Pumpkin this Pumpkin that

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice. I am seriously pumpkin obsessed. Probably because the summer was so miserably hot that I am longing for a cooler fall season.

Who’s with me?!

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You Are Worthy

suicide prevention weekToday is the last day for National Suicide Prevention Week.  I want to keep the momentum alive so I thought I should share some numbers with you that I plucked from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website…

Each year 44,193 American die by suicide.

There are an average of 121 suicides per day.

Let those staggering numbers sink in.  Let’s end the stigma because everyone has a story and every story has a heart and every story with a heart has an important purpose in this world.

Your story is important.

You are not alone.

….Be rooted in Him and let your foundation be built on him.  Establish your life and know that His love for you is unconditional.  A glorious father he is, never faltering and always by our side.  Be strong in your faith and overflowing with thankfulness…. Colossians 2:6-7

As always, thanks for reading… Kat

 

The Darkness is a LIE

Glorify the struggle to remedy it with compassion.

I read some disturbing and misinformed things on the Internet about Chester Bennington’s suicide, well about suicide in general. There are many accusations of selfishness and cowardice towards those who take their own life. I do not believe these things to be true. Suicidal thoughts are a break down of all things, a push and pull battle within your head and your heart. Many people who are suicidal truly believe that those around them will be better off without them and there are others who are so far down the rabbit hole of depression that they cannot think straight. My hope is that instead of pointing fingers and escalating this negative stigma of mental illness, we actually lift up our voices, our hearts and our hands in prayer. Be vocal about the change you wish to see in the world, but with kindness. Share hope with those who feel like they have none. Take extra steps to show compassion for others because you never know who can really use it. Remember there are those who suffer in silence so you never know who is fighting hard against their own demons.

Some asked us to not glorify death. Instead I say we should glorify the cause of death to inform others of how people truly struggle so it is no longer a stigma. Bring to light the silent struggles of so many so they no longer feel ashamed of what tears them up inside.

For those reading this who are pressured by their own head and mislead by their heart… My tears are for the truly broken because I hurt along with you. You are not alone.

 

The Darkness is a Lie

By Kat Lange

Don’t fall down that rabbit hole my friend

Don’t chase those demons into the night

The hurt, the pain is not the end

The hurt, the gloom are not right

You are always beautiful, you are unique

And together, your demons we can defeat

So lift up your eyes and hold onto hope

Let the seeds of faith grow roots in your heart

Your life is a field of flowers just waiting to bloom

Your heart is beating in your body holding back the gloom

Open your eyes and realize your struggle is not your own

Open your eyes and realize you are not alone

Don’t shift the story of your life

To end it with a period

You are a forever-changing masterpiece

The work is not completed

Your pain is not your own to bare

A community of love is here for you

You have a story waiting to be shared

A story weaved with pieces of hurt and truth

A story that others can benefit from

A life worth living a life that is not done

Don’t type THE END to your story for it is not real

Your heart has so much left to feel

So hold onto hope, faith and love and when you’re in the dark

Remember you have a real, meaningful, beating, loving and thriving heart

 

Dedicated to those who are struggling in the darkness of depression.  Share your story and thrive.

Love… 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

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

Making time

There are days that just whiz by and as I reflect I wonder to myself “what the heck happened?”  Well as I start to break the day down, I realize that I ran all around town doing errands, went grocery shopping, came home and started some laundry, prepped dinner and then had just enough time to run and pick up the kids from school. Wow, I am tired just writing that. I have found that I can run myself ragged with ‘mommy duties’ and not give myself the work time and the leisure time that I really need to run a graphic design freelance and It Works business and to give myself some much needed me time to just breathe. I need to schedule my own time. Therefore, with summer schedule in mind I have made arrangements for my kids to go to a babysitter 1 day a week by bartering with another mom (we traded babysitting for babysitting). This will give me the much needed quiet time and business time. And 1 to 2 days a week are scheduled for cleaning and errand running and at least 2 days left for summer fun activities with the kiddos. Does anyone find themselves getting so weighed down with life that they forget to stop and schedule some ‘me’ time?? Where are all my busy mamas at??

I find that I am not a spontaneous person. I like to plan. I like to have lists and have post it notes as reminders everywhere. I prep and plan my week every Sunday night: appointments, play dates, coffee dates, shopping times, and errand running… yeah I like to plan. I am the type of mom who plans out meals and snacks before trips, lays out outfits and packs extras just in case, I put waters in the fridge the night before and plans out a packing list if we are doing something the next day. I am always with a cooler of waters and snacks and a bag of toys and electronic distracting devices in the car. So planning keeps me sane. I don’t try to fight it; I go with it. And acknowledging this about myself has made my life much more awesome. But when the last minute changes and things come up now I just go with that too. I have learned to pick my battles and I just go with the flow when I need to. And this has brought peace to my businesses as well.

Plan, prep, organize, schedule, write it down, prioritize, make some rules and allow some freedoms because we need to permit ourselves some special time for us and some important time for business. So go do it, get back on track and just do it. Your busy brain and body will thank you.

Thanks for reading… Cheers!

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