natalie_loves Aaaaaand today's Spirit Week theme was Scrabble Day. No one liked Ana's suggestion of "super" or my suggestion of "legit", so we went with this.
Hey, both are fitting. Who am I to deny the truth? #scrabble #spiritweek #nerdalert #weird #wired #mycoworkersarefun #andsupersupershort #HOLLERatthetallgirl #ohthatsmeeeee
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  •   gutenmorgan_ Is your schools mascot the Vikings? How do you deal with that?! 2d
  •   natalie_loves @gutenmorgan_ Good eye! I deal with it by not wearing purple, and by having a GreenBay sign on my computer. No joke. A student made the sign for me once he realized we were both Packers fans. 2d
  •   gutenmorgan_ Haha that's very cool! 2d
  •   simplissity I drew. 19h
  •   simplissity Nat-a-D 19h

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natalie_loves Spirit Week means the office staff gets to dress up as Men in Black. My job is fun. #movieday #spiritweek #cansomeonepleaselendmeapugfortheday #sugarwater #MORE 3d
  •   gutenmorgan_ Should have been 'Men in ORANGE' today! 3d

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natalie_loves Throwback to that one time my sister & I were in an airport in Mexico and ran into the impersonators for The Fonz and Howard Cunningham & posed for this photo with THE MOST star struck expressions on our faces.

No. Wait.
That's just what my dad & grandpa looked like circa 1991. #happydays #fonzie #heyyyyy #killem #ohthe90s #lookatmygrandparockinthatfedora #andasatinjacketANDsomechesthair #eaaaaasyfidelcastro #killem
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natalie_loves Guys. I can't explain how much I needed a snow day today.
It's been a busy busy month with trying to stay afloat, in a myriad of ways, and having too-late nights and too-early mornings and feeling rushed and overstimulated.
It's shocking—although obvious—how easy it is to get distracted, and busy, and to build a life of habits of rushing around and keeping up. Life is not about work, it isn't about school, it isn't about money, or balancing checkbooks, or accumulating things, or fitting in, or impressing others. It isn't even about having a relationship or having children or having a retirement and "security." I'm realizing more and more that, as strongly as I desire a life of comfort [and work to build and maintain it], that is honestly one of the last things I need. I don't want to settle for a life of being comfortable; of a life of keeping up with my peers and looking like I have something to offer or something to compare against others' successes.
For some people, that looks like the equation of husband + kids + house, or education + career + retirement. I don't knock the working class citizens (present!) or the domestic lifestyle.
I just don't like the pressure placed upon me to HAVE to fit into one mold or the other, in order to be considered "truly living." I want to live a life that is pleasing to the Savior of my soul; a life that exists to bring honor to Christ, and love to people. One which is willing to go the extra mile for others, to support and listen, to encourage and accept, to challenge and serve.
I want to be willing to get out of my comfort zone, to release my grip on the norms of society, and to just follow the Lord a day at a time, no matter WHAT that may possibly resemble.
Whether that looks like working at a school and using my knowledge to support an office and get involved in the lives of teens, or whether it looks like selling my things & moving to another country, I don't know. Whether that looks like something completely outside of my ideas, I don't know.
But I intend to find out.
There is so much more to life than merely existing in my routine. #realtalk
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  •   taira_ayala Wish we had a snow day! 1w
  •   natalie_loves @taira_ayala I wish you did, too! We still need that rain check on our breakfast date! 1w
  •   taira_ayala Iii know girl! I'll be texting you soon. This month we are out of town 2 out of the 4 weekends so it may be a coffee date instead 1w
  •   kayteecisco AMEN NATALIE!! 1w
  •   agraley This is good stuff right here! We work SO hard and our priorities get way out of line. Thanks for this reminder today. I pray this day of rest is refreshing and insightful. 1w
  •   baconpancakes57 Word. That sounds like a productive morning! (I find that I measure true productivity these days not by how much I accomplish physically- it's all sowing to the wind if it's just that, rather it is by how much I've grown in the grace of God and deepening my understanding of true contentment and how that's lived out in the Spirit filled God centered life.) #ineedasnowday 1w
  •   bekkapatton ️ amen! Get out of the rat race and serve God in whatever capacity that means & whatever that looks like. I'm so glad you got the day off! You forgot to send the snow my way so I could have a snow day too!!! 1w
  •   natalie_loves @bekkapatton I love you, best friend! I misssss youuuuu. Call me soon. 1w

