Five Steps to Stop Procrastinating

Five Steps to Stop Procrastinating

We all procrastinate and we all have a long list of excuses for why we do it, but how do you overcome it? Whether it’s writing your novel, cleaning out your spare bedroom or completing a work or school assignment, you can try out these five steps on a task that you’ve...

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Benefits of Creativity

Benefits of Creativity

What comes to mind when you think of being creative? Do you think that it is frivolous and unnecessary? Do you think of it as being indulgent or selfish? Or is it something only liberal arts majors think about? The truth is that creativity is vital to being a...

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Five Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

Five Ways to Silence Your Inner Critic

We all have one. That voice in your head that points out every flaw and mistake. It keeps us from trying new things and putting ourselves out there. And when you are trying to explore your creativity, the inner critic seems to have a heyday. "You're not an artist....

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National Coloring Book Day & Preview

National Coloring Book Day & Preview

I think there is a national holiday for everything these days and today is National Coloring Book day. What better day to give you a preview of my "Colorful Life" coloring book? You can download a sample page here.  Coloring is still a popular pastime for many (I...

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Your Most Valuable Commodity

Your Most Valuable Commodity

It isn't money. It isn't your knowledge or experience. It isn't luck. It's your TIME. Nothing is more important because it is the one thing that you can't replenish. Once it is gone, there is nothing you can do to get it back and you can't magically create more of it....

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Are You Having a Good Day?

Are You Having a Good Day?

"How was your day?" is the first question that my husband asks me when he gets home. Most of the time I say it was good and offer a few details, but other times the day can seem less than good and I explain why. The problem is that those details or circumstances seem...

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Metaphors Aren’t Just for English Class

Metaphors Aren’t Just for English Class

When you think of metaphors you may start picturing your high school English class and reading Animal Farm or The Great Gatsby, but metaphors can be really valuable tools while navigating your life. How is that, you ask? Well, let's start by defining what a metaphor...

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When Being Comfortable is Heavy

When Being Comfortable is Heavy

I realized something while I watched five movers pile our boxes and furniture into the huge moving truck and I was surrounded by luggage that was supposed to fit into my car, being comfortable is heavy. Very literally heavy. We have 8,000 pounds of stuff according to...

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Quitting Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

Quitting Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing

How many times have you heard that quitting is bad or weak? Plenty, I'm sure. But I don't think quitting is necessarily a bad thing in all cases. I'm not talking about giving up on your dreams, but think about how many things in your life that you put up with or just...

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What Are You Going to Do With Your Spoons?

What Are You Going to Do With Your Spoons?

You may have more or less energy than your friends and family, but the reality is that your amount of energy is finite. No one has boundless energy all of the time, all of their life. Spoon Theory illustrates the concept of limited energy beautifully for people that...

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Hi there!

I’m Kathryn Van Auken (pronounced van awwken) and I’m a writer and maker living in Colorado with my husband and two Westie dogs (and a parrot, but he’s a twit, so I don’t count him). I write about creativity, grief and everything in between. When I’m not writing, I craft ALL of the things, cook, read, watch “The Office” or “Bob’s Burgers” for the 100th time and eat queso as much as possible – don’t judge. Thanks for visiting.

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