• Five Links I Love

     

    I discovered the British Library’s collection on William Shakespeare.

    When it’s cold outside, I want to just snuggle inside wearing this warm cardigan.

    Not only have I always loved this song, but this State Farm commercial is one of my favorites with their message.

    I’m always on the look out for the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Still haven’t found what I’m looking for, but I tried this one from Williams Sonoma. It is the best so far!

    Pinterest find: 27 ideas for using words in your art journal. Great ideas to passs along!

     

  • Just a little note from me //

    I have so much to be thankful for. Where do I even begin? First, I don’t take any day for granted. Make it the most while you can, I say. Be grateful. Be thankful for what you have. No matter what your current circumstance, there is someone who is struggling more than you. That’s my personal motto.

    I’m thankful I discovered my passion. Even if it was late in life. Hard to believe I actually studied business and accounting, and worked as an accountant for awhile before I discovered I hated it. I have always loved to read and English was my best subject, so why not go for it?

    My writing. It’s always ongoing and I love the revision process. The writing part is difficult, but that’s part of the challenge.  Revising is cleaning up and reorganizing my thoughts, which I had to really figure it out. This time it feels more promising. I can’t share a lot with you right now because, well, I don’t want to jinx it and also, because I’m working with an editor.

    Seriously though, I would rather work quietly and be patient for now. When the time is right, I’ll share the details then. In the meantime, here’s a song on my writing playlist.

    I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately and I can’t deny the influence it has on my work. Music is the driving force for my writing inspiration.

    One song I’ve been playing on repeat is from an indie artist called Belgian Fog. I love his music. Truly a gifted artist. Have a listen and enjoy!

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  • Vintage 90’s Music

     

    It’s finally the weekend!! I need a little escape so I’ve been listening to vintage 90’s music.

    Classic Saint Etienne…a British alternative band formed in 1990. I found them on Youtube and I’m so glad I did! They have that beach/indie vibe that I like.  Nothing Can Stop Us is my favorite song from Saint Etienne.

    When I listen to this song…it reminds me of San Diego, when I’m visiting my family out there, and cool Adam Brody . I have no idea why.

    This same kind of thing happens when I listen to Rush and the song Lessons will come on. I think about Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, I spent some time there too. I don’t know if certain songs do that for you?? Does it make you think of some random moment in your life?

    Check out their videos below and all the awesome filters  used in filming. All before Instagram was invented. Gotta love it.

    Happy FRIDAY and have a safe weekend!

    Xo,

    K.

     

     

     

  • May 22 : 2017

     

    First off, I like to read on the floor.

    Second, I have a bad habit of twirling my hair while I read. I should really stop it because I did this in a meeting one time and a friend seemed… annoyed.

    Third, I know I should be reading with more light…another bad habit… and no wonder I’ve been wearing glasses since I was nine. Reading in lowlight and sometimes in the moonlight is not good for your eyes.

    Fourth, I’m finding myself sliding off the reading scale. So I put myself on a reading goal of 3 books a week. I used to read 4 books a day…and I don’t know how I ever managed that but those were the days, and now…well, I’m working more.

    Fifth, up on my reading list: Good To Great by James C. Collins.

    I wish this book was one of my required reading back in business class during college. It would have helped me especially once I started my own business.

    I’m not one of those fortunate people who was born with an amazing talent and knew it from an early age. Those people must be destined for greatness with athletic ability, musical talent, being born into a famous family, singer, and even being extremely beautiful. They’ve got it all while the rest of us have to go through most of our life trying to figure it out.

    Here’s one passage from the book that’s worth pondering over. It inspires me…and I hope it inspires you too.   //  Xo, K.

    “When what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”

    -James C. Collins , Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap…and Others Don’t

  • How I De-stress

     

    Writing a book is stressful.

    It’s like writing a never-ending term paper…but the results…well, it’s yet to be determined.

    So as you may have figured out…I am stressed and what am I going to do about it. If you’re stressed too, maybe we have something in common and we can share ideas on how to de-stress.

    When I read this article from Harvard Health, it inspired me to make  a few changes, as well as this great article from Helen Sanders here. Daily stress isn’t good for you and as mentioned in the article, it can have damaging physical effects on your body such as mood changes, sleep deprivation, appetite, high blood pressure and heart disease.

    Since I’m already working on my stress level, one of the biggest things I’ve increased is my hobbies. One of my favorite is  Papercrafting (see above photo).

    Papercrafting or scrapbooking is relaxing to me. It is a legit hobby. I love buying all that pretty paper, glue, buttons, stickers, and you name it. You can find me inside a scrapbook store when I travel. I can spend several hours inside…just staring at paper.

    Some of my favorite writers have interesting de-stressing hobbies.  Paulette Jiles enjoys riding horses when she’s not writing, author Jenny Han likes to bake, and Ernest Hemingway enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing. I don’t know of any other writers who like to scrapbook. If you find out, please let me know. And if you’re a fellow writer and like to scrapbook, I’m so happy!

    So how do you de-stress? What are your hobbies? I’d love to hear!

    Have a great weekend!

    XO,

    K.

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  • Disconnecting to Connect.

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    I’m planning to take the next few days off to recalibrate myself. For me that just means time to disconnect to connect. I need to rethink a few things that have been bugging me.

    A lot has been on my mind.

    My life has been on my mind.

