Thoughts By Natalie » Rachel Johnson honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:23:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wanderlust: Dallas Wed, 03 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The following is a guest post by my dear friend and former college roommate, Rachel Johnson. She’s the Director of Project Development for the Touch A Life Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of exploited and trafficked children in West Africa and Southeast Asia. She lives in Dallas, TX—hence her expertise on the city—and can be found blogging at Through Painted Deserts. I was anxious to move to Dallas from Los Angeles when the opportunity presented itself nearly four years ago—I had never set foot in the Lone Star State. Was it everything it was cracked up to be? And, specifically, was Dallas a place I could call home? Looking back now, I know God had a very intentional plan for me and my life, and that the amazing city of Dallas was meant to play an integral role in who I became and what I pursued. This town has become one of my most favorites in the world, and here are a few reasons why: White Rock Lake I have a serious affinity for White Rock Lake, a beautiful body of water surrounded by 10 miles of biking and running paths. It is the perfect ...]]> 0 Book Review: Bread & Wine Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 The following is a guest post by my dear friend Rachel Johnson, featuring a thoughtful review of Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Bread & Wine. Enjoy!! “My prayer is that you’ll read these pages first curled up on your couch or in bed or in the bathtub, and then after that you’ll bring it to the kitchen with you, turning corners of pages, breaking the spine, spilling red wine on it and splashing vinegar across the pages, that it will become battered and stained as you cook and chop and play, music loud and kitchen messy. And more than anything, I hope that when you put this book down, you’ll gather the people you love around your table to eat and drink, to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.” Shauna NiequistBread & Wine Shauna Niequist’s newest book, Bread & Wine, was released on April 9th and I was among the first to snatch up copies—I love her books so much that I just couldn’t help myself. Shauna seems to have perfected the art of writing in vignettes—each of her books (previous works include Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet) is comprised of a variety of chapters that ...]]> 0