If there’s one thing we know, it’s the value of community in the lives of our families. Sure, carpooling is a nice and sometimes necessary perk of living a life that supports relationships with other parents, but when moms and dads communicate, get real, support one another, ask questions and learn from other’s experiences, that’s where the magic of community lies. Think about how wise we’d all be if we used the opportunity to live in community to its fullest potential! At CURAGO, we love to learn from our users. It’s insightful and so much fun when they share what their priorities are and how CURAGO supports their ability to focus on what’s important to them. Recently, we caught up with CURAGO mom, Natalie Brown, to learn more about why she values time spent focusing on her family’s health, wellness and nutrition and how CURAGO shared family organizer has been a valuable tool for her.
Natalie and her husband, Shea Brown, live in their hometown in the Texas Panhandle with their two young children, a daughter, Nora Caroline 4, and a son Everett Morgan who recently turned 2. As a family they enjoy cooking, gardening, pickling, and spending time together outside. The Browns also have a love for spending time with their friends and updating homes. They currently live in a home that they recently remodeled and it’s clear they not only have an interest in home renovation, they have a true talent for it.
Natalie is known by her friends as the green drink guru. She has perfected her recipe along the journey of improving her own health over the past few years and was kind enough to talk with us about that journey and how she uses what she’s learned to stay healthy herself and to promote wellness not only in her home, but with the community of friends and families around her.
CURAGO: What motivates you to prioritize your health in your daily life?
Natalie: “I had some health issues in the past that taught me the importance of taking care of my body both inside and out. How far I’ve come, what I learned and having young energetic kids keeps me motivated to take care of the body that I’ve been given. By making healthy habits now, I hope to set myself up for a healthy future so that I can enjoy life and my grandkids when I’m older!”
CURAGO: How does our shared family organizer help you do this?
Natalie: “I love being able to make lists and check them off in my CURAGO app. It helps me keep track of groceries, goals and to-do’s. My husband and I can share calendars and lists so that we stay on the same page and keep each other accountable. Daily life can get scattered, but by making lists and checking things off, I feel like I can conquer the important things in life with more simplicity and focus.”
CURAGO: How did you educate yourself on nutrition and what benefits have led you to sharing your knowledge with others?
Natalie: “My sweet Momma has always been a huge researcher of everything. She was the one that helped me go from doctor to doctor to get to the root issues of why my body was acting up. Because of that, I was exposed to a lot of wonderful information regarding how our bodies and cells are designed to function and heal when given the right things. I went to several neurologists in different towns and even skyped with a neuro-endocrinologist out of New York. I also saw chiropractors, alternative doctors, a cardiologist and an awesome health coach/nutritionist who introduced me to green drinks, how to cleanse and detox my body and eat well. I read articles online, watched YouTube videos and went to a faith based health conference in Georgia. I was also given three different faith based books that helped me to get my mind, spirit and emotions in good health to better fight off disease and body malfunction. I could go on and on about what all I tried and did to get my body back in good health, but had I not gone through what I did, I probably would not have learned what I learned from the others who taught me. I educated myself by not settling. I wanted to know “why”, to get to the root causes and not just treat the symptoms. I learned by people sharing with me and wanting to help, and that’s why I can’t help but share with others all that I gained through my journey. I thank God for using what seemed like a nightmare to actually bless me and other people through my story.”
CURAGO: Why do you think it’s important to set healthy examples for your kids? Do you think time management is an important life skill along with good nutrition?
Natalie: “We learn by example. A lot of times I ask myself why I do this or that. The majority of the time I find my answer to be because of what I always saw or heard growing up. Change is hard, but until we realize why we do what we do, whether good or bad, we can never make steps towards improvement. I have struggled with time management most of my life, and have seen how frustrating and stressful it is. I’ve been working towards implementing habits in my life to overcome that. I know how vital it is for me to do this because I don’t want to merely tell my kids how to manage their time, but I want them to see how it’s accomplished and that they don’t have to live always in a hurry or stressed out. Good nutrition is the same. I’ve had to retrain my taste buds and my mind to like foods that are better for me. I want my kids to see a healthy lifestyle in action. They don’t love vegetables like I want them to, but I trust that someday they will and will recall all of the little tips and tricks I’ve shared along the way. My husband and I drink a green smoothie daily and there are days that the kids want one and other days they don’t. At the least, they have to have something nutritious before they can get the other treats they may want.”
CURAGO: Are there any other ways that you can see CURAGO App as being an asset to your family in establishing a healthy dynamic in your household?
Natalie: “I think it’s a fun app and aesthetically pleasing. Those things make creating lists and events more appealing. I love seeing a picture of my family when I open the app, watching the little check marks pop up and when each thing goes away as I get things done. As my kids get older, they’ll be able to use it and understand the importance of being organized, using reminders, and checking off lists whether it be for summer camps, fundraisers, school projects or other life goals. Being able to share all of this as a family will keep us updated and informed with each other’s lives.”
Thank you so much for sharing with us Natalie, we appreciate your time!
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