On March 20th my Storiboard Nation business partner, Markeith Wood, turned a year older and wiser.

How old is he?

Well he’s been a rebel around these parts for 23 years plus an additional 20-plus plus plus more. I will leave it at that 😆

His mind and spirit is still as sharp determined, and energized as any 23-year-old I’ve ever known—and so I hope that he celebrates accordingly this week, this month, and this year.

Check him out in 2016 showing the youngsters and the “old heads” how he flows.

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If you’re on IG or Twitter be sure to follow him and wish him a happy birthday at @Markeith73

If you live in Virginia or will be stopping through, be sure to support his project, Sole Xpressions, that he is collaborating on with some powerhouse movers and shakers, as they focus on empowering and inspiring our younger generations. They have an event tomorrow and will have more lined up.

Happy birthday man! ✌🏽

~Natasha

The above featured video is our first of many, to tell our story and share our vision for Storiboard Nation. We’re working hard to meet the needs of our members who shared their feedback on the type of online community and mobile app they desired. There’s been many sleepless nights to build an online environment that is free of bullying, discrimination, intolerance, and toxic role models.

Yesterday we launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover the development costs of this phase of our buildout. Your support would help us open the virtual doors of Storiboard Nation this Fall to the various mentoring organizations, schools, programs, and groups, who are all very eager to experience the new and improved Storiboard Nation.

Imagine connecting with positive role models from around the world using your mobile device, tablet, or computer?

Imagine teachers, parents, counselors, principals, coaches, and librarians all connecting with each other online—and most importantly, connecting with our youth who need guidance, support, and encouragement—especially during non-school hours.

If you’re interested in learning more about Storiboard Nation and seeing how you can support our efforts to build an online community that doesn’t tolerate bullying, judgment, or discrimination of any kind, visit this link

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can help us build an online community where teens look forward to connecting with their teachers, counselors, coaches, mentors, and yes—even their parents—then please visit this link (and we hope you will share it with others):  https://igg.me/at/SBNation/x/13975629

Being a role model isn’t about being perfect, it’s about sharing your stories. We hope that you will share yours on Storiboard Nation very soon!

~Natasha Foreman Bryant, Co-Founder of Storiboard Nation

 

Wow I can’t believe it’s already NYE!
For the most part 2015 has been great. It has been crazy busy trying to juggle teaching students at two colleges, while running two companies, and managing a household with a busy husband and a very active chocolate lab Bishop Milo Bryant. 

December Challenges and Blessings

December has been VERY rough emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I’ve had medical issues, decided to change my plans and spend time in a Newport Beach hospital instead of hanging at the beach (*can you hear the sarcasm?*) and NOW this week I have strept throat. 

What??? As much as I talk…I’m the last person who needs to be shut down with strept throat! 😷

BUT even with all of that,  I’m BLESSED and that’s ALL that matters. Not everyone woke up this morning, but you and I did. So praise God for another day!

And STILL I RISE!

My Family

My sister Alexandra Foreman (as usual) has stepped up BIG time and she’s been taking care of me these past four weeks. I don’t know what I would do without her. 

It was doubly helpful when my mom Gwen Foreman came here for Christmas and just filled our days and my home with love and joy. My mom and sister, and my sister’s boyfriend Shawn helped me cook Christmas dinner. It turned out so awesome!!!! 😋

I’m such a busy body and don’t like being cooped up in the house, so it feels good knowing that my sister is helping pick up my household load, and when she’s not at work she drives me around (or rides with me when I stubbornly demand to drive) to run errands, etc. She’s such a blessing. 🙏🏽

I love my sister, flaws and all. I’m so grateful. 

I’m grateful that my husband picked up my meds the other day to fight this strept throat, and has been helping as my “room service attendant” the past few days. It has helped take some of the load off of me and my sister. 

My amazing dog Bishop rarely leaves my side. Where mommy is he wants to be, especially when mommy isn’t feeling good. He’s taking a nap next to me as I type this. There’s no loyalty and love like that of a dog!

Move Those Hips: Couch Potato I am NOT!

I can’t wait until I get the okay from doctors to get my Fitbit back on my wrist so I can actively rejoin the daily and weekly challenges with my cousins Vilynsia Collins Montgomery and  Kasi Lee-Aska, and my friend Paul Jones.

