Love from NYC :: Stay in your lane.

Well hello my lovelies sending you a hug from NYC! How is your week going? Well I’m about to put the kettle on and have a cuppa… wanna join me?! Imagine if we could do that! Oh my gosh it would be very fun 🙂 So I have been in this fabulous city for about a week and a half now and boy is everyone right when they say it’s the city of dreams! Woh woh woh yes sirree! I seriously think if you took all the power from the speed people walk in this city and put it together we could power an entire country! Here are a just a few of them chilling in Bryant Park today…

And here’s the jazz pianist playing fabulous music.

Of course NYC a city full of inspiration, dreams, ambition, which is why I wanted to come here… everyone literally believes that anything is possible. But another thing I have felt whilst I am here is to really focus on “staying in my lane”, and not getting caught up with trying to run someone else’s race.

Inspiration comes from everywhere, but at times I find the line between inspiration and comparison is quite fine. Do you ever find that? I mean, we spend SO much of our lives online these days, there is so much information out there, but when I have crossed that line I get a little check in my spirit. No matter where I am or what I am doing, the moment I begin to feel my joy being robbed I know something is up. If I suddenly feel insecure, intimidated, fearful or I start judging myself to see whether what I am doing is good enough… I have to stop right there and step away.

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes it happens when I don’t even realise it! Then all of a sudden I feel totally terrible and I am knee deep in “oh my gosh this person is doing that, I need to do this and this and this?!” Um, NO. No you don’t. All you need to do is focus on being the amazing, creative, inspiring and fabulous person God created you to be. There is no one on earth like you. There is no one on earth like me. And if you try and be me and I try and be you, then we are both going to fail miserably! But, if we stay in our lane and focus on what we do best, then we are going to flourish and we are going to fly baby 🙂

You are fearfully and wonderfully made. 

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You are amazing. Of all the people walking on this planet there is not a single one like you. Just look at us! I mean, as I write these words I am thinking of you guys reading this blog. Each of you are incredible, with your own amazing gifts and abilities, and today you are going to go out into this world and release your creativity and amazing-ness!! (Not sure if that is actually a word!) Anyway, the world needs what you have to give… so get out there and run!

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So, what do you say? Wanna join me and stay in our own lanes and be amazing? 

Love Nat xoxo

(PS… Here are a few of this week’s highlights)

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 :: THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY ::

 

Soho. How I love you.

 9/11 Tribute.

 Dreaming of shopping at Bergdorfs. I will go in there for lunch very soon though!

58th and Fifth.

 One of my fave views of The Plaza… and the ice rink getting ready for winter!

 Fun exploring the brand new POLO Ralph Lauren flagship store. 711 Fifth Ave.

 Very bright and colourful!

 Subway selfie (sporting my new RL shirt). 79th St subway.

 Love this view of Grand Central and Chrysler at 42nd and Park.

 Sunday arvo at Bryant Park. 42nd and Sixth.

 Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Ave.

 Tea and dessert at Sarabeth’s on 59th with my lovely friend Brittany.

My street.

 Pretty posies in Nolita. Prince St.

Bryant Park as the sun is setting. Beautiful.

Have a lovely day!

N xx

Images – All by Natalie Box unless otherwise listed.

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On a scale of one to ten, how much adventure would you say you’ve you had lately? Would you say you are adventurous all day? Half the day? Or would it be more like 1 hour per day? Or maybe not even be that much? Well, I’ve been working on my book “Anything Can Happen” quite a bit lately and yesterday I was writing all about adventure. Ah, I love this pic below, doesn’t it make you want to go and climb a mountain?
What is this desire in us for adventure? Even if we don’t realise it’s in us, it’s there. We have been given “life in abundance” (John 10:10) Abundance = a very large quantity, more than adequate, over-sufficient. So for me, abundance is simple, I need to have a lot more fun and adventure. So, here’s a sneak peek of a snippet from Chapter 4 of the book ~ “Expect Surprises Everyday” 🙂 xx

A N Y T H I N G   C A N   H A P P E N 

{ e v e r y d a y  |  a d v e n t u r e s }

“If I say to you “expect adventure today”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? You might have a list of great things that just roll off the tongue, which is great, but if you don’t, then it’s time to dream. 
I’m challenged even as I write this. What am I expecting today? It’s 3:48pm on Tuesday 25th February. There are still just over 8 hours left in this day. So, what am I expecting? It would be easy for me to think, “well it’s almost 5pm, that’s the end of the day, then I’ll go home and just relax and have an early night”. Sensible, yes. Adventure, not really. What time is it now, as you read these words? Look at your watch, then work out how many hours are left in this day. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, that’s plenty of time to encourage someone, write in your journal, send that email, look up that course, or take one tiny step toward that dream you’ve been putting off for six months. 
An adventure is “an unusual and exciting or daring experience”. It’s “participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises” (Oxford Dictionary) and really, “life in abundance” means we should be participating in and experiencing these all the time right?! So let’s stir it up. Let’s stir up a sense of daily adventure and expectation. Adventure and fun are not just for ‘every now and then’, they are for everyday. 

Even if you don’t know quite what you’d love to do… just ask God, and he will show you. 🙂 Life is too short not to have fun and do what you love all the time. So what is it for you? Take a few minutes, take the limits off, let your mind go wild and just ask, “What’s the adventure awaiting me right now?” Because guess what he says to you…
As we start thinking like this, adventure actually becomes our normal. God has put so many seeds of adventure inside us, and it’s up to us to dig them up. When we have a vision for what we are expecting, we go after it with greater tenacity, and we actually SEE it happen. So write down some things on your heart right away, then get ready because… Anything Can Happen.”
Have an amazing day expecting adventure.

Love Nat x

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