Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Creative inspiration.

What are you expecting today? Did you open your eyes this morning and think "oh my goodness.. seriously.. (insert your name here) you better get ready, because today I am going to create something that has never existed before, something incredible is going to happen in my life and I am never going to be the same!"
Well if you didn't think that, it's okay - it's not too late. Whatever you are doing today, whatever area of work you are in, wherever you are on this planet.. here's what you have the opportunity to declare!
That's right! And there is a new creative path ready and waiting for you to take today.
"First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. 
Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. 
God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss. God spoke: “Light!

Our incredible Creator hasn't stopped creating since the foundations of the earth. Above is an example of his artwork. And just like Him, we have within us the ability to create, every single dayThere are new strategies awaiting us. New thoughts.. new concepts.. new ways.. new experiences and new ideas. So I am putting us all to the test. Today we must create something. 
So what will you create? Today I am working on a creative project for Spectrum Holidays, designing the window displays for two of our tours coming up. France & Italy and South America = very fun! Will be sure to take pics and share them next week. 

Happy creating....... ;) 
(let me know what you create!)

nat x

Monday, 29 April 2013

5 Minute Vacation :: Aix-en-Provence, France.

Hi dear friends.. happy Monday to you! For your 5 Minute Vacation today, you are journeying to the lovely town of Aix-en-Provence, around 25 kilometres north of Marseille in the south of France. Ah.. Don't you just love these coloured window shutters? They are so stunning against terracotta walls.. and of course leafy green branches line every street and square.. 
..decorating the town beautifully.
Here is where breakfast will be served each morning.
Pretty little bunches all lined up in a row.
Feel free to relax by the pool..
Or wander through the garden..
Or create your own garden with a collection of these beauties.
Or why not venture out of town and stroll through the lavender fields..
Then end your day with a stunning alfresco sinner at La Villa Gallici. Tell me, have you been to the south of France? Where have you been? And if you haven't, where would you go first?

Happy Monday friends :)

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Just trust.

Trust is an interesting thing. It's a noun and also a verb. The former means: 'the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something'. The verb (a doing word -- which means we have to do it) means 'to actually believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something'.
So pretty much, if we require this kind of trust.. it must mean we are likely to face situations in life that are beyond our understanding. 
Are you facing an impossible situation? Perhaps you're finding it difficult, despite your best efforts, to really trust. Well good news.. as my very good German friend once said, "the impossible is God's playground".
So we have a decision to make. Either we allow our fearful thoughts and anxious worries to overtake us.. OR we stir our faith and just take the leap. Let me encourage you.. you are not alone in this!
"See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey
and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you".
We have nothing to fear. The One who calls you is faithful and He WILL do it. :)

nat x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

You are loved.

Hi guys, happy Tuesday! Hope your week has been a great so far. This blog is just a little note to inspire your day today, and let you know that you are loved!
When we know we are loved, we are not afraid. Think about when little kids are crying on their first day of school, as soon as they know their mummy or daddy is there, protecting them and cheering them on, their fear goes. The same goes with us. When we know we have Someone protecting us and cheering us on.. we can do ANYTHING
The reason I started today's blog by telling you that you are loved, was so you would have the courage to step out, to take a risk and to fly. Whatever is in your heart to do, there's nothing to fear, because...

So go for it today. Try something new. There is nothing to fear and nothing to lose! Cos guess what...?

Have a lovely day. :)

nat x

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Friday Fashionista :: Sparkles.

Happy Friday m'lovelies! How has your week been? Mine's been pretty good! Well yesterday was 'Creative Thursday' for me.. and I had a super productive day. I wrote some of the Spain chapter of my book, then I did something random. I got my keyboard out and decided to attempt playing the sheet music of Alicia Keys' "That's How Strong My Love Is". The only problem is, I don't actually know how to read sheet music. :-/ But something came over me and I was determined to figure out the intro! (Google it, it's sooooo beautiful). Anyway, I found a tutorial on the web and there I sat on my living room floor having a little lesson on how to read music! How hilarious is that! Anyway.... moving right along! For today's Friday Fashionista we are going to look at some fun sparkly things.
Perfect match with pearls and the jacket.
And these pants are dedicated to my very sparkly friend - who believes we should never save our sparkles for night time!
Gorgeous against the denim and white. And love that watch. It looks kinda like mine. :)
Stunning jacket!

Sparkles with a pop of blue nail polish.
Want this jacket. Seriously. :)

Fuschia + turquoise + gold. Yes.
Look at this little one.. sparkling and shining away.
Let us shine light and hope and joy wherever we go today. 

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. 
God is not a secret to be kept... I’m putting you on a light stand. 
Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!
Happy Friday friends!

nat x

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Thursday, 18 April 2013

Interior Love :: Southampton Beach House.

Happy Thursday my lovely friends! How has your week been so far? I went to the South Melbourne Market on Saturday and stocked up on SO much fresh fruit and vegetables.. so much so that six days later, my fridge is still overflowing. Seriously, how good is a full fridge?! This week I baked this scrumptious Roast Chicken with Pear, Pistachio & Cranberry Stuffing. Soooo YUM! You should totally try it. Anyway.. to today's post.. I thought we'd all head to stunning Southampton, NY. What do you think?!

Here's the house..

Every kitchen needs TWO chandeliers. Right?

Oh those bookshelves..
And you'll all love the fire pit in the backyard.. (I'll bring the marshmallows)
And this little reading nook..

Here's the sunroom.. very relaxing..
And hello. What a bathroom! French doors + an outdoor shower. Fabulous.

Room with a view..
And pretty framed entranceways welcome you.. 
And then.. you'll end up here. How gorgeous!
So happy Thursday friends.. I pray your day is wonderful and full of joy!


nat x

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Monday, 15 April 2013

Hope advancing.

I actually had another blog post uploaded for today. I was so organised and planned and had it written and posted by 11:00pm last night. But then as I was getting ready for bed a scripture popped into my head. 
Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Deferred = to put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone. Then I looked up the opposite of defer. It's to Advance = to move forward in a typically forceful way. It's to expedite, to forge, to hasten, to hurry. So this is for us today. Remember back to when you finished high school, some people had decided to defer uni and go travelling, or work, but others were getting straight into it, no waiting. This can be applied to our dreams. We have not deferred; we are stepping in and advancing today. We're moving forward and we're taking ground.
So how is your hope today? Good? Or does it feel like it's been postponed for another time? 
Well good news, there is FRESH hope for you today.
So drink today and be filled. Be refreshed and let your hope be renewed.
Because guess what, whatever it is you need hope for.. 
The promise is already yes and Amen.
Happy Monday guys :)

nat x

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