"As I say yes to life, life says yes to me!"
I don't really do personal blog posts much since my niche is more motivating and lifestyle, but I just had to blog to blog today.
I got into an accident last Tuesday, two days before the big ole Turkey Day. I deer ran in the middle of a major highway and as you know, one of the most heaviest travel time is Thanksgiving and Christmas. Of course, I was the only one affected by the deers nature to cross the road looking for food. I don't blame him. But aren't they supposed to be smart animals who can sense danger. HELLO... DANGER!!! YOU"RE NEAR A FREAKING HIGHWAY!!
Needless to say, my car is totaled, thank God for the fact the deer didn't come inside my car that would have been an even major issue, I may not even be here today writing my frustration if that were to have been the case.
I've been without a car for NINE DAYS and I am going CRAZY!! State Farm, who I pay hundreds of dollars to every six months is being so lackadaisical about my car getting it done "on their own time."
THAT'S NOT WHAT I PAY YOU FOR, I PAY YOU TO WORK AND FIX MY CAR, NOT FOR IT TO SIT SOMEWHERE COLLECTING DUST AND HOPEFULLY NOT RUST. Since now it's literally rained almost every day and there was even a tornado sighting yesterday where my car is now. Yippie!
I understand it was a holiday and but you are a HUGE company who doesn't let your employees take off for Thanksgiving, so, if that's the case, then why is my car STILL SITTING THERE. Why nine days later FINALLY, after putting pressure and fire on their behinds is an inspector coming out today?
I feel like I have gone through the 5 stages of grief and I'm on being pissed off now. It's funny how those steps literally work for any major crisis in your life.
I also feel like I stepped back a decade and I'm my 15 year old self who doesn't have a car again, who's relying on others to drive me around and waiting all the time. I can't even take my anger out on the stair climber because I have no car to get to the gym.
Gosh, what did I do to have this happen?
The past nine days I've thought about it a lot, I've thought about time and timing. If I were to have taken longer eating or at Target or driven slower would the deer have passed me or was it meant to hit me?
Time has become so important to me. Just think about time and how a second or one minute changes everything.
If it had hit someone else, would that other person caused a massive destruction on HWY 22? I think about that also. I also think about that damn deer crossing the damn road. Could he have just waited...
All these thoughts. All these emotions. All this built up anger and resentment.
Hopefully my car is fixable. I think that would be the best outcome because at this moment.
I think this is the one topic I've written the most about on my blog.
Attract only good and positive things with your mind.
What does this mean to you?
Does it mean that you have the ultimate power of attracting things with your mind?
If that's what you think, you're RIGHT!
Some of us don't understand the power of our mind. It's not just to store information we need to get by on a daily basis. Our minds are literally computers. It's more of a search engine type of thing, BING or GOOGLE if you want to be more specific. With your mind you have different channels you can attune yourself to, the positive optimistic channel or the negative | pessimistic, everything is wrong and will come out wrong channel. I don't recommend you use the negative channel. Just saying.
I've talked about if you have something you want, visualize it. Think about it in your mind constantly and see yourself attaining it having it in front of you and being so happy with it. You guys, that is called the Law of Attraction. That works, its no BS.
Our minds work to bring us what we want. It's that search engine online that when we type something we need to look up or get to it comes to us and we click the link. That is how our mind works.
If we want something to happen open that engine in your mind, go to it, call out what you want, what you desire and focus on it while it loads for you. Don't deviate from the end result. It may take some time for you to get it, and you may even be tested with obstacles along the way to see if you REALLY want it, and how BADLY you need it in your life, if you want it bad enough you will overcome anything that has to do with it in order of getting it.
No obstacle is too big. You are bigger than it and you can overcome it with how you think and act.
All you need is to have faith in yourself, in what you want and the process it takes to receive it.
That is all.
Don't let your mind channel you in the wrong direction, sometimes things happen along the way to deviate us from our thoughts and goals, don't allow for your mind and emotions to play tricks and games on you.
You will get what you want.
You deserve to get what you want.
You deserve happiness.
You deserve joy.
You deserve love.
You deserve abundance.
You deserve richness.
You deserve the Universe.
"Pause and remember every situation in life is temporary. So, when life is good make sure you enjoy and receive it fully. And when life is not so good, remember that it will not last forever and better days are on the way."
I want to start off with by saying yet again why I haven't been ready active in my posting. A week and a half ago I got the worst ear infection you could ever think was imaginable, it brought so much hurt, head pressure, fever and lets not forget PAIN. I started taking medicine for it, thank goodness for family doctors you have on speed dial and that was that, right? Wrong! I got sick from the medicine, I spent all last Saturday night and Sunday vomiting and keeping myself in the bathroom. It was the worst experience of my life to this date, or also, so I had thought.
