Hi, thanks for visiting. My name is Natalie Holtz, and I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life except for college, when I feel lucky to have live in Boulder, Colorado for a stint. I landed back home after school and now I’m a freelance writer/paralegal. Thank you for stopping by!
I started this blog in the fall of 2012 because a close friend and mentor suggested I try my hand at writing. The blog started out as a project with two aims: to make myself a happier person and strengthen connections in my community (read more: “A Search for Stoke“).
Now, years later, I’ve written for regional magazines like Locale Magazine, San Diego Magazine and Pacific San Diego Magazine, in addition to websites like Thrillist and Quarterlette.
Over the years, this space has evolved into an outlet to share things I love, my inspirations and random thoughts. But this blog is also supposed to help others. The word “stoke” is a term used by surfers, but it also means to “poke, stir up, and feed a fire.” I’d like to get people thinking, talking and feeling more connected to one another. We’re not so different from one another, and I think it’s important to remember that.