I’m Natalie Bergen McGhee, a native New Yorker and creator of all these Notes. I’m so happy you’re here.
I like to think of myself as an all-around creative spirit. I love to dance, take pictures, travel, debate, read good books, get dressed up, and sing songs in my car. I’m quite fond of Christmas, candles, and chocolate ice cream. Palm trees make me smile.
I started this blog as a way to document a new chapter in my life, but it has since turned into so much more. Not only has blogging opened my eyes to the amazing scope of the digital world (which is great, considering I work in social media advertising), it has also solidified my love of writing and design.
When I’m not hard at work at a place with good WiFi, you can find me strolling in New York, scrolling through Instagram, or taking notes.
As a blogger, I’m also a writer. As a writer, I’m also a storyteller. This is my story.
In high school, I performed in every musical. In college, I studied Broadcast Journalism. In 2008, I worked in digital marketing. In all the other years of my 20s, I was an ESL teacher in New York City.
In conclusion, I learned a lot – not just about these various fields, but also about myself and where I want to be.
A few months before my 30th birthday, I decided it was time to pursue new endeavors. I began by taking classes, studying new things, and exploring different areas.
All the while, I blogged about my journey.
It wasn’t too long before I took the plunge and moved across the country to Newport Beach, CA. In doing so, I changed careers, connected with new people, and experienced a whole new way of life. I’m currently back on the east coast, living in New York and working remotely for my California-based company. Oh, I also recently got married and my husband and I are expecting a baby girl in the fall!
For more on how I went from teacher to today, I encourage you to read My Tattoo Changed My Life and visit the page Trip of a Lifetime. To learn more about what makes me Natalie, please check out 30 Things I’m Happy I Did Before 30.
Notes by Natalie began on September 16, 2013 while I was drinking a latte at my local Starbucks. Created just a few days before I embarked on a new journey, it sparked the phrase Shake. Things. Up. Definition, please:
Shake Things Up
/SHāk/ /THiNGz/ /əp/
1. to make changes in life that are significant, necessary, and/or fun.
synonyms: spice it up, switch gears, restructure, do a 180
Whether big or small, the changes you make have the potential to create new positivity and happiness in your life – especially when they are things you never thought you could or would do.
Today, Notes by Natalie is a place where you’ll find articles about life, love, and what inspires.