The original reason that I went natural was that: I have always fiddled with my curly (4a) roots and wondered what a whole head of that would be like. Then my sister big chopped and hers looked alright. I didn't go natural to join a bandwagon.
I transitioned for about 8-9 months and was natural for about 3-4 months. So, no relaxer for exactly one year. I didn't like how much my hair would shrink after I big chopped. I got a lot of knots as well. I also didn't like that I was getting self-righteous about naturals vs. relaxed.
In the end, I like being relaxed, it's easier for me.