Natalee Lence's Blog

  • Preserving the Past

    Posted on January 30, 2013 by admin

    So much of our focus for a new year is the 'future' and what it might entail.  Our society spends hundreds of millions on riding the wave of 'a better you'.  It works too.  We decide to organize aspects and areas of our lives that have had a bit of dust fall upon it and promise to become what our goals hope for us to become.  The caveat is....while fulfilling the better 'you'  don't forget to preserve what you have become from the year you say goodbye to.

    We all have things in our lives that we wish we could forget.  Do we tend to focus on the things we want to forget rather than remember the triumphs we have overcome.  I really feel those that taste of the sweetness of success also swim through the bitterness of failure at some point in their lives.  Through the bitter waves of failure though is where we will find an equal or great success....we just need to BELIEVE in ourselves and remember the lessons we have learned along the way.

    I have decided to take a different approach this year with my goals and motives....I will remember the failures not as 'failures', but as opportunities.  We really don't fail in life, we just sometimes alter our course a bit.  Character is defined in our attitudes of adjustment and our determination to persevere.  So.....as we leave 2012 behind preserve the moments of success and opportunities as moments that help us determine our next course.  They make us who we are and help us become who we are suppose to be.

    On my way home from Costco today I caught a rare glimpse of Blue Herrings flying above the shoreline of the harbor.  I have never seen them fly together like that.  They were absolutely breathtaking!! I glanced up to see one fly off on its own.  I immediately thought I could chart my own course.  I could be the captain of my ship, that I could take what I have learned and set sail!!!


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  • Character Defined

    Posted on June 1, 2011 by admin

    Headed to the studio for three days.  It has been a long road getting back.  I keep telling myself that I am doing what I am suppose to be doing.  At times it can be frustrating because life can seem to crazy and hectic.  Other times I feel as though someone is truly helping me along the way to see a grander vision.

    I am so grateful that I love to play!  It is an outlet that I do not think I would have ever found anywhere else.  It allows me to express myself in a way that words cannot describe.
    Last night I spent some time watching and listening to artists that I love.  I came away totally motivated and uplifted.  I felt like the Lord would provide opportunities for me to finish what I have set out to do.  I find time here and there and sometimes at crazy hours in the night.  I often can't wait to finish what I am doing so that I can have some time to compose.  I have been praying that I might be blessed with clarity and expression when I do get the time to play.  The funny thing is all those things in life that were important to me are becoming so much less important.  I have found purpose and direction that has grounded me and given me meaning and life!
    There is a real power when you go after your dreams!  There is also incredible moments of discouragement and frustration.  The key is to define yourself by the growth you have gained from those moments of discouragement.  To NEVER forget them!  I know that sounds contradicting to some.  It does to me at times, but I have to remember how I felt when I stood there wondering 'what to do next and how to do it'. These moments are what gives me strength today!
    I think when you are on edge of completion character is defined!  You can see glimpses of your direction and why you set out in that endeavor!  For some, fear is found here.  I being one, am in the midst of fear and the unknown and am grateful for the experience.  I am learning who I am and who I was born to be!

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  • A better me~

    Posted on December 19, 2010 by admin



    I have had some time over the last week to quietly reflect upon my life, my goals, my ambitions, pretty much everything and it has been so eye opening!


    I have learned that I need to LIVE!! Be grateful for all that I have! Focus on the POSITIVE and forget everything that doesn't ENCOURAGE me, MOTIVATE me or LIFT me up!


    I am learning that there are great lessons to be learned through adversity!  That in the quiet moments of adversity there are TRIUMPHS, VICTORIES and MIRACLES abound! What a perfect opportunity to reflect upon who we are going to become next year~ Ponder those thoughts out in our hearts before resolution season knocks at our door. Change now! Become better and more fulfilled!  


    I had several moments of adversity this last week that were incredibly challenging for me~  I looked at my life in a way I never have!  I began to notice that every moment counts! Every moment! That I was not going to put things off that I have in the past anymore-  That I am going to 

    LIVE!!!!!

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  • In the midst of things....

