With an Instagram feed that will make you green with envy! food, fitness and travel blogger Natalie Glaze is the one to watch. By sharing gorgeous pictures of avocado on toast, glimpses into her fitness regime and beautiful sunny backdrops, Natalie’s feed promotes a healthy lifestyle and will have you craving matcha lattes, poolside pilates and green smoothies in no time. We caught up with Natalie to discover her golden tips for becoming the ultimate girl boss.
Well, you’ve certainly inspired us to do some exploring, but we’d love to get an inside view on a day in the life of Natalie Glaze?
Why thank you! I do love embracing my inner explorer. It’s a bit of a hard question as literally every day is different at the moment. I do multiple jobs/things at the moment and travel a lot so here there and everywhere. But when I’m in London and working on blog stuff which is usually Wed-Friday. I tend to try and get up and do a morning workout as this gets me going for the day! I then have a coffee and breakfast and work from my laptop, taking lots of time for tea, coffee, and snack breaks. If I’m working at home I set myself up in my front room surrounded by my plants and write myself a to-do list and crack through that. Making a calm beautiful workplace in my house was the best thing I ever did. I love my working space and it makes working from home so much more enjoyable and keeps me sane. But on other days I’m often running around London going to meetings and working from coffee shops or working in an agency doing consultancy or traveling around living out of a suitcase.
What do you love about what you do?
Every day is different I know that sounds cliche but literally, no day is the same, ever. I also love how my job/career is ever changing and evolving. I’m always adding another string to my bow and looking to expand my skill set. I grew up wanting to be a photographer than a writer/journalist, creative director. I feel like doing what I do I get to do a bit of all of that which is incredible, I’ve learned so many skills. Not to mention I feel pretty damn grateful to of traveled and worked with such amazing brands.
What influenced you to quit the 9-5 and pursue a career in wellness?
A few months into working in the 9-5 world I just knew I wanted a way out. I wasn’t happy, I didn’t feel fulfilled and felt so anxious about going into work. I’ve always wanted to work for myself and be my own boss. It was a very scary move but I knew that if I didn’t do it then I would never do it.
In a world where everyone strives to be different in their craft, how did you manage to forge your own path to finding your own unique style/brand?
For me I’ve always tried to create content I’m really proud of, I know the style that I like and I try not to compare myself too much to what everyone else is doing. Everyone has their own style and I think it’s about finding that and sticking to it. The end of the day I want to create content I enjoy and love, I’ve always loved photography and beautiful imagery. And if I love it hopefully other people will too! I think when you love your content and are proud of it it shows through.
What are your tips for keeping your health and fitness together with such a busy schedule?
I have to schedule it in, I look at my diary and my to-do list and I will always fit my workouts into my day like I do with meetings. Also, I try and work out with a friend, whether that’s booking in a class together or even just going for a run, that way it becomes social so I can’t cancel on a friend. I do find it hard to motivate myself to go to the gym so I often book into a class as I like someone else doing the hard work for me and telling me what to do aha!
Any new adventures this year?
So many! The beginning of the year I tried to not travel that much as I was focusing on finishing my Pilates teacher training. But as of the other weeks, it’s been back in adventure and exploring mode. So far this year I have been to Paris, Italy, Dubai and I am also off to Ibiza in the next few weeks. A lot of retreats and travel brands…which is super exciting so expect a lot of travel content clogging up the gram aha. I also just qualified as a Pilates instructor which is a new adventure for me, I don’t know where it’s going to go at the mo and I need to fit it into my life but im proud of myself for doing the course as it was a huge commitment.
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about starting your own business and being your own boss?
I would say it’s knowing your worth, not underselling yourself and sticking to your creative vision. I think a big thing I’m learning especially over the last year is instead of working myself into the ground and being crazy busy all the time. It’s about being more productive and efficient in my time and making sure I plan in more downtime and no phone/chill out time. It’s about working better, not more right?
What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to kickstart a career in the wellness industry?
Do it! I feel like so many of us including myself miss chances because we are worried about what could go wrong. The scariest thing I ever did was hand my notice in at my full-time job. I didn’t really have a plan but I knew if I worked really damn hard I could make it work. And it’s the best thing I ever did. I don’t think there’s ever the perfect time for anything sometimes, you just have to take the risk!
Words by: Natalie Glaze