The Gifts I Gained Through Minimizing

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By Kate Kole

I’ve experienced the craving to live with less for a while. Not to create scarcity or restriction in my life, but rather, to live simply and more intentionally. Put in the kitchiest of ways, to have a place for everything, everything in its place, and for all of those deliberately chosen and placed items to have a purpose.

So, room by room, closet by closet, and drawer by drawer, I set out to trash, recycle, and donate all the excess stuff I’ve managed to accumulate in the last 30 years. When I habitually found myself unable to sleep at 4 am, I rolled out of bed and began tackling one project at a time. Surprisingly, the sorting, decluttering, and tossing became therapeutic. It felt freeing to quite literally let shit go. Continue reading

Simultaneously #Blessed And #Stressed

Simultaneously Blessed And Stressed

By Kate Kole

I’m assuming that at some point in time, most of us have stumbled upon a chalkboard, journal, dish towel, or Instagram post with the kitchy caption “too blessed to be stressed.” And if not, we’re at least familiar with the #blessed sentiment across social media.

Truth be told, if I scoured through my own Facebook and Twitter accounts today, I’m sure I’d be able to find a string of “blessed” humble brags. And I’m not particularly embarrassed (okay, maybe a little…) by that. But in my defense, while publishing most of those home-buying, relationship forming, job acquiring, weekend lounging, vacation traveling status updates, I did feel blessed. Fortunate. Grateful. Excited. I wanted to share my joy. Continue reading

Allow Your Purpose To Be Different Than You Planned

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By Kate Kole

At 14, I imagined that I’d someday be a sports reporter.

By 16, I dreamed I’d own a bakery.

And by 18, I decided I’d become a counselor.

At 30, I’m technically none of those things. That fact threw me off-kilter more than a few times over the last decade. I spent many restless moments struggling with the feeling that I hadn’t quite achieved what I once envisioned I would. Continue reading

We’ve Got This. We’re Doing This. Let’s Go.

Can I Tell You A Secret

By Jillian Stacia

Can I tell you a secret?

Sometimes I feel like a fraud.

I feel like a fraud because I struggle with the very same topics I write about. Things like faith and self-acceptance and confidence and loving the shit out of your own life – I struggle with those things – a lot.

And I feel hypocritical sometimes because – who am I to be talking about these things when I don’t even have a handle on them myself? Who am I to be dishing out advice?
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Just Show Up

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By Kate Kole

I love the moments in life where things just seem to click. When a song plays, or a conversation happens, or a piece is published – and right there, in that instance, you could practically swear it was meant for you – like the universe somehow aligned to give you the boost, inspiration, or wisdom you needed to carry on. Continue reading

Lessons From The Mat: Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously

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By Kate Kole

My yoga practice continues to be one of the greatest teachers in my life. It has a way of shining a light on the feelings and experiences I’ve managed to successfully look past, bury within me, or chosen not to prioritize. As I’m going about the rest of my day, I can typically multitask enough to escape discomfort and avoid depth. But once I’ve rolled out my mat, silenced my phone, and stripped away my usual accomplices to distraction, I’m left to face whatever I’ve stowed away. I begin to move from a place of feeling intuitively rather than thinking analytically. Continue reading

A Letter To Us: Today, Tomorrow, & Ten Years From Now

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By Kate Kole

I hope that you feel rich, with life, love, and experiences. That you’ve granted yourself permission to embrace the messiness along your path. And that you’ve unveiled purpose in each moment of pain. That you’ve taken your loneliness as an incentive to reach out to someone else, that you’ve tapped into your grief as a means to comfort others, that the times of confusion you’ve worked through have provided clarity and insight in another person’s life, and that your own experiences of darkness have served as guiding lights for others to find their way. Continue reading