Thoughts By Natalie » friendship honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Double Date Night Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:42:09 +0000 Tonight we’re having over a dear friend of ours and her boyfriend for a double date night. Although I really do love going out to eat (major weakness of mine!), there is something so beautiful about inviting people into our homes and cooking a meal for them, don’t you think? I especially love to cook nourishing foods when people come over as a way of honoring them—foods that are healthy and tasty and comforting all at once. Tonight I’ve decided on a simple but delicious menu of Sweet Potato, Kale and Corn Chowder (shown below), crusty bread for dipping, and a Grapefruit, Avocado and Fennel Salad. Overall, I’m looking forward to a lovely night in with good people, good conversation and lots of laughter no doubt. Are you into double dates? What do you like to cook when people come over (or do you go out instead)? Top image by White Shutter Photography for Lindsay Letters; second image via A House in the Hills]]> 4 Making Room for Inspiring Relationships Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:29:33 +0000 When it comes to friendship, most of us have been raised with the belief that it’s ideal to make and hang on to as many friends as possible through life. It’s certainly a belief I subscribed to for my life—that is, until I read an article from Inc. Magazine that really got me thinking. The premise of the article is simple: Eliminate relationships that are depleting, and increase relationships that are inspiring. Although it is geared slightly toward professional relationships, it no doubt has merit in our personal friendships. All of us have relationships in our lives that are depleting—or as the author of the article called them, “space fillers” (which, admittedly sounds harsh but I suppose is somewhat accurate). Perhaps they are people we’ve known for a long time who we no longer have anything in common with, or people who always seem to drag us down, making us feel bad about who we are or even belittling our ideas or interests. Whatever it is, if we think about it, we can all identify relationships that need to be let go to make more room for the types of people who are uplifting, inspiring and encouraging. Continue reading at ...]]> 0 Back To Reality Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:01:00 +0000 Happy September (well, three days late)! Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer in so many ways. Kids go back to school. The weather (in most places, at least) starts to cool down. Fall fashion hits the stores. The pumpkin spice latte makes its annual debut. Though I can’t quite feel it yet—I’m currently sweating in my no-air-conditioning house—I love knowing that fall is approaching quickly. After a super relaxing weekend at the lake with friends, I’m slowly making my way back to reality. Writing is certainly slow going today, and my emails are quite piled up, so I thought I’d simply share a few photos from the trip this weekend while I get myself on track for the week ahead… Our morning view of the lake while eating breakfast. So serene. Being silly in stripes. Giggling in the water. Eating Chipotle on the ride home…serious business! Those are just the ones captured via iPhone—more to come soon, I promise! How did you spend the weekend? Are you as excited as I am that September is here and fall is coming quickly? P.S. For more daily life snapshots, follow me on Instagram at @natalieborton ;)]]> 0 LD 2013 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Well, friends, it’s that time of year. Brian and I are headed to the lake this weekend to spend quality time with a group of friends we vacation with every year. It’s been a year full of transition for everyone and we’re looking forward to getting some face time together over the long weekend. I anticipate a lot of conversation, splashing in the lake, and of course, a lot of eating and (responsible) drinking. Plus, I really hope to repair my tan line situation. What are your Labor Day weekend plans? Photos snapped at last year’s Labor Day weekend trip. Keep in touch! Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest]]> 0 When Comfortable Solitude Meets Necessary Community Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 The following is a guest post by my dear friend and Darling Magazine co-worker Tracy Le. She’s a writer and photographer who frequents coffee shops, values conversation, is inspired by kindness, and believes in a good, strong hi-five. Her works and quirks can be found at We need people. This is a truth I’m projecting primarily towards myself. I used to boast in my alone time, my solo-ness, my singleness, but when it comes down to it, my moments of utter joy have involved others. And I say this all to give recognition to that, to them. Thankfulness hardly covers it. This acknowledgement-turned-simple-reflection stems from my preference of my own company, and my own company alone. Just me, my thoughts and my God and no room whatsoever for anyone or anything else to disrupt me is my usual mind frame. I’m learning now, there is unfilled space and it’s meant for people. And it’s guided by our calling ultimately, to love others. If I’m about myself, the company of others will deter my ability to do anything useful, especially the loving part. Perhaps it’s specific seasons of our lives that bring certain truths out more boldly. Of late, I’ve ...]]> 0 Gathering With Friends Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:00:00 +0000 0 Sunday Sessions: Technology & Community Sun, 07 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 > I recently read an amazing article on Relevant by Shauna Niequist called Stop Instagramming Your Perfect Life, and it really got me thinking: Is technology the enemy of true community? Or can it be another tool for building (real) friendship from afar? I completely agree with Shauna that life’s greatest moments often happen in person—around a dinner table, in the delivery room when you bring a child into the world, over coffee at the kitchen table—and something I’d like to add to what she presented in the article is that “real” community isn’t limited to being with someone in person. I have made several friends thanks to social media and the blogging world—Bonnie, Madison, Elizabeth and Anne, to name a few. Though I often joke about it, I can honestly say that the Internet is my thing—my power zone of sorts. My whole life is tied to the world wide web—my job for Darling is 100% about connecting with women worldwide and building online community; and obviously if you’re reading this you know that I’m a blogger, which is also a very web-based ...]]> 0 Weekend Visitors Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:22:00 +0000 0 Coffee Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 0 diy long-distance friendship mugs Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 0