Natalie Borton

Natalie Borton

When I stumbled upon the blog Thoughts By Natalie, I was immediately captivated by it’s clean, classic look and Natalie’s honest talk on all things life. I first met Natalie Borton in Costco and like a groupie I tapped her on the shoulder to introduce myself and fumbled out words of praise for her writing. She was incredibly sweet and actually asked me questions about myself; what a joy it was to meet someone so inviting and warm. There are many reasons why you too should know this girl. Natalie Borton is a writer with soul and reading her blog will leave you delighted. She get’s real about being a woman and she’s about to become a first time mama!

Below is our interview where I got to pick her brain about her blog, beauty and baby!

CP: When did you start your blog and why?

NB: I started Thoughts By Natalie in January 2011. After a couple of years of dabbling in blogging, I decided to start something brand new that would be a positive place for women. Over time, I added in style and food/wellness posts, and it just sort of evolved as I got to know my readers more and better got a grasp of the type of content I enjoyed creating. It’s always a work in progress!

CP: What is something you would want your readers to know about you that they might not already know?

NB: Well, my readers certainly know a lot about me since my blog is more on the personal side. Though not something anyone really needs to know about me, I suppose many people don’t know the extent of my love for 90s hip hop and R&B. I recently found a station that plays throwbacks all the time, and it’s seriously the best thing. (San Diego girls—it’s 95.7!)

CP: What does motherhood mean to you?

NB: Play. Sacrifice. Learning. Refinement. Grace. Joy. Hard work. Laughter. Those are the first words that come to mind for me

CP: You’re about to become a new mom! What feelings and thoughts arise in your when you think about that?

NB: Yay! September can’t come soon enough! I’d have to say that the biggest aspect of parenting that appeals to me—though it’s not going to be an especially easy or fun part—is the way it makes you less self-oriented and more others-oriented. When deciding whether or not to have kids, this is something my husband and I talked about quite a bit, and we realized what a beautiful thing it is that children can help us set aside our needs and teach us to put the needs of others ahead of them.

CP: What is your go to outfit or uniform for the day?

NB: Neutrals. Always neutrals. I sometimes add in a pop of color or sport a bright dress, but 99% of the time I love to wear black, grey, white, olive and denim in some combination. (And lots of stripes, of course!) When I’m not pregnant, I love to wear my Minnie pants or skinnies with a simple top, a necklace (always!), my favorite Timex watch and flats or ankle boots. Now that I’m pregnant, I’m mostly sticking with soft, comfy dresses—especially maxis! All that to say, we recently got a Madewell in town and I foresee a lot of new clothes from there post-pregnancy.

CP: What is on your current musical playlist right now?

NB: I usually just listen to the radio, but my favorite song of the moment would have to be John Legend’s All of Me. It’s so good! And any time California Love comes on the radio, you can be sure it’s blasting in my car.

CP: Favorite recipe or meal to make?

NB: Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie! I adapted a recipe from Gluten Free Goddess to be vegan, and it is what I serve guests all the time when they come over. My husband isn’t a huge fan of sweet potatoes, so I don’t make it quite as much on regular weeknights. But for my personal tastes, it’s pretty ideal. And it’s easy to make!

CP: As women we often feel the need to compete with each other and compare ourselves; how do you guard yourself against this and what is something you love about yourself?

NB: Oh gosh, this is always a tough one. More than comparing myself to others, I tend to compare myself to what I imagine is the best version of myself. I have made peace with my body type, height, hair, level of intelligence, etc, so when I feel down on myself it usually has to do with feeling like I’m not living  up to my potential. Getting myself out of a self-comparison funk usually involves a lot of positive self-talk and grace—especially during this season of so much change in my life. If I had to pick one thing I love about myself, I suppose it would be my self-awareness, as that has made me into someone who takes action when something needs to change and it’s within my power to do so.

CP: Favorite bit of advice or quote?

NB: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

CP: Current cravings; pregnancy or non pregnancy related?

NB: My old wardrobe!! Haha. Seriously, though, I feel a little silly admitting it, but I truly miss my old clothes. Maternity clothes are the worst (even the cute ones!).

Be sure to check out her blog for all things beauty, style, wellness, good recipes, and more.
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5 Comments

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Kat

    Lovely interview, I am a new reader to your blog :) Beautiful shop Kindred Street. Great quote “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Elizabeth

    I love Natalie! So fun!

  • Reply May 12, 2014

    Stephanie

    I love how you’re missing your clothes so much Natalie :) Your comments also remind me that I still haven’t checked out the Madewell yet-got to get that on my calendar!

  • Reply May 13, 2014

    Natalie Lynn Borton

    Thank you so much for featuring me!! Xo

  • Reply June 30, 2014

    Michaela Jean

    She is adorable! And I love all these San Diegans on the blogosphere!

    xo

    Michaela

    http://michaelajeanblog.com

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