My 7 Minimalist Self Care Essentials



Rest. Taking a moment. Breathing. Remembering that we are here to create...and that includes creating and cultivating and choosing joy. 

Here I sit, a steaming matcha latte in hand, remembering that life is brought to you by the slow sips...the pause...

Mmm. How often we forget the pause.

Sitting in silence...enjoying this...THIS. This moment we are living in right here, right now. 

Today's video on my channel is a thoughtful, yummy offering on the topic of self care and what it means to me exactly. I've been thinking a lot about self care and what it means. 

Self care is so much more than just going to get a facial or taking a bubble bath (not that there's anything wrong with these)...it's about asking yourself: what really, deeply nourishes me, body, mind, and spirit? 

Often, the label of "self care" is applied to things that don't actually nourish us. Today, I wanted to open this topic and invite you to take part in this discussion...I wanted to share a few of the minimal, nourishing, and earth-friendly items that I use in my daily practice of self-care. I am not perfect in my practice by any means...as a busy writer and creative, I can often forget to continuously nourish myself. But that's where self love comes in. :) Every day is a new chance to become whole.



So tell me, what are a few of your favorite ways to look after yourself? What are some nourishing items that you have invited into your own personal self-care practice? πŸ™πŸ’› Namaste

Stay stoked,
Kate

Are You Really A Writer??

 



Abbie and I wanted to get this episode out there during NaNoWriMo. I've heard from so many writer who have experienced this feeling: imposter syndrome. Those doubting voices that creep up on us, questioning: "Do we really have what it takes to be a writer? Or are we just kidding ourselves?"

A lot of writers struggle with imposter syndrome – the feeling that you're just "faking it" and not actually a REAL writer. You feel unworthy of praise and almost like you're fooling people into reading your work. Even when you receive positive feedback, you shrink – feeling like you aren't qualified to have such praise lavished on your writing. 

If any of this sounds familiar to you, don't worry: you are not alone. Many authors struggle with this conflict, which is why today Abbie and I are sharing our best tips for overcoming imposter syndrome and feeling confident in your writing.


Have you ever struggled with doubting your writing or creative work? How do you overcome thoughts of doubt? How do you gain confidence as a writer? I would love to hear your thoughts below in the comments, my friend. πŸ™πŸ’› I wish you an inspired day.

Stay stoked.
Kate

Nourishment = Creativity



Creativity is cultivated. I have to remind myself of this. Sometimes I still forget to ask myself the question: what do I need today? What do I truly need?

Nourishment has to come first. That's my mantra. Today, between coffee and stress - wondering which tasks needed to be checked off the list first...I remembered to stop. To take a deep breath. To ask myself:

What do I need today?

Nourishment comes first. Nourishment cultivates creativity.

Creativity, like a beautiful tree, needs light, water, and nutrients. The creative spirit within us needs just as much attention and care. 

What good does stressing do us? Rushing, hustling. 

Let's slow down and let go. Let's ask ourselves: what do I need today? What will nourish me today?

And yes, sometimes your brain might reply: "we don't have time to do yoga, or meditate, or read a book, or simply sit in silence for a little while" sometimes our brain will urge us: go go go!

Yet, we can accomplish more, and feel more fulfilled if we start from the place of nourishment and creativity. And in order to arrive at that starting point...we need to slow down, draw back, breathe. Be mindful.

Today, this was my process. Today started like this:


This morning's very refreshing yoga practice:

The meditation that followed:

Yes, hour long meditations are peaceful, relaxing, and beyond that transformative. I've benefited greatly from them. But some days I just don't have time to settle down for that long. However, a little goes a long way, and this is incredibly true for meditation.

I sat on my yoga mat for five minutes, closed my eyes, breathed deep, and released the stress and tension I had been holding on to. I shed tears. I allowed my mind and heart to open and reset. It was powerful. It was needed.

Never underestimate what a little TLC in the morning can do for you creatively. This is just a snapshot of a couple of things I try to practice as often as I can. A few ways I start my day right.

