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My Favorite Blogs – Hey Natalie Jean

2014 January 3
by WWGD

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Here is the thing about deciding to blog. It’s daunting and inspiring and scary…before you even log on to type a word. Then once you do, you start to dive into this blog world and find so many people doing it and it becomes even more daunting and inspiring and scary. That person is a better writer than me. This one has nicer photos. She has a bigger following. Her logo is cooler. But you just keep on writing and sharing and commenting and reading because somehow you just know you’re meant to be a part of it. Scary or not.

This is a post where I share my favorite blogs with you, in the hopes that you find something (and someone) new to follow and get inspired by. The first is here and the second is here.

I don’t remember how I first came across Natalie’s blog (now Hey Natalie Jean, formerly Nat The Fat Rat) but I know it has been one of my absolute favorites (if not my actual favorite) ever since.

She shares bits and pieces about her life in New York City with her husband and young son, Huck. She does some fashion, beauty and lifestyle stuff that is usually pretty on-point, even when it’s not necessarily my personal style. And she gives me a serious case of hair envy with almost every post.

But it’s the writing that keeps me there.

Natalie has this voice that is at once pure honesty and pure wit. She writes how I imagine she talks over coffee with girlfriends, which is a style I love and admire. She just lets it flow and it flows so well, it seems effortless. She shares trials and tribulations (often tied to her efforts to conceive again and more recently, to her PMDD diagnosis) from such a thoughtful place that you want to go there with her and hold her hand through it. She writes with a simple eloquence that is solid, easy to read and relatable. And the best part is that all that brilliant writing has landed her a deal for her first book, which she is working on now.

Thank you, Natalie for sharing so openly and with such a candid, meaningful voice. You’ve inspired me to be a better writer on so many levels. And I cannot wait to read the book.

You can check out Natalie’s blog here and follow her on Instagram (also fun, especially if you dream of moving to NYC like me) here.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    January 3, 2014

    I’ll definitely check this out- if you think she’s a great writer than I’m sure she is, because your blog is one that I never just scroll through in my reader- I always take the time to read the words because of your style of writing!

    Also, one of my intentions for the year was to start writing a blog. I’m working on building it now, and as you say, it’s SO overwhelming! And the more I work on it, the more overwhelming it becomes. But, keep trudging on, as you say. :)

  2. January 3, 2014

    I love her blog too, I stumbled across it somehow as you do with blogs….I totally agree with everything you have said above, she’s a really good writer & her blog is wonderful.

    Happy New Year to you :)

  3. January 3, 2014

    I’m so grateful to have found Natalie’s blog – how wonderful it is! Thanks so much. xox

  4. Natalie permalink
    January 3, 2014

    I think I might have to read her blog since we share the same first and middle name, and also hate being called Nat. She must be fabulous. :)

  5. January 4, 2014

    I agree 100% heynataliejean is one of my go-to favorites, and you summed up her awesomeness perfectly. xo

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