    Posted on December 8, 2010 by admin

    Seriously...a moment of peace doesn't come very often around my home. When it does happen I catch myself wondering what's wrong. Yesterday I had one. Two of my kids had fallen asleep in the car while I 'taxied' them around. I was early picking up my daughter from an activity and had about 7 minutes entirely too myself. Maybe that doesn't sound like much to some of you, but it was life changing to me! It was amazing to sit there in the car and just listen to my music!! I was overcome. Completely! I felt like everything made sense again. Like I was doing exactly what I was supposed to do with my life! LIVE!! I was living my dreams and making them come true~ eye opening to say the least! It immediately put me into perspective of what I was accomplishing. Sometimes when you are in the middle of it all it doesn't seem like much, but when you are able to step back (like my 7 minutes) you realize what you are becoming. I have many areas in my life that I need to improve on and many flaws. But, this was a moment where I wasn't concentrating on my imperfections or flaws. I was concentrating on what I had accomplished!

    Ultimately, I think that I found peace yesterday because I am finally calm in my heart! Yes, this is hard work and my '7 minutes of no noise' doesn't happen very often. It is because in my heart I know that I am being blessed! I am so grateful for the daily inspirations that weave in and out of my life! I am blessed to have put my plan into action!


    I think that there is one person that keeps me going. He is amazing, wonderful and such a remarkable friend and husband! I am so incredibly grateful to have him!   


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  • TAXI

    Posted on September 22, 2010 by admin

    Lately I have felt like the taxi driver ready to take us to our next VOYAGE!  We have lots of those lately too!  School started and like many of you that means you need to readjust your schedules.  I really enjoyed my lazy summers and lollygagging reading my magazine while the kids played in the park!  We really did a 360 this week in how we spend our time!  I am crazy busy, buy secretly I THRIVE off of it!

    I have the kids signed up for everything!  I had to have my daughter read the schedule to me while I put it all together on the white board.  I just couldn't put it all together in my head!  I wanted the kids to be really busy to ward off the 'new town' worries!  They are making great friends and enjoying learning new things!

    So because I live in the lollygagging world and usually allow myself a little more 'me time' I need some advice from the pro's!  You Mom's out there that have got it down!  I have myself a book to easily throw in the bag and snacks for those growling tummies.  I am looking for tricks that you have really seen make a difference!

    DO SHARE!!


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  • BOXING!!

    Posted on July 29, 2010 by admin

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    OPERATION:  BOXING< ORGANIZING
    & STAYING SANE!
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    We are making the MOVE in a couple of weeks!  I have ventured out to the garage to go through my STUFF that hasn't seen the light of day for YEARS!!
    That sounds bad, huh!
    Well.....it's the truth-
    I am finding that I can live with so much less! 
    The garage was hot and muggy yesterday~ had to fill up the water bottle several times!
    The kiddos found their way into and out of the boxes faster than I could fill them. 
    Who really likes to move?
    Well, I have several reasons why I am so excited for this move!!
    It has been our DREAM for quite some time!  
    To see it coming TRUE is just awesome.  In some sort of way the process has humbled me to the core!
    I have realized that getting what you want is kind of HARD and requires you to WORK!
    I am so looking forward to the inspiration that comes with living in our DREAM town!
    I am looking forward to the quiet evenings that I can draw and reflect upon my day and put it to music!
    This is getting GOOD!
    I already hear the notes coming!  
    Headed BACK to the STUDIO before I can get those boxes unpacked!!
    I think I will have to reread this post when I am drowning in boxes!
    Secretly..........SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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  • A New Hometown

    Posted on July 6, 2010 by admin

    So I have a few requirements that LIFE needs to give me!!
    #1  My relationship with my HUSBAND is TRULY #1
    (HE COMES FIRST)
    #2 That my family (my kiddos) are TOP PRIORITY~ (no questions asked)
    #3 That we have FUN!!
    Life is too darn serious to not have fun!  The decisions that weigh on our shoulders day in and day out can get tiring!  I just want to have FUN during the process!  Grasp every moment God gives me and run with it!
    With that fun~ in my requirements of life-
    YOU NEED TO LIVE SOMEWHERE FUN!
    I love the NW! 
     I love the trees, the smells, the birds and culture that comes with it!
    I love being woken up by the birds chirpin' away @ 4:30am. 
    I love planting stuff in the ground and having it just grow!
    So, we spent the weekend @ our soon to be new 'hometown'
    I am so excited!!
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    I love being with my family and making memories-
    We can be curled up on the couch with popcorn and watching a movie or lighting our loads of FIREWORKS in the street! 
    It doesn't matter what we are doing-
    I just LOVE being with them!
    This is where I get my inspiration, my motivation and my determination!
    Time with my Family!

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  • PERSPECTIVE....DIRECTION....& MOTIVATION!!!

