Always Wishing…

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I found this handsome fellow in the yard today and I simply couldn’t resist taking his picture. It’s as if he’s begging me to make a wish.

Have a fabulous one wherever you are!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

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A Love for Nature

The other evening I was sitting out on the porch just taking in the beauty around me when I noticed that I had my phone in my hand. After said discovery I proceeded in taking pictures of the lovely trees, flowers and sunshine in my backyard. Enjoy.

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Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Being a Wallflower

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If you’re anything like me you’ve been labeled a wallflower for most of your life. While most people mixed and mingled I preferred to stay on the sidelines and get some thinking in. I’ve been told that I should change who I am because it is simply not sociably acceptable. Being a wallflower has been frowned upon since the beginning, but really it’s not as bad as most people let on. So if you’re feeling blue about being square, fret no longer! For I have several reasons why being a wallflower is really the bee’s knees.

Ready? Let’s go!

1. You don’t have to talk if you don’t want to- What so alluring about this? Well, since everyone has noticed that you prefer to stare at a book or sit quietly alone, no one expects you to make awkward, irritating conversations with them. Have you ever met someone you simply cannot look at for more than five seconds because they are so repugnant? No worries! All you have to do is simply acknowledge their existence and walk on. A social butterfly on the other hand has to talk to that person about the weather, their outfit and so on to be seen as friendly and obliging. If they refused to talk the other person would know something was up. Thanks to your introversion, you have just avoided having to fight the urge to roll your eyes and hit someone as they rattle on about their new promotion or their perfect life. Looks like yet another social butterfly has been snapped up by a chatty crow. What a shame.

2. When you do speak, people listen- This is mostly true, as long as there aren’t any overwhelmingly loud attention consuming people around. It never ceases to amaze me how people lean in to hear what I have to say when I am working in a group. I usually hang back and construct solutions in my head as the two or three extroverts butt heads trying to decide who the undisputed “leader” of the project is. After their folly has finally settled, they realize they have wasted precious time that could have been used to find a solution to the task at hand. That’s usually when the “leader” begins to ask around the group to see if anyone was actually thinking instead of watching the circus they all of a suddenly decided to pack up.

I always manage to slowly raise my hand and give my two cents. Whether by default or by unanimous vote, for the most part my ideas are used as the solution. Apparently it also fascinates other people that you indeed have an audible voice. With thoughts and ideas too! Who knew?

3. You get to wholly experience the world around you- Stopping and smelling the roses is a hard thing to do if you’re constantly jabbering on about trivial things. For the most part introverts tend to be more reflective of the world around them. There’s nothing I love more than sitting alone on a park bench just smelling the fresh air and hearing the birds. It would seem that not too many people like to do that anymore. The things you can see if you just simply look up…

It’s such a big beautiful world we live in! And we get to be a part of it! What more could you ask for?

In short, being a wallflower isn’t so bad after all. Bloom where you’re planted, right? Sure, being a butterfly looks nice and all, but something about being surrounded by warm dirt and showered with sunshine just sounds delightful to me.

Stay ever so amazing, whether you are a floating butterfly or a blooming flower.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

The Sleeping Syd

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I figured since my sister’s dog, Sydney, was actually being still for once in his life, I would sketch him. I call it “The Sleeping Syd.”

Sydney is a very active little Schnauzer, whereas my dog, Bandit is not. It’s pretty rare for Sydney to sit still for more than five minutes. He prefers to terrorize the neighborhood bugs and birds.

He’s a scruffy fellow, but he’s incredibly cuddly!

Have a good one and stay ever so amazing.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

A New Chapter

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Something rather significant has just happened. It’s been a long time coming and it’s finally here. I am starting a new chapter in my life and I am actually ready for it. Before I thought I would be more nervous that what I am, but I an ready to step up to the plate.

I now have a job.

I know! After a while of looking I found what I was looking for. I count this job as a blessing because I will be working with some amazing people in a location I always wanted to be.

I am looking forward to that accomplished feeling you get when you make your own money. I feel like the door to my cage has been opened and I get to experience freedom as I’ve never known.

I am Kate. Hear me roar.

Have a fabulous one and stay incredible!

Loads of Love,
Kate,
xoxo

The Language of Music

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I truly don’t know what’s going on in my mind now. In the past two days I have been writing intensively. And it wasn’t for Kattie Kate. I have written two songs. All by myself.

It’s strange how it happened. I gravitated to the piano and I just began to play. I liked what I heard to I wrote it down and added as I went.

