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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Happy October

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Here’s to pumpkin spice everything, scary decorations, a ton of candy and dressing up.  Here’s to cooler weather, comfy outfits, Ugg boots, leggings, fall colors, falling leaves, wind in the hair and gatherings with good friends.  Here’s to the start of the holiday season and always having love in your heart, a smile on your face and God in your life.

Cheers.

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Fight NKH with Delilah

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The greatest thing I can do is to use my talents to help others.

I designed this flyer for a sweet little girl named Delilah who is fighting NKH.  Non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), is a severe and rare disorder affecting about one in every 60,000 live births.  Delilah is a 2 year old who wasn’t supposed to live this long, according to her doctors, but she is a strong little girl who is proving them wrong.  She is a sweet and precious child who is learning to crawl and is starting to babble.  She is celebrating the little victories, the milestones that we often overlook because it is expected for a typically developed child.  Please pray for her and the other children affected with NKH.  The families of these little children with this disorder need your help in raising money to fund research to find a cure.

Please visit Delilah’s website and help with their first annual 5k race… Beeline To The Cure.  The fun run/walk is this Saturday.  Best thing is you can virtually participate which means you don’t have to physically be there to be a part of the event.  Or you can just donate.  Please Share this info.  Pass on the hope.

www.BeelineToTheCure.org

Thanks for reading.

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Grateful

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The cherry on top for me is that I get to design pretty things.  I love my creative life.

What’s your cherry on top??  What are you grateful for??

A penny for your thoughts…

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