Thoughts By Natalie » sunday sessions honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:23:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Life and Death Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:01 +0000 On Friday we found ourselves out in small-town Wyoming, celebrating and remembering the life of Brian’s Uncle Randy. It’s a strange thing to attend a funeral on Good Friday—especially a Christian one. We read scripture and sang hymns that Uncle Randy had loved dearly, and it was beautiful and tragic all at once. At the gravesite, we had an intimate time of saying goodbye alongside family, and I couldn’t help but look at Uncle Randy’s wife and mother and feel fear that (God forbid), I could one day lose Brian or Jack. Having a husband I adore and baby son on the way made the whole thing so real and so painful, and much more teary than I imagined. That being said, my belief is that Jesus is who he says He is, and that he truly did raise from the dead on Easter—three days after he was buried. And with that belief, I know that what is after this life is far, far better and more magnificent that anything we experience here. The beauty we see on this earth is nothing but a small glimpse of who God is and what lies ahead in our eternity in His presence. ...]]> 2 Sunday Sessions: Let Your Light Shine Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:00:44 +0000 This morning, I have something incredibly simple for you. Sometimes less complicated is better, don’t you think? I recently rediscovered a quote that largely encapsulates my view on life (and a lot of the heart behind Nellie). It’s beautiful and true and significant in so many ways. So much so, I want to print it off, frame it, and make myself read it each morning. What quote or quotes encapsulate your views on life? Photo by Philipp Reiner]]> 13 Sunday Sessions: A Life of Purpose Sun, 15 Dec 2013 13:00:42 +0000 For as long as I can remember, I have been determined to lead a purposeful life. One of those lives that brings change and inspiration and beauty. The kind of life that makes people want to stand up and do something. For years, I prayed that God would call me up something great, to a life of purpose. As a little girl growing up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by historic farms and ancient forests, I craved an existence where what I did mattered. Where I mattered. I felt lost in the fields and in the trees, disconnected from the world. It seemed that everything of substance happened elsewhere. And so each fall with the new school year, I would form a new dream – actress, news anchor, writer – but I always envisioned myself in the same place. I wanted nothing more than to escape to the mythical East coast, to the land where people lived out their dreams, where people made things happen. And so, I began to dream of Boston and all of it’s concrete beauty, the opposite of my childhood landscape, and the fashionable, high profile life I would live there. I imagined ...]]> 7 Sunday Sessions: A Quick Thought To Ponder Sun, 25 Aug 2013 23:30:00 +0000 1 Sunday Sessions: Greatness Sun, 21 Jul 2013 19:10:00 +0000 1 Sunday Sessions: Bits of Inspiration Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:43:00 +0000 0 Sunday Sessions: On Finding Your Niche Sun, 07 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 The following is a guest post by Mary Beth of Annapolis & Company—a blog about creativity in the everyday. She likes rainy days, Starbucks coffee, vegetarian food, abstract art, foreign countries, family time, Sunday worship services, the ocean, and all things stripy and nautical. I hope you enjoy her guest post and make some time to swing by her beautiful blog! I am an artist. Not the traditional kind…with a paint brush and a blank canvas. But an artist with my camera. With styling and lighting. Clothes and ingredients. Interiors and thrift store finds. It’s been a long road coming to that realization and then coming to terms with it. But I’m here…finally. Living in my own skin and I can’t tell you how good it feels. How nice it feels to be a child of the king, wife to my husband, mother to my children…plus a creative. For the longest time, though, I was searching. Searching to find what it was I was supposed to do with my life. Of course, I had a plan. Get married. Have children. Fix up a house and live in it. Travel. See the world. But as a young 19-yr-old saying my vows ...]]> 0 Sunday Sessions: Courage To Jump Sun, 30 Jun 2013 19:00:00 +0000 I wish we’d stop measuring the will of God based on peace. When faced with a big decision we ask each other: do you have peace about it? Where’s the peace? Do you feel at peace about that decision? We think that wherever the peace goes, we should go too. But lately I’m wondering if peace is actually the foolproof compass we imagine it to be. If you read through the bible, most of the people in the stories had really scary assignments: Go someplace you’ve never been, fight a giant, give birth to God’s child, die on a cross. Nothing about these assignments screams peace to me—at least not peace in the way we usually think of it. When I think of the word peace, I think of a hot shower on a cold morning, a fluffy bed at the end of a long day, or a hug from my dad. And for some people, the will of God may feel like that. But for me, that kind of peace has led me astray every single time. I have felt peace about decisions that were really, truly, wrong for me. I was praying about it, I was seeking the ...]]> 4 Sunday Sessions: Attitude Of Gratitude Sun, 23 Jun 2013 18:29:00 +0000 0 Sunday Sessions: The World Breaks Everyone Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:15:00 +0000 0