I haven’t written a song in over a year now. And the only reason I did that was to get some pent up feelings out. A year ago I experienced some very troubling anxiety. It made me feel as if I couldn’t breathe or move. I was in a very crippled state of mind at the time. So I sat down and let it out on the piano.

To be honest I have never told anyone that until now. I’ve never let anyone hear the song. No one knows it exists. (Well, except for you lovely folks, of course.)

I usually write music when I feel something significant. Something that makes me feel deeply than my subconscious can form in to words. Lately I have been finding inner happiness. The older I get the more I accept myself. And I think that’s what my mind is trying to tell me.

I am loved because I love myself.

The first song is entitled “On My Own.” I don’t know I’d it will ever see the light of day or be heard by the ears of an active audience, but nevertheless it has helped me cope.

Music is such an amazing language. It breaks down so many barriers and opens so many hearts.

Stay ever so amazing!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Oh Me, Oh My!

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Well boys and girls, yesterday was a big day. A very big day. Kattie Kate reached 200 followers! I am so happy/excited/shocked/giggly right now!

I’d like to say thank you to all of you fantastic people for making my day and for following my blog. It means so much to know that someone is supporting what I am doing! I wish I could meet you all and give each of you a hug. But since that is not possible, I am freely giving out virtual hugs as we speak. Hugs for everyone! 🙂

Again, thank you all so very much. You all have made me feel so special! I wish I could make you all feel as amazing as you have made me feel! I really appreciate all the likes, comments, follows and support that has been given to me for the past year. And I’d also like to thank WordPress because, let’s face it, without it I would have never had the chance to “meet” so many amazing people and learn so many incredible things.

Have a fabulous day and please stay equally fabulous!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Being Introverted

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Sometimes it’s hard being introverted. A world full of loud sociable people tends to forget about the introspective thinker who spends most of her time in her busy mind. It’s sad because I feel as though some people won’t even try to get to know me because of my quietness. I know. Why should I care, right? I need to pull myself up and be independent.

Well the strange thing about INFJs is that even though we need our space, we still need interaction. INFJs have a heart for people and love helping out in any way they can. I know that when I am alone for too long I become unhappy and unsatisfied. I have to feel like I’m contribution something to this big crazy world to feel at ease with myself.

I love telling my ideas and dreams but more often than not I just keep them to myself because most people just don’t understand or even care to understand. They have to continue doing whatever it is that preoccupies them so.

More often than not I feel so alone. I feel like a freak who doesn’t really fit in anywhere. It’s scary at times. It’s like I am speaking another language that no one but me understands.

I have always been self conscious. I suppose it stems from the fact that I feel different and I haven’t quite figured out who I am yet. (Whether I actually solve that puzzle is questionable.) I don’t really understand my peers’ mentality and they don’t understand mine. I feel as though I am constantly running from who I don’t want to be. And who I am afraid to see.

Being alone feels cold and liberating at the same time. It’s a wild abondon that fills every part of me and  it forever will be my constant. Maybe I’m not really alone. I have my thoughts and they are my friends. They always have been.

But then again maybe someone else feels the same way I do. And if that’s the case, don’t be afraid. We can be alone together.

Stay amazing.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

…And Now I Feel Guilty

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I’m having one of those guilty feelings that usually is a result of eating all the Oreos in one sitting. (I’m ashamed but in an enjoyable sort of way.) Not too long ago I vowed to the blogging community that I would not let scissors touch my hair.

Well…they did.

I didn’t mean to go back on my word. Honest. But I really wanted to do something different that would benefit both me and my hair. So…I cut it.

I know. I am a despicable human being. But it is done.

And here it is.

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I’m terribly, awfully, deeply sorry…but I love it! 🙂 I haven’t been this happy with my hair in a long time. And again, please forgive me. I would bake a cake for you all but chances are I would eat it before it got to you anyway. Let’s make it a metaphorical cake.

Yeah.

A metaphor…

Have a fantastic one wherever you are and stay incredible!

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo

Goodnight, World

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Well, the mountains are saying goodnight so I suppose I should too. The sun has already gently waltzed on to greet others with his cheery smile. Now the moon illuminates with her soft glow as the stars dance alone in the deep dark sky.

I used to be afraid of the night but as I grow older the more in love with it I become. It brings such serenity to life. Most of my deepest thoughts come from the silence of the darkness. Its cool embrace produces ideas that the vibrant day could not.

Such beauty is hard to put in a single post. I am thankful for the night and the rest it gives me. Without it even the brightest of days would be void.

I embrace the night and all her glory.

Goodnight, friend. Sleep well.

Loads of Love,
Kate
xoxo