It’s time for Girl Boss Talk’s second installation, y’all! And who better to continue the trend of female awesomeness, than the amazing Natalie Metrejean. I’ll let her take it from here:
Hi! I’m Natalie Metrejean. I am the writer of “Wholeheartedly – A Devotional for Singles” and have 2 more devotionals coming out in February. I am a 31 year unmarried gal (but just celebrated 1yr with a pretty awesome guy), currently loving life in Lafayette, LA. For my day job, I work for my family’s traditional neighborhood development of Olde Towne at Millcreek.
I know “Wholeheartedly” isn’t your full time gig, but I’m sure it takes a substantial amount of time to keep up with it all! What does a start to finish day look like for Natalie Metrejean?
I am in one of those places where I cannot wait for this to be my full time job, as I am sure some of you gals are too! It’s definitely my heart beat and something I feel more purpose with, so the idea of spending my whole day doing this seems so energizing! Not necessarily easier, but more energizing. 😉
Here goes, I will tell you an ideal day, because no day is ever the same!
6:30 – 7:30 Quiet Time
7:30 – 8:30 Work on Business
8:30 – 9:00 Get ready for work!
9:00 – 5:00 My day job
5:30 – 6:30 Workout (this hasn’t happened in a long time, but it needs to!)
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner & Spend time with Josh
8:30 – 9:30 Write Blog Post & Work on Business
9:30 – 10:00 Read & Go to Bed
What is something you feel most people wouldn’t know about you upon meeting for the first time?
I’m not a writer… Lol! If people know me from my devotional, I understand this is safe to assume, but I never grew up wanting to write (or having the ability for that matter!). But I do believe it is the biggest testament to the work of the Holy Spirit through “Wholeheartedly”. There were times during the writing process, I’d read something I had just written and did not know where it came from. It definitely wasn’t me and I pray that when people read it they see the Holy Spirit and not me.
I’m borderline obsessed with your story and your heart for single women, and how willing you are to be open about it all. What first drew you to the idea of writing a devotional and sharing your heart with the world?
Ok, the funny thing is that I am JUST realizing something. I started a blog years ago and my sub header said something like “Loving every SINGLE moment while it lasts”! That’s so crazy to think about, because it seems God has had this on my heart for a long time! At the time of that first blog (it was very short lived), I remember being like “But I don’t know if I want to be the poster child for singleness.” Looking back I know it’s because I wasn’t confidant as a single woman. Once I surrendered everything to Him and started to see singleness in a different light, I guess I stopped worrying about what others thought. I wanted to show other women that just because you are single doesn’t mean you are “less than” and I hoped to encourage a new generation of smiling single girls! Not the sad ones I was used to seeing.
As far as the idea to start a devotional, it was actually my twin sister, Val’s suggestion! But I know it was God speaking though her J When she said it, it’s like the past 10 years had flashed before my eyes and I realized that they were all preparation for this call. But if you want to hear the long version and how a Monopoly game changed my life, you can check out the post on my blog about my story. Lol.
As a fellow bookworm and sometimes blogger, I know that hitting “publish” can be so scary sometimes. Can you remember the first time you sent a really personal post into the world wide web and how it made you feel?
Yes! I have written a few articles that I was worried about how they would be received. One was “30 & Single : Why I am glad I wasn’t Married in my Twenties” and another was “Hard Truths : A Name Better than Sons & Daughters”.
For “30 & Single” I worried that anyone married in their 20’s (um… practically everyone) would see it as me criticizing being married at that age. But my desire was more to share my personal reasons that I appreciated being married later in life and hopefully to give others encouragement that there were actually blessings in it! I think it’s important to recognize the benefits to any situation we find ourselves in and appreciate it while we are there. You will never hear me say that one way is in general BETTER. Singleness vs. Marriage, Married in 20’s vs. Married in 30’s, Stay at Home Mom vs. Working Mom. They all have unique opportunities that come with them and we just need to recognize, appreciate it, and allow others to make those decisions for themselves without feeling judged! The BETTER way is the way that God has prepared for us, whatever it is!
For “Hard Truths”, I worried that moms would think I was downplaying the role of mothers or the tough job that it is. But luckily, the moms who read it got where I was coming from and supported the concept of not placing children as idols in our lives and not placing more importance on having children than God intended. In this case as in most, I believe we have to look at the way God designed things to be and make sure we place things in their rightful order and value them at the appropriate level.
With all that said, I ALWAYS run my posts past my sister, who is a wife and mother, to get her perspective. I want to encourage singles, but never at the expense of my wife & mom friends out there. I know the heart behind what I write is pure, but I also know that sometimes things get interpreted differently, so I think it is great to get another person’s opinion!
I’m not single, but I know that if I was, I would be diving head first into your devotionals every morning. If you had to narrow it down, what is your biggest hope and prayer for the women who are walking through Wholeheartedly?
My biggest prayer for the girls that read Wholeheartedly, is that they wouldn’t let the opportunities of the single life pass them by. Regardless of what the world says or how others may make them feel, there are tremendous blessings and opportunities. It was such a sweet time in my life, and it breaks my heart for others not to get that experience. I hate seeing singleness as a waiting period or holding pattern. I want them to embrace singleness, surrender their future to the Lord, and have fun. Singleness can be so much fun & we have got to give single gals a better image.
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve been given in your journey into writing and blogging? And what is your best advice for up and coming young entrepreneurs?
Well I don’t not feel qualified at all to give any advice on business, as I constantly feel like I am not doing enough to promote Wholeheartedly and connect with my readers, but I do have one piece of advice. Don’t compare your journey with anyone else’s journey. I know what it’s like to be compared to someone else. I have a twin sister who has a booming business and has known her passion years before I did. If I took the time to compare our situations, business worth, influence, it would be such a waste. It is much more beneficial (and fun) to be able to encourage each other and support each other than it is to compare our situations!
Rapid Fire ::
/span>Last book you read: Well… I am a “5 books at a time” reader! The GoodReads App helps me stay organized, LOL. Right now I am reading Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas, Heaven by Randy Alcorn, Satisfied by Jeff Minion, & Anything by Jennie Allen.
Last movie you watched: Some James Bond movie! The boyfriend is a big fan and I have become one as well!
Morning drink of choice: Starbucks Caramel Iced Espresso Light from the grocery store… it is delicious and a big bottle cost the same as one iced coffee from coffee shop!
Night cap of choice: I have been loving Gin & Tonic with lime lately and recently just added a splash of some grapefruit vodka and it is amazing! I may need to make it my signature drink.
Favorite quote: “There are far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis