Happy 29th birthday to my amazing sister Alexandra. I’ve witnessed true growth over the years and seen as you transitioned from wild child to mother, boldly taking the responsibility of a mom with a warrior spirit. I’m extremely proud of you. I can’t believe you’re already 29.

Jeesh it feels like not so long ago you were knee high, trying to hang with your big sis. Time flies when you’re living.

Wow…the last year of your 20s. What bold steps will you take today and each day after to put a beautiful bow on this era, to gracefully walk into the next?!?

I look forward to seeing your shine, and baby girl you better shine BRIGHTLY for the world to see how blessed you truly are, and how bold and brilliant God truly made you! You are beautiful, brilliant, wise, loving, thoughtful, protective, nurturing, humorous, creative, and reflective.

You can be “Cali B” and whatever else to whomever else, but to me you will ALWAYS be my POONKA! I love you sis.

Let’s take a visual trip down memory lane…

It’s amazing how much you and mom look alike, especially as children. I swear that both of you as babies looked like Logan. Yet Logan also looks identical to his daddy. Man, both families have strong genes!

It’s awesome that you have remained friends since childhood and now have the opportunity to build stronger relationships as grown women!

What an adorable family. I love the three of you so very much.

Our family bond is unlike anything else in the world!!!

Well Poonka, I wish I was there to hug and celebrate with you. Know that I am, in my heart. Enjoy your day, week, month, and year.

Love your big sis,
Tasha

Copyright 2019. All Rights Reserved. Natasha L. Foreman

Someone needs to hear this, see this, speak this, and know this.

The stumble is NOT the end. When you choose to stop walking, THAT’S the end.

Don’t stop walking.

When you stumble, if you happen to fall down, then get up and dust yourself off.

If your fall was dramatic you probably are discombobulated and unsure of the correct direction in which to go. Yes, it happens. It may take a moment to figure out which way to go, and it may require counsel or input from others, but once you have confirmed the way to go—get to walking!!

Don’t be concerned about the pace. As long as there’s forward movement, then there’s progress. As you strengthen and increase your confidence, your pace and intensity will also increase. The focus should be on continuing the journey—by any means necessary!

~Natasha L. Foreman

P.S. Thanks Arleen for inspiring me to write and share this with others. I’m paying it forward. Love you sis!!!!

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Hello family!

I need your help. I need you to pause long enough to do three things:

  1. Read this post and the call to action below
  2. Contribute something, anything, to help fulfill this request and the dream of a brilliant teenager, and
  3. Share this with everyone that you know so that we can make this dream come true TODAY! He’s only a few hundred dollars away from reaching his goal. We CAN do this!

Are you ready?

Let’s make a dream come true…

Help Kylen Visit His Dream School

$330 of $700 goal

Raised by 4 people in 9 days
Kylen is a senior in the San Diego Unified School District who holds a 4.5 GPA. He is a trilingual scholar-athlete who has earned achievements in track and field and football. He speaks Spanish, Mandarin, and English and has worked diligently his entire academic career to be accepted into his top choice college. Kylen plans to pursue a career in the field of medicine to study neuroscience and recently learned he has been accepted into his dream school. He was invited to participate in the official student admit day and is now seeking support so he may participate. Funding will go toward the costs of airfare and incidental expenses for him to travel across the country to attend.
Please donate to help make Kylen’s dream a reality: gf.me/u/p9xwkx

Please share this link so others can support Kylen’s dream: gf.me/u/p9xwkx

I thank you in advance for your part in helping Kylen’s dream come true.

I know that he will shine and do amazing things in college. I know that through his service of others, he will be a brilliant leader, and a tremendous contributor to society at large. Kylen is excellence-driven. He is not just our future, he is our now!

Go make your dreams come true Kylen!!!

~Natasha L. Foreman

I’m going to focus on today, today. What can I do, see, and be today? That is my focus.

If I have one foot in the past and one in the future, that means I’m straddling the present. If I’m straddling the present then all I can possibly do is take a dump on today or choose to move both of my feet into today’s space. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of dumping on my present. I want to thrive each day. I want to wake excited about what the day will bring, and I want to fall asleep at night pleased with all that I experienced, learned, and shared that day.

I want my life to be about healing reflection not regret. I want to make the most out of my days so that I’m excitedly sharing the greatness of now, and not dwelling on my hay day of the past successes. I want my setback to be a learning setup for bigger and better success, not a cesspool blame game of what-went-wrong.

Yesterday is behind us. Last year is behind us. So are all of the years past that you can’t return to and fix. What happened has happened. You don’t have a time machine to change things; and if you did, would you truly change every thing that happened in your past? Because you would have to in order to get your desired outcome, which means there’s a lot of great people and experiences you would miss out on all because you wanted to change one or more series in your life’s story.

Think of how much precious time you would then lose in the present and how that would then affect your future. There’s a better way to deal with our past….Learn from it and move forward. Stop dumping on your present, or that gift will no longer be your reality.

This isn’t a new year’s resolution, this is my daily affirmation. Focus on being, doing, and seeing all that God has called on me to be, do, and see today.

My self-talk for today….

Maybe it will help someone else who needs a loving push.

~Natasha

Copyright 2019. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.

I’m so excited to hear and see the announcement from Valeisha Butterfield Jones, promoting her new YouTube channel, “Valeisha’s Desk” that will begin streaming in January 2019.

Valeisha’s been delaying this idea for over two years, and with a lot of prayer and loving encouragement she has accepted the journey to share her story and daily walk to help others along their journey.

I was excited to share my two cents with her several weeks ago when she posed the question on her Instagram account of “should I do this?” My answer was a bold “yes” and then I explained my reasoning. I even admitted that my encouragement and loving push to her was also my self-talk to stop delaying my calling to do and be more. She read my comment and replied with thanks. I then crossed my fingers and toes, with hope that enough positive responses would cement in her mind the urgency of taking this big leap. Eventually there were tons of people commenting and supporting her idea, and I was giddy with anticipation.

Now some of you may be scratching your heads and wondering “who is this woman, and why does Natasha want me to watch a promo video about her?”

If you don’t know Valeisha Butterfield Jones, let me provide a very quick bio:

She has been an executive with Google since 2016, where she first served as Head of Black Community Engagement. This year she accepted a promotion to become the Global Head of Women and Black Community Engagement for Google.

For the past 10 years she has also served as the CEO of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)—a nonprofit that uplifts and mentors women working in entertainment while striving to promote positive images of women in society.

Her prior professional journey led her through careers in politics and entertainment serving in various roles such as: working for the U.S. Department of Commerce (under the Obama Administration), EA to the president of HBO Sports, and working her way up from intern to Executive Director at Rush Communications (entertainment and fashion mogul, Russell Simmons, media firm). These are just a few of the stops along Valeisha’s professional journey.

On the personal front: Valeisha’s married to NBA star Dahntay Jones, and they have two super awesome sons. Many of us in this big ole’ world look forward to watching this family grow, shine, climb, and serve together. I know that I look forward to witnessing snippets of their life.

So without further ado, please check out Valeisha’s promo video and then subscribe to her channel. Thanking you in advance!

~Natasha