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April 23, 2018

Lately I've been taking an intentional step back from Author Things and focusing more on the side of Connection Things. What that looks like: spending more time with my friends, really diving deeply into community, stepping more into leadership and facilitation, and, as of today - starting a company!

My good friend, Scott Gregory and I were wanting to collaborate on something.

"Where do we both feel mastery?"

Easy - working with kids and teenagers.

And so we decided to take the tools we've learned from Authentic Relating* and bring them to teens and teachers to help today's youth feel more present, more connected, and more compassionate. Just a day later, we were already getting booked for our first events - and we hadn't even thought of a name for our new business yet!

Well, now we have a name, and even a very snazzy website.

Present Company.

Check it out and get in touch if the work we're doing is something that you or your teenagers need in their lives.

Horray!
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Published on April 23, 2018 07:04 • 89 views • Tags: community, compassion, connection, empathy, kids, meditation, mindfuless, self-love, teenagers, teens, ya, young-adult

April 17, 2018

Lately, I have been facilitating workshops with my friend and co-facilitator, Scott Gregory, focused on bringing teens and teachers tools for mindfulness, connection, and compassion. It's going well. In fact, the two of us have decided to start a new business offering workshops and classes for teens and teachers. In fact, it's moving very quickly!

So very soon, that is where most of my time will be going. So in this little window where it is not (a window of about... oh, a couple of days...) I've decided to go ahead and finally, FINALLY, get you guys the third Peter Able book!!!

(Yay! Horrrah! Celebrations! Party hats!)

Without further ado, here is the link to the brand-spankin' new book, The Actual Account of Peter Able.

Please be sure to leave a review on the Amazon and Goodreads pages once you've read the book!

And thanks!


<3
Natalie
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Published on April 17, 2018 05:55 • 45 views • Tags: adventure, author, fantasy, fiction, funny, humor, natalie-grigson, peter-able, ya, young-adult

March 28, 2018

A lot has been shifting in my life in the past several months, and overall, I feel like I am moving from a more Doing space to a more Being space. As you might have noticed, this has meant a lot less "hustle." No social media videos, a rare post here and there, and a lot less trying.

I've let go of the story of Natalie the Successful Author, and am now focusing more on what feels good and right in the moment. Mostly, that looks like spending time with people I love, more time outdoors, yoga, playing, and writing a lot more poetry. I've created an album of poems on my personal Facebook Author page, linked here.

From this place of being and not trying so hard, I notice that things just... happen. For a while, my intention has been to move from writing books that help kids and teens to working directly with them more - hosting workshops and events that will help them connect to themselves and others.

In the past week alone, several opportunities have presented themselves to me to do just that. I'll be hosting some workshops in Austin, and have been invited to a conference in Sydney, Australia in May to host several days of workshops/talks.

So - things are happening. Slowly, naturally, and without so much pushing. It feels good to slow down, to be, and to act from a place of inspiration, rather than expectation. It might look a little less active from the outside, but after years of "trying," this space of allowing feels like home.

More updates coming soon...
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Published on March 28, 2018 11:07 • 92 views • Tags: author, books, kids-author, kids-books, mindfulness, natalie-grigson, news, peter-able

January 30, 2018

I want to live in a world where
People are empathetic
Where feelings are puddles to be
Stepped in and splashed around
Tear-stained boots interchange hands
And we can all get each other a little better.

I want to live in a world where
Men don’t rape women and
Where we are not constantly at war
With our bodies
With our sex
Your sex
Our exes and neighbors
And with the present, and later
When it all falls apart –
When some young man goes too far
I want to live in a world where
His peers hold him accountable
And still look at him with love
Because
That’s all he wanted in the first place.

I want to live in a world where
Girls grow up hearing Madame President
And boys can be told
You’re beautiful
Where we step in and out of the puddles of our lives
Joyous tears as our brothers get married
Tears of grief as our sisters pass
Where when things come to pass
And change blows through, we hold onto each other
With delicate fingertips
We let go when it’s time, still connected in mind
But we move with the music as it changes

I wan to live in a world where
We see
We really see each other
Not a proposition, imposition, or a way to just keep talking
But as collections of memories to be learned
As eyes to be stared into
As questions – without answers
I want to be seen in this world
As a reflection of the world around me
As your soulmate, solely because we share this one moment
As your greatest teacher, because I am before you
As the culmination of every moment before me

I want for us to see each other
In such radiant light that we can’t help
but to go blind to race, religion, and ability
To the things we’ve been handed without our consent

I want this world – I can feel it,
It teases the tips of my fingers,
It lingers just here beyond this moment
So close, and the only way I can reach it
Is
Right now.