    Lately I feel so disorganized.  Most of it has to do with all the things I’m juggling. My writing business is the biggest on my mind right now and the decisions I make will change my life.

    I want to change my life.

    I’m not satisfied and my desire… almost hunger for change, has me pondering about what I need to do.

    See that photo above? It’s My Bucket List. It’s empty right now…and I’m at a lost on what to fill it up with. It’s almost like if I fill my list up, I’m going to go back and read it…and then ridicule myself for even thinking that I can ever do it.

    Like what were you thinking Katie?? Seriously.

    Well, I’ve thought about moving…to another state.

    I’ve thought about self-publishing again.

    I’ve thought about making some financial sacrifices.

    So many ideas. So many questions.

    What do you do when you want to make a big change in your life?? Do you just jump and do it? I’m curious what other people think because I’m kind of stuck. Most of it has to do with that dreaded word…FEAR. I’m so afraid of failing.

    I’ll still be here and there to say Hello, but not quite as frequent. I need to sort things out and just wanted you to know.

    In the meantime, here’s to a great weekend!

    Xx,

    K.

     

     

     

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  • Gratitude



    I created this page over the weekend to remind myself of all the things that I’m grateful for.  I’m grateful to be alive and have a chance to live a life.

    It’s always on my mind….which is why I’m  constantly striving to live a healthier and happier life. I’m a true believer that the best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice things I’m grateful for daily.

    As a writer in the publishing industry, I especially need to surround myself with positive people and positive beliefs. Sometimes I get entangled in negative thoughts because of all the pressure I sometimes put on myself.

    I truly believe practicing gratitude makes you happier and healthier. It’s an important habit to live. Gratitude is all about feeling appreciation for what we have in our life.

    So this artwork I made will act as a simple positive affirmation in my journal.

    A gentle “self-talk” reminder for me filled with positive words.

     

    Be grateful.

    Be mindful.

    Be positive.

    Ending this off with one of my favorite quotes:

    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
    ― Epicurus

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  • Currently

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    Hello friends!

    I’ve been kind of quiet, but here’s what I’m currently up to:

    Healthy Eating: This year I’m changing my eating habits. It has nothing to do with weight. I’m 5’3.5 ” tall and 114 lbs and I feel comfortable with my body. My goal is to eat healthier, and focus on energy.

    Gone are the cupcakes. Yes, I’m a recovering cupcake addict. That was difficult to get over, and I went cold turkey on this. Instead, I replaced it with fruit.

    I don’t eat red meat, but instead opt for poultry, fish like salmon and cod, and heavy on the greens. I have never had alcohol or coffee and I avoid soda as much as possible. One thing that hasn’t changed and I’m still trying to work on this, is that I don’t eat breakfast. I really have to work hard on this one. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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    Bullet Journaling: I recently discovered this and  I’m not really familiar with all that it entails. I’ve been observing others and managed to watch a few helpful tutorials. This website is great if you’re interested in learning. My goal with bullet journaling  is to focus on my goals as well as recording my work day to see where my time seems disorganized. I would also like to document my week better, so hopefully this will help.

    Travel: I have a few trips planned in the upcoming months and one of them is a flight. Did I ever share with you that I hate flying? I’ll be honest, I’m nervous about flying. It doesn’t matter where I sit because I’ve been in first class and I’ve also been seated far, far away in the back…like the last seat right next to the restroom, so it’s not the seating arrangement. It’s all about plummeting to the ground from 35,000 feet. That’s it. The other travel goal is a hiking and (hopefully) climbing trip. I haven’t gone rappelling off a mountain for so long. Hopefully the weather will be great. Yeah, I  know, how can I handle plummeting off the side of a cliff, but I can’t from the sky?? I don’t know???

    Reading: I’m currently reading Chase The Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small by Mark Batterson. It was recommended to me by a friend.

    Writing: I printed this cool Henry Miller’s Commandments of Writing and taped it onto my office wall.  Courtesy of Brainpickings.org

    Well, that’s pretty much it for now. I hope you have a great day!

    XO,

    K.

     

  • Wyoming Wildscapes Timelapse

    For this Friday’s post I thought I would share with you this beautiful video of Wyoming.

    The first time I visited Wyoming was when I was ten years old. My parents took my sister and I there to visit Yellow Stone National Park. It was such a beautiful road trip because we also got to visit Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. All those beautiful states! Now that I live near the beach, I miss those mountains.

    This video I’m sharing is a time-lapse. I love time-lapse videos because it reminds me of how the earth is really moving and transforming itself as time passes on. Have you ever thought about that?

    I hope you’ll  take five minutes to enjoy this video. It’s very relaxing.

    Have a great weekend!

    XO,

    K.

     

  • 10 Things That Make Me Happy

    I’m not a perfect person. I strive to become one, and I know it’s impossible.  Trying to be the best is better than not trying at all. Today I’m sharing a few tidbits about myself with you. Blurry picture of me and all.

    10 Things That Make Me Happy:

    1. Exploring a city.
    2.  A visit to the museum.
    3. Doing a random act of kindness for someone.
    4. Visiting a bookstore (vintage or new).
    5. A hike or walk outdoors (mountain or beach).
    6. Staying in bed in the morning.
    7. Listening to good music.
    8. A massage, manicure, pedicure, or other spa treatment.
    9. Buying myself fresh flowers.
    10. Cooking for others.

    XO,

    K.