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

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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

 

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

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

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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A Grateful Heart

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A look back to be grateful & move forward in confidence.

To reflect is a good thing, when it can foster growth for the future.  Looking back I am now so excited for what is to come.  The last 6 months came and went by so quick, seriously, did I just blink?  I’ve forged new friendships, strengthened old ones and met some awesome clients along the way.  I have grown professionally, personally & creatively, I have set goals and crossed them off my lists, my children are healthy, happy & oh so bratty… this is my life & I am oh so blessed.  And it is through this growth, this roller coaster, and this crazy thing called life that I find my inspiration to keep creating.

As I am planning my youngest child’s 5th birthday, I am reminded of how precious time is.  My littles are 4 & 6, how in the world did that happen?  Being a creative mama is a challenge.  Sick kiddos, holidays off, late night cries, temper tantrums, “Bubby is being mean to me!”  “Sissy took my toy!”, time out, “No you can’t have candy at 8 in the morning!”, jumping on beds, “Mama, just one more (insert something fun or tasty here)”, potty breaks, play dates, homework practice, chicken “nugs”, Legos, princesses, Frozen, Avengers… yeah it’s a lot but it’s an amazing job & they are my muses.  They help me to see the world through their wonder & innocence and it is such a great gift to draw daily inspiration from them.  As a busy mama I encourage you to find the time to be creative in your day, however you can.  Organize your time and you will see that a little bit of art, paint, pen & paper, hot glue, crayons, wood, (insert art medium here) will set you free.

My 2016 saying is…  Here’s to sunshine, dancing in the rain & finding the silver lining in every cloud. And I have been looking to the sunshine everyday and trying to make sure I see the silver lining in every moment. I have improved on myself, have grown so much and I look forward to see what other adventures the rest of the year has for me, my sweet family, my businesses and life in general. I move forward in confidence, excitement and with a grateful heart.

How has the first half of the year been for you?

Have you taken the time to reflect so you can move forward with a grateful heart and confidence?

So let’s think positive & always keep moving forward.  Thanks for joining me on my creative journey & please feel free to share with me on here or on my Facebook page or a picture on my Instagram page (@KatLangeDesigns) your inspirations & your story to creative happiness. Remember, look to the sunshine, have fun dancing in the rain & always search for the silver lining in every cloud.

Thanks for reading.

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