I want to live in this world
Where love is free and
Compassion, a given
and received
Where men are forgiven
And women are seen
Where race is celebrated, like the colors of the earth
And where tears flow free, the oceans
I want to live in this world –
And all I have to do
All I have to do
Is open my eyes.
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Published on January 30, 2018 18:52 • 48 views • Tags: author, equal-rights, equality, lgtbq, natalie-grigson, poem, poery, sexuality

January 16, 2018

The wind howls

A wild thing

Scattering families of acorns and leaves

Leaving the air cold

The old here among us

Wizened trees and deep, dark earth

Know that it's shifting,

It's shifting again


Bones creak and fragile things

Cry out as the temperature drops

Steady - hold steady - the one thing

You can count on

Is change



She won't wait until you're ready

She won't want, but need

To come through,

impartial as the wind,

Leaving us scattered and howling

Animals once again


How could we win?

We are but nature

Surrounded by nature

And so it ends

and begins

and again

and again

Again. The wind howls outside

A wild thing

We are wild things

Shifting

Shifting again.
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Published on January 16, 2018 14:40 • 73 views • Tags: author, fiction, natalie-grigson, poem, poetry

January 9, 2018

As I mentioned in my last post - Book Stuff is happening.

What's happening right now is this: The third and final book in my Peter Able series is finished. It is ready to be published. There is just one small thing standing in its way: it needs enough votes in the Kindle Scout competition in order to stand a chance.

I know, I know. I also thought that because the first two books won the contest and were then published through Kindle Press, that the third would be a shoe-in. After all, they are all in the same series. As it turns out, though, each of the books in the series needs to go through the Kindle Scout competition and get enough votes. Rules is rules.

So that being said: please vote! All you'll need to do is click this link and "Nominate" the book. I'll update you guys as things progress - but that's it for now. Hope this works! :-)


Thanks!
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Published on January 09, 2018 15:58 • 100 views • Tags: amazon, author, kindle, kindle-scout, natalie-grigson, peter-able

January 2, 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve updated you all on “book things,” because to be honest, it’s been a while since I’ve had an update to share on that front. See, a while ago I took an intentional break from career to focus a bit more inwardly and on my relationships. Well, it’s been several months of this now, and I think I’m about full-up on introspection and Big Emotions for a minute –

I’m ready to dive back into my writing career!

The first thing I have on the docket for you guys is a new Kindle Scout campaign for the third and final book in the Peter Able series. The first two books were published with Kindle Press, and I’d thought that the third was a shoe-in; that I wouldn’t have to submit it to the Scout Campaign. Unfortunately, that’s not the way it works, apparently, so coming up next week, I’ll be launching my third (and last) Kindle Scout campaign!

For those who have been following Peter along his journey, you won’t want to miss your chance to vote for this finale’s publication. For those who haven’t been following Peter along his journey, well, you also won’t want to miss your chance to vote for this finale’s publication! (But do be sure to check out the first two in the series before the third is released!)

The next thing coming up is: more author appearances! Last week I had a meeting with the head of Austin ISD’s SEL Program (Social Emotional Learning), and we discussed some exciting possible opportunities going forward. If you’re a parent in the Austin area and you’d like me to visit your child’s school (either middle or high school) to discuss books, or specifically, mindfulness and/or developing a positive body image, please get in touch.

And finally – it’s been a while (at least a year) since I’ve actually written a new book. So – why not write one of those this year too? The next book on my list is likely a third to accompany Just Call Me Is and Call Me Perfect. This one will cover yet another important topic for children and teens: sexuality and gender identity. I went into this a bit in Call Me Perfect, as the book’s focus was on self acceptance (though it did focus more specifically on body image); but god knows there is well enough material to create a separate book on this. I imagine the fourth book in the series will discuss addiction – specifically, living in a household (as a child) where addiction is present, and how to deal.

