2017 was the year you… What?

PSA: It’s September. Meaning there are four more months of 2017. Yep, four. That’s it. I’m not bringing this up to guilt trip you into feeling like you haven’t done enough this year, because if you’re anything like me you’ve got that more than covered. I bring it up because September feels like a good time to check in with, you know, life. With how you’re spending your time and your money. With where you want to go and where you currently find...

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What if it doesn’t work?

What if it doesn’t work?  What if I’m not good enough?  I invested a lot of energy into trying to make those thoughts go away. Not realizing that pushing them away only made them stronger. Saying to myself, “Think positive, Kate! Stop telling yourself you’re not good enough!” only did one thing… it kept me focused on the idea that I wasn’t good enough.  I felt like I shouldn’t do something unless I was sure it would work. And that if I wasn’t sure something would work I...

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Clarity comes from action, not thought

I’ve spent my entire life trying to make sense. Make sense of myself. So I can make sense to others. I’ve always… “had a lot of interests”. I thought that made me confusing and people don’t like to be confused. I wanted to be easy to understand. “Wait, she’s studying financial planning? Wasn’t she working at a craft shop?” “You’re at a software start-up now? Oh. I always thought you were going to be a fashion designer.” I hated feeling like I had to explain...

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Yes, you can

A quick and largely unoriginal New Years thought for you… I’m not big on New Years resolutions—January 1st doesn’t feel extraordinarily more promising than the start of any other day—but I do like to reflect on the year that’s passed. (Unoriginal already, told ya.) This little shift in thinking has had the biggest impact on my life recently. I pay attention to all the things that make me think, “Well I can’t do that.” “I can’t...

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Starting somewhere is better than starting nowhere

Can I confess something? I’m having a heck of a time starting this blog. Last March (oh man has it been that long?) I got it in my head this needed to be a thing. I’ve had a craft blog for a few years, but there are other topics I wanted to explore. Topics that needed a different home. Like why are we so bad at teaching people about finance? and how can artists use growth hacking! and what does your money look like if you never want to retire? So I began jotting down post ideas...

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You only have to do one thing today

You know what sucks? Ending the day and feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing. Especially when you were busy all day (Hi, emails). You know what’s worse? Ending the week, month, or even the year *gulp* feeling like you’ve accomplished nothing. I’m all about the to-do list. ALL about it. And I’ll have days when I’m ripping through that list at an admiral speed, but I’m not actually working towards things that really matter to me. The things...

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Is Procrastinating a Procrastination Hack?

Now I haven’t been experimenting with this for very long, BUT, I think procrastinating might actually be a procrastination hack. Hear me out. I’m in the kitchen making my 11th tea of the day (I have a legit problem) and my brain hits me with remember-the-thing-you-promised-yourself-you’d-finish-every-morning-for-the-past-week-and-you-haven’t-yet-because-you-suck-geeze-what-a-loser-you-can’t-get-anything-done-you’re-hopeless. And I’m faced with two...

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Whatever you’re scared of, do that

Ahhh the midlife crisis. Or quarter life crisis. Or this week crisis. (?) We’ve all been there. And we’ll all be there again. That super fun feeling of being completely, utterly stuck and not knowing what to do next. But you know what the cool thing is? You do know. You do know what you need to do next. It’s whatever you’re afraid of. It’s the thing you casually (or maybe not so casually) day dream about like running a marathon or starting a YouTube channel or...

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Procrastination is a habit we can change

Oh, what’s that sound? Just me eating my own words. As it turns out, that stirring declaration I made about writing a blog post every day for two weeks (no excuses, Kate! It’s only 14 days, Kate! Everyone has 30 minutes, Kate!) didn’t stick. My inner procrastinator found a friend in my perfectionist tendencies and, well, here we are a few days later. Sigh. It’s never good news when those two get together. Procrastination is a funny thing isn’t it, because...

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Treat your life as a series of two week experiments

This. This I can do. Committing to an indefinite lifestyle change is, well, daunting. “I’m going to start waking up earlier! I’m going to start running! I’m going to start eating healthy!” Somehow the larger the undertaking feels, the easier it is to keep pushing the start date. “I’ll start tomorrow!” turns into months, or even years, and that’s when the shame sets in. And shame is a total confidence killer. The cure? Action. Stop...

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