“It’s not what happens to you, but how you respond.” As I sat quietly digesting these words, and dozens of others filled with unwavering wisdom, I couldn’t help but grin. I’ve experienced my fair share of energetic, motivational gurus full of forced positivity as they tried to put on a show for their audience.
But this interaction was different. I was in the middle of a conversation with Natalie Siegel, a midwestern woman at heart, born and raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Natalie was sitting in her self-proclaimed Diva Den, a part of the home she recently renovated courtesy of a long career in real estate and design. As she graciously shared the topsy turvey life experiences that led her to the outdoor haven of Park City one year ago I began to wonder if I’d known this woman forever.
I haven’t, of course. While Natalie and one of her daughters both attended my alma mater, Ohio University, we hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting until today. Simply being in her presence was offering me the ideal mix of “I can do anything” energy and “I’m at ease” comfortability. Then, it hit me. Our interaction felt so natural because of Natalie’s unique gift. She’s a guide, an ear, a shoulder – whatever it is the person she’s talking to needs at that time. Natalie offers the safe space so many are craving.
Thankfully, Natalie has chosen to thoughtfully include this precious gift in the next chapter of her life. She’ll be focused on helping people get to the other side of big life changes. As she builds The Natalie Siegel Experience, this tiny but powerful force to be reckoned with says, “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and am living my best life at 55. I want those around me to know they are enough and can do it as well – maybe even see themselves in me.”
“My hope is that in sharing my story, the highs and lows of how I used my attitude and mindset to overcome the tough times, I’ll help others save years of struggle.”
Natalie’s story is one of the everyday mom doing her best to raise good kids, sacrificing to assure her daughters were always first. When she transitioned out of her marriage years ago, Natalie is confident what got her through the many challenging, and often dark days, was her drive “to be the example for my girls”. When she realized the power was within her to change the narrative (for herself and her kids), everything shifted. Today, Natalie firmly believes that if she got to the point of feeling empowered to live a life she loves, anyone can.
“My hope is that in sharing my story, the highs and lows of how I used my attitude and mindset to overcome the tough times, I’ll help others save years of struggle,” Natalie says with a heart that’s clearly bursting with gratitude. She’s ready. With a new home, a horse that’s pulled her back to her comfortable childhood roots, and grown daughters she gets to watch thrive, Natalie is thrilled at the opportunity to open previously closed doors for new friends and acquaintances. Her new business ventures include plans for public speaking engagements throughout the US and launching a support platform to help and empower women to succeed.
“Natalie is focused on helping people get to the other side of big life changes.
As she builds The Natalie Siegel Experience.”
As we finished up our conversation, I felt a sense of peace wash over me. Natalie paused and quietly stated, “I’m now the woman I admired when I was young.” In those 10 words Natalie Siegel had said it all. As for me, I want a front row seat in her quest to help women and men untangle the knots of life that have been keeping them from pursuing their own dreams. I imagine a year from now the current chapter of their stories will be shining just as brightly as Natalie’s.
Follow Natalie’s journey via her social media @natalie_siegel