Love from NYC :: One at a time.

This morning walking back from the gym I noticed a lovely elderly man standing on the street corner with a stick, as he was hard of seeing. Instantly I my heart was moved with compassion. As the “walk” sign flashed, he stood there waiting. Waiting for help, waiting for a sound, I’m not sure. As I looked at people walking across the street and past him I felt shocked and saddened. I pulled my earplugs out, took my sunglasses off and walked over to him, asking him if he needed some help crossing the street. He replied that he did and he put his arm out for me to link arms with him. As we walked across the street, arm in arm, I asked his name. “My name’s Arnold” he said smiling. I introduced myself and he said “Natalie, it’s a pleasure knowing you.” What a beautiful thing to say. πŸ™‚Β 

I’m tearing up a little bit writing this actually, wishing I had have prayed for him. But me feeling guilty about not doing enough is not God’s heart. It’s not about that. It’s about me just loving people with God’s love and stepping out when I see real opportunities to show them this love. And that’s what I did.Β 

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful,
and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7

Sometimes we make it overcomplicated just helping people don’t we? Sometimes we get overwhelmed with the need. I know I do! Let me tell you New York is an amazing city but it’s devastating seeing so many people in need.Β I’m constantly thinking, “oh my gosh how can I helpΒ everyone?!” I can’t help everyone, but I can help one.Β One at a time. One today, one tomorrow. Lord I pray you would release your love and your healing power over Arnold and over every person reading these words. πŸ™‚

So let’s take the pressure off and just love person one at a time. Jesus did that. He always went after the one, and he still does today. Let’s ignore guilt and let love lead the way.Β Cos love always wins. Always!

Love you guys, Nat xoΒ 

All Images by Nat Box unless otherwise stated

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 πŸ™‚ 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 comparisonΒ 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, butΒ when I have crossed that lineΒ 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.Β 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 πŸ™‚

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.Β 

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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?Β 

Love Nat xoxo

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

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Β :: THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK CITY ::

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Soho. How I love you.

Β 9/11 Tribute.

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

58th and Fifth.

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

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

Β Very bright and colourful!

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

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

Β Sunday arvo at Bryant Park. 42nd and Sixth.

Β Radio City Music Hall on Sixth Ave.

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

My street.

Β 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.

A constant in every season.

Good morning my lovely friends πŸ™‚ I’m sending love to you from New York City! Happy Tuesday for the Aussies and happy Monday to us here in the northern hemisphere… I am writing this post from the bedroom of my beautiful first floor apartment, red geraniums are smiling at me on the balcony as I look down to the tree-lined street below. Here’s me watering them the other morning…

So… I have travelled quite a distance since my last blog. After Vancouver I boarded The Canadian train for a three day journey across Canada to Toronto. Oh my gosh, what an amazing experience it was. Sailing through the Rockies, past gorgeous fields and prairies, and just having some time to reflect on a busy but wonderful past month travelling through Alaska and Canada. And now here I am in my beloved NYC! I arrived last Thursday afternoon and am still pinching myself that I am here. Hello NY Public Library πŸ™‚

And here’s my beautiful street…

I chuckled to myself as I powered up Park Avenue through the crowd the other day, two overflowing Wholefoods paper grocery bags in hand, overtaking people at lightening speed and feeling completely like a local! Hey, when in Rome…Β 

Here’s the view from my apartment at night… very inspiring I think πŸ™‚

Washington Square Park on a balmy night…Β 

Such a great atmosphere with street performers everywhere…

So I’m here and it’s wonderful, but as with any new season, mixed emotions often follow along. Over the past four days I have been overwhelmed with joy and excitement that I am finally back here in this city I love, but I have also found myself faced with fear and uncertainty. Being a very organised person, I like things to be in order and planned out, but when you’re in a new city, out of your comfort zone, with nothing familiar around you, this is sometimes not as easy to do as it may be back home. πŸ™‚ So I’ve had to shift things around a little bit and reassess. This morning (after a restless sleep due to a silly migraine) I spent the morning just reading my bible and sitting in God’s presence. Ah, it was honestly like water to my soul.Β 

