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