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!

The Blog 

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.

18 thoughts on “{About}

  1. What an awesome concept, Natalie. It’s really heartening to see people our age taking ownership of their creativity and drive. The surf metaphor is pretty apt – even if I can’t vouch for catching many waves myself!

    Hope you’re doing great


  2. 🙂 You made my week! Seriously, thanks, Miles, and thanks for visiting. I was really excited to find out about Drive All Night today, and I’m looking forward to reading more. I really hope all is going great on your end as well. -Natalie

  3. Natalie! I found your blog via The Inertia. So glad I did! It’s funny how much I relate to you. I’m in a job I despise and have always just wanted to be a writer. Maybe one day I will. About a year ago, I turned up the heat on myself to live a life of fulfillment and happiness, much of which I get from my surfing. I feel you there. And I definitely love Mexican food more than anything else. Keep up the good writes, surf sister!

    • Thank you, Lyndsey. 🙂 If you’ve always wanted to be a writer, I believe you’re meant to be one… Go for it! Thank you for your comment, and let me know how things are going for you. Best, Natalie

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