Natalie J. Williams- Using Gifts and Talents to the Fullest

Hey all! I’m Natalie J. Williams, native Idahoan and lover of hiking, running, and the arts. When Sarah reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to write a blog post on living out your purpose, and how I am doing that personally, my initial reaction was “of course!” and then the follow up was, “gosh, I don’t think I’m qualified.

I am nervous about this one, but I am not going to let the fear of failure or ‘what if’s’ stop me from a new opportunity. And that brings me right into Sarah’s first question for this post -- what am I most passionate about?

I want to live my life to the fullest. That sounds a little cheesy but let me unpack it for you. It has been a process of years to be where I am now. Working through fear and emotional strongholds. I have seen that in my personal life. How fear makes me draw away from people when I should move toward them, how it makes me shy away from a hard decision that could catapult me into amazing new opportunities. How it keeps me from wearing certain clothes or saying a certain thing. Habits or safety mechanisms I had developed while growing up, things that helped keep me safe then, but that were not serving me well anymore. I am still conquering those fears, daily. I have seen how fear has affected people closest to me, effected the choices they make, how they live out their everyday lives, and how it effects their long-term decisions. I don’t want that to be the story of my life – “She let fear lead her”. I don’t want that to be the tagline to describe my life path, the trajectory of the few precious years I have on this earth. I want it to be “She used her gifts and lived life to the fullest.”

That is what I am passionate about. That is how I want to be living.