Why, Hello There!

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For those of you that have been following my blog, you may be wondering just who you are ‘talking’ to. Well, as of June 21, my blog has turned the grand numero uno. I know! I feel as though my only child is growing before my eyes and I must shower it with cake and presents! (Hey, it’s an excuse to eat cake. I’m pretty happy.)

I’ve known most of you all for close to a year now! It has been a fantastic year. I must say and I count it a privilege to have met all of you. Yes, every single one of you! You all have helped my grow as a person and helped me smile, learn and laugh my way through an entire year. And I would love to thank you all for that. That really is something. So I thought I would help you put a face to the name ‘Kattie Kate.’

Granted, this isn’t a real ‘selfie’, but I thought I would get a little creative. So I suppose this is my true ‘introduction’ of sorts. It’s nice to ‘meet’ you all! I hope you all have a fantastic day and you all stay incredible.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

June Favorites

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a fantastic day full of sunshine and happiness and what not. I thought I would do something I haven’t done in a while. Yes, a favorites post! I thought I would share a few things with you guys that have made my summer that much more amazing!

The first item is something that is near and dear to my heart. To me, this is much more than a purse. It’s a memory. Not only was it a gift from my Mom, but also my very first Coach bag. I believe it’s impossible to forget the first time you touch the soft leather and hear the zipper as it glides across the gold teeth. Coach bags also have a distinct smell that can mesmerize even the strongest willed women on earth. With the help of my Aunt, I have decided to call her Delilah. (You guys know about my naming inatimate objects obsession.)

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I also love to feel her tags on the side of the handles. They jingle when I walk and it’s music to my ears. I truly believe I am in love.

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Another little friend of mine is this adorable little postcard purse. I found her in an antique store while spending the day with my Aunt. She caught my attention instantly and I knew I had to take her home with me. I haven’t named her yet, though. Nothing is coming to mind. If you have any ideas for a good name feel free to comment below! I’m all ears.

Postcard Purse

Moving on past purses, I found this shirt unexpectedly the other day whilst shopping with my sister and cousin. To be honest, I don’t usually buy t-shirts very often unless they really stand out to me. This shirt did just that. It’s from a company called Crooks and Castles and it is by far the most comfortable shirt I own. Hands down. You can tell just by touching it that it is made with quality fabric and it will last.

Crooks and Castles

On top of that, the pharaoh is pretty awesome. I mean, look at him. I couldn’t look away when I saw him in the store. It’s like his eyes pierce you from across the room and you love every second of it. It’s definitely different in most people’s standards, but that’s why I like it. I grabs your attention and it refuses to let go. Now that’s a t-shirt.

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Of course, color is a must for summer. I love thise Revlon nail polish because it screams hot weather and good memories. The shade is ‘Make Mine Mango’ and it really turns heads. As a matter of a fact, I’m wearing it now! It just brightens my mood to look down and see my sunny nails.

Make Mine Mango

The final item I wanted to share is this fantastic mud mask from Formula 10.0.6. As you can probably tell from the smudges on the container, I really love this stuff. It has a great citrus scent that carries you away to the beach. I wouldn’t recommend using it every day because it can dry your skin quickly. Other than that, it is a fantastic way to pamper yourself on a lazy evening with a glass of sweat tea in hand. (Maybe that’s just my fantasy…)

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I hope you all have a great one wherever you are and your summer is filled with awesomeness. Stay incredible!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

The Race

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The past few days have been a struggle. No joke. It’s easy for me to want to feel sorry for myself and throw myself a huge pity party with all the stops. To be completely honest I did have a mini party. No one saw it though. I am slowly getting out of my rut. Each day feels slightly better than the last.

One thing that has truly set me free and helps me keep my sanity is running. I had not been running in months so I decided I would pick it up again. Something about running makes me feel so at ease. It’s solitary. No one tells me how fast, hard or far I go. I control the whole experience. And something about kicking my own butt is pretty awesome too. Any pain you experience benefits you later. You wake up with DOMS and a smile on your face because you know the soreness was from that extra lap. You thought you wouldn’t make it but you pressed on and beat your own expectations.