I had gotten better, my ear was felling 75%, I no longer had any pain or issues vomiting. I felt like almost a million dollars again, so I decided to do my hair Monday afternoon. Thankfully my hair came out AMAZINGLY, like it always does thanks to my girl Katie Jo. Monday night was a different story though, so I got home took a shower, didn't eat too much since my stomach was still not completely 100% and went to my room to binge watch Sabrina the Teenage Witch or Gilmore Girls. But my laptop would start. All I kept getting was a grey screen with a blinking file folder and a question mark. "Great, what else right....?" I spent about an hour frustrated on the hone with Apple, they said it was definitely a hard drive issue. So that was my ultimate dilemma, a un-fuctioning laptop that held my life in it.
Can things get better now??
It still gets worse.
Tuesday I ran a million and one errands and ended up in Memphis eating the yummiest meal at The Cheesecake Factory, of course a chocolate hazelnut cheesecake was included. Duh! I hadn't eaten at this point in almost a week, I was going to devour every bit of it. I also had to go to Target and bring something back. I finally was on my way back to Oxford to get my boots, get my mom her thing she needed from Walmart and home I go.
I almost lost my life driving back to Oxford that night.
I was on HWY 78, also known as I-22 and it had just gotten dark I wasn't in a rush, for the first time in my life I wasn't in a rush. There was so much traffic that Tuesday, of course it's Thanksgiving week, everyone was on the road traveling to go home and see their loved ones for the Holidays. I got on my left lan and not even 5 minutes later, and 3 miles to get off on my Oxford exit, a deer came running into the road, form the median and hit my car. I was going about 75 MPH and I couldn't break since I had someone on my ass behind me. It was a true miracle that person didn't hit me from behind and that I didn't flip from the impact of the deer, swerve and hit the the semi-trucks on my right or anyone else.
I was the only person who was affected by the deer, but that's okay because I have my life to thank for it. Some how I managed to get on my right hand lane and pull to the grass (Father God and his angels put their hands on me to protect me). My car is completely and totally totaled. The hood of my car came off and hit my windshield completely cracking it but protecting be from the deer coming inside my car. The airbags went off, my rearview mirror crashed down and my lights fell down. It was purely a miracle I was okay and not even a mark from the airbags, except for my right arm that is sore and has a small bruise. The police said it truly was a miracle I was alive and without any injuries. I guess miracles do happen.
I never realized the power a car has. I know that it weighs tons and that it's a heavy machine and blah blah blah, what I didn't fully realize that I realized now, is that every time you get into a car its not just to take you to point A or point B, it holds your life. Overtime you get into your car you are putting your life and others in danger and you have no idea what awaits for you. It really is scary, quite frankly traumatizing.
If I've been slacking, that's what has been happening and going on with my life the past week. Luckily everything is fixable and replaceable. My laptop is fixed and ready to be picked up Monday, my car... well they will either fix it or send me a check for the for it, either way, I still have my life. And that is what counts.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones, and if you're going through stuff, I promise you it is as bad as it seems. You have your life, you have your family and you have endless amounts of love. That is what truly counts.
On my Instagram I started an installment of "Be..." a mini mantra of what you should be and carry out on a daily basis.
I hope you enjoy, and keep checking out my Instagram, Nathalie.Barreto each day for your daily dose of inspiration, motivation and beauty.
Today I wanted to make a short and sweet blog post about Veterans Day.
I just want to express my sincere gratitude to the men and women of our country for their unbelievably courageous and selfless acts they have taken to protect us Americans. Because you, we are Land of the Free because of the Brave.
I hope today we can put all of our differences about the election results from two days ago and come together as ONE and give thanks to those who are serving and have served to make America a united front.
So I've been a little M.I.A. because I've been working on a few new projects I'll be doing starting in January 2017, which I'm so very excited about! But secondly, I've literally had my nose stuck in a book now for a few days and I just can't seem to put it down.
If you heaven't guessed which is book it is, take a slight look to your left. It's #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal... the most epic women's online clothing store, http://www.nastygal.com.
I found this book I want to say maybe three years ago, but at that time I wasn't ready. I remember picking it up but the content inside just simply didn't lure me or resonate with me, I was more interested in 50 Shades or Grey or the newest Nicholas Sparks novel.
Recently, I've had a mental shift, more of an entrepreneur mindset thanks to Jeremy who told me I was an entrepreneur, I guess I have always been, I just didn't consider myself as one.
I love this book for many reasons. It's very easy to read and you find yourself flipping the pages because you can tell Sophia wrote it, she didn't have someone write it for her, she wrote every single word, and as you're reading you can sense her passion, her enthusiasm and her bad ass girl boss-ness.
When I'm reading her book I literally have a classic yellow highlighter in one hand a pen ready to jot down my thoughts.
One of my favorite quotes that I've read and love so fair in her book is this:
"You shouldn't't idealize anyone. And I'm telling you again don'y idealize me. I don't know shit. And neither do your parents. But if I can pull any of this off, so can can you. Take that and run with it."
"A #GIRLBOSS is someone who's in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS you take control and accept responsibility. You're a fighter- you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you're going, but can't do it without having some fun along the way.You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take your life seriously, but you don't take yourself too seriously. You're going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You're a badass."
