Links & Likes

Here are a few things that I have found interesting throughout the passed weeks…

Eating well definitely affects your performance in all areas of life. Especially when it’s a scolding Southern California summer day. Also eating fruits and veggies is oh so yummy. Check out this list of the top foods to eat in the summer to help beat the heat and to keep you healthy.

http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/advice/g866/top-summer-foods/

Raise awareness about an issue too often left unspoken. Let’s fight the stigma against mental health. Inspire others to raise awareness and take part in sharing information, resources and support for mental health conditions.

Check out these stats…

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Awareness-Messaging

May was #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth & July is #MinorityMentalHealth Month.  Use hashtags #IntoMentalHealth & #StigmaFree & #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #Health #Healthy #HealthyLifeStyle to help get the word out there on social media.

Joshua 1:9

Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.

Find true meaning in community.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVCdBYVjDVg/?taken-by=verilymag

It’s good to have fun and always remember to believe in yourself…

https://www.redbubble.com/people/singerevita/works/25796673-you-need-to-believe-in-yourself?grid_pos=5&p=sticker&rbs=359965b2-674d-4b12-9cae-ba92ec5b4481&ref=products_grid

Thanks for stopping by… Kat

 

Happy July – Share Love

SpeakLoveWith the 4th of July around the corner and with tensions so high in our country, I just want to say something… Speak love.

Believe in it.

Embrace it.

Share it.

Show it.

Create it.

Pray for it.

Hope for it.

Speak love!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Don’t forget to head on over to my Instagram page @KatLangeDesigns and FOLLOW me on my creative journey of my everyday postings of life and the love of everything artsy fartsy.

CHEERS!!!…. Kat

 

Happy Weekend

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Change your perspective, change your life.  Perspective can be defined as a particular attitude toward something; a point of view.  So how do you choose to see things everyday?  Are you painting your life with the colors that have been handed to you or are you creating your own rainbow and beauty beyond what is superficial?  Have hope and move beyond your struggles; always looking for the reason to be thankful.  Shift things in your life and take ownership to what is happening around you.  Open your eyes to opportunities and realize that changing your outlook is a part of growing past difficulties in life.

Open your eyes and see God’s wonder in the everyday things.

Hope you enjoy your weekend.  Thanks for reading.  Cheers… Kat

The Elephant In The Room

Let It Out

Last month was a very special month so to keep up the awareness I would like to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Let’s talk mental health…

Let’s be honest… truth runs deeper than a lie.

So let’s just lay it all out. I have kept no secrets that I am bipolar and I have depression and ADHD. It is so hard at times to deal with this emotional and physical roller coaster but you know what I have discovered… mercy is waiting on the other side… if I am honest.  I truly feel that I was given this gift to be transparent and to tell my story. Too often we are hushed like it’s a bad thing. Why?? Why should I hurt in silence when I can voice it?? Since I have been diagnosed I have found that mental issues are so prevalent around me and it isn’t something we should be ashamed of. We aren’t doing anyone any favors by keeping it silent and in the shadows.

When you are up you are up… a manic episode where I feel uber happy and energetic, racing thoughts, super creative, super jittery, super talkative, energy like I can run a marathon. I am the life of the party and the kids think I am really fun. Man, those racing thoughts are allowing me to plow through this write up like I am a racing to the finish line. Listening to music makes me want to dance, the sounds just feel good, I feel every beat, feel every word… heck the inspiration to this write up came from a song by Francesca Battistelli – If We’re Honest

I am listening to the music right now and I don’t think my fingers can type as fast as my mind is moving. It is seriously a surreal feeling. It feels like an awesome high to be honest; one that I don’t want to come down from. But the truth is, I will… I will come down from it and it will be hard. The reality of bipolar depression is that it is a literal emotional and physical roller coaster. Sometime soon (tomorrow or in a few days) my body and mind will switch and I will be in a really depressed state. It will be hard to wake up in the morning, hard to parent, hard to drive, hard to get off the couch, hard to think, hard to move really. It is a physical weight on your heart and on your mind and you have absolutely no reason to explain it away. I become Eeyore and it is a hard reality for me to deal with.   I have been asked if I am “sad” but I don’t think I can describe it like that. I don’t think I can describe it as anything but “sigh and a head drop.” You just don’t feel like doing anything, you are tired all the time, it’s hard to process anything because you are in a fog, your body feels weighted, your words don’t seem to come out right, you are easily agitated, none of the normal fun stimuli seems to work and you just want to be left alone but you don’t want to be alone. So you try and figure that one out! It’s confusing and hard and dark and blah and lonely. It’s tearful for no reason, tired with plenty of rest, hard with out an excuse, smiling through the pain, it’s having questions that race in your head, it’s numb, it’s immobilizing, it’s hard and it’s often. That is the truth to it all. That is what so many people and I deal with in silence. So now you know. Share this post, tag your friends, talk about it so mental illness is no longer so stigmatized in our culture. Encourage people, be a real listener, be there, use your words wisely, have hope… always have hope and understand that this is real and it is hard and for some it is their whole reality. No one should suffer in silence, no one should feel alone in this. Everyone has a story to tell… and this is mine.

