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a weekend in the woods

 



A few shots from a weekend spent deep in the woods. I am constantly amazed by the clarity that comes from spending time in nature. As I put it on Instagram,  

"Sitting in silence is an art these days." This is something a dear friend said recently and it has stuck with me. These words ring true. I go to the woods, the lakes, the ocean, and the mountains because when I simply cease my striving and open my senses...I hear nothing. Silence. The soft shush of water to shore. The warble of a cardinal in a distant pine. The gentle, loving wind embracing the worshiping arms of the forest. Here, in these depths, the suffocating layers we've wrapped tightly around reality are stripped away, laying bare that which is true. I am grateful for the unraveling of the false. I am thankful that earth is as steadfast and encompassing as ever. Here, in this peace...I am. Simply am. With nothing else attached."

There is wisdom in the quiet wood; a wordless song. A path that leads to that which is real. A path carved through and within reality in its truest form; far from the noise, the clutter, the distractions. It's weekends like this last one that remind me of what is important. 

Do you gain clarity from spending time in nature? What is one outdoor place that brings you peace? The forest, the ocean or mountains? Please share your own personal journey below, friend. I would love to hear from you. 🙏💛🍂

Stay stoked,
Kate

New Preptober/Nano Series on The Kate & Abbie Show


Hey friends! 

We're in the thick of fall. The days have been long and beautiful here, and Abbie and I have been working on a new, exciting series for you guys! I'll share a bit now.

NaNoWriMo is fast approaching and you know what that means: getting back into the habit of writing consistently every day. But sticking to a habit is easier said than done. How can you stay focused when there are so many distractions? That's what this week's podcast is all about. In this episode, Abbie and I share some of our favorite techniques for developing a writing habit and sticking to it. Perfect for NaNoWrimo or any other day of the year! 


I also wanted to share a new video I just posted on my YouTube channel. If you enjoyed my recent autumn post here on the blog, I think you'll really enjoy this video - Vermont Fall in 4 Minutes. Have a watch below:



How is your fall thus far, my friend? What's your favorite thing about this time of year? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Or are you working on a novel? Let me know, I would love to hear from you. 🍂☕️🙏

stay stoked!

kate

Vermont in Autumn - A Season In Photographs



This time of year, I rarely leave my house without my cannon slung over my shoulder and a backpack of lenses strapped to my back. 

These days are long and golden. They are warm sunlight, wind whipping through the tall grass and rust-colored corn fields. They are writing and coffee and writing and coffee and more of the same. They are kayaking and listening to Canadian geese come in for a landing each night, and waking to their joyful chorus each morning. 

It's watching the sheep and the horses graze the hillsides, so contented within themselves - free, wild, at one with the earth they roam.

These days are for dwelling. For letting go of the clutter, and sinking deep into what is real and here and now as one sinks back into a homemade quilt stretched over their bed.

Autumn. Fall. 

To me, it is the season in which the mountains ignite and the harvest moon rises in golden glory. I hope that through these snapshots I can share just a bit of what this time of year means to me with you. 


Do you love autumn? What is your favorite thing about this time of year? What is your favorite thing to do in the fall? Let me know, I would love to hear about your own journey, friend. 🍁🍂



Stay stoked,
Kate


How to Believe in Yourself As a Writer (When Nobody Else Does)



Do you ever feel like you're not qualified to be a writer? Do you often catch yourself saying "they are so much better than me!" or comparing yourself to other writers? Do you feel discouraged by people who tell you to "get a real job" or that you're simply not good enough? 

If so, this episode of The Kate & Abbie Show is for you. 

Abbie and I sat down to talk about how to believe in yourself as a writer...even when it seems like no one else does. This episode will boost your confidence and give you the courage to believe in your writing. 

I am stoked to share with you guys what has become one of our most listened to episodes of the podcast yet. 


Takeaways:

- Stay positive

- Use positive words to speak to yourself about your writing

- Be proud of how far you have come

- Build the author you want to be within...here and now


How do you talk to yourself and others about your writing? What do you think of this episode of the show, and what would you add to this conversation about believing in yourself as a writer? Comment below and let me know...I would love to hear from you. 🙏🌿


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Stay stoked,

Kate