A Letter to my Sixteen-Year-Old Self

February 22, 2017

  1. Wow! Love, love, love this post 🙂

  2. Aww this is one of the sweetest posts you’ve ever written! I love it!

  3. Lauren Swann says:

    Love this post!!!!

  4. Renee says:

    I adore this post! So true and so real!

  5. Christine Franke says:

    Extraordinary wisdom beyond your years, Natalie… all the best to you! Thank you for this post!

  6. Anna says:

    Such a raw and touching post. Very encouraging!

  7. Caitlin says:

    You’re amazing! Xoxoxoxo

  8. Beautiful, Natalie!!

  9. Brea says:

    This is adorable. I love the P.S. too 🙂

  10. Alison says:

    Love this so much!!!

  11. Emily says:

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your heart. Love the spoiler alert! 🙂

  12. Jen says:

    Love this Natalie! I think everyone can take a piece of wisdom from it and apply it to our own lives and careers. <3

  13. Christa Rae says:

    Natalie, this is such a sweet and touching post! I love this! 🙂

  14. Natalie!! Everything you said here, I could not agree or relate to more. Thank you for writing this!! You have such a gift, so grateful for people like you in this beautiful world. xo

  15. lindsay says:

    I absolutely LOVE this Natalie!! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Mimi says:

    I loved that 16 year-old, and I love the almost 24 year-old even more if possible. My god-daughter, the incredible Natalie.

  17. Meredith says:

    You are quite the writer, even at sixteen!! Wow!!

  18. Meredith says:

    Just realized you were 23 when you wrote this. Anyway, you are an awesome writer either way.

  19. Tara says:

    So sweet and so true – love it! And love the P.S. 🙂

  20. Holly says:

    YES! “I can hear you saying: What if I try and I fail? What if I reach for the unknown and come crashing to the ground? Oh, Natalie, but what if you succeed? What if taking that leap is exactly what you were meant to do?
    Stop worrying about failure.”

  21. So thankful I just came across this older post of yours, Natalie. It’s my third year shooting weddings and for the first time I had a bride that was not satisfied with the overall outcome of her photos. It has been a long few weeks working through it, and although I am so thankful for the opportunity it gave me to grow stronger, it has grieved me to my core. Everything about your post hits so close to home for me and is exactly what I needed this week.

    I’m in awe at the wisdom in you and would have never guessed you were just 23! You have a beautiful gift for writing as well. Oh dear, if only I lived closer to you I would insist on us having beautiful conversations over coffee. I look forward to someday meeting you in person!


  22. […] to reach some superficial idea of ‘success’. I remember the letter I wrote to my Sixteen Year Old Self and I feel like I need to take a moment to reiterate what I said in those lines […]

  23. Theresa says:

    I just had to comment because we called my mom’s mom Mommom, and I’ve never hear anyone else call their grandmother that! Thank you for all you do for the creative community!!

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