Thoughts By Natalie » career honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:01:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4 Misconceptions About Working At Home Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:20:55 +0000 Brian passed along a brilliant article to me this week from Lifehack that I just had to share. It features four scenarios work-from-homers often face, and I can say from experience that they are so, so true: >> “You work from home? How do you get anything done?” >> “Since you’re at home anyway, I figured I’d just stop by…” >> “Hey, I know you work from home, so can I get this done tonight/this weekend/right now?” >> “Wow, you must have so much free time! Let’s go to_____ today.” Thankfully, my friends are actually really respectful of my time and know that when I say I’m working, I am in fact working. That being said, working at home can suck me into my own little world, so I’ve found it’s incredibly important for me to reach out and meet up with friends for coffee dates, or to accept a midday invitation to go walking or grab lunch from a friend who also has a flexible schedule. Swing by Lifehack to read the author’s hilarious thoughts on those situations, then come on back and let me know—Do you work from home? Do these situations happen to you? What other misconceptions ...]]> 6 Doing Something Great Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:58:24 +0000 I can’t get the idea out of my mind of doing something great. Something that inspires people. Something that is useful to people. Something that helps people live better, happier, more fulfilled lives. Maybe I’m being idealistic, but I can’t get away from this urge to create something that does all of those things. Perhaps it’s this blog, and just making it better. Perhaps it’s a collection of essays, sharing my thoughts on beauty and self-image along with my personal experiences. Perhaps it’s a brand new thing that brings together brilliant women who have more wisdom collectively than I could ever hope to have on my own. I’m not sure what exactly I’m after, but I feel like there is something brewing. Do you ever feel the urge to do something great? Do you know what that great thing is yet? Or are you with me—almost there but not quite able to put your finger on it?]]> 7 Fancy New Business Cards Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:44:08 +0000 Though I’m spending a significant amount of time focused on family and relationships right now, I’m definitely still working on quite a few things. My focus is, of course, on this blog, as well as other writing endeavors and also creative consulting (social media, blog strategy, etc.)—and I realized it was probably time for me to make it official by creating new business cards, just for me. I did a lot of research yesterday and ultimately decided to go with Minted. Since they have so many beautiful business card designs, it took me forever to choose one, but I finally opted for the above design (which shows front and back) that feels bold, modern, classic and in line with my overall brand. Woohoo! Now that I’ve ordered them, I can’t wait for them to arrive so I can start using them! Do you have personal business cards? P.S. If you’re looking for creative consulting for your blog, website, etc., feel free to get in touch through the contact page!]]> 4 Some News Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:40:00 +0000 It’s been killing me not to say this sooner, but I have some news, which has to do with the fact that Darling is now hiring (bear with me—this post is a bit long-winded!)… A couple weeks ago, I made a difficult but really-good-for-me decision to step away from my position at Darling. (Gasp!!) Of course, I absolutely love everything that Darling is about and I learned so much during my time overseeing the website. However, I have worked remotely from the team since I started my role in May last year. I thought it wouldn’t be an issue, but as it turned out, being far away from the team only got tougher and tougher, and I noticed over the past several months that I felt disconnected from the rest of the team in LA despite how wonderful everyone is (seriously, best coworkers in the world) and how meaningful the work is. It took what felt like forever to finally break the news to Sarah and Steve—my amazing friends and the owners of the magazine—that my time with the publication was ending. As I processed my feelings and imagined what I might say, I realized I had a lot of ...]]> 1 Long Mornings & New Measures Of Success Thu, 23 May 2013 18:05:00 +0000 There is nothing I enjoy more than a long morning—the kind where you wake up to natural sunlight, slowly make your way downstairs, brew up coffee just the way you like it, and linger in the living room for hours, watching the Today Show and catching up on blog-reading. If you don’t know what a morning like that feels like, I urge you to try it, because it’s truly one of the best things in life. Upon realizing just how special these kinds of mornings are, I decided to make them happen more often…as in, nearly every day. At first I felt really lazy—after all, only lazy people have time to lounge around until 9am watching TV and reading for fun, right?!? Wrong. Happy people and relaxed people make time to lounge around like that, understanding that success doesn’t always mean starting work for the day as early as humanly possible. Arianna Huffington recently spoke to this truth in a commencement speech at Smith College… “What adding well-being to our definition of success means is that, in addition to looking after our financial capital, we need to do everything we can to protect and nurture our human capital. My mother ...]]> 1 On Leaning In Fri, 26 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 On my flight home from Hawaii last weekend, I fully intended to finish our book club pick this month, East of Eden. Yet, somehow I found myself opening my Kindle to read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In—and I read it from cover to cover by the time we landed back in San Diego. Here are my favorite excerpts of the book (emphasis added)… On what equality really looks like… “A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.” On what leaning in really means… “This book makes the case for leaning in, for being ambitious in any pursuit. And while I believe that increasing the number of women in positions of power is a necessary element of true equality, I do not believe that there is one definition of success or happiness. Not all women want careers. Not all women want children. Not all women want both. I would never advocate that we should all have the same objectives. Many people are not interested in acquiring power, not because they lack ambition, but because they are living their lives as they desire. Some of the most important contributions to ...]]> 1 Back To Reality Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:29:00 +0000 After several beautiful days in Hawaii, today I’m back to reality. It’s a beautiful reality, because I do love the life I have here in San Diego. But it’s a reality that is full of unanswered emails, undone laundry, and an empty fridge. Today, my to-do list is massive and unending, and I’m just praying that I take it all in stride, remembering the wise words Sheryl Sandberg shared in her book Lean In, which I devoured entirely on the plane ride home: done is better than perfect. I wish I had more to offer you today, I really do. I suppose the takeaway from this is that I’m human and feel crazy on Mondays and get a little stressed when my lists get long. I hope you’re having a more relaxed morning, but if you’re not, know that you’re not alone! How do you usually feel when you return to work from a vacation? What about on Mondays in general? P.S. Stay tuned for a Wanderlust post featuring Oahu!! Image by Emily Ley Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0