Hey there! I’m so glad you’re here.

You’re probably finding your way through some stuff today. Me, too.

Here’s what time on the trail is always teaching me about living: It’s easy to drift off course–to get distracted or discouraged. It’s easy to lose sight of the destination or miss the moments that matter along the way. What’s harder is to engage–to pay attention to the landscape of your life, to cultivate awareness so you can navigate by intention rather than drift by autopilot.

I’m here to encourage you to see the connection between the mindset you use for the challenges you choose and the ones you face so you can take on the tough terrain of the daily grind by attention and intention. Because that’s where we navigate by faith. Or not.

I don’t give lists of easy steps or simple answers. (We both know there are none.) Instead, I tell tales from the trail that highlight intersections between life and faith. Why? Because I want you to ponder your path, not mine.

If you’d like to receive regular (monthly-ish) encouragement, you can subscribe here. As thanks for joining me, you’ll receive Whispers in the Woods, an audio recording of a tale from Yellowstone’s trail.  If you’re looking for a speaker for your outdoor sporting, couples, or women’s event, contact me here. I’d love to chat with you about your event. If you’re new, here are a few posts to begin with:

Five Surprising Tips for Walking by Faith from Walking in the Dark
Walking by Faith Through Tough TerrainThe Spiritual Discipline of Expecting Delays and Great Scenery
Walking When We’d Rather Wait
Waiting for Tomorrow

A Little About Me:

  • I’m a conflicted outdoorsy type. That means that, while I find so much outside that helps me live well inside, I have a hard time walking past the to-do list to actually get out the door.
  • I’m a reluctant hiker. It took more than twenty-five years for me to develop an appreciation for the trail. I’m all about the view from the top of the mountain. I’m just haven’t always been a fan of hiking up. Or back down.
  • I”m prone to distraction, drift, and occasional discouragement. Pondering life outside helps me keep it all in perspective.
  • I’m a follower of Jesus, a wife, and a mom. These relationships set the tone and direction for my life and my days–even the ones I get distracted on.
  • I live in Iowa, but Yellowstone has my heart. It shows up as a regular character in my writing and speaking. 
  • I like ridiculous shoes and impractical clothes. I’m happier in a skirt than jeans so I’ve always got my eye open for one that will stand up to the trail.
  • Finding my way in the woods teaches me about walking by faith and I love sharing about that with others. If you’re looking for a speaker and think I might be a good fit for your event, you can find out about my topics and speaker information here.
  • These are some of my favorite things: Morning. Autumn. Silence. Lilacs. Daffodils. Snow. Wide-ranging, one-on-one conversation. These people.

Family At Cordova Bridge


Thanks for spending a little time here today. If you’d like to introduce yourself, just click here. I’d love to hear from you.

Happy trails!

p.s. If you’d like to join me for monthly{ish} tales from the trail and a little companionship for your journey,  subscribe here.

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Paris Renae says:

    Natalie, since you stopped by my hang out online, I thought I would visit yours. It is lovely. I think we may be kindred spirits – except for the snow, I’m a Florida girl and would rather sweat than shiver lol. Keep writing for Him, you are impacting the kingdom! Blessings always blessings on all our roads…

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