Love from NYC :: I did it.

On the 31st of January 2014 on my way to a New Years Eve party in Melbourne, I declared that I would go to New York City to write my book. And here I am eleven months later, back in Melbourne, shaking my head with amazement and thankfulness at what has just taken place. I actually did it. I rented an apartment and went to New York on my own and wrote my book. How crazy!

Like many people on New Year’s Eve, thoughts of expectation and anticipation of a brand new year filled my mind. All of a sudden I allowed myself to dream and thoughts possibility overwhelmed me. I love how God is always ready to stir up our dreams. All it takes is for us to stop, and dream and think, “what if….?!” So as I was dreaming, my mind began to expand and I thought, “I should just go somewhere for two months this year and write my book.” Not a bad idea right? Stirred with a passion so great I thought I might explode, I pulled over on the side of the street, grabbed my phone and began writing two emails. 

Thinking without limits allows us to dream. 

No one’s ever seen or heard anything like this, never so much as imagined anything quite like it – what God has arranged for those who love him!” (1 Cor 2:9 Msg) 

In this place of dreaming, faith is easy and big dreams actually feel within reach. I thought “what the heck”,  bit the bullet and emailed the wonderful Lynette Lewis and Jen Ramos, two amazing women I had met in 2013 on a trip to New York. Their lives had inspired me so much so I thought I would connect with them and share my heart and let them know I might be coming to the city later in the year. Speaking out your dream is like sowing a seed. I believe those emails written in faith shifted my dream from ‘something in my head’ to ‘something that was actually happening!’. Here’s a pic of the lovely Jen and I…

And spending some time with the beautiful Lynette…

And this is when my friend Nic came for a visit!

So with my own little ‘schedule and plan’ in place, I soon discovered that quick answers are not always God’s plan. (Ha!) So as the months went on I kept declaring anything can happen, telling people about this dream and speaking it out, and declaring it over myself. There were days where I openly said to The Lord, “um… okay… I’m not sure what the delay is here? I am not really hearing anything from you, so I guess I’m not supposed to go to New York.” But even on the days when I wasn’t sure, I always had a feeling deep in my gut, drawing me to there. So from January until August my declaration was that “somehow” I was going to New York for two months to write my book. 

So even though I was declaring in faith that anything could happen, many many things were taking my attention and causing me to worry. All of a sudden the initial joy of going on such a wild adventure was overtaken with fear and anxiety. Thoughts like “oh no, Nat you’re not going to make any friends. Where are you going to live? Your apartment is going to be miles from anywhere and it’s not going to be beautiful at all. Um, and how are you going to write a book?” 

What the heck?! Clearly these are lies. I am sure you have experienced something like this as you have stepped out in faith. How annoying is it?! But these lies were just confirmations I was on the right track, and if you are experiencing thoughts like this, then so are you!

So now I am looking back at what has taken place. Honestly my friends, it’s been the most extravagant, ridiculous adventure of my life and I can’t wait to share more of it with you as the weeks go on. I have written so much of the book “Anything Can Happen”, which is great, but as always God has gone above and beyond with friendships, my apartment, and more extravagant and fancy outings and experiences than I could ever have imagined in my lifetime.

So let me encourage you (and me too for this new season!) let’s stir it up and see these amazing dreams in our hearts come to pass!! Here are some things that helped me see my dream happen this year.

1. Understand the power of your declaration.

2. Keep the vision in front of you. (Hab 2:2)

3. Shift your thinking to the point where you believe anything can actually happen.  (Romans 12:2)

4. Take the limits off financially, mentally, emotionally, logistically, geographically and physically.

5. Have specific dreams and be specific with God in asking for them.

6. Picture it in your mind and keep seeing it until it comes to pass.

7. Expect crazy, ridiculous favour.

So be ready, things are shifting in your life and I am excited for you! Have a wonderful week ahead!

Lots of love to you 🙂

Love Nat xoxo

Love from NYC :: Encouragement for you.

