Thoughts By Natalie » spirituality and intentional living honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:43:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Year of Discipline and Simplicity Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:40:57 +0000 I love to pick themes for each coming year—it makes life more intentional, more focused, and it helps assure me that I’m moving in the right direction in life. In previous years, my themes have had to do more with grace, adaptability and letting go (and last year, cooking), but this coming year Brian and I have agreed that our theme together as a couple is discipline and simplicity. Of course, re-learning German should keep me on track with discipline, along with our gym membership (I feel guilty paying and not going!), and commitments at church. As far as simplicity goes, we plan to eliminate unnecessary things from our home and either sell or give them away. Also, we’re trying to be better at creating routine—good, regular habits make life so much simpler, don’t you think? I love this simple schedule from Benjamin Franklin, especially the questions for morning and night—What good shall I do this day? What good have I done today? (Isn’t that what life is all about—doing good?) I also love that he scheduled his sleep, something that is so, so important. It’s certainly inspiring to me as I pursue more purposeful, intentional, disciplined, simple living in ...]]> 8 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 Reflections: Looking Into The Past Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:00:00 +0000 0 Self-Awareness Wed, 17 Jul 2013 19:02:00 +0000 0 Sunday Sessions: Bits of Inspiration Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:43:00 +0000 0 Happiness & Self-Control Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:04:00 +0000 1 Interview with Lacy Ellman of A Sacred Journey Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:25:00 +0000 Today I’m glad to introduce you to Lacy of A Sacred Journey, who was my featured sponsor for June (I’m a little behind, but better late than never, right?). To give you more information about what A Sacred Journey is all about, I thought it would be fun to interview Lacy and let her tell you about it herself… Could you give everyone a quick overview of what your goal is through the website? A Sacred Journey is all about our journeys in life and how they become more meaningful when we engage them with spirituality and intention. At first glance it’s a site about pilgrimage and the intersection of spirituality and travel, because travel can allow us to grow and encounter the Sacred in unique ways. But as you look deeper you’ll find that it’s not just about the transformative journeys that we can take abroad, but our daily and interior journeys as well. My goal with A Sacred Journey is to invite people to engage their journeys, whether at home or abroad, and help them to discover how journeying with purpose can transform our lives. When we do this, our journeys truly become sacred. What inspired you to ...]]> 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