Be Kind

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The pineapple symbolizes hospitality, friendship, generosity and graciousness.

We could all use a little more kindness in our lives. The world could use a little more kindness. Our hearts could use a little more kindness.

I have hope for this world and I have love for my fellow human and I have faith for our hearts to soften in this time of turmoil.

Dear world, above all else, be kind.

……. Kat

Greenery is the theme!

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Thank you Pantone for picking a fresh color for 2017 that brings about vibrancy for something new but at the same time is peaceful and calm. This is a great duality in these trying political and social times. It is a bit of freshness we all are all craving for the New Year. A calm in the storm and a breath of fresh air for the unrest. To some it might be just a color, but this color will pop up everywhere in our society and one hopes bring with it such calming effects. Green symbolizes harmony and safety and is associated with healing, all things we desperately need right now. So Pantone has played an important societal role, in my opinion.

Personally, green is my favorite color so I am over the moon for the Color of the Year. To me, Greenery represents my yearly goals of empowerment and growth. I am empowering myself one step at a time to move forward in the direction of my goals in business and personal growth.

So thank you Pantone for picking the right color at the right time. Kudos.

Thanks for reading.  Cheers….  Kat

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Happy New Year!

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So I have been thinking a lot about what goals to set for this New Year. Personally and professionally 2016 was a really good year for me and I want to continue on that forward motion for 2017. What are some goals that everyone is working on for the New Year?  I have already started working on my goals and I am so excited for starting off fresh.   I am looking forward to enjoying a prosperous and lesson filled year.  I plan on growing in my faith with my family, pushing my business into a thriving design company and I will do all this by staying persistent in my goals and organized in my thoughts and processes.  2017 will be an amazing year!

So here’s to working hard and hustling to thrive.

Cheers… Kat

The Unlikely Gifts of Depression

i-am-worthyI am a firm believer in spreading love and acceptance of others but most importantly acceptance of oneself, flaws and all. No one is perfect but our society frames this idea of good and perfect and proportionate and happy. But happiness is not based on perfectly measurable things. Happiness is as deep as the ocean and as wide as space and time. There are no measurable units to how we should be happy or how we should feel or look. Let us open our minds and hearts to acceptance of ourselves in all of our imperfections. Let us feel how we feel, look how we look and enjoy the roller coaster journey because it is what shapes us.

I read this article on the Darling Magazine blog and I found myself nodding in agreement and smiling at my computer like a big dummy. I wanted to share these words of explanation and acceptance that are often so hard to realize when you are drowning deep in the waters of doubt and depression.  This quote from the article The Unlikely Gifts of Depression,  says it all… “I have to remember that my path is unique… [and that] my situation is my story.”

Depression isn’t just about being unhappy. It is a blanket, a fog over you. It is a roller coaster of doubt & dismay, of energy & despair, of overthinking & anxiety ridden immobilizing fear, it is draining & tiring & tears & pain and a lot of times it is silent & alone. So that smile you see might be hiding true brokenness. It is not as simple as explaining the difference between happy and sad; it’s the gray area in between. But when you do, when you can find the words to your deep and darks you might find that you are not as alone as you think you are. Share your story because it might open your eyes and the conversation it starts can change hearts. Please realize that this is a part of you and it makes you unique, it makes you interesting, it makes your life colorful and that is a story to tell. Emotions are the color to the blank canvas of life, so show the world your painting.

Please click over to Darling Magazine blog and read on.  I love this blog because it is about various important and fun issues woman are facing now.

Thanks for joining in on my roller coaster creative journey. Sorry I have been MIA, you know, life happened. It’s great to be back.

Cheers… Kat

Thankful

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Today has been and inspirational sort of day.  I took family photos and as I reflect on the day I cannot help but say “wow!” I am blessed beyond belief with a beautiful, healthy and loving family and that is the best I can ask for. I am so thankful to my God who has given me such a fulfilled life and all the opportunities that have presented themselves lately. I am honestly overwhelmed. What brings joy to your heart and thankfulness to your soul?

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble!

… Kat

World Mental Health Day

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So today is a day that should be celebrated loud, with smiles and with open arms.  Mental health should be talked about every day, out in the open, freely, like it is a normal thing because to some people the struggle is their norm.  To not talk about it or to hush it and push it under the rug is part of the problem.  Share your experiences and be open about your feelings if you can because we all have a story to tell.

Check out these stats from the National Alliance of Mental Health…

 

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

 

Mental Health By the Numbers

Those are some sad numbers.  The fact that it is so prominent yet has such a stigma attached to it is just plain sad.  So use your voice, tell your story and spread the word.

Thanks for reading.

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