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2013: A Year in Review

As this year comes to a close, I’m naturally being quite reflective. Not only am I setting goals for 2014, I’m also thinking back on the writing I’ve done this year and I thought it might be fun to share the posts that were my personal favorites.

A Year in Review // thoughtsbynatalie.com

On the topics of beauty, body image and wellness, I shared about returning to the gym, learning to love my body as it is, my commitment to never wear pants that hurt, and the need for balance in the way we talk about beauty.

A Year in Review // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Within the realm of style, career and relationships, I shared one of my favorite hairstyles, The Carrie Bradshaw Bun (and also the Rope Braid!), my quick one-minute solution for a bold red lip, tips for how to fill in your eyebrows, thoughts on avoiding burnout as a blogger, why lateness is not okay (despite the fact that I’m chronically 5-10 minutes late!), the need for prioritizing the important over urgent, and my feelings on long mornings and new measures of success.

A Year in Review // thoughtsbynatalie.com

Also, I put together a few things this year for other websites that I’m really proud of—namely a sweater photo shoot with Glitter Guide and Old Navy, 8 Secrets of a Joyful Life for Clementine Daily, thoughts on gathering with friends for Annapolis & Company, an interview on “fat talk” for Potentia Therapy, and the need for making room for inspiring relationships for Darling Magazine.

A Year in Review // thoughtsbynatalie.com

And of course, I also read some really great stuff by other people who I respect immensely. You’d be silly not to read these posts: Change the Story by Shauna Niequist, Twenty-Five Year Old Self by Elizabeth Fuller, Recovery: My Journey with an Eating Disorder by Anne Taylor, The Screen in Front of You and Me by Lauren Tien, Thriving in Your Twenties by Nicole Zasowski, The List That Changed by Mary Beth Johnson, and It Is Well by Madison Mayberry Hofmeyer.

Overall, it’s been a wonderful year and I’m excited for all that’s to come in 2014 (most notably, Nellie Magazine!). Thank you for being part of this community here—I value you as readers and web friends, and am so grateful to be able to share bits of my life with you every day.

What bit of work are you proud of this year? What accomplishments (or moments) will you always remember from 2013?

Lifeguard stand photo by Stone Crandall Photography for Glitter Guide.

16 Comments

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    Megan @ Lush to Blush
    December 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    This is a great way to look at the past year. I shared so much more of my writing with publications than I ever have, so that is something that is special to me. And I am super excited about Nellie too! :)

    xo Megan, LushtoBlush.com

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 27, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Thanks Megan! I figured it would be fun to reflect and share :) So awesome about sharing more of your work with other publications—I think that’s really smart! Also, of course I’m so, so glad that we’ll have you on our Nellie team. You’re amazing!! Xo

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    laura @ Write About It
    December 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Thoughts by Natalie has really grown in the last year. Throughout all the changes, I can happily say I continue to love your blog more and more. I look forward to reading in the New Year!

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 27, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, Laura!! So glad to have you as a part of this community :)

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    Emlyn
    December 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    It is no secret how much I love your blog. I know I owe my love for Jcrew Factory to you post from much earlier this year of how to style a gold chain necklace, and from there I finally started to understand my own style! Although it is mostly jcrew factory…
    Keep up the great blogging, I am definitely a supporter! Miss you!

    Emlyn

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Haha, yay! So glad I could help you refine your personal style :) Thanks for reading, friend! Love you :)

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    elizabeth
    December 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Thank you for linking my post, Natalie! You’re too good to me! Here’s to a more successful 2014 than we ever imagined possible! xxo

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      OF COURSE!! Seriously, that post was awesome. I’m you’re biggest fan :) Cheers to a more successful 2014 indeed!

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    Lenka
    December 29, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Dear Natalie, this is such a nice reflection of your year. Each of us should do it sooner or later – definitely before 2014 hits us :) Even tho I haven’t read each and every article on your blog, I kept up via FB and this post was great as well. Thanks to it I happened to read “The List that Changed” by Mary Beth, who’s so true and sincere to us! Very inspirational! So I’d like to wish you a very happy and successful year 2014 full of amazing blog posts, articles and magazines! xo

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thank you, Lenka! I’m so glad I could introduce you to Mary Beth’s blog and that her post spoke to you as much as it did to me! Thanks for being a reader and supporter—so thankful to have you as part of this community! Happy New Year to you, too :)

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    Jamie
    December 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I absolutely love your year in review, and am so inspired by all of these posts! Such a small world! I went to college with Lauren Tien!

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 29, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Jamie! And yes, it is a small world—I actually only know Lauren through a dear mutual friend of ours (who you may know, too) Karen. Love how connected we all are :)

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    mary beth
    December 30, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Awe…I love your list!!! A couple from your archives really peaked my interest, so I’ve got my reading list set for today with my afternoon coffee. I just wanted to tell you what an encouragement you’ve been to me this year too. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone shopping and I have yet another frustrating experience finding a pair of pants or shorts that fit right with my narrow waist and blessed backside and a post you wrote honestly comes to my mind every time. “The clothes should work with YOUR body, not you try to work with the clothes.” (I’m paraphrasing, of course.) That has really helped me redefine style and weight and not get down on myself for the way that I’m made. Also seeing you out there running and hitting the gym is so inspirational for me. I love seeing other women work towards health and take is like the serious responsibility that it is, but make time for their treats like coffee. I love that about you!!! Anyway, that’s my loooooooong comment on how Thoughts By Natalie has touched my life this year. So excited for Nellie and all the things in store for your 2014. And thank you from the bottom of my heart for linking to my post and the one you guest posted for me. Honored I made it on your list. Love you girl!!!!!

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 30, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Mary Beth!!! You are so, so sweet. Thank you for blessing me with your kind words—they made my day!! I could say the very same about your blog—it never ceases to inspire me, and always gets me thinking about what really matters in life (also, your photos are just so beautiful!). So glad we’ve had the chance to become friends through our crazy blogging lives. Thankful for you!! XO

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    Lauren
    December 30, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Natalie, what a great year you’ve had. I am seriously blessed by you, your talent, your heart, and all that you are working towards in this crazy blogging world. Gosh, it is crazy to think about how I would reach out and ask you simple blogging questions when I had NO CLUE what I was doing. haha. You are always so gracious and willing to teach and share. I love this about you. I cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store–for you, for Nellie, for your life in sunny San Diego and your little family. It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you, first through Karen, and now through writing. Always an inspiration, and always so real–thank you for being you, Natalie! And thank you sooo soo much for highlighting my piece. I had forgotten about that one and felt so honored that you mentioned it here! :)

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      Natalie Lynn Borton
      December 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      You are so sweet, Lauren :) I’ve loved the friendship we’ve developed and absolutely can’t wait until we get together with Anne next month!! So thrilled to have you on the Nellie team, too—I think 2014 is going to be a good year :)

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