Natalie McMillin is one of our newest Her Ambassadors and we love her heart for others. Natalie is an office associate and fundraiser at The Bulldog Club in the athletic department at Mississippi State University and take it from us, she is a go getter!
Hey yall! My name is Natalie McMillin, and I am from Starkville, Mississippi. I am 33 years old and work in athletic fundraising at Mississippi State University. Let me tell you a little bit about how I became involved with The Her Initiative and why I am proud to spread their message!
Since blogger/Her Influencer, Lauren Steele and I know each other from college, I started seeing her pictures on Instagram from a Her Trip in the Dominican Republic. As soon as I saw all the amazing posts, I knew I wanted to know more about the work being done. I felt an instant connection to the message being shared. After a few conversations with influencers Kayla and Lauren, I began to think about how I too could be involved in this organization and bring my own influence.
When I was in high school, I helped with a summer program at a local church called “Camp SONshine.” The church invited a large group of underprivileged kids from the community, and we spent a week teaching them about Jesus and doing fun activities. I remember feeling such a pull towards these kids who maybe didn’t have many material things but needed and wanted to be cared for and loved. Since then, I have had a desire to find a group that would allow me to help others—especially children—in some capacity. I believe that being an ambassador for The Her Initiative is the perfect avenue for me. It’s crazy to think that having clean water – something we take for granted on a daily basis – can truly change the lives of young girls and women across the world. How important it is to help provide all the means we can so that even ONE person’s life is touched in a positive way. Seeing pictures of the smiling kids and the hard-working women in these developing countries has truly touched my heart. I feel a need to help. I want to educate myself and others about the importance of providing clean water and knowledge to these women and children so that their daily activities can be improved, and they can live longer, healthier lives.
I think it can be really hard to be a girl. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others and wishing we had what they have. I want to be a woman who encourages and inspires girls everywhere, reminding them they are each beautiful, worthy, and an asset to the world. I found this quote in a devotion in my Bible that I think is powerful: “A woman who speaks words of encouragement and has an attitude of contentment is inviting; she draws people to her, even if she faces times of crisis and pain.” The Her Initiative is allowing me to fulfill my passion and in turn, to be inspired as well. Proverbs 11:25 tells us that “those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
Let me encourage each of you that may be thinking about getting involved with Her. Do it! Go out on that limb and share your gifts with the world. I look forward to my work as an ambassador for The Her Initiative and can’t wait for you to join me!