I bet you're wondering what is Project E.G.G. is? Right?!
E.G.G. stands for ENTREPRENEURS GATHERING FOR GROWTH which I'm so proud to be a member and part of.
A few weeks ago Ben Gothard, Creator of Project E.G.G. asked to interview me. It was completely candid and extremely raw... very raw. You could hear what goes on in the daily life of me, Nathalie Barreto... which of course Annabella Grace had to make her puppy appearance and it wouldn't have been a normal week day if my grandma (Honey) didn't call three times and crash the interview.
The interview talks about my platform, my beliefs, my struggles as a motivational writer and what truly made me the woman I am today.
I hope you get a little inspired and even more insight as to who I am as a person and motivator.
Side note | Disclaimer: Ben liked the raw unedited version of the interview, he laughed for days and said you could see my personality shining through, I hope you agree.
I was in Nashville passing by a few weeks ago in route to of the Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Knoxville for the Tennessee vs. Alabama game.
I just had to stop in Nashville because:
A bunch of friends and some of my sorority sisters have been posting about the Pumpkin Patches all over Nashville like the biggest one in Franklin, at the Farmers Market and the beautiful Cheekwood, so, obviously I had to go because you know a have a slight obsession with:
Do you ever wish you could "get sick" without really being sick?
Like it would be nice to stay home for a few days and just relax with nothing to do?
Yeah, I thought so too.
I liked the idea of doing nothing but hated the idea of not being able to do nothing because I physically couldn't.
Being sick is truthfully for the birdies. It's just plain awful. To think, this is literally the second time I've gotten sick alone in the month of October... I used to NEVER get sick.
Yes, to answer your question, I have gone to the doctor, thank you very much.
I really wish the seasons would hurry up and decide if it wants to stay cold or keep being hot because this in-between and Global warming mumbo-jumbo is also for the birdies.
Well, that's my quick little sick rant.
Even though today was my first full day of complete productivity.
This will be a short, sweet and to the point post.
As you know, today is Thursday, and we all know it's #Thursday. Today's #Thursdaystip is to focus.
Focus on the now. Don't focus on the past, what you haven't done or accomplished and don't focus on the future, what you need to get gone. Stay in the now.
I've been on vacation plenty of times in my life so far, but none like this past weekends trip.
I'm 25 years old and I've lived an extremely sheltered life. I guess you would say cautious lifestyle due to having Cuban parents you love me way too much, being an ole child and a girl at that.
I've gone on trips with friends before, I can't say I haven't, but those were college trips. I never needed to ask for permission since I lived on my own and my parents were away 7 hours. Now, the tables have turned a tad and they visit more often than not. So, I feel like I constantly am in their shadow and my 15 year old self and mentality has come back where I'm afraid of them saying "no" to my idea of a trip without them. I quickly had to tell myself, remind myself, really that I'm 25 not 15.
Obviously I went on the trip.
We had a trip planned to go to Nashville, stay the day and go to Pigeon Forge | Knoxville for the Tennessee vs. Alabama game.
It was a pure blast.
I couldn't have thought of a better trip, with even better company.
Nashville was on elf my favorite parts of the trip. Anytime I get to go to my favorite city I love. But this time I randomly ran into a sorority sister from Ole Miss whom I adore and haven't seen in forever. That literally was the highlight of my trip. Getting to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg I was reminded of my childhood, going there every year to see the leaves change. This year was a little different since there wasn't much action in the changing of the leaves (thanks a lot global warming), but it was still beautiful nonetheless.
In Gatlingburg we went to the main strip where they have all the shops and distilleries of whiskey and moonshine... oh my goodness, can I just say I regret that design to go to a moonshine and whiskey tasting.
Overall it was one of the funnest, most relaxing weekends I think I've ever had and that surely means a lot. It was truly something spectacularly special.
"To plan is to create life and excitment." -Nathalie Barreto
This past weekend, October 8, 2016 I think I finally realized what my true calling is, enterainment public relations combined with event planning. I've noticed not only am I good with writing, conversing, but extremely detailed oriented with a perfection in planning.
I plan everything... literally everything from the simplest of days to weekend getaways with friends and family. I have knack for it.
This weekend in Oxford, MS I was a part of my first wedding event with Claire Kiamie, Owner of One Fine Day, and I loved it! It was a beautiful wedding with an even more amazing reception. It wasn't too small but not too big either, it was cozy.
The reception was at the Powerhouse a warehouse that hosts events such as art crawls, beer and food tastings along with smaller concerts. It a beautiful building with tall ceilings and exposed brick. It gives you that old time vibe but yet, modern and sophistication everyone loves.
It's so important for everyone to find something they love and love doing. That it's more fun as a hobby and not work as a job.
Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life.
Lets be real here, we all know Oprah is a badass, you may have your opinion about her, but lets be honest, she's just a plan badass...
No one has a story like hers.
If you aren't aware of her background, and just think she's some God, I dare you to go read her story and you tell me if she isn't inspirational.
One of my favorite Oprah quotes is this one:
"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
We've all been in a metaphorical battlefield, some of us in an actual battlefield, (thank you to all the men and women who put their lives on the line for our safety every day) where we sacrificed a lot at the time, got nothing in return except for wounds, scares and broken hearts.
We have to bounce back from those wounds, we can't let them effect us and consume us. WE have to turn those physical and emotional scares into something positive.
Why not do something about it?
Learn from it, teach others about it, inspire those around you with whatever wounds you have. Everyone has something to teach us whether we want to learn from them or not. Lets be more open and reseptive to learning.
There's no reason for you to hold onto your wounds, they've served their purpose as a instrument of learning now help others not make the same mistake.
Have you ever felt so down in the dumps you literally just can't stop thinking about it?
Don't have pity party in your honor, remember these three important but powerful sayings:
I love Fall and I love Autumn. There's something comforting in the feel if crisp fresh cool air. It's kind of a magical feeling.
Some of the things I love are simple things,
I simply love everything about fall.
What are some of your favorites?