Hi there! It’s a pleasure to meet you.

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

I’m Natalie and here’s what a lifetime of taking walks in the woods is still teaching me: It’s easy to drift off course–to get so distracted, so focused on the details of the day that it’s possible to lose sight of the destination or miss the moments that matter along the way. We’re always navigating something as we travel our sometimes difficult, often mundane, always meaningful terrain. Attention to the landscape of actual, everyday life matters–because it’s there where we walk by faith. Or not.

I’m here to encourage you to engage, to cultivate awareness of the landscape of your life so you can navigate it by faith rather than drift through on autopilot. I don’t give lists of easy steps or simple answers. (You and I 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 a set of printable scripture cards.  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:

Walking By Faith:

Why We Don’t Feed the Animals
Five Surprising Tips for Walking by Faith from Walking in the Dark
Walking by Faith Through Tough Terrain

Waiting by Faith

The Spiritual Discipline of Expecting Delays and Great Scenery
Walking When We’d Rather Wait
Waiting for Tomorrow

A Little About Me:

  • I’m a follower of Jesus, a wife, and a mom. These relationships set the tone and direction for my life and my days.
  • I am easily overwhelmed. Pondering life outside helps me keep it all in perspective.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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