natalie trice

It’s time for the latest Wonderful Women interview, which is one of my favourite features on this blog – celebrating all the incredibly inspiring and kick-ass women out there!

This week I’m featuring the wonderful Natalie Trice, a mum of two young sons, wife to Oliver and the keeper of a cat and dog.

As well as being a blogger and freelance writer, this year, she fulfilled her life long ambition of becoming an author when Cast Life, a book for parents of children with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), was published globally in October.

Describe a typical day for you?

Everyday is different but they all start with coffee. Earlier this year I seriously reduced my caffeine intake but I love that first strong, steaming mug of coffee and drink it whilst the rest of the house sleeps and I catch up with the news, emails and my social media feeds.

Once the boys are awake it’s go, go, go until I get them to school for 8.40. We live next door but only ever seem to get to the gates by the skin of our teeth, if we are lucky.

As well as working as a freelance writer, my days are currently spent promoting my book, Cast Life. My son Lucas was diagnosed with DDH when he was five months old and has just undergone his 4th operation aged 6.

Whilst it’s a common congenital condition I couldn’t find any information to help us understand what was happening so I decided to fill the gap in the market myself.

This year I not only wrote Cast Life but also founded Spica Warrior a charity intended to empower and support families on their DDH journey.

Whatever I’m doing, I always try to take the dog for a walk so I get some exercise and head space.

I recently started to meditate and find that helps me tune out from my hectic schedule and a noisy house; I am one of three girls and had no idea that boys were so loud.

I love that freelancing means that I whilst I often work into the night, I’m always at the school gate for pick up and around to help with homework, listen to the boys read and make their tea.

I end every day with a bath and cup of tea and I’m pretty sure in a past life I was a cat, as once I’m in bed, I could happily stay there forever.

 

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?

Whilst I am really proud of my career, my greatest achievements are my sons.

They say no two children are the same and that is the certainly the case when it comes to my boys.

One is blond and feisty the other dark and totally chilled out but they are both very happy, sparky little men with a love for life.

Eddie is fiercely protective of his brother and they have a strong bond that has really been evident whilst Lucas went through his recent hospital stay.

Don’t get me wrong, they bicker about everything from the Xbox controller to fresh air and everything in between, but I know they adore each other and when I look at them they make my heart swell with love and pride.

 

What’s in your handbag?

I love bags and have way too many. Day to day I either go with a black Coach or Jimmy Choo tote and always carry a pair of sunglasses, my iPhone and a Rimmel lipstick in vintage rose.

Depending on where I’m going and what I’m doing I will also throw in my diary, a notebook, pair of gloves, pens, a pack of tissues, mints and my Kindle.

I only recently went to the Kindle dark-side and whilst I have a stack of books on my bedside table, having this means I’ve always got something to read rather than resorting to a dog-eared copy of Metro.

 

What are your ambitions in life?

In my early 30s I was in the thick of my broadcast PR career, flying around the world, managing budgets and agencies and my ambition was to be the best.

Fast forward ten years and how things have changed.

I aspire to ensure that my sons to have a happy, stable home life and that we bring them up to be confident young men with a passion for life and the desire to go out into the world and do what makes them sparkle.

When it comes to my career, I have a long way to go but hope that Cast Life is the first of many books. I am also dedicated to raising awareness of DDH and offering support because whilst it isn’t life threatening, it certainly is life changing.

Slightly less realistically, I would love to enjoy a latte before it goes cold and to have a wee alone on a dry seat!

I live in a house of boys and can only dream.

 

What advice would you give your pre-baby self that you now know having had a child? 

You’re stronger than you think you are.

One minute you’re knee deep in nappies and sleep deprived and the next you’re packing lunch boxes and patching up grazed knees but getting from a to z hasn’t been a bed of roses.

From post-natal depression to having a sick child needing multiple operations, being a mummy hasn’t always been plain sailing for me.

The thing is, unlike the corporate world you can’t resign, there is probationary period with this job, and if you’re a parenting control freak like me, then delegating can be tricky.

At the end of the day you have to be strong for your kids and whatever life throws at you, you will deal with it even if you think you have nothing left to give.

 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

In five years I would love to be living in Devon near the beach having published at my first novel.

Writing Cast Life was pretty straightforward as it was based on our experiences of having a child with DDH and navigating the murky waters of this condition.

I’ve started my novel, have an agent to contact and whilst I am already planning the launch party, I know this could be a trickier project, but one I am really excited about.

 

What advice would you give a budding author?

Don’t give up.

To this day I still remember sitting in an English lesson age 14 and my teacher, with his nicotine stained fingers and rotten teeth, telling me that I would never have the vocabulary to be a writer and should train to be a nursery nurse.

