke up. Oh my goodness, talk about sad and stressed. I was so down and kept thinking "why me? What did I do? Why do I deserve this?"… and so on but as soon as I stopped making myself out to be the victim life got a whole lot sweeter! I was the only one making myself unhappy. I was the one missing out on life because I was okay with feeling down and dwelling on things out of my control. So when I stopped being the victim, I became the victor.
 
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NIV)
 
Sometimes life seems so hard. Stuff just doesn’t make sense and if you’re like me… things need to make sense. I like to know why I can’t have things my way, or why I’m not liked by this person or that group. I have always struggled with change. I like to be in control of my situations. But I have taken on a new challenge within myself.
I have chosen to EMBRACE life, embrace the good, bad and ugly. God has a plan. A beautiful plan and I promise you that the more you let go and give him control the more peaceful your life will be and you will live in bliss (Bliss: Supreme happiness; utter joy… The joy of heaven).
How do I personally embrace life and let God lead me? Well I talk to him daily. I wish I could say hourly. When I’m scared, I tell him. When I’m upset or confused and need answers, I ask for them. When I make silly mistakes or poor choices I tell him what I’ve done and tell him I’m sorry. I ask for forgiveness. I pour my heart out to God and from that He fills it right back up, every single time. From the sun shining on my face, to random Thursday night pizza parties with close friends, or my favorite song playing on the radio just as I’m about to break down and cry. God is there with me all of the time, but something to remember… You have to let Him in. Life is so much better when you know you aren’t alone. When you have God in your life everything else just falls into place. And the waves don’t seem as big as they did before. They don’t knock you down as long as they could have. So follow my lead and do yourself a favor…Hold out your hand and let Him lead the way. Put that gorgeous smile on your face. Be happy. Don’t think you have to have all of the answers, talk to God and keep living. Life only gets better, I promise.