Inspiration

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Inspiration is Everywhere.

Our planet is a beautiful bounty of color, texture, shapes, words… so much. All one needs is to stop and look around.

I found this old photo of when my husband and I lived in Texas. We were stationed there for 6 months. #militarylife It was amazing. So much exploring happened. Inspiration is in everything so go have an adventure and get lost in the moment. #creativelife

Cheers… Kat

Elevate your business

ME Patriotic

Are you using the holidays as an opportunity to elevate your business? Let me help you stand out and attract more clientele. Contact me and let’s collab.

Happy 4th of July… Kat

5 Things to Remember as a Creative

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Just a thought…

  1. Design a lifestyle that allows you time to create. Develop habits in your life that benefit your creative side that can sometimes be freeing from the everyday mundane and hustle.
  2. Having an organized space can give you a clutter free mind, ready to create.
  3. Remember that it’s okay if you can’t juggle all of the plates in your life all of the time. Just try and allow yourself some leniency to mess up.
  4. Be consistent in allowing yourself some freedom. And if the creative life is your career… schedule, schedule, schedule the time and the space and stick to it!
  5. Sometimes you should unplug and go back to the basics of art… fun, free, creative messiness. Try crafting, painting, collage making, building… etc. The point is to use your hands and free your mind from such a rigid format of life and work. Put those kids to bed (for those WAHM), blast the music, pour yourself a glass of (insert beverage of choice here) and do it to it. But above all else… have FUN.

Thanks for reading… Kat

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

 

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

 

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