NATALIE KLENNER

“I want to spend my life empowering and inspiring others to speak and embody their truth.”

I was born partially deaf and from a young age I realised that this was uncommon for most young people. When I was 12 years old, my dad developed a serious illness. I started at a new school and from day one, I kept the struggles I was experiencing from the world so that I would appear 'normal'.

“I lacked the words and courage to open up and tell my friends and family that I was not okay.”

In reality, my family and I were doing it tough. My dad's health never fully recovered. I had my own serious health issues, yet I lacked the words and courage to open up and tell my friends and family that I was not okay. For the first 20 years of my life I felt I couldn't voice and speak my truth. I kept my expression and story bottled up inside.

“Aged 20, I reached an emotional tipping point and finally sought help.”

Aged 20, I reached an emotional tipping point and finally sought help. Through mental health services, a whole new world became available - one where I could find the words to talk and share my thoughts, feelings and emotions with people. I grew comfortable accepting things in my life. I saw my differences as my 'uniqueness' rather than as differences. I realised everyone carried experiences of their own. This past year I've felt incredibly emotionally tested after nearly losing my dad to two strokes. Yet these formative experiences have given me a silver lining in the power of storytelling and connection with others. 

“Fast-forward to today. I am living a life in alignment with my values of love, connection, courage, passion and growth.”

Fast-forward to today, I am living a life in alignment with my values of love, connection, courage, passion and growth. I feel the wonders of life. I feel this most when I am with my friends, family and like-minded people sharing incredible conversation about stuff that really matters to me. I feel life fully when I am present in nature, eating nourishing food, dancing in my room, listening to music or accomplishing things I've never done before.

“As a young person who struggled with feeling 'different', I want to facilitate experiences for others where they can become confident in who they are.”

I'm lucky that after much searching, I've found a line of work that enables me to feel this way as well. I have a job where I regularly interact with young people about their personal growth and leadership. As a young person who struggled with feeling 'different', I want to facilitate experiences for others where they can become confident in who they are. I want to encourage female leadership and positive mental health. My vision is to create a movement that empowers young women to live a life of self-confidence by connecting with their vulnerability and authenticity.  

“I aspire to be a woman who uplifts other young women and supports them in becoming their best selves.”

I aspire to be a woman who uplifts other young women and supports them in becoming their best selves. I also see this as being a wonderful opening for conversation that can be a preventative mental health strategy. A mission that has the potential to change lives. 

My vision for my life is to be a woman who owns multiple businesses, all of which are purpose-driven and having a positive impact upon the world. In doing this, I hope that I can visit and experience as many cultures and countries as possible. I've seen such a small part of the globe so far and there is so much more I would like to explore!

Ultimately, I want to be remembered for having an impact on all people who I connect with because I really cared about them. I want all my friends and family to have always felt loved in my presence, and for that to continue after I'm gone. In living my truth, I want to spend my life empowering and inspiring others to speak and embody their truth.

My name is Natalie and I am a Timekeeper. 




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