"If you believe that what you're doing will have positive results, it will - even if it's not immediately obvious. When you hold yourself to the same standard in your work that you do as a friend, girlfriend, student, or otherwise, it pays off.
We all have the ability to be #GIRLBOSS'S there is nothing stopping us from becoming our own power house, the only thing that does stop us is our mindset and ability to not look at ourselves in that high position.
I'm striving with everything in me to become a #GIRLBOSS but I know I cannot do it alone. I need my family, my friends (some of them) and mentors along the way. I know you can be successful, you have the power within yourself to do it.
Hold yourself to those standards.
I'm only twenty-five, so, I haven't been voting long. I remember Obama's first term is the first time I ever voted. I wasn't too much into politics at that time seeing as it wasn't a complete interest of mine. I was still young and didn't have too much faith that my vote mattered since everyone was so thrilled and perplexed by Obama being the "First black President," blah blah blah.
I'm a firm Republican and for that I won't apologize for.
My beliefs are solely mine and I have a right to that as an individual, as a woman and most importantly, as an American citizen.
My family (one both sides, mother and father) left Cuba because of political reasons. My great great grandparents immigrated to Cuba from the Canary Islands in search of prosperity. My great great grandfather built a sugarcane empire at that time which was passed on to my great grandfather. Sweat, hard work and lots of tears from my grandmother and her family when the Castro reign took over wiping out everything they built and slaved for, for so many years, gone in an instant. My great grand parents died in this country with hopes of being able to go back to visit. They were robbed from what they had worked for and built by Castro. I couldn't stand by and see that happen to us Americas if Hillary Clinton won presidency.
This past election, I could not vote for Hillary Clinton, it would have been an injustice for everything my great grandparents, grandparents and parents have endured over the years.
They came to this country only with the clothes they had on and with hard work and dedication they built a life of comfort. I cannot give that away.
I don't believe in the Democratic party. I am solely Republican. There is no such thing as a free hand out. Everyone has to work hard for what they want it's simple, it cannot be given because you are an American and it's your right. No. That's wrong. The Americans who have what they have worked and strived for it at some point. It had to start somewhere.
I was puzzled and quite frankly dismayed at the controversy I saw on my own Facebook. Everyone was arguing and bickering at one another for having there own firm beliefs. People were deleting and blocking one another, it was pure chaos.
I am proud to be an American today, I am glad we will no longer suffer in this country. Eight years of misery lasted entirely too long. False promises and those same people who voted not once but twice for Obama who's promises weren't delivered wanted to vote again for Hillary? Four more years of no deliverance? And with a crocked record, come on you guys, where is your common sense, where is your intelligence...
My response to everyone on my personal Facebook this morning:
"Okay, so I rarely talk politics because like Religion it's a very easy subject to offend someone.
Seriously y'all, I haven't even wanted to look at my Facebook because everyone is creating UNNECESSARY animosity between one another due to their political beliefs. I voted Trump and my reasons why are my OWN personal reasons and if you don't like it, then stop reading now or just get over it because yesterday was Election Day and today is a new day, just like tomorrow will be a new day. I think it's so stupid that people are literally getting their feelings hurt about Clinton not winning. I'm HAPPY, GLAD, ELATED she DIDN'T win and that this country (ignorant people) didn't make her the next president. If Obama didn't do anything for you (I'm speaking to the Democrats) in eight years do you really think Clinton will...? Let's get real here, don't be ignorant or stupid and let's not even talk about how dirty and corrupt she is with the 39,000 emails or the Clinton Fund that went straight to their (Clinton's, yes plural, because their daughter Chelsea is responsible too) pockets.
Enough rant, your vote is your vote. My vote is my vote. RESPECT it. We (Republicans) didn't like when Obama won two terms, we would have gotten over it if he did his job right, so get over Trump winning and just hold him accountable to deliver what he said he was going to do for us Americans.
If you read this fully and completely and are still level headed, I respect you and I hope you have a great day."
God Bless America and may God bless Donald J. Trump.
We are ONE NATION UNDER GOD.
That is how it was intended and that is how it shall be, anyone who has a problem or an issue shouldn't call themselves an American and should live this country like all the Celebrities want to do. Little do they know this country is what gave them an opportunity to become a celebrity.
So... we've FINALLY made it to the eleventh month of this year. Whoa... 2016 is literally flying by. When did time move so fast? I remember when I was a little girl a year seemed like so much time, now a year is passing by literally in a blink of an eye.
It's November, obviously, thanks Nathalie, Captain obvious. But what does November actually stand for? Its the harvest month but it's also the month of gratitude.
We should be grateful and express gratitude all year round but somehow this month we express is even more so.
I know we all have out times of hardship, some of us are going through that time right now but remember, everything is circumstantial nothing is permanent. It may seem like its permanent since change hasn't come in weeks, months or even years, but by expressing gratitude it makes the hard times not seem so rough on the exterior.
What are you grateful for?
Who are you grateful for?