• Emotional Work is Work, Too

    December 8, 2017 Kate

    You know those platitudes you know are true, but don’t actually believe? Asking for help doesn’t make you weak. Changing your mind doesn’t make you a failure. Saying no doesn’t make you a bad person. It doesn’t matter what other’s think, you’re the best judge of what’s right for you. If you don’t put yourself first…

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  • Let’s Take Inventory

    December 4, 2017 Kate

    Let’s take inventory. How much of your time is spent on things you feel you should enjoy… but don’t? How many of your hobbies, trips, and social activities are things you feel you should get joy from… but don’t? I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and she touches on this in her May…

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  • I Have a Vulnerability Hangover

    December 1, 2017 Kate

    Type type type, delete delete delete, type type, delete, type, delete delete.  I’m having a hell of a time writing this morning. I’ve been sitting here for nearly two hours with nothing to show for it. Well, nothing except my mounting anxiety and crippling insecurity. (Fun!) I just want to cry, or scream, or throw…

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  • We Can’t Share the Same Darkness

    November 30, 2017 Kate

    I haven’t been depressed in a long time. For someone who spent most of their teen and early adult life juggling doctors, diagnosis’s, and medications, this is a big deal. But I still have a darkness in me. I can feel it. Not every day or even every week, but it’s there. A weight that…

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  • Warning Signs

    November 29, 2017 Kate

    Warning Signs: — Softening my edges  — Making myself small  — Talking myself up, lying, exaggerating  — Feeling insecure  — I stop making  — I start drinking/eating too much. Excesses.  — I put my life on the back burner  — Play to my darkness  — Feeling guilty/shame  I’ve spent a lot of time over the…

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  • Ask For Help

    November 27, 2017 Kate

    Things I know I need to do: Ask for help. Things I don’t do: Ask for help. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it? No matter how many times we learn this lesson—no matter how good we feel and how many wonderful things happen when we do set our ego aside—we seem to forget. We seem…

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  • Why I Don’t Have Netflix

    November 23, 2017 Kate

    I don’t have Netflix. I know! I know. Or TV. I know. It’s not because I’m trying to save money or because I think it rots your brain, I simply realized it wasn’t serving the purpose I thought it was. I thought watching a movie or a show (OK, an entire series…) was a good…

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  • FOMO Isn’t What I Thought It Was and Yes, I’ve Got It

    November 21, 2017 Kate

    I’m tired. I’m not sure of what, exactly. Nope… No that’s a lie. I’m tired of the disconnect between where I am and where I want to be. I’m tired of the tension between how I feel and how I want to feel. As it turns out, I’ve got a serious case of FOMO. FOMO,…

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  • 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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