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natalie_loves I know a million people will be posting photos of our snowstorm last night, but...
Oh well. I woke up this morning to this beautiful scene. And lots of geese. #winter #colorado #snowforever #iceicebaby
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natalie_loves Tried rock climbing for the first time today with a couple of my new coworkers. Way more challenging than I thought, and Crystal smoked me, and my arms are jelly-ish-tired, but it was SO FUN.
#rockclimbingwall #allthishasshownmeisthatihavezeroupperbodystrength #alsoclimbingthingsisfun #SUCHFUN
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natalie_loves Throwback to that one time my parents were like, "Smile like you mean it!" and I was like, "OKAAAAAY!" and gave my sweetest smile and tried to push my sister off a boulder.
Eh, well... I smiled. #yourottensisteryourbuttiscrushingme #sorryboo #siblingrivalry #elementarythuggin #youshouldhaveseenthefightsweusedtohave #bareknuckleboxers #luchalibreforreal #iwaslegittheworstlittlesisterofalltime #canigetahashtag
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natalie_loves I couldn't shut up with my attempt to name Crystal's new Olympic sport, but this was still so hilarious.
The snow was a little too soft & fluffy for good sledding... But the snow angels we made were 🏽. #colorado #winter #snowsports #doireallyhavetogotoworktomorrow? #ijustwanttoplayoutsideALLDAY #sledskiing #getit #GETIIIIIIIT #shelegitlosthersledintheprocess @baconpancakes57
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natalie_loves "Think of all the joy you'll find when you leave the world behind." –Peter Pan

Throwback to that one time #PeterPan joined our snowshoeing trip. #iknowitssunday #ijustreallyreallylovesnowshoeingandwanttogoagain #itismynewfavoritethingever #snow #colorado
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natalie_loves Throwback to two days ago, when I bought myself the best early birthday present EVER.
On my 4 year Coloradiversary, I will be watching my favorite band of all time, for the 5th time.
YAAAAAAS. #thrice #thrice2016 #hooray! #birthdayweek #denver #iloveyourileybreckenridge
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  •   speedoguy We got tickets for June 3rd in LA 3w
  •   natalie_loves @speedoguy So jealous! The Shrine, right? I love that place. I considered flying out for the show, but I'm so glad they'll be in Denver again. 3w
  •   whosthatgirlitsbea So good!! 3w
  •   speedoguy Yes, at the shrine, can't wait for the new album to drop already! 3w
  •   mrsrussler We might be seeing them in SD in June! I mean...what a better time for you to visit CA?! #amiright 3w

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natalie_loves Snowshoeing yesterday for the first time ever. It was SO freaking fun, we were snuck up on by THREE pups on the trek (all of whom let us pet them for a long time and one that looked like an actual bear), and burned 1400 calories in 3 hours.
Easiest workout of my life, and one of the most enjoyable.
Mentally, anyway. Today I have sore muscles, a bruised foot, a blood blister on my hand from strangely gripping my trekking poles, and raw ankles.
BUT I'M NOT EVEN MAD BRO. Totally going again next weekend.
#nopainnogain #orwhatever #colorado #snowshoeing #rookiemistakes #itsreallynotremotelydangerous #imjustmisterfreakingmagoo #supesclumsy #maybeishouldlearntoproperlytiemyshoes 🏽
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  •   tina_alfaro But where are the pics of the pups?!??!! 3w
  •   natalie_loves @tina_alfaro I wasn't quick enough on the draw! I was too overjoyed to remember my photo op... 😕 3w

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natalie_loves Nederland, CO.
Breakfast, mini road trips, & snowshoeing are today's entire agenda. #illtakeit #colorado #adventure #itsoutthere #givemeallthebaconandeggsyouhave
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natalie_loves I meaaaaaan, I don't weigh 800 pounds, but every time I do burpees, I feel like these two ladies jumping in thunderous, earth-shattering unison.
#dancinghippos #burpeesforever #hahahajustkiddingburpeescancrawlinaholeanddie #justwaterandexlaxtilprom #workinonthathibernationbod
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natalie_loves Throwback to that one time I was like, "HEIGH HO, SILVER!" and tried riding a stationary animal off into the distance. #ohmybad #youmeanthisthingisntreal? #elgranletdown #iwasntthebrightestcrayoninthebox #giddyup #motorcyclelean #checkoutmyrockin80spantsuit #workthatrunway #glamcity #tbt 4w

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natalie_loves A beautiful morning in Golden.
Cold as all get-out, but still wonderful. #love #home #colorado
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natalie_loves I finally got to watch the new episode today, and ZINGGGGGGG!
The Dowager Countess makes my life. #someonejustgottold #sickburn #downtonabbeyforever #dontend
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  •   adrieschisler Haha that was such a good quote!!! 1mon
  •   thegfam Best quote of the night! 🏼 1mon
  •   simplissity I just finished episode 4, Season 1. I like it. It took me 2 episodes to get hooked. By the end of 4 I was like ...oO(watch another one!. No Gena. Go to bed, you work tomorrow!!) 1mon
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natalie_loves Hung out with Maximus over the weekend, and he gave me this face while I watched Gilmore Girls and Batman spoofs. #areyounotentertained?
#guessnot #sorrybud
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  •   apayala3 So thats who was watching gilmore... 1mon
  •   natalie_loves @apayala3 Hahahaha! I was going to change it to SpongeBob and crank up the volume, but I only know how to work Netflix, PLUS I love those Girls. 1mon
  •   apayala3 Sweet reference there. 1mon
  •   taira_ayala Hahaha that's a "seriously? My mom watches these girls allll the time" face 1mon

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natalie_loves Ringing in the new year in Colorado with my whole family. 2015 has been a great year—although difficult at times—of seeing God's faithfulness and enjoying life.
So excited for 2016 and more opportunities to grow, to change, to learn, & to get involved in the community. #bringit #2016 #coloradolovin #yaylife!
1mon

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