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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Checking in With Yourself

Checking in With Yourself

Mindfulness and minimalism are two popular concepts in personal development these days. What they represent to me is living your life with intention. And that can seem exhausting. And that can seem exhausting because our brains love working on auto-pilot. It's just...

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

I'm kind of getting obsessed with lists and habits lately. I just finished "Better than Before" by Gretchen Rubin which is all about how we can successfully incorporate more habits into our lives that eventually lead to us being happy and successful humans. I have a...

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Isn’t It Amazing?

Isn’t It Amazing?

How often do you think, "Isn't it amazing?" Probably not often, right? In our normal days, the routines, the places and the faces are well known and expected. Until we get that jolt from something unexpected or we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of unknown...

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Kaboom!

Kaboom!

You remember all of those posts about going with the flow, surrendering and waiting? Well, for me it all came to a head with a big Kaboom! And I know I've been quiet. I actually wrote a blog post during the height of the chaos, but as it happens, it didn't save...

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Surrender

Surrender

As part of my latest explorations into flow and waiting comes the inevitable surrender. I think we have a natural inclination to resist surrender. On the surface, it sounds like giving up or losing, but I believe it can also symbolize trust and faith. A couple of...

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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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