Much love guys. <3

Stay stoked,

Kate

long, rainy fall writing days + a few new projects


I spent the day squirreled away in my office in my comfiest linen pants and a favorite tee, consuming probably too much espresso. I did this because I am hard at work on something. More than one something, actually. One is a new book. The other is a book that will be coming out next year. (!!!!!)

In addition to these two projects I've been submersed in, there's a third very exciting project going...more on that soon. Keep an eye out right here on the blog. :)

These long, gray, rainy fall days spent in my office remind me of just how grateful I am for the opportunity to write. To tell stories. I love telling stories. Sometimes that simple fact gets a bit buried beneath all the task lists that come with being an author and sending books out into the world...but when it's all said and done, beneath the editing, re-reading, and many, many, many hours of work that go into each and every book...that's what drives me. That one, simple fact. 

I love telling stories. It's a part of me and drives everything I do.

My books, if you haven't had a chance to read them yet:



What about you, creative writers? What have you been working on? Do you currently have a WIP going? Are you participating in this year's NaNoWriMo? Let me know, I would absolutely love to hear about it. πŸŒžπŸ“–πŸ‚

stay stoked.
kate



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. πŸ™πŸ’›πŸ‚

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. πŸ‚☕️πŸ™

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. πŸπŸ‚



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. πŸ™πŸŒΏ


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Stay stoked,

Kate

Extreme Digital Minimalism - Life Without A Phone


Hey friends. Fall is officially here. Here I sit in a warm, favorite sweater, finishing up a mug of steaming matcha. Mmm. The sunlight is golden as it pours in through the windows, and I have spent the morning reading through a current work in progress (exciting!) Please take a moment to tell me how you are down in the comments. How's your autumn so far?

If you follow my YouTube channel, you have probably already seen my latest video, but if you haven't, I'll link it below. 

This one's called life without a phone. Which sounds...different to many. I've been wanting to make a video about this for a while now because it is something that has very deeply (and positively) impacted my life and creativity.

We live in a world that is constantly vying for our attention. We are inundated by consumerism - this toxic idea that we "need more in order to be happy" but in reality nothing could be further from the truth, and this is one of the many reasons I practice minimalism; digitally, and in every other area of my life.

For me, minimalism combats this idea that we endlessly "need more." Minimalism supports a gentle and loving reminder that we are enough, and that we have enough, and I believe that from this place of understanding, we can begin to be creative.

Life without a phone has taught me that I must disconnect from all of the noise in order to truly connect...in order to truly engage my own spirit and creativity. I hope that this video can be an encouragement to you on your own path of creativity and mindfulness. I would love to hear your thoughts below in the comments.

I choose to live without a phone, and to use a phone only when traveling because:

- I believe that phones and other digital devices can create distraction and block our creativity

- I believe that it is important to remain fully present and mindful

- I believe that it is important to use technology mindfully and for the purpose that it was created for: to help us connect when we need to. To inspire, not to hinder. 

How do you practice digital minimalism in your own daily practice, friend? Or, if you do not practice minimalism, how do you cultivate a healthy relationship with the digital items that you own? I would love to hear about your own practice if you would like to share. πŸ™πŸŒžπŸŒΏ


Stay stoked,

Kate


How I Created a Peaceful Writing Nook - In 5 Steps




Good morning my friends! Today I wanted to share my new video with you: this one is about my personal practice of creating a peaceful, high-vibe writing nook in which I can be creative and enjoy myself.

I do this by:

1. Choosing my space mindfully

2. Creating an atmosphere

3. Making myself something (usually warm + cozy) to drink. (You guys know how much I love coffee...and now matcha also!)

4. Changing it up

5. Keeping it simple


These five steps are the tools I use on a regular basis to create a loving and peaceful environment to create in. I really dig into each of these in the video, so I invite you to brew a cup of coffee or tea and watch the video. If you are a creative writer, or someone who works at a desk, you will receive a lot of value from it. That is my hope.

Have a beautiful week, my friend! 🌺🌱🌞


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Stay stoked!

Kate