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Hey there! I’m Natalie. I like Yellowstone and hiking and telling tales from the trail.

Is the landscape of middle-age taking you into unexpected, unfamiliar, and maybe even unwanted territory?

That’s tough terrain. And, yeah, I travel it, too. At home, at work, and points in between, something is always changing. Transitions are not my favorite thing.

Maybe you know what that’s like. 

If you do, I’m glad you’re here and I hope you’ll stick around. Traveling through life is a lot like hiking. Whether we’re figuratively trudging uphill, fighting gravity on the downhill, or facing a blind corner in the wilderness, it’s better when we have people walking alongside us to spur us on.

That’s what I do here. 

You won’t find quick answers or easy steps for walking by faith. (We both know there are exactly none.) You will find tales from the trail, along with tools, techniques, and practices to help you make your way through midlife shifts and transitions. Subscribers will receive monthly Field Notes with navigational resources and my latest post, as well as a quarterly deep dive into navigating the landscape of your life by faith.

A little about me: 

  • Hiking didn’t come naturally to me, but I dig it now.
  • I love life outside but I have a hard time—and I mean a really hard time—getting out the door.
  • I also have a hard time getting out of my head.
  • I met Jesus when I was a little one and am spending my grownup years learning what it means to walk through this life by faith.
  • I love Yellowstone, mountains, still water and clear mountain streams, silence, wide-ranging one-on-one conversation, lilacs, daffodils, rugged skirts and ridiculous shoes, speaking, teaching, and singing.
  • I have maybe one athletic bone in my body. One. Maybe. It divides its time between hiking and downhill skiing.
  • My husband and I have been married for 30 years. He is my favorite. Marriage is hard. God is good. Counseling does for marriages what mechanics do for cars. I call him J in real life and that’s how I refer to him in writing, as well.
  • We have a rapidly emptying nest. My kids are also my favorite. Aside from potty training, I’ve loved every stage of raising kids. Still, my delusions that parenting would get easier as the kids got older have shattered like a glass vase on a tile floor.
  • This is us in all our goofy glory–trying–and kind of failing– to take a simple selfie between the slopes and the long haul home. (This series is one of my favorites, anyway.)

Thanks for being here. If you’d like to hear more from me, subscribe here. If you’d like to tell me a little about the terrain you’re traveling, contact me here. 

happy trails ~




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