Hello my lovely friend, how are you? I’m sitting here in a little cafe in TriBeCa, and I just felt to encourage you. 🙂 Wherever you are in the world, whatever time it is that you are reading these words, I want to let you know that you are amazing. I don’t know if you’ve heard it lately, but you are doing a great job 🙂 In all the different areas you are juggling, all the dreams, the hopes, the friendships, the responsibilities… in all these things you are sowing beautiful seeds that are reaping a rich and wonderful harvest. So whatever is on your mind today, know that it’s precious to The Lord. It may be something you are excited about, or it might something you are worried about, but whatever it is, his promise to you today is this… 

“I will perfect that which concerns you” Psalm 138:8

What a beautiful promise to know that no matter what we go through, He is on our side. So be encouraged today my dear friend… YOU are doing a fabulous job! Look at all the things you are doing, and then turn around and see how far you’ve come 🙂 I pray for surprise blessings and favour to come your way today, and that you’d be filled with the hope of a God who loves you and is cheering you on!

And I’m cheering you on too woo hoo!

Sending staccccckkkkks of love to from NYC… 😉

Nat xo

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Flourish no matter what :)

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But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. 

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. 

It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. 

It has no worries in a year of drought, and never fails to bear fruit. 🙂

Jeremiah 17:7-8

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Hi friends, just a little encouragement for your week. Whatever you are doing, wherever you are going (even if you have no idea where your path might be leading and it’s a little bit scary!)… let’s choose to trust him this week. He is cheering us on in all that we do and his promise is that when we trust him we flourish no matter what.

Lots of love to you from NYC 😉

Nat xox

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Just stay in the moment.

Hi friends how are you?! 🙂 After a few weeks travelling along Alaska’s Inside Passage visiting Haines, Wrangell and Prince Rupert then through the Rockies, I’m now in Vancouver. Ah I love this city. Well, it does help that it’s summer and the weather is stunnnn-ning at the moment 🙂 

So do you ever find yourself thinking ahead and planning for the next thing, while you’re actually still in the middle of something else? Well I do. It’s kind of like I’m half enjoying the moment, but then I’m half in the future at the same time. Do you know what I mean? Anyway, last night after a few long travel days, I went for a run along the waterfront. I wanted to make the most of the balmy summer night and it was just so gorgeous. After running for a bit, I sat down on a bench overlooking the marina at Coal Harbour, when suddenly my mind began to tick. 

One second I was running along the water, the wind in my hair, enjoying the moment, and then all of a sudden I was in a spiral of thoughts twirling around and around like a tornado. Thoughts like, “okay tomorrow we’re doing this… and then next week I have to arrange this… and then next weekend I’ll be getting to New York… and then oh my gosh I have to arrange that…” What the heck?! And all the while I was sitting on a stunning harbour, looking at this view…


Then I heard that still small voice say… 
Nat, stay in the moment. 🙂

Oh my gosh! That very second I wanted to slap myself! There I was watching one of the most breathtaking sights of my adventure thus far… and my mind was off with the pixies! So right away I captured my ‘slightly-psycho’ runaway thoughts and I stopped. As if talking to a child I said to myself, “okay Nat, look where you are now and let’s just stay here. Instantly my eyes were drawn to a boat sailing away in the distance. Then to some ducks swimming leaving a ripple behind. Then I spotted some girlfriends walking along laughing. Then along came some kids skipping. I inhaled a big breath and just sat.

How much more is there for us when we actually stay in the moment? We need to be aware, because tomorrow often tries to rob today of it’s joy. But let’s not worry about tomorrow, or next week, or next month. “Let us not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, definite requests with thanksgiving, continue to make our requests known to God” 🙂  And his peace shall be yours. That peace which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  What a promise hey. 🙂

 

So let’s stay in the moment today. Take a moment to go for a walk… Grab a coffee on your own and just people watch… Put your phone away and look up to the sky (it’s amazing how gorgeous the tops of buildings are if you just look!)… Go to a new park at lunchtime and lay on the grass… Spend ten minutes chatting to someone new… Stop and take in the view around you…

You don’t have to rush ahead. You have permission to stop and enjoy now, because all too soon that moment will be gone. I have four days left leading this tour, but I am not thinking about what’s ahead, I’m thinking about now. We are about to head out on a city tour of Vancouver which will be fun. So I am going to stop in each moment, enjoy every new sight and smell… and hang out with some amazing people.