His presence is everything. What a gift hey. When the busyness and craziness of life is whirling around us, we can feel so out of control, but the wonderful thing is that no matter how far off course we might spin, he is always right there waiting for us. And his presence is a breath of fresh air. It’s a constant and sure thing in our lives and it never, ever changes.Β 

Are you in a new season? Or feeling like you are in transition? Or maybe you have just been in this season for such a long time you are not sure what to do next? Well, whatever you are facing, let’s both be encouraged… as we navigate new territory, journeying this day set before us, let’s be aware that we are pioneering a brave and new path. My friends, we are doing a great job and all of heaven is cheering us on. We are not alone in this… So today, know that you are loved by me and that I am cheering you on in whatever season you are in! < Insert big group hug here! > Here’s me sending you love from my little home in New York πŸ™‚ xxxxx

My heart for this blog is to build a community of friends near and far, who can encourage each other and cheer one another on as we dare to chase the things in our hearts. So if you have some encouragement to share, feel free to send it our way. What greatness is ahead of us! I love you all and am sending you a big hug today from NYC πŸ™‚

Have an amazing day my friend.

Nat xoxo

All images by Natalie Box

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PS Β – And a HUGE shout out to my dear friend Louise! Happy happy birthday babe!!

PPS – Β And this is me looking like a local heading out of my apartment the other night ha ha…

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It’s never too late.

ImageIt’s never too late you know. That thing you’ve always wanted to do, no matterΒ howΒ you might have procrastinated over the years, and made up excuses as toΒ whyΒ youΒ can’t actually do it (even though, hello, it’sΒ clearlyΒ burningΒ in your heart, which means you’re probably more equipped and evenΒ moreΒ capable of doing it than anyone else around you!) Anyway, I’m here today to tell you something. Friend, it’sΒ neverΒ too late. I had a conversation with someone very dear to me yesterday, we were talking about a particular vocation and their eyes lit up as they excitedly told me over and over “I wouldΒ loveΒ to do that…” So I told them, it’s not too late to start now!Β  Continue reading

Friday Fashionista :: { All Wrapped Up }

Bonjour et heureux vendredi mes amis! Just practicing myΒ franΓ§ais he he :):) Happy Friday my friends! So after this week’s freeeeeezingΒ weatherΒ (yes I know I know it’s hardly freezingΒ compared to a lot of the world but hey, it’s still pretty fresh!)… today’s request is one thing we simply CANNOT live without at the moment! Serving multiple purposes; firstly it’s a means of staying warm in cool weather, and secondly, (in my opinion), it’s the “quintessentialΒ fall and winterΒ fashion accessory”. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m talking about The Scarf. So if you need some more “rug-up-and-look-fab” inspiration… here we go! Xx

























I hope this scarf display has inspired your wardrobe πŸ™‚
And to finish off here’s Lenny sporting the largest scarf I’ve ever seen…
Happy Anzac Day my friends… I am marching with my Papa and remembering my Grandpa today. What a wonderful day this is. I love honouring these great men and women who fought so heroically for us. So if you see any of these faithful champions around town today why don’t you stop and tell them just how amazing they are. πŸ™‚

See you next week lovelies…Β 

nat x

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Be kind to yourself. :)

Hello my friends! I’ve missed you guys… how have you been? I hope you had a Happy Easter! What a special time it was… I watched most of The Passion of The Christ on Good Friday, I watch it every year. I love to really take that time to remember what he actually did for me. Ah, it messes me up every time, but then, I guess that’s the point isn’t it. πŸ˜‰ If you haven’t watched it in a while, I highly recommend it.Β xox