If you think about it running is a lot like life in general. Some days you wake up feeling like you can take the world when you only make it halfway through your usual route. Some days you wake up and feel like you can’t move yet you plow through and give a few extra miles. The pains you get from it build you up even though you are pretty sure you are dying. There is sweat and thoughts of stopping but you keep on going.

Another thing about running is the direction you take. I have never seen a backwards runner. The point is to go forward and get to somewhere worth going. Life is the same way. You can’t take back what you’ve already ran. That is all behind you. It’s all straight ahead from here.

The truth is we’re all running in a race. We determine if we get up and brush ourselves off or sit down and watch everyone else. I’ve made up my mind. I refuse to rest when I can run. I won’t give up that adrenaline rush of seeing myself achieve something I thought I never would. I’ve come too far to stop now.

Best wishes in your race of life. Knock ‘em dead as usual!

Loads of Love and Sore Muscles,
Kate
xoxo

Building Walls

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Trust is a big word with little meaning any more. For the past few days I have literally exhausted myself with feeling. I let someone in. I let them see part of me. I believe they are gone.

I feel betrayed. I tried to let them in the best I could but maybe it wasn’t enough. I feel like I am choking but I carry on as usual. Each day feels wasted to my never ending merry-go-round of thoughts. It’s all a repetitive blur. Sleep is the only rest I get. It’s so wonderful because in those few seconds that I begin to wake up, I feel nothing. I just exist.

I don’t know what to do with myself. I pace the floor just begging for something to distract my overwhelmed mind from its misery. Every time I hear their name or see their face in my mind I feel sick.

I feel insignificant. It’s as if nothing about me matters. It’s like all of my self conscious fears have become a reality. They pound in my mind. Maybe I’m not good enough. There must be something wrong with me.

The hardest part of it all is denying myself to build up more walls. I want them taller and thicker. My gut reaction is to not let anyone else in ever again. I can’t take it anymore. I feel I have a heart of glass. I want to hide in the corner of my mind and not come out. I try to push these feelings to the side, but it only makes me feel sicker.

I am trying to not give up on every one else. My rational mind is telling me that it will all be over soon and things will get better. My feelings are ordering bricks and cement by the tons.

As of now, I am not a peace. But I hope it is just around the corner.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Getting to Know an INFJ

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Getting to know an INFJ can be hard work, no joke. I definitely feel for any confused individual out there who is attempting to learn more about their INFJ acquaintance. Don’t worry though and please don’t give up! It can be tricky business, but I reassure you it will be worth it in the end! I thought I would take the time to point out a few things I do when I really want to get to know someone better. Maybe these will help you determine just what your INFJ is thinking about a potential relationship be it romantic or friendly in nature. So here they are!

1. Initiating or responding positively to contact- Granted this one is for any type, but it is especially crucial for INFJs. For the most part I observe from a distance and I pick and chose who want to interact with. It’s not that I will reject or ignore someone who takes the time to talk to me. It’s just that when I chose to walk up to someone and initiate any sort of contact, it means that for some reason I find that person particularly interesting. Maybe their kind eyes caught my attention or the way they smile warmly at others when they speak. This may not be true for all INFJs, but I know I am especially attracted to warm hearted people. I can practically spot them anywhere. (One good thing about being an INFJ is the ability to read someone from across the room. Sometimes I just get hunches about people. For the most part I am right!) Those are the people I generally try to associate with. People with arrogant temperaments normally rub me the wrong way so I silently will slip away and find someone I feel I can have a stimulating conversation with.

