I can’t wait for you to meet Natalie! Here’s the interview on Dear Daughters Episode 40.
- It’s a small world ~ I know Natalie’s father in law, Larry Coulter, she knows my niece Kate, and my brother in law, Jim Stafford, who went on a funny post-college Colorado adventure with her father in law and now makes these beautiful tables.
- Natalie’s beautiful instagram feed
- One of my favorite things to refer to: my interview with Bill Hendricks of the Giftedness Center, and the idea of being goal-oriented vs. vision-oriented.
- Natalie’s fun workshops (including brush lettering, modern calligraphy, and watercolor 101), and her new product, The Art Journal Kit
- art journaling and travel journaling and devotional journaling (and this fun coloring bible)
- Julia Cameron’s, The Artist’s Way, and the Artist Date for nurturing your inner artist
- Natalie’s Young Life heritage
- Karen Marsh joined me for dd episode 36 and shared about her bonhoeffer house. She doesn’t invite students over for a Bible study, because if they’re not believers that would be super intimidating. Instead she invites them over for dinner and conversations.
- Check out my daughter Emily’s beautiful photography here
- Do you bullet-journal? I have way too many ideas for it, but the Lazy Genius has a great guide here ~ How to Bullet Journal: The Absolute Ultimate Guide.
- Natalie’s favorite verse: 2 Corinthians 4.17
- Natalie’s favorite taco in Austin ~ Migas taco from Veracruz
- Favorite book Natalie is reading: The Sacred Enneagram : Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth, by Christopher L. Hueurtz
- Bri McKoy, fellow enneagram seven, and Amy Hannon and our pie enneagram
- Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
We were made to create. Whether you’re going to be a fine artist, or do it as a hobby, it’s important to do it. ~ Natalie Coulter
When you’re trying something new, it takes a lot of brave. Because it feels like falling off the ledge and risking failure. ~ Susie Davis
Art journaling is essentially cataloguing the things you do in a day. It can be a good practice for paying attention and being thankful and s-l-o-w-i-n-g down.
In drawing, and in anything creative, the goal isn’t necessarily to get better, it’s just to do it. ~ Natalie Coulter
Some ways you can incorporate art journaling into your daily/weekly life: write out people’s names or different images that come to mind as you pray for someone, or sketch the things you’re thankful for. Young moms can take just 10 minutes of their kids nap to write down something sweet they did that day. Document your family’s life- little moments a photo or journal entry might not capture. Capture the things we might often overlook, like your kid’s favorite toy, or your favorite pair of socks.
God could have just chosen to make daytime blue, the sunset red and the nighttime black, but instead He chose to make a watercolor painting every night. ~ Natalie Coulter
We are made in His image. We are image-bearers and therefore co-creators with Him. Whenever we’re creating something, it’s just a pure reflection of Him to bring Him glory. ~ Natalie Coulter
Natalie’s definition of creativity ~> connecting the unconnected.
Natalie’s tips on some good ways to be a small business owner: Surrender control. God gave you this business as a gift. It’s not your identity, it’s not your worth. And don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you’re wanting to start your own small business: Find 1-3 people who believe in you and believe in your product, and get pep talks from them. Then make another little team that can help you connect to resources and brainstorm. Having that team around you that will help you persevere. ~ Natalie Coulter
As a creative, you can’t base success on what you normally think success looks like. ~ Susie Davis
Small business is about being brave and being nimble. ~ Susie Davis
Work is valuable because He created us to work. ~ Natalie Coulter
The world needs more people who have a ministry heart and who see people’s intrinsic value as deeply loved by God and deeply creative. Because when people start seeing themselves as creative, they see themselves as valuable. When they see themselves as valuable, they start seeing themselves as worthy of love. And that’s how God shows up. ~ Susie Davis
Art as respite, art as gratitude, art as remembering whose you are, and art as remembering how God made you. ~ Susie Davis
When we understand ourselves better, we can love ourselves better, and I think God wants us to do that. ~ Susie Davis
Give yourself the space to play with your creativity. Don’t be concerned with being good at it comparatively. I don’t think that’s the point. The point is to play. ~ Natalie Coulter
CONNECT WITH NATALIE
… grateful, grateful for Davis sharing their music for the DD Podcast. :)