Occupation: Realtor; Small Business Owner; Candidate for U.S. Senate
Education: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
“Never be afraid to take up space and speak boldly.”
Natalie James is a woman with many hats. The proud product of Little Rock School District is one of the top-producing Realtors in the state, owns her own business, and recently added another passion project to the mix — U.S. Senate candidate. But the most important hat of all is that of motherhood, teaching her daughters how to be a strong, independent woman.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
I’m blessed to have amazing family support my mother, sisters and my girls’ father to help me in every way possible with our busy schedules. We co-parent so effectively, giving our girls a strong, stable support system of family members to pour love into our girls, helping them thrive. Balance is a fine line we all walk in our house. As hard as we work, we also decompress and enjoy each other and the lives we are making.
What is your favorite dish to make for family meals?
I am an avid cooker, baker and griller. I wake up some mornings and make muffins or pancakes. The girls love spaghetti nights, pan-seared salmon and roast beef on the weekends. I try to make an array of dishes to make sure my children have an extended palate — from Mediterranean, Indian, Thai, African and Spanish cuisines, along with normal Southern comfort foods of chicken and dumplings and shrimp and grits.
What advice would you give to new or soon-to-be moms?
Be ready for anything. During that first year, workout cloths are the best. They wipe up easily and dry quickly.
What is your favorite part about being a mom?
The hugs, the kisses and the random “I love yous.” A bonus is seeing me in both my girls with their own distinct personalities.
What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind for your children?
That you can do anything you think you can. Faith requires action. And never be afraid to take up space and speak boldly.