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Humpday Hero Feature: Natalie

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Talking with Natalie was like catching up with an old friend!  We literally talked for hours, laughed til my stomach hurt, and even shared tears and secrets.  Her humility about her life expierences, ability to navigate a family of 7, and her deep passion for changing the world one workout at a time was life changing.  If you have suggestions for future humpday heroes please send emails to: swtvolumeup@gmail.com  For nomination rules please click the Humpday Hero tab above.  Don’t forget to click the follow button below/above to subscribe.

Quote from the nominator.

“I am amazed at how Natalie is able to manage a family, school, friends, while being a marathon runner, a faithful child of God, and a military wife; doing it all with a smile, humor, and humility.”

Nominee

Natalie Fisher-Davis

How do you describe your 9-5How do you describe your 9-5?

“I don’t have a 9-5 I have a 24-7. It’s  chaotic, comical, and never-ending. It’s a constant cycle, like a conveyor belt (laughs)! My husband wakes up very early in the morning so I try to get up with him, or I often pretend to be asleep. I have a 17- month old and sometimes when she wakes up I will stop whatever I am doing and freeze frame and pretend I am asleep (laughs). She believes it every time. The rest of the kids wake up at different times, which I believe is to get their own individual time, which is smart. But, it’s great having a big family because they distract each other, which helps me out a lot. “

If you were the ruler of a country, what would be the first law you would enact?

“This is hard because I am not a bossy pants. All my rules would be things you see in a kindergarten class (laughs). To be kind!”

You are stranded on a deserted island, a genie appears and can grant you three wishes (can not wish to leave island), what are your wishes?

“I would first wish to make the island my home, with all the amenities, so it didn’t feel like a deserted island anymore. Secondly I would wish that my family took a cruise and got stranded on the same island. Then we would populate that joint and make it a city, which I would be ruler of and everybody would have to be kind! (laughs). I wouldn’t need another wish because I would have everything after that”

Its Saturday 2:00 P.M., what are you doing?

“We just moved to Washington so we would probably be driving to Costco.”

Describe the first time you fell in love with someone or something?

“I was and am very much in love with my husband. I can’t remember when I actually fell in love with him because it just always was, but the love I had when I had my first child(ren) was like no other. Its amazing! It makes my heart ache with insane happiness. I feel that same way about all my kids. And when they cry and stay up all night, its equivalent to having your first fight (laughs)”

If money was no factor, what would you do choose to do for the rest of your life?

“To feed the hungry! I don’t know how we have so much obesity in this country and at the same time thousands of people going hungry every day. I recently read a study about fast food and the amount of money spent on it, its billions of dollars. The cost per dollar to end hunger is so low. Literally if people would just go through and order what they usually would and then NOT take the food just once, it could help eradicate hunger.”

If your life could be described by a song, which would it be?

“(laughs) I am seriously one of those people that never know the title of a song, and just hum it to make someone know what I’m talking about (starts humming). The song “I’m forgiven” has helped me get through really hard times in my life. It basically reminds us that all wrong we have done in is forgiven by God”

What is your life motto?

“To push forward, press on.”

What are three things you cannot live without?

“I can and I have lived without a lot, but because I have 5 kids there are certain things I have to have. A home, a vehicle, and food. That’s really all we need to survive and when you have a big family our source of entertainment is already met.”

Who is your hero?

“I can’t say I have just one. I see God’s work in all people. So maybe Christ would be my hero. I give thanks to the people around me daily because I know God is moving through them. I actually use the word hero loosely because if one of the kids helps me change a diaper they are a hero. Everything should be recognized because all people are blessings.”

Which actress would you choose to play your life story?

“ My daughter, JoJo. She is one of the best actresses I know. She can cry on demand. We were recently in a store and she started crying because I wouldn’t buy her a dress. I ignored it because I know that she was practicing. The store clerk started feeling bad for her and offered us a discount. I tried to explain to her that she was fine, but she didn’t believe until I told JoJo to change to her other cry, which she did (laughs). She is amazing, she can do accents too and it doesn’t hurt that she looks just like me.”

Final words to the readers

“ God is love.”?

