Natalie Sexton works hard for everything she has in life.
She has turned the coffee shop she manages, The Nest Cafe, into a very successful business. What was once just a small coffee shop in a little room is now a very popular hub where people love to hang out.
What’s her secret to success? She has taken the things she is passionate about and has incorporated them into her business.
“She wears her heart on her sleeve,” her fiancé, Brandon Petraroia, said. “I know it sounds cliché, but it’s very accurate. She is not afraid to show her emotion and is extremely loving, plus she takes good care of me.”
Natalie’s strengths and passions have helped turn her cafe into a success, and rightfully so. She is outgoing, personable and social, plus she loves to host people, and this has all the makings of creating a coffee shop that people want to hang out at.
Natalie is always looking to make people happy and loves to create a welcoming atmosphere, and people are drawn to that type of environment. Her hard work is paying off more now than ever before, as The Nest Cafe was just voted best coffee shop in Victoria last month.
“Natalie always shows up for people no matter what,” Brandon said. “She is always showing up for her friends and everyone in between. She will always answer her phone and lend her ear to people who need someone to listen to them. She is a strong-willed, strong-minded person.”
Natalie’s passion and love for people goes way beyond just the coffee shop, as she is there for people no matter the time of day or the day of the week. She is a loving individual who shows that love everywhere she goes.
“She’s taught me how to really love,” Brandon said. “She shows love to everybody and is loving to me. I did not have that in my past. She is also a very passionate, fiery person. She is a red head and I come from Italian descent, so we joke all the time about how with us, it’s fire meets fire. But most importantly, beyond that, she has shown me what a real partnership is.”
When Brandon and Natalie first met, their relationship started off as a friendly acquaintance. Neither of them were looking for something serious, but their mutual friend introduced each other as “available” one night, so they decided to give it a go. Brandon took her out on his Harley, and exactly one year after that first date, he proposed at the same spot.
“It was one of those things that I wasn’t looking to meet anyone,” Brandon said. “There was just something about her after our first date where I wanted to see her again. It evolved from there, and we were transparent from the start. There were no games and no second guessing.”
Brandon quickly realized the woman he was with was the woman worth doing life with. She was a special girl who he knew he could not let go. Now, as they enter this next decade and beyond together, Brandon wants to make sure he always loves Natalie unconditionally, and make sure she is safe and loved.
“Natalie, I love you more than anything in this world. I couldn’t be happier to be part of your special day as you enter this new decade. This next chapter of life is going to bring us the most special and amazing memories and I couldn’t imagine anyone else by my side other than you. Happy 30th birthday sweetheart!” – Brandon