Always a Work in Progress


Chances are if you’re reading this, we share one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. You’re an artist or author striving to find your voice.
  2. You’re a mama navigating parenthood with equal parts awe and annoyance.
  3. You’re a Type-A perfectionist who attempts to control organize everything.
  4. You’re an avid reader… possibly with an abiding love for L.M. Montgomery.
  5. You’re a fan of food. (Yeah, I meal plan. A lot. See #3.)

Ooh, is there an “all of the above” option?

As an erstwhile AP English teacher, I’m sometimes tempted to treat life like a multiple choice question.

Then again, sometimes teaching feels like a part of my identity I can no longer claim. Two years ago, I pressed pause on my official career in order to focus more intentionally on my kids and my creativity. Our little family would do tons of fun art projects! We’d take spontaneous day trips! We’d engage in constant dramatic play and STEM-related activities! Then, while the children were magically otherwise occupied, I would finally finish and publish a best-selling romance novel! Of course, this would all happen while keeping a spotless home and cooking up gourmet yet well-balanced meals. My spouse would praise me! My fans would adore me! The other preschool parents would secretly envy my constant and intimidating perfection!

Oddly enough, real life hasn’t aligned to that starry-eyed vision. And my general reaction to the disconnect has been to self-shame, take refuge in cynicism, ratchet up my expectations even higher, and then fail to meet them once again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

But I think I’m finally ready to let go of that toxic cycle in order to confront my mother’s block and writer’s block. Hence the website reboot. Consider this Kate 3.0: now with improved navel-gazing action!

So, does my blog record a slow-moving identity crisis, or is it the chronicle of a life (mostly) well-lived? The verdict’s definitely still out on that one. Either way, thanks for stopping by. I hope you find something here that speaks to you!