 

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Humpday Hero Feature: Nivia

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Interviewing Nivia can be summed up in one word: enlightening!  She was a breath of fresh air, offered her wisdom with such humility, and her laughter was contagious.  She vowed to no pictures, but her beauty radiates through her words.  If you have suggestions for future humpday heroes please email here: swtvolumeup@gmail.com  For nomination rules please click the Humpday Hero tab above.  Don’t forget to click the follow button above to subscribe.

Quote from the nominator.

“Nivia has taught me lessons that not only apply to my professional life, but also my personal.  After I leave her supervision I feel like a weight was lifted off of me and it helps me get through the rest of the work week.”

Nominee

Nivia Van Damme, LCSW

How do you describe your 9-5?

“I don’t know what a 9 to 5 is; my day is way beyond a 9 to 5!  I am a therapist.  It is busy to say the least, hectic, and challenging.  I often start early and end late.

If you were the ruler of a country, what would be the first law you would enact?

“This is actually a question that I ask my clients!  It would be to eliminate hunger.  It’s hard for me to conceptualize that there are human beings, of all ages that spend the day hungry.  To be hungry, all day, is the most painful feeling for someone to endure.

You are stranded on a deserted island, a genie appears and can grant you three wishes (can not wish to leave island), what are your wishes?        

“First I want to make sure I have shelter.  I want food because I have to survive.  The last wish is difficult.  I would love to have the companionship of my family, but why would I want to subjugate them to a deserted island.  See, this is a reflection of myself on a daily basis (laughs).  The third wish would be a wish for good health.”

Its Saturday 2:00 P.M., what are you doing?

“Driving home from either the market or after seeing a client.”

Describe the first time you fell in love with someone or something?

“One of the first memories of deep love is the birth of my first nephew.  I was a teenager when he was born and it was like having a new toy.  His father, my brother and I were very close as kids.  He would walk me to class and everything, he was  great.  So when he had a kid the love  for my nephew was precious.  The love that I have for my nephew to this day is still very special.”

If money was no factor, what would you choose to do for the rest of your life?

“I have tremendous love for my family, so I would first make sure that each of them were financially secure.  Then I would be extremely involved in eradicating hunger.  I would also work with eradicating childhood illness.”

If your life could be described by a song, which would it be?

“This is a tough one!  I love music.  I associate music to relaxation, my culture, and my roots.  I can’t think of a song though, I owe you an answer.”

What are three things you cannot live without?

“I am not very attached to material things; it seriously could all be taken away.  I won’t say one of the things is my faith/spirituality because that could never be taken away.  The first would be a form of transportation.  I could not imagine walking around Los Angeles.  The second would be my family; they represent so much to me.  Thirdly, my mental health.  My mental health gives me the ability to evolve, to be, to create.  It’s a great fear of mine to lose my mental health.  Working in the field I work in, I often see what it is like to lose pieces of your mental health and its heart breaking.”

Who is your hero?

“I have several heroes, all of whom I believe aided in molding me into the person I have become. My aunt was an amazing woman; she raised me and molded my personality, principles, and values.  She taught me how to take things not so seriously.  My dad taught me responsibility, work ethic.  He really taught me how to present things to people.  My mother was a very giving woman, her and my dad were complete opposites.  Philosophically, knowing Jesus exist changed my life.  I spent a portion of my life challenging my faith and eventually learned it for myself.  Politically my heroes are Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Dr. King, and Salvador Allende.  They were all so significant to our world.  All these significant people shaped me into the person that I have become today.

Which actress would you choose to play your life story?

“Oh gosh, you are making me think!  Let me tell you a funny story.  I used to work at Cedar Sinai Hospital and when you become employed you have to sign a confidentiality statement due to all the celebrities that come to the hospital.  The running joke was that I didn’t need to sign it because I literally never knew who these people were.  I don’t watch T.V. or movies much.  The last movie I probably saw in the theaters was Shrek!  I can’t even think of an actress’s name.  But, at one time in my life was a little obsessed with Dustin Hoffman.”

Final words to the readers

“Life is full of challenges.  We have to be ready to go with the flow.  Remember to hang onto the things that have value and let go of the worries, concerns, and material things.    Those things will give you nothing and if you allow them to define you they will eventually trap you.  Money has value and yes your positions in life can help you gain the access, but you have to balance it so you don’t lose sense of yourself.  This is something that has to be cultivated, it doesn’t just come.”