• The Secret to Being on Social Media Without Feeling Like Absolute Garbage About Yourself and the World at Large

    November 15, 2017 Kate

    Alt titles: How to Navigate the Sewage Slash Bliss That is Social Media All Those Huffington Post Articles Were Right Social Media Anxiety is Real and I Have It Learning to Survive Social Media as a Millennial Who’s Been Told It’s The Key to Connection, Engagement, and Making a Name For Yourself (Yes, my title…

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  • You (OK, I) Need a Plan

    November 14, 2017 Kate

    “You need a plan, or you’re always going to feel like you’re not doing enough.” —Eric Barker Ahhh planning. We’ll file that under, Things You Know You Should Do But Don’t. I’ve always been pretty good at day-to-day planning by using to-do lists and calendars to manage the stuff I need to get done (I…

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  • (Outdated) Survival Instincts

    November 13, 2017 Kate

    “I won’t have crap like that lying around.” That’s what they said about my art. We’d just got a new fridge and I’d taken the box and made a house out of it. I’d cut out a door and windows, made shutters, painted the inside and outside… It was perfect. Perfect for me. Later that…

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  • You Decide The Distance You Love Someone From

    November 10, 2017 Kate

    I saw my therapist yesterday. I hadn’t seen her in eight months. I went to see her to talk about the flashbacks I’ve been having. Like I said, it’s my body’s way of telling me it’s time to deal with another piece of this. She helps me deal. She doesn’t tell me what to do, she…

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  • It’s Not Your Fault

    November 9, 2017 Kate

    I started having flashbacks again. I’m not sure what triggered it this time. They seem to resurface about once a year, usually when I’m in a good place personally. I don’t mind anymore. It’s almost as though my body’s saying, “Hey, you’re ready to deal with another piece of this.” The flashbacks fill in part…

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  • The Artist Who Doesn’t Make Art

    November 8, 2017 Kate

    I want to be an artist. The only problem is… I don’t make art. Not anymore, at least. I did when I was little. Constantly and everywhere and out of anything. But that faded. I was told, quite clearly, that art was a waste of time. It was foolish and that mine wasn’t very good.…

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  • It’s All On You

    November 7, 2017 Kate

    You know what traveling alone is? Traveling alone is a crash course in expectations. It’s an exercise in ownership. A lesson in choice. And it’s a really, really good way to find out how much you like yourself. You and you alone are responsible for your time, your outlook, and your experience. You’re not responsible…

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  • Simply, Go

    November 6, 2017 Kate

    I travel alone. Not always, but sometimes. I just got home from a week in New York City. Last year I did a 12 day road trip around Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island by myself. I’ve gone to Paris by myself, Stockholm, Milan… I’ve never thought much of it. These are places I wanted…

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  • The World Owes Me

    November 3, 2017 Kate

    I realized something today. I was having breakfast reading What To Do When It’s Your Turn by Seth Godin and I got to the section on obligation, where he explains why the feeling of being owed is toxic. He talks about how the productive artist “acts as though the audience doesn’t owe her anything.” And…

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  • You’re Selling the Wrong Thing

    November 2, 2017 Kate

    “NO PHOTOS.” That’s what the sign said in front of this man’s booth at the Chelsea Market. He was selling shirts with fun quirky patterns on them, presumably made locally and in limited runs. You know, the kind of cool thing you’d expect to see for sale at an arts market. When I see signs like…

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