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. Decorating is my thing. Healthy living is my jam.
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, it has also solidified my love of writing and design.
I currently live in South Florida with my husband and four-year-old daughter! When I’m not here writing, you can find me making memories with my family, working from home, trying new recipes, or enjoying the sunshine.
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 eventually moved back to New York, met my husband, and got married. We welcomed our daughter, Noelle, into the world in September 2017.
Fast forward to 2021, and I’m currently a VP for a social marketing company that specializes in health and wellness. I’m able to use my love of social media, storytelling, and connecting with others to build an online business and mentor others on how to do the same. I love it, and am so grateful for the chapters of my life that led me here.
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.
Thank you for visiting. Happy Reading!