• Social Media Side Effects

    December 28, 2017 Kate

    This whole social media detox has become really interesting… Not so much the break itself (that’s been surprisingly easy) but the conversations it’s led to with others who have experimented with limiting their social media use as well. They, too, noticed their anxiety was getting out of hand. But the interesting part is that anxiety…

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  • Ask Better Questions

    December 27, 2017 Kate

    We’re problem solvers. We want to fix things. When we’re low we want to make ourselves feel better. Fast. We might ask ourselves, “What can I do to feel better right now?” That question tends to lead to short-term solutions. Solutions that focus on pleasure over happiness. Maybe it’s the pleasure of excesses—I don’t feel…

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  • Consume Less, Create More

    December 25, 2017 Kate

    I’m taking a break for the last 10 days of 2017. A break from social media, a break from content, a break from the ding-ding-ding of notifications. No Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, or Facebook. No news. No email on my phone. It’s back to basics. Back to using a phone as a phone and…

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  • Burn it Down

    December 22, 2017 Kate

    Crack it open. Burn it down. Stand in ashes. Sometimes that’s what you need to do. Sometimes that’s the only way forward. Sometimes, you need to dig before you can build. With the end of a year and the beginning of another upon us, it’s a perfect time to think about what we don’t want…

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  • You Are Not Your Work

    December 21, 2017 Kate

    A criticism of your work is not a criticism of you. If someone doesn’t like your work it doesn’t mean they don’t like you. Making bad work doesn’t make you a bad artist. Good artists make bad art all the time. That’s what makes them artists.   The only way to avoid making bad art…

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  • Happiness is a Process, Not an Outcome

    December 19, 2017 Kate

    I’ve had it all wrong. Happiness isn’t the opposite of depression. It isn’t the other side of sadness. And it certainly isn’t the same as pleasure. Happiness is a process. It’s the byproduct of growth. Growth that comes from engaging in actives that challenge you, that demand your all-consuming attention. Activities you lose yourself in,…

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  • Tomorrow Won’t Be Better

    December 18, 2017 Kate

    Alright, this is it. Two more weeks of 2017. Two more weeks until the promise of new. Except, of course, that every day brings the promise of new. Not just every day, but every moment. Believing this simple (and yes, cheesy) platitude has totally changed the game for me. When I was going through the…

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  • If You’ve Never Heard of Emotional Labour, You Need to Read This

    December 15, 2017 Kate

    I’m angry. No, furious. I’m furious. That this is my conditioning. That this is a weight I carry. That until recently, I didn’t realize it existed. Didn’t know it was a problem. That until recently, I took this as a given. The way things are. Duty. My place in the world. My unique strength as…

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  • Permission and Perspective, That’s What December Needs

    December 14, 2017 Kate

    Isn’t it funny how as soon as you acknowledge what’s going on, even if what’s going on isn’t great, you start to feel better? After taking inventory of everything that could explain my recent uptick in anxiety yesterday, I felt a bit better. I think seeing it all on paper like that gave me permission…

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  • How to (Be my Best) Human

    December 11, 2017 Kate

    A big part of my experimentation with planning and scheduling these last few months has been figuring out the core things I need to do to feel human. Not just human, my best human. These are the things I need to do on a daily or weekly basis to feel motivated, focused, effective, generally-level-headed-and-not-a-self-depreciating-ball-of-anxiety… You know,…

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