Also check out this other song by Francesca Battistelli that hits close to home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYpBgJHmGmw

 Thanks for reading… Cheers… Kat

 

Links & Likes

Here are some things that I have been into lately. Trying to do this as a weekly thing to share my likes and loves with y’all…. Enjoy

Yellowco.com Blog – How to build your community of movers and shakers

“Build your tribe”

I cannot express how important it is to surround yourself with like minded people both in life and in your creative endeavors. As for me, I love my church and have found a group of non-judgemental, sweet, kind-hearted and all around awesome people. I also reach out to creatives in all genres and I love the feedback I get. It is truly a great feeling.

Hangar24brewery.com

Because sometimes you just gotta chill.

Pinterest Search – tutu wedding dresses

For when you need to plan your renewal and you want to feel pretty.  10 years in the making.

Carmen Navarro Designs

This is a lovely and talented friend of mine who is my go to for business advice. She has a beautiful heart and is so stinkin’ creative. Visit her website and view the awesomeness.  Also follow her on Istagram and Facebook – @CarmenNavarroDesigns

Pinterest Search – social media tips

Because I am always learning and trying to grow professionally.

I hope some of this is of use to you. It’s fun to share a bit of my past week with y’all.

Cheers… Kat

Happy Weekend

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The weekend is always awesome. Filled with family time and boundless inspiration while we are out on our adventures. Enjoy this textured filled piece of natural art brought to you by a tree trunk of awesomeness. Isn’t nature amazing?!

Cheers… Kat

Lovely Day

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Happy Valentine’s Mushy Mushy Love Love Day!

I love what I do and I love to share it with the world. Consider me for your next graphic design needs. Spread the love. Visit and follow my Instagram page @KatLangeDesigns

A bit of history on my journey:

Hi my name is Kat Marie Lange and I am a freelance graphic designer, aspiring author, poet and most importantly, a mama. I am married to an amazingly supportive and hard working psychologist. And I can honestly say it saves on a lot of money and couch time when I have my own personal shrink. Haha. My life and my littles keep me busy for sure and it’s awesome. My family is my inspiration, my hearts and my anchor and of course my creative muses. My current creative endeavors besides my freelancing include children’s stories that I can read to my littles and share with the world, because let’s face it, there is no cuter thing than to watch a child’s face light up with excitement and wonder, when you read to them.

Back in the day when I was a wee Kat, I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. In high school I didn’t feel a tug for a certain direction, in college I had a passion for writing poetry and I always felt an urge to be creative. So in retrospect, I do not know why it took me so long to realize that “hey maybe this once I should follow my heart”. My artistic passion started from writing poetry, making collages, playing with colors and even doodling that later turned into creating event invitations. This finally led to “oh there is this thing called graphic design”. Yeah my journey was a lot of those “ah-hah!” moments and there are so many times I wish I would have listened to the little voice in my head… it knows so much. So back to my “ah-hah graphic design” moment… I fell in love with the idea of graphic design. I loved being able to look at something in print and say, “yeah, I created that.” That momentary euphoria when you see your idea fleshed out. There is no greater moment (besides watching my babies grow) than to share your creativity with the world.

My creative journey is a roller coaster filled with personal excitement, searching, doubt, a bit of crazy and a whole lot of thought. It has basically been a love-hate road that led up to the recent completion of my Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Graphic Design. Focusing on the positive I do realize that my life has colored me like a Jackson Pollock painting and I do not resent that. Instead, I let everything inspire me. While I won’t bore you to death with mundane details I will be adamant about the fact that I stayed the course until I reached my goal. 14 years strong and even through all of the excuses, through heartache and hardships, through pure bliss from becoming a mother and the crazy distractions that come with that I completed my degree and I am currently freelancing.

So fast forward 2.5 years and I have grown so much. My business has slowed down because I also play the part of stay at home mom and believe me it is a balancing act for sure. Watch me juggle this ish. It’s trying and hard and tiring and awesome and rewarding and exciting, all rolled into one but honestly, I wouldn’t change it for the world. One of my goals for 2017 is to grow my business. So here on this blog you will read about my trials and my successes as I ride this creative roller coaster. So please place your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, because this is going to be one exciting journey.

Ready, set, create…. Kat