Honey, I’m Home!


I’ve contemplated how to write a blog post that encapsulates everything I just experienced over the past six months. As I try I’ll have you know it was nothing short of extraordinary and filled with wonder.

A lot of you know I just got home from spending six months living in Hawaii and Papua New Guinea. I was volunteering with a organization called YWAM (Youth With A Mission). I spent three months living in Kailua-Kona, which is on the big island of Hawaii. There I spent most days in lectures, hearing from missionaries who are living out the gospel in nations from as near as America to as far as Kirghistan. Lecture phase provided the space for the Lord to move in me. I found break through in ways I never imagined I could.

Before going to DTS I was living in this false perception of who I believed I was. When I decided to say yes to Jesus and all that he wanted to do in my life. All the lies I had harbored deep down, that I believed were a part of my identity were broken. I felt the Holy Spirit rip out a deeply rooted lie that I never thought was reachable. Now when I look in the mirror I see a new creation and the truth that I am a saint, a daughter and my past is covered in a blanket of purity, cause it’s already been dealt with on the cross.

Not only did I get to experience true freedom, I got to grow up into this woman I always knew I was supposed to be, but couldn’t reach while I was still home living in Vancouver. Now I get to explore and know the woman I am with the Lord as He keeps revealing new aspects about myself to me. This Natalie is bold, fearless, honest with herself and others, courageous, mighty, secure, and filled with true and pure joy. This Natalie is no longer defined by her career of being an actor, or a photographer, or anything else, she’s defined by the truths spoken over her by the Lord.

So you can imagine after experiencing such wild transformation, living in the tropics and being surrounded by people all the time, coming back to Canada has been an interesting transition. As I flew into Vancouver, I felt two very conflicting emotions, my heart longs to be anywhere but here, but I know the Lord has called me to be here for such a time as this. What that looks like i’m still not too sure, I guess I’ll find out soon enough. I am looking forward to seeing what this next season of acting and creating brings and all the ways the Lord can interrupt my day to allow me to partner with Him.

As I transition and figure things out, I will be posting a series of blogs that chronicle my experience leaving Hawaii, moving to Papua New Guinea and all the incredible people I got to meet. As well as the the stories I got to be apart of or encounter while I was there. I am so beyond grateful to everyone who partnered with me financially or through prayer, as well as my non-praying friend who just encouraged me along the way, you were so important to me in my journey and i’m so thankful for your friendship. Thank you to all for believing in me, my journey, and for allowing me to travel the globe to fall in love with a nation I never knew existed and a people group that will hold my heart forever.

I hope you got a glimpse into my journey that was “nothing short of extraordinary and filled with so much wonder”. I hope you’ve all had an incredible Christmas, and that your New Years is filled with an abundant amount of cheer, celebration, joy and expectancy for the new year to come. I know I’m so expectant for what this new year holds and all the Lord is going to do in it.

Lots of Love,



It’s officially August and I’ve been living in Hawaii for a month as of today. It’s so surreal. When I’m not in class I’m usually adventuring with friends seeing this insanely beautiful island that I’m so blessed to live on.

This past weeks topic was pretty heavy. We learned about having a Biblical World View, but with that we learned about the Secular World View and Eastern World View. One of the biggest things I took away from this week was understanding the Hindu religion. I come from an area where we have a lot of East Indians and a lot of Hindus. It was so cool to get an understanding. But with that, I also learned how drastic it is from what I believe. I wont go into too much of it because that’s not the point of the post. But it was hard to swallow all of it.

The second biggest thing that impacted me was learning how even from the very beginning of creation, God had a plan for Jesus. There is foreshadowing all through out Genesis after Adam and Eve sinned. I’ve always been told how excruciating the crucifixion was, but it never hit me the way it did this time. As our teacher explained in more detail how brutal it was and how the nails actually would have gone through the wrists, because the weight of his body would have ripped the nail out in between his fingers. The equivalent of that kind of pain would be like getting a nail hammered into your funny bone. I almost threw up. This time hearing this story it wasn’t just someone named Jesus that I knew was a part of the trinity and who had come to save me from my sins. No, It was my friend upon that cross. It wrecked me with the heaviness. That kind of sacrifice is such a declaration of love.

Needless to say after that kind of content I needed a fun weekend.

So some friends and I piled into an Uber (which I seriously wish Vancouver had, come on Vancity get with the program). We were trying to find this place called Queens Bath. We ended up asking a local who pointed us half way down the island I swear. We were really confused as to why we were going so far when our other friends had said it was a 45 minute from campus. When we got there I realized I’d been here before and this wasn’t where we wanted to go. It was a fresh water cave where you could swim. Cool but not where we wanted to go.

We turned around and called a friend for directions. Finally after a $60 Uber ride we made it to the place. Praise Jesus our Uber driver offered us a free ride from there back to campus when ever we wanted it. It was the most stunning location. We had a mini photoshoot (until my camera died), we swam with fish, and got tossed in the waves. I was the only one who walked away with out a little injury. But we went back the next day for a roommates birthday to have a photoshoot. I’m so blessed to be able to practice my photography and bless the beautiful women around me. I’ll do a post on the birthday photoshoot soon.

Here’s some photos from round one at Queens Bath.


Until the next adventure.



It’s been a long time since I last posted on my blog. Life swept me up in a whirlwind. A good one though, I promise. As most people know I left behind my life in Vancouver Canada and traded it in for the big island of Hawaii. I’m here attending YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in what they call a DTS (Discipleship Training School).

I thought I knew what I was singing up for, but really I had no idea. I though oh cool, it’s basically like bible college and a christian camp on steroids. That’s slightly accurate, but not quite. I often feel like I’m drinking from a fire hydrant, in the best way possible.

I’ve learned about the Nature and Character of God, I’ve listened to legends like Francis Chan, and Banning Liebscher, the founders of YWAM, Lordship and Missions and a Biblical world view. This is only week four.  I feel like I’m learning things I should have learned at church as a child. Maybe I did but I’m just finally understanding it now. I think one of the most revolutionary things I’ve learned that I wish people knew is that the bible isn’t for behavior management, it is an invitation to a beautiful relationship. We no longer are bound by the laws of the old testament that everyone views Christianity through. Jesus abolished the laws, all 613 of them, not just the classical 10. Now the only thing he asks of us is to love.

I really wish I could compile all of my thoughts and all that I’ve learned onto this blog post. But in all honesty I don’t think my brain has sorted it all out yet. I don’t even know if i’ll have it all sorted when I’m done my DTS. All I know is I am so ready to live my life by acting in simple obedience because it can change history.

I’ll come back and try and update more regularly. Until then here’s some photos.


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