Hi! Thanks for visiting the archives! In 2010, I took my first steps into writing and in this, I found a medium to safely and fully explore my feelings and emotions about the things that had been lost to me. I wrote essays about the things I was learning along the way. I learned how to find my words and I let my heart open and wander into the world. In 2014, as I was working on my first book, Untethered, I also launched a blog. At first it was a "lab" -- a place where I could become comfortable sharing feelings and thoughts about things in a very public way. Since then, I published Becoming Kate and evolved my blogging into a very special space-- where I continue to wander and explore -- and share what I find along the way. Thanks for strolling along with me.
Thursday afternoon. About 3 pm. It had been a good week. For the first time in years, I had accepted an engagement that required me to be in the office nearly all the time. I had set up a desk by an open space at the front window because I like natural light. I was finishing up some things, when the door opened and he walked in.
learned that, according to Chinese Medicine, sleep comes from the heart. Sleep disorders often are deficiencies of heart flow and the origins are considered physical and/or spiritual (emotional) in nature. There is an underlying blockage of Yin energy impacting flow around the heart. Yin energy is night, the softer, intuitive, restful side of our energy flow. Yang energy, in contrast, is day, dominating, driven, and active. We need both and we need to keep both in balance.
I purchased this bracelet while I was traveling a few weeks ago. I liked the way it sat on my wrist and seemed to remind me that love is all around us. I wore it out of the shop and every day thereafter. About two weeks later, it broke. The heart charm snapped away from the bracelet. I was sad as I realized there was no way it could be fixed easily. I needed a replacement heart.
I learned how important the sea turtle, or Honu, are to the Hawaiian people and ancestors about two years ago. I celebrated the sale of my business with a trip to the Islands. Honu are considered sacred, and legend has it they guided the people to the Islands and unearthed fresh water springs as they dug their nests. They are common symbols of guardians and represent longevity, perseverance, and luck.
I awoke the other morning with a start. It was the first day of June, and I heard a sound that seemed out-of-place. The furnace was rumbling to life. Was it seriously that cold outside – in June? Ah, Cleveland. Despite the chill in the air, it is summertime and it seems that every conversation I am in comes around to one thing - love.
have been honored and humbled to hear from many as they read Untethered - many wanting to know more about what happened after I finished writing. What did I learn from all of this? What’s next? Well, I’ve decided to return to the laptop and continue the story. I considered if it should be ChapterTwenty-two, or if it was really Chapter One of something new. I hope you all agree with my choice. Here’s a little story to get things started…
On Friday, April 24, 2015, a celebration to officially launch my first book publication, Untethered, was held at the Fuller House on the Huntington Reservation. This is a piece I shared with my guests that evening regarding the special bond I feel with this home. I thought I might share it with you as well.
Running is my "go to" pressure release valve. It’s hard for me to keep up my mileage on the track. There are only so many times I can run around in a circle. When it’s ten laps to a mile, it adds up and I get dizzy. My long distance running game inevitably shortens and the adrenaline and endorphin flows change. I get frustrated when I feel like I am not “getting anything” from my run.
I had lunch with one of my nieces not too long ago. As we shared a big bowl of pasta and a salad, she asked me about relationships. She wondered how I knew when it was time to let one go. I thought of the “reason, season, and lifetime” adage. Reason, as the basis or circumstances for which something occurs; season, as a period of time, bound by certain conditions; and lifetime as the duration of the usefulness of something.
I have an annoying habit. Wherever my shoes come off is where they stay. It’s a real effort to get them back to the closet. Right now, my running shoes are near the front door. One is actually at the door and the other is closer to the stairs. There is a pair of slippers near the top of the stairs that I kicked off as I searched earlier for said running shoes. I used to make a New Year’s resolution every year to change this habit, to no avail.
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