I know that they’ve been tearing up those challenges. I refuse to open my app because I feel so left out! It’s been four long weeks of inactivity. 😩

2015 is Wrapping up and Here’s What I See in my New Year:

I look forward to what 2016 will bring. I look forward to the opportunities and challenges. I look forward to the growth and the growing pains. I look forward to making my mark, doing big things, going new places, meeting new faces, and conquering my fears. 

The Entrepreneur

I look forward to watching Foreman & Associates, LLC and Storiboard Nation LLC grow and get closer to reaching our missions. Both companies have some big announcements and overhauls coming in January. I look forward to seeing where my Storiboard Nation business partner, Markeith Wood, and I take our company. Iron sharpens iron. So watch out for us in 2016!!!! 

The Servant Leader’s Call to Serve

I’m excited about a HUGE announcement that I have about my Breaking Bread With Natasha blog. I’ve painfully been inactive for several weeks. I know that people have been freaking out. But I promise to make it up to all of my readers. Stay tuned for details. 

So What Does All of This Mean?

NOTHING and NO ONE will stop me from being who and what God intends for me. Like it, love it, or leave it—just don’t think for one minute that you can stop what God has set in motion for me! God did not make me to be mediocre. God did not see “small” in His vision for me. The visions that He has given me are in no way small. 

I only want people around me who will be truly supportive of me (in thought, word, and deed) as I climb these behemoths and reach the top. Don’t small change me. Don’t reduce me to your comfort level. Help me or get out of my way. You can trash talk about me, while miles behind me! 

I’m blessed and highly favored. Thank you 2015 for the lessons. I’m ready to put things in motion for 2016.

 Let’s do this!!!!!!

Warmest wishes and love,

Natasha Foreman Bryant 

This is the first time in a long time that I have started a journey in my career where I’ve been scared. It’s such a huge thing and I’m scared. But dang it I’m running with it anyway! My parents didn’t raise a punk, so I’m putting on my big girl trunks and doing this!

Storiboard Nation LLC
I Co-Founded this company with my business partner, Markeith Wood. We first met in November 2013, and by February 2014 I decided to switch my role from serving as a consultant to actually becoming a partner. In March the company was legally formed.

I serve as the Co-Founder and Chief Global Strategist (and behind the scenes wearing a bunch of other hats!)

Markeith and I both share a passion for community and especially working with and mentoring the youth. We had similar ideas for an online mentoring network, but Markeith’s idea was super-sized as his vision had potential to be global, while I hadn’t broadened my focus beyond serving one nonprofit organization near and dear to me (hint hint). We put our minds together, tweaked some of our original thoughts, and I began sharpening my techie (after many years of laying dormant).

Ladies and gentlemen I introduce you to Storiboard Nation, “an online mentoring network for youth, supported by parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors“. It’s a private network where we have students in middle school through college engaging in dialogue with their peers, with each other and with the adults who want to see them succeed.

Adults have to undergo extensive background screening before they can gain access to the network. We have student-only and adult-only forums. We have groups that meet and discuss topics from music to STEM, entrepreneurship to sports, attending college to changing the environment, and everything in between.

We’re creating an online community “where we can build tomorrow’s leaders today!

We already have teachers with more than 350 students waiting for us to open the virtual doors to them. The teachers have been part of our BETA testers along with several parents, coaches, and mentors.

We have students in grades 6-12 as well as several who are in college, who are adding their voice and creativity to helping us build the online community in a way that’s appealing to youth and not just us “old folks”.

We’re partnering with mentoring and youth organizations, as well as businesses from around the world who are interested in taking part in what we believe will be a big impact not just locally but globally.

We’re currently developing our mobile app, which will make interacting simpler and more engaging, and will give us the global presence that is needed. We’re also actively looking for team members and partners to help us build Storiboard Nation to where it needs to be.

To get a sneak peek into Storiboard Nation visit storiboardnation.com

Markeith and I are simultaneously working on other projects beyond the online community that will reinforce and nurture what we’re currently developing. Stay tuned for more announcements concerning those efforts.

Remember life is about our stories, share yours today on Storiboard Nation!

Warmest wishes,
Natasha

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