Throughout most of my adult life, I spent my time rushing to the “next thing.”
As a self-employed woman with fluctuating income and student loan debt, I used to think there was a “stable” destination I needed to get to as quickly as possible. And that if I didn’t, I’d somehow failed.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I used to live as if my future was a place where my life really began.
When I look back, I can see that most of the time, my feet would be firmly planted in the present, but in my mind, I was always running towards the future.
And when it came to the work I was doing and the projects I committed to, I thought I needed to take on the world in order to make a difference in the world.
It took starting a media company with my husband and closing it down after just 10 months to realize that maybe I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. And maybe I was making things way harder than they had to be.
And just maybe who I am and where I am at any given moment in time is already enough.
My life changed for the better when I began embracing the notion that I could stop pushing and start doing things that were easier and less stressful for me, that I could not have all the answers, that I could be a work in progress and NOT be perfect – hell, that I could have debt!– and STILL be worthy.
And you are worthy, too.
I truly believe that we’re all creative beings with something to give and a story to tell.
And I believe we’re all here on this earth to share what we’ve got. We’re all here on earth learning from one another, which makes ALL of us teachers of our own lives and experiences.
From recipes to songs to lessons learned to good books – even pain and anger – it’s all shareable.
We can uplight, inspire, make people laugh, share a new perspective, delight the senses– whatever we feel like sharing. All through giving what we already have inside of us.
And I believe we DON’T have to worry about whether or not we’re “enough” yet. We’re allowed to be who we are now even if we one day grow into something better or totally different.
Because who you and I are now is already enough.
Throughout my career I’ve:
– Earned a Bachelor’s, started and stopped a Masters degree, and finally accepted that I don’t need/want an advanced degree to earn a living, and that’s okay.
– Shaped my education around fine art, psychology, anthropology, nutrition, business and digital marketing.
– Landed a remote paid internship that ultimately changed the course of my life forever.
– Worked with all types of people: award-winning and best-selling authors, to business and life coaches, to psychic mediums to body image experts, nutritionists, a Facebook ad expert, and an environmentalist. All amazing in their own ways.
– Many of them have gone on to be featured in places like Forbes, The Huffington Post, Barnes & Noble, Inc.com, and local TV networks.
– Moved to Queens, got married, and eventually started and stopped a media business with my husband. It was 10 months of mental/emotional/spiritual/financial bootcamp, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
– Built an amazing network of colleagues, clients, and mentors that continue to get me through and make me want to do and be better every single day.
I consider myself to be a writer and a creative mentor. I’m also a wife, a homemade bread aficionado, and a recovering perfectionist. Among many other things, as are you!
I was born on Long Island, and I live in Queens, NY with my talented husband and our king-sized bed, both of whom I love equally. ;)
I used to own pet rats and didn’t think it was weird at all– they’re really cute, I promise.
One of my favorite quotes to live by is: “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can” – Arthur Ashe
I believe resourcefulness is one of the greatest skills we can develop within ourselves.
I love pretty much any excuse to write, learn, think up new ideas, make things, and eat good food.
When I’m not writing or creating, I’m either at the library, planning a new adventure or baking and eating bread (who doesn’t love bread?!).
Giving you what I got and nothing less.
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– Kate R., NYC