About Me


Growing up in Chicago, I learned about city life, loyalty to the Cubs and the joy of riding a bike around the neighborhood. Today I still live in the Chicagoland area and find joy in these little things, always surrounded by others in genuine community. 


It has taken me most of my life to discover how to best "do me" - a life that now includes writing, implementing initiatives, gathering resources and intently listening to the stories of others. 

I am currently in school pursuing my Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling to be a licensed therapist in Illinois, with group

facilitation training from The Allender Center, focused on trauma and/or abuse. My own growth continues with a sacred community of storytellers, mystics, and therapists. I also occasionally write articles for the awesome team at Red Tent Living


My deepest desire is for others to know God and become all they were designed to be. 

Yep, that's me, the toddler! Because my Dad died when I was just eight, I so wonder what I saw as I stared at him here. 

Natalie Sum

  • Content Strategist; Experienced Writer

  • Coach and Implementer of Initiatives

  • Story Facilitator

  • Asks, "How can we do this better?"

  • Activator of Ideas 

  • Thrives on Wholeness and Healing

  • Activator in her Community

  • Warrior and Child of God (her Abba & Divine Mother)

Transformation is often more about unlearning than learning.                                 ~Richard Rohr

More About Me

A rare photo with both my Dad and my Mom on the day of my first holy communion. I think I always had a hunger to understand God in a very real way. The smirk... well, that's me too.   

Always seeking to make others smile! I'm the little squirt in the jumper at my sister's birthday party in the 1970's. I clearly embraced being the little sister. 

I proudly took the role of being a Brownie very seriously in the second grade. (These are pre - Girl Scout days)

Me and my Amy, on a sunny day in Chicago. She knows and loves me better than anyone else in my lifetime, and I couldn't be more grateful to God for her.