I used that throwaway comment to go out there, work hard and make my dreams come true.

If you’re serious about being a writer, get a job that involves writing, write a blog, carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas, go to networking events, make contentions, use social media, take courses and have the confidence to do it.

 

Finally, happiness is…

Being comfortable in your own skin. For too long I worried about my looks and figure and never felt I was good enough.

I turned 40 last year and finally believed that happiness comes when you accept yourself, flaws and all.

None of us are perfect but you can create a life that is perfect for you and those you love.

To find out more about Natalie take a look at www.justbecauseilove.co.uk, www.spicawarrior.org and www.natalietrice.co.uk.

Tweets can be seen at @natalietrice and @spicawarrior.

 

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17 Responses

  1. Natalie Trice

    When you start talking to people, so many know someone who has been touched by DDH so thank you for letting me get this out there x
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  2. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    ‘You’re stronger than you think you are’. That resonated with me, and is totally true. You don’t know how much strength and willpower you have until you have children and they force you to bend yourself in ways you never thought possible.

    I’m absolutely shocked that a talented and driven human being like Natalie was told by a TEACHER that she would never be a writer, and went as far as picking a completely different job for her while he was at it. What a horrible teacher! Natalie, I love that you took that and used it as fuel for your ambitions!

    I’m not a budding author, but I’m a budding writer. I write my blog, am looking to start properly freelancing in the New Year as a copywriter and will hold onto every bit of advice you’ve given. Wishing both of your sons health and happiness, particularly Lucas with his DDH.
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    • Honest Mum

      So true Fiona, it’s taking the negativity and fuelling that to make you succeed. You are spot on about kids too, they really show us facets we didn’t know existed and stretch us to our limits making us ultimately stronger than before-even if we often find ourselves feeling a bit broken at times in the process x

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      • Natalie Trice

        Gosh I often feel broken but with those little people depending on you, you get on with life and thinks pick up even when you don’t think you can do it xxx
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    • Natalie Trice

      Hi Fiona,

      Thank you for your kind words on here.

      I suppose I have him to thank for giving me a challenge.

      Lucas is doing really well thank you and his brother dutifully wheeled him around today when we went to the cinema.

      Very good luck with your new challenges, I am sure you will be brilliant.

      Natalie x

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  3. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Such a brilliant interview with a brilliant woman – books, charity, freelancing AND motherhood?! I’ve no idea how she fits it all in but she is my heroine. Love her attitude, love her spirit and love her passion. Thanks Natalie and thanks Vicki for sharing. X

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    • Natalie Trice

      Ahhhh Kate thank you! I LOVE your blog and writing so those comments have really touched me xxxx and yes, thank you Vicki for giving me a platform x
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  4. Ebabee

    Fab interview. What an inspiring lady Natalie is. So impressed that she’s written this book – so helpful for others in the same boat. I say that especially because I am very familiar with DDH as my brother was born with it and had to have both his legs in a plaster cast for 2 years – this was 40 years ago so info was even less available then.
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    • Natalie Trice

      Thank you x My sister and two cousins had DDH too and back then there was nothing and even now there isn’t much more than my book so I hope it really does help!
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  5. Jacqui @ Mummy's Little Monkey/MLM Life & Style

    Natalie is actually from my ‘hood – holla back to the Sth Bucks Massive! Good on her for getting out there and making this happen, and helping other people in the process; a lady to be admired. xx
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    • Natalie Trice

      Big waves to your from Marlow Jacqui xxxx thanks so much and I really hope it does help people in what can be a pretty awful situation xxxxx
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  6. Babes about Town

    What an awesome interview! We have so much in common, I also turned 40 last year, and I too dream of a writing life by the beach, a pee on a dry seat (ha, welcome to mama boyhood), and am a total bag lady although fast curing myself of that habit 😉

    More importantly, I know this condition up close as my niece had surgery for dysplasia just last year at 15. They hadn’t picked up the condition when she was younger, so it was very late to go through such drastic surgery but she’s managed it like a trooper. It must be so hard with your little one, but look at what it’s sparked: a book, a charity, and more to come I’m sure! Your family should be very proud of you. Keep on sharing your stories, it’s a wonderful thing x
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh what a touching comment Uju, I hope your niece is doing well and you are so right, as always, so much good has come from something so painful, much love x

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    • Natalie Trice

      Oh I so feel for your niece, late diagnosis is a massive issue so I can totally related to this. I am sure she is an amazing girl but if her or her family need any help please do point them in my direction x thank you very much for your encouraging words of support, I really do want to make sure we let people know we are there to help and that whilst DDH is tough, so are our kids and we will get them better xxx
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