So I’ve got something kinda funny to share. Last night, I picked up my little beach chair and sat in the garden in the rain. Do you ever do that? Sit in the rain? In the dark? It’s not really the ‘normal‘ thing to do is it? Well anyway, I did. My initial plan was to throw the ball for the dog quickly and then come inside. But as soon as I felt the rain on my face, it was like water to my soul. Literally. πŸ™‚ As I sat there, head facing up, eyes closed, I was thinking, “Should I go inside? Come on, this is a bit silly. I’m getting wet here.”Β But then I thought, “Hello, what’s the worst thing that can happen? =Β IΒ get wet and I put a new jumper on.” So basically, in the grand scheme of things… not that bad.Β 
And the best thing that could happen was that I would be refreshed.
So I stayed…Β I just sat there in my backyard, in the dark, looking like this…Β 
Those little droplets of rest and refreshing were just what I needed in that exact moment.
I was refreshed when I least expected it.Β So imagine what can happen when we actually expectΒ to be refreshed?!Β What do you need at the moment? Rest? Joy? Faith? Refreshing? Healing? A good girly chat with a bestie? Well good news…
No matter what season, no matter what we are facing, no matterΒ how busy and overwhelmed we may feel, he is always there to restore us!

So with his voice in mind, let me encourage you today.Β 
1. Be kind to yourself.
Listen to your body and rest when you need to.

2. Expect to be refreshed.
Don’t be so quick to dismiss surprise opportunities just because they may be ‘out of the ordinary’.

3. Always listen to his leading.
Even if it is to dance in the rain!

Praying you have a beautiful day today, always listening for his voice as he cheers you on.

And a huge happy birthday to my Papa Fred who is turning 90 years old today! πŸ˜‰

Love nat xox

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Lessons I learnt from my Grandma.

Yesterday we celebrated the wonderful life of my precious Grandma Beryl. She passed away on Sunday morning, her very favourite day of the week πŸ™‚ And now she is rejoicing in heaven. It’s been quite an intense two weeks, but amidst the sadness and sorrow, I have been amazed and thankful for the precious gift of family and friends. Why is it that when we face sadness and tragedy, we just want to be surrounded by people we love? Well, it’s because love heals. πŸ™‚ It brings truth and hope and “peace that surpasses our understanding”… Β so even in the midst of a storm, LOVE will always carry us through.
I love that. Love bears all things.Β To bearΒ = is to support or carry the weight of something, to endure an ordeal or difficulty, to hold up and remain firm under a load.Β My Grandma definitely loved well. She loved God with all her heart, so it flowed through to me and everyone else she knew.Β 

This is a little snippet of what I shared yesterday:

“I just loved being around Grandma. Whether it was for cups of tea or chats,Β I would always leave her house feel so encouraged, loved and filled with joy.Β When I was with her, it felt like time slowed down.Β Her love drew me there, and the busyness of life just stopped as I entered her beautiful space.Β 

The simplest things brought her so much joy, and she saw beauty in everything.Β Thinking about this has really challenged me; to see joy in the simple things, to make it a priority to always release the love of God wherever I go, and to spend as much quality timeΒ as I can Β with people I love. Because do you know what?Β At the end of the day…Β loving and being loved is all that matters.”

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So, here are some of the things I have learnt from Grandma. πŸ™‚

1. Don’t wait until someone is ‘gone’Β to recognise their incredible qualities.Β 
2. Make the most of every moment.
3. Love well and extravagantly.
4. Give generously from a pure and transformed heart.
5.Β Love every friend and family member as if it’s the last time you’ll see them.
6. Bring peace to every situation.
7. Prioritise spending quality time with loved ones.
8.Β Encourage others always.
9. Everyday, tell your friends and family how much you love them.
10. Take LOTS of photos.
I’m so thankful for the blessing my Grandma has been in my life. I can hardly believe it’s actually true. I’m going to miss her so very much, but I know I will see her again. πŸ™‚

Bless you my friends and have a wonderful day!! πŸ™‚

nat x

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