2. Making lots of eye contact- I have always been on the shy side (although shyness and introversion are often synonymous to most people this is not the case. Just because someone is introverted does not mean they are necessarily shy.) They say the eyes are the window to the soul. INFJs tend to keep their soul hidden beneath layers of thoughts, ideas and feelings. We do not usually show our feathers until we are ready. So naturally letting others take a peek through our windows is not as alluring as it seems. I know when I want to get close to someone I make eye contact as frequently as possible. Granted it may be in short spurts. Sometimes when I am talking to a person I get a little nervous so my eye contact is a little shaky. It’s not that I am trying to ditch whoever I am talking to. I am just evaluating (shakily) as I go.

3. Revealing personal things- One thing that is consistent with INFJs is their lack of trust towards most people. Someone may try to get to know me, but until I am completely comfortable with them they may as well be getting acquainted to a wooden fence post. I dance around subjects until I know that they are staying right where they are. I have to feel as though I don’t have to worry about them disappearing into thin air if I look away for a brief moment. I would have to say this blog is probably the most personal thing I share with people I don’t know very well. It can be very uncomfortable for me at times, but I try to press through. Another example is my love for drawing. Sometimes I like to take the time and just lock myself in my room and sketch to my heart’s content. I’ve spent hours before just doodling my life away and loving every minute of it. Even though I spend so much time doing it and it brings me so much joy, I have shown very few people my work. I suppose it’s because I feel as if those sketches are a part of me. And unless I trust you, you will never see the real me.

4. Becoming “extroverted”- This is where the INFJ becomes especially tricky. Often times people will mistake an INFJ for an extrovert because of their general interest in people and their sudden bursts of social energy. I know that if I am with trusted friends, I can be extremely loud and obnoxious. If others see me in this state, they often think I am extremely outgoing and fun. But, lo and behold, the next day when they speak to me I am quiet and reserved. Where did the outgoing Kate go? She is still there. Sort of. You see, I must trust whoever I am around in order to be more on the extroverted side. I can’t keep it up forever though. I don’t see how you extroverts do it! It’s exhausting! As soon as I get tired from my sudden outburst I revert back to my INFJ ways. It’s not that I’m trying to confuse people or be something I am not. It just happens. Like meteor showers or crop circles. You don’t know exactly why or how it works but you don’t question it when it comes.

So these are a few things that INFJs do when they truly want to get to know someone. (At least in my experience.) I definitely encourage any INFJ opinions (or any other types for that matter. You guys are all welcome here!) on this post. I would love to hear any differences or similarities you all experience.

I hope these points were not too obscure for those people out there trying to get to know an INFJ. One thing you must always remember is that we love genuine, caring people who will always be there. Stability is a must for an INFJ. As long as you show your INFJ that you truly care for them they will eventually let down their walls and let you in. Just don’t give up! 

Have a fantastic one wherever you are and stay amazing!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Musical Monday Number Three

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are well. Much to my shame, I have noticed that I have forgotten all about the Musical Monday posts I said I would write. As a matter of a fact, it has been a few months and this is only my third post. (Bad Kate. Very bad Kate.) And for that I apologize on going back on my word.

Well, now that the apologizing and habit reinforcement has set in, I thought I would share a song that is very close to my heart. “La Vie En Rose” as performed by Louis Armstrong is by far one of my favorite songs of all time. You will probably recognize this song from Disney and Pixar’s movie, Wall-e. (I adore that movie! It’s just too sweet.) The words match the tone of the song so effortlessly. Anytime I hear this song I am transported to a whole new world. This song makes me want to fall in love! (I know. I’m getting all cheesy-mushy-gushy-emotional of you guys, but honestly I can’t help myself. Please forgive the cheesiness.)

On top of that, it is jazz. Of course if you are familiar with me and my blog you will know that I adore jazz music. Actually most people probably get tired of me mentioning it, but, like the cheesy emotional frenzy I just snapped myself out of a few moments ago, I simply can’t help it. (Well, maybe I can. I just don’t want to.) If you are new to jazz or you have never really listened to it, I definitely encourage you to give it a shot! Of course my opinion is no doubt drenching with favoritism and bias, but take it for what you will.

I hope you all have a fantastic day and a “Life in Pink.” Stay incredibly you! Until next time.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo