Everything was off to a wonderful start, or at least so I thought. Waking up, working out at a new facility, I was excited. The class was challenging but extremely rewarding even though I couldn’t feel my legs by the end of it. Nonetheless I was still soooooo ready to take on the day. So confident in fact I wasn’t even dreading the DMV, thinking “oh how long can renewing your license honestly take” LOL who was I kidding! After waiting a total of 4 hours I was O V E R everything and everyone! I kept tossing the idea of doing a birthday photo shoot the last three days around in my head and it actually started to overwhelm me. So when the DMV literally took a majority of my day I was over it, over pictures, over birthday planning, over a lot and I couldn’t figure out what my aggravation was stemming from!
I took some time to myself and called my friends and finally I was like you know what Natalie you want this, you want the pictures, you love dressing up just do it! So I go and buy IG worthy birthday balloons and gather my emotional self to get dressed. Finally meet up with my friend Natalie and guess what! The “2” balloon POPS! I literally lost it! The only number left was “4” and that’s exactly how I acted! I fought the balloon! I’m talking claws out lets goooooooooo! Then deciding to just say screw it! I’m going to take the pictures any way. In these moments before the tantrum, during the shoot, and afterward I could feel God tugging at my heart but I was too self-absorbed and worried about my birthday and my shoot and things that didn’t really matter. He was telling me to re-adjust my focus. Honestly writing this and seeing how the photos came out I’m personally shocked at how much God was trying to speak to me! To stop worrying about ME and look to the Lord. I didn’t realize during the shoot but after taking time to pray and looking over the pictures I came across one that reminded me of PSALM 121(posted beneath the picture).
All I can say is God has a funny way of bringing you back to him and I am so grateful for those moments. To remember it isn’t my movie but it’s God’s and if I would live my life to glorify him and not myself. So I’ll just end in a prayer…”Lord thank you for your faithful LOVE, that you watch our every steps and know our every struggle. Thank you that no tear goes unnoticed and that your Spirit guides us. Lord I ask that you would guard our hearts from ungratefulness and worry and instead let our focus be fixed on you. Lord thank you for allowing me to see another birthday! I pray this one comes with even more growth. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!”
Happy 24th Birthday to meeeeeeeee. If you read all of this you a REAL one! Blessings on Blessings!
“Treat Yo Self”… an event curated and hosted by Tabatha Thomas (lurk her insta for drool worthy photos and witty captions @Thrifty_Tabs). Treat Yo Self was an opportunity to mingle with different creatives and artists stretching from Miami to West Palm and a chance for you to buy yourself or your beau something unique for Valentine’s Day….if you still do those sorts of things. J/K LOVE is totally in the air….or is that the Sangria talking?!
The event was amazing, seeing different groups mingle together while artists shared their purpose and passions behind their work was inspiring to say the least. Everyone who attended and signed up through Eventbrite was offered a free wonderful glass of Sangria and oooo was it G O O D!
For all my procrastinators out their (A.K.A ME) click the links below the photos to get a last minute gift or a “just because” and for those singles out there (also me) remember it’s always a good time to spoil your self!
Being that I’m a Delray native and a girl who livesssss for a fashion show I always find myself getting really excited this time of year! This time I had the pleasure of supporting & assisting a good friend and stylist in styling the models for Ramona LaRue (a Miami designer brand) for this year’s Delray Beach Fashion Week!
All looks were designed by Arianne Brown right out of their Midtown location in Miami Beach! What’s amazing about this designer is that she takes the time to beautifully hand paint all of her prints bringing to life what it means to be a strong, powerful, and alluring woman. I was also able to capture a few other designers like Amanda Perna and Glavidia Davis from the shows and I’m extremely excited to share with you all the amazing shots!
This year was nothing short than amazing, please enjoy the slide show filled with amazing local designers and much more!