Have an awesome day my friends. Sending you lots of love from Canada 🙂

Nat xxx

Ps here are some pics from my Alaska and Canada journey so far…

(more pics on my Instagram – @thewritersink)

Bears eating salmon at AnAn Bear Observatory. (Wrangell, Alaska)

About to jump on a light plane and fly up to the Arctic Circle. (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Real live glacial ice! (Shakes Lake, Wrangell, Alaska)

Mendenhall Glacier. (Juneau, Alaska)

Relaxing by the creek. (Denali, Alaska)

The colours of Dawson. (Dawson City, Canada)

One of my favourite views. (Wrangell, Alaska)

The leaning tower of Dawson. (Dawson City, Canada)

 The stunning Chena River. (Fairbanks, Alaska)

 Cute Pioneer Park. (Fairbanks, Alaska)

 A little friend I found along the way. (Somewhere in Alaska)

 Stikine River jet boat cruise. (Wrangell, Alaska)

The gorgeous Canadian Rockies

A little blurry as this was taken from the train, but this is with NO filter!!

Stay tuned for more fun pics 🙂 xoxo

Images – all Nat Box

 

Take a Risk.

Welcome to Monday my friends! I wonder what excitement awaits us this week? Awaiting me at the end of this week is a big aeroplane that I will be jumping onto and flying across the other side of the world to see my beautiful friend Miriam get married! 🙂 It’s very exciting. So three of my friends and I are jet-setting across to the UK to stand next to her on her special day (wearing very pretty dresses of course!) We haven’t seen her for two and a half years, so I am picturing our airport reunion to be an ‘extra-squeally-scream-and-hug-fest’… just like a scene out of Love Actually!

So, I’ve been thinking about the second half of this year and what it’s going to hold, and for me personally I’m not quite sure, but I really sense a great expectation for something amazing. What about you? What are you expecting? Something new and fun maybe? What could that new thing be for you? Maybe you’ll step out… Maybe you’ll discover a treasure… Maybe you’ll get a new idea… Maybe you’ll travel… Whatever it is, when was the last time you followed your heart and took a risk? 

So don’t hold back. 

Because YOU, my friend, can do ALL things through him who strengthens you!

I love this. So if you are realizing you need to go out on that limb today, just remember I am cheering you on and I think you are incredible! Go you!

Love Nat xoxo

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Friday Fashionista :: { Black Leather }

Aloha my friends 🙂 Hip hip hooray it’s the weekend! I can’t believe how quick a week has flown by… oh my gosh, we are heading towards the end of June – shivers! Which means, it’s almost time for me to jump on a plane to Manchester! Now. Today’s blog theme was recommended by two very special friends of mine… well done chickies I think it’s a winner! xoxo

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Friday Fashionista :: { Tropical Print }

Helllloooooo my sweet friends! Friday is HERE again how exciting 🙂 How has your week been? Well if you’re in Melbourne I’m sure you’ve been loving this week’s weather. Hasn’t it just been fab! Ah… a stunning 23 degrees yesterday and I think it’s looking to be the same today and this weekend. (I’m just squealing a little bit about that). I was in my element yesterday and I am kind of pretending it’s never going to change. 🙂 Sunshine + warm air = total bliss. So today I thought we could stay in that “it’s not yet winter so let’s hold onto summer a little longer” mindset… (who’s with me?! ) and be inspired by one of the hottest SS14 trends across the northern hemisphere right now… the tropical print. So here’s some ideas of how we can keep ourselves a little tropical as we head into winter. 🙂 X Continue reading

You are loved.

Hi guys, happy Tuesday! Hope your week has been a great so far. This blog is just a little note to inspire your day today, and let you know that you are loved!

When we know we are loved, we are not afraid. Think about when little kids are crying on their first day of school, as soon as they know their mummy or daddy is there, protecting them and cheering them on, their fear goes. The same goes with us. When we know we have Someone protecting us and cheering us on.. we can do ANYTHING

The reason I started today’s blog by telling you that you are loved, was so you would have the courage to step out, to take a risk and to fly. Whatever is in your heart to do, there’s nothing to fear, because…

So go for it today. Try something new. There is nothing to fear and nothing to lose! Cos guess what…?

Have a lovely day. 🙂

nat x

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