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Brand New Day!

The 2012 Olympics was one of the most mesmerzing, inspiring and moving Olympic games that I have ever seen. It’s not just because of the fortunes by Caribbean and US athletes (I was rooting for both), it’s because of the back stories of a lot of the athletes, especially that of Oscar Pistorious of South Africa and Bryshon Nellum of the United States.  Oscar raced without legs and  Bryshon was able to race after nearly losing his after he was shot in both legs in California. Despite what many would perceive as “limitations,” both men kept their focus, worked hard, “showed up” in London and gave their best efforts proving to me and the world that anything is really possible.

Hearing their stories made me feel like I wasn’t even trying.  I can relish in the fact that I have lived, I am not just alive and the reason is because for the last 19 years I’ve done quite a lot of things.  However, the bitter reality of all those “things” is that I was always working to support someone else’s dreams, not mine. Like many of the olympians, my own individual goals for the most part remain unrealized.  However, instead of wallowing in self pity, while I listened to the olympian’s stories, a light bulb went on and I decided right then and there that it was time for me to take action. I certainly acknowledge and I am grateful for the good that I have in my life, however, I need to become a better writer. I need to channel all of my hobby journalism skills into “something”. I need to  build and start a side hustle.  I need to become a social media marketing expert. I want to learn Arabic. I want to travel.  I am ready for love.

In order for me to accomplish my needs and my wants, first I need to surround myself with the right people. “Keep people in your life that truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, inspire you, enhance you & make you happy, if you have people who do none of the above, Let them Go!” unknown

Second, I have to cease all of the distractions by learning to say NO, when people ask for my help on projects that does not support or benefit the goals that I am now focused on.

Third, I have to stay the course. “You Aren’t Defeated When You Lose, You’re Only Defeated When you Quit!” unknown

Because it’s only then that I will truly feel the way that I look here.

Free. Satisfied. Fulfilled. Accomplished. Happy. Loved.

Ossie took these photos earlier this summer. I intended to use them in the August edition of “free things to do in Greater Hartford”, but I was distracted with the olympics and the post didn’t happen.  I thought this was the best series of photos to use for this post because this was one of the happiest days that I had this summer and the mood displayed here captures the essence of what the next chapter of my life will be.

What I am Wearing:

I bought this dress some years ago from Macy’s and it used to be my go to club dress.   Similar: I really like this John Zack belted chiffon high low dress sold for $62 at House of Fraser.

 XoXo, Natasha

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4 comments

  1. Natasha, what a great and visual post, loved it! All you say is so true we need to live our dreams and no one else’s dreams. Good luck in your writing, we’ve all got your back!

    Glad to have connected from Chasing Joy’s #FBF

    Supporting you in getting your fitness and nutrition back on track
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  2. Go girl! My niece has spina bifida and I am constantly reminded how lucky my kids and I are to have our health and use of our legs. Love this post so much and, of course, you look amazing! Love the jumping photo!

  3. Hi Lynn.
    Actually, I really need to add “girls night out” on my list. All of my friends are male. Thanks for the compliments on my writing, but I’ve always struggled with punctuating. I’ve been to parties, but I honestly don’t remember the last time that I went into a club. Hey you should post your club pictures the next time you go out. (-:
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  4. Natasha, you’re already a fine writer, but I’m all for pursuing your dreams and being happy! Go, Girl!

    Love that club dress. Went clubbin’ with my li’l sis once this year, first time in like five years. It was so fun. So that’s one o’ my goals, “Have more girls’ nights out!”
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