So, that’s my book news for now. As always, I’m continuing to write a weekly article for Elephant Journal, and will be posting those on my Facebook author page upon publication.

Hope you all are having a great start to 2018 so far!



<3 Natalie
The Fantastic Fable of Peter Able by Natalie Grigson

The Timeless Tale of Peter Able (The Peter Able series Book 2) by Natalie Grigson
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Published on January 02, 2018 14:22 • 87 views • Tags: author, books, fantasy, humor, kindle, kindle-press, kindle-scout, natalie-grigson, peter-able, series

December 27, 2017

I'm a firm believer that people, circumstances, and things come into our lives only when we're ready for them. It may not feel like it at the time, but each relationship or new experience has something to show us about ourselves and the world; the timing is always perfect.

For me, over the years, one of the loudest speaking teachers (aside from people) is: books.

Several months ago a friend recommended I read the book "Attached" by Amir Levine and Rachel S. F. Heller. At the time, I wasn't ready - though the felt sense was just a lack of interest. Several days ago, though, the book popped back into my mind. Not thinking much of it, I got the book. I started reading it. And with every word, something deeply known but hidden from me, came a bit more into focus.

Teachers are like that, aren't they? We can't really be taught something we don't already deeply know; and we can't be shown it until we are ready to see. At this point in my life, I am, apparently, ready to see. I'm ready to choose happiness over being right. I'm ready to change some long-held beliefs - even though in my story I am "VERY stubborn."

And you know what? It feels like dropping a fifty pound coat, that I didn't even know I was wearing. Being right over being happy - is dumb.

If you haven't read the book "Attached" yet, read it. If you have read this book, read it again - especially if you're dating or in partnership(s). Maybe this book will open your eyes, as well; maybe something else will. Who knows.

What are you reading right now?
Attached The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find -- and Keep -- Love by Amir Levine
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December 11, 2017

The last time I wrote a post, it was called “Taking a Big Step Back.” As you might imagine, this was a post letting you all know that I’d be taking some time away from what I had considered, for a long time, to be “my mission.” More specifically, this looked like taking some time away from being active on social media for business, creating reading videos for Youtube, trying to build an audience, and really, just trying in general.

I wrote this post several months ago on the tale end of coming back from an emotional, and pivotal, Burning Man adventure. There, I rediscovered what was truly calling out to me: community, friendships, love, and just diving into life. I decided, then, to take some space from pushing and trying so hard in my writing career.

So for the past several months, I’ve been, you know, just living: writing the occasional post for Elephant Journal, traveling less frequently, spending more time with friends and my community. I’ve been learning a lot about myself as an individual, myself in relationship to other, and myself and this universe. I’ve eaten a lot of chocolate. And I’m beginning to reestablish one of the most important, fundamental relationships in my world.

Living and learning along the way.

One of the things I have learned over these months is this: by taking a step back from career, I have given myself the gift of time to introspect and connect with others. And so at this point, I’m circling back to where I was several months ago – I’m ready to dive back into “career stuff,” this time armed with the knowledge of what works for me and what doesn’t. So, no, probably not going to be spending a whole lot of time on social media or making videos still. But you’ll be seeing more of my writing. Hopefully you’ll be seeing me do more events and workshops. And who knows, maybe the New Year even has a new book or two in store.

Whatever comes up, I’ll keep you guys posted.

Love to you.
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Published on December 11, 2017 18:31 • 74 views • Tags: author, author-career, creative-mission, elephant-journal, mindfulness, natalie-grigson, update, writer, writing-career

September 11, 2017

After some introspection, I've decided to take a big step back from my "mission." (For details, please watch this video.)

I'll be focusing instead on slowing down, allowing rather than pushing, diving in deep with friends, and - for the first time in a while - looking for a new gig.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas, comments, emotions, anything at all on this. I'll keep you all in the loop - just not as often. :-)


Love to you!

Natalie
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Published on September 11, 2017 12:52 • 106 views • Tags: author, body-image, body-positive, books, kids-books, kids-lit, mindfulness, natalie-grigson, teen, ya