    Posted on June 24, 2010 by admin

    I woke up this morning exhausted!  I felt like I got a good nights sleep, but I'm still tired!!  I think that it is MENTAL EXHAUSTION!!  I have so much on my plate right now, I am a bit overwhelmed!  I think that I need gear to get going!  I need my 'tool belt' and my 'everready' battery! Is there such a thing?

    So, I have been pretty diligent with starting the day off right!  Spirituality and Religion are a key part of my life!  So, to start my day with prayer is my 'tool belt'.  I haven't quite figured out what the 'everready' battery is-if you have one, let me know!  Seriously, starting the day off with prayer just gives me perspective, direction and motivation!  It is the key to my success!  It puts me in an immediate state of humility and helps me stay focused for the day!  I think this is why we are taught over and over to 'say our prayers'.  I guess that is why it is a life long process!

    I kind of feel like I am learning to juggle for the first time!  I am a very busy Mom and wife and am starting a music career! AHHHHHH!  I know that this is what the Lord wants me to do with my life!  I need to be on the fast track to be a master juggler.  So, as I juggle, I drop the ball (constantly).  I pick it back up and look at it now with a different perspective!  I realize that I better not do what I just did or I will drop it again.  Eager to go about it differently I approach my tactics a bit more 'educated and aware'.  To no avail, I drop the ball.  Third time is a charm, right?  Eventually after trial and error I am able to successfully juggle my way.  The greatest thing I think about a Producer is their Perspective, Direction and Motivation.  They have the experience and understanding of the industry and are keenly aware of what you need to hear and when you need to hear it!!  So, if you had a 'Master Juggler' as your mentor imagine the possibilities............

    This is what I felt like in the studio last week!  I was teachable!! I listened intently and learned so much!! It was an amazing experience!  It was like the windows that were cracked open and the doors that were ajar were fully opened.  I felt so incredibly at peace!  I knew this was what I was destined to do with my life and that the Lord was going to fill in the gaps!  My trust in the Lord was complete!  I am so grateful to have the experience and knowledge of the studio that my Producer offers!  The knowledge that is gained in the studio is humbling and such a blast to learn!!

    Pray every day that you might have PERSPECTIVE, DIRECTION and MOTIVATION!! It really WORKS!!


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  • The tide coming in~

    Posted on May 18, 2010 by admin

    WOW!!
    I did it!!
    I actually DID it!!
    I am sitting here in awe!!
    Mission Accomplished!!
    Really.....what did I accomplish?? Well, I think a whole lot!
    I
    WROTE
    DOWN
    MY
    GOALS!!
    As, I sat and looked them over I was just so proud of myself that I actually
    WROTE THEM DOWN!!
    Without thinking about it~ All 6 of my goals for 2010 were in the following areas.
    PERSONAL
    PHYSICAL
    SPIRITUAL
    FAMILY
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    Just by DOING so I am now 10 times MORE LIKELY TO ACCOMPLISH THEM!
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    So, I am going to post them ALL over my house so I can become
    OBSESSED
    with them!!

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  • Writing them down.....

    Posted on May 8, 2010 by admin

    Right now I am preparing to get back in the studio in June.  Looking for that daily inspiration that helps me stay focused!  Every artist has different things that inspire them throughtout the creative process.

    I am actually going to WRITE out my goals!  Everyone I have ever known that writes down their goals, accomplishes them!!  Ryan is amazing at this!  I have personally never met anyone who is so driven and focused on his goals!  EVER!  I think this is why I married him!  God knew I would need someone MOTIVATED!  Here is an amazing statistic that I came across.  

    "3% of all people have their long-term goals written down.  It has been proven that simply writing down your goals you are ten times more likely to achieve them."

    This is a fabulous statistic!  There is hope!  If I just write them down I am 10 times more likely to achieve them!  I'm on board!  So, I will let you in on a little secret.  Ryan has his goals written down to finite details! (he carries them in his wallet)  When he accomplishes one, which happens often, he deletes it an adds another.  He has always been this way!  The funny thing is the more he accomplishes the more MOTIVATED he is.  It is like a positive addiction!

    So, the caveat to setting goals is to NOT BEAT YOURSELF UP!!  (I think we all tend to do this!) 

    In setting my goals I am going to surround myself with ideas, books, music, and people that are going to be influential in helping me accomplish the task at hand!  I have decided to take the next week and focus on what I want to accomplish!  Really submerge myself and get in-tune with what I want to have written on that paper! 

    What are your goals?  How have you been able to stay on course?  How does it feel when you are able to finally accomplish one?  I'd LOVE to hear! 


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