Life

Funny seeing you here...

Do you feel like I ghosted you? I kind of did. It wasn't planned and I certainly didn't mean to be away for this long but one tech issue led to another (throw in some self-doubt and fear) and here we are! 

So much has happened in the last year that I don't even know where to begin. I will say that I plan to write in the space again. Less often but I'm hoping for once a week. Over the past month or two,  a fire has really lit back up inside of me to jump back into everything I used to have going on, from blogging to life coaching to health/fitness coaching and even some new pursuits like writing a novel! The problem with this reignited passion is that I suddenly want to do ALL THE THINGS and all at once! I need to take some time to figure out what is and is not a priority right now. 

While I work on that, here are a few highlights from the past year: 

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I turned 30 AND the Chiefs beat the Broncos that night AND it was Bingo Night for the kids where I work! (Nearing 31...)

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Friends got married <3.

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I've been in Colorado for over TWO years! 

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I climbed mountains.

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I learned how to surf (well, I tried...).  

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I skied. A LOT. 

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My BFF moved to Santa Fe.

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I worked (it's never fun). 

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I visited college friends (and my "twin") in Charleston, SC. 

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I got an amazing new fanny pack.

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I have two nieces now!

 

And that's that! I'll be back soon with some exciting news! 


The Art of Ditching The Plan

Aug 21, 2017


I'm a planner. I like to know what's going to happen, I like to be in control of what's going on, and I like to have an exit strategy if I end up not wanting to be there anymore.

It's Sunday afternoon and I've just gotten home after leaving my apartment at 7:00 am. Yesterday. I'm covered in dirt, I have grease marks all over me, I haven't showered in days, I'm a little sunburnt and I'm pretty sure I smell enough not to be allowed anywhere a respectable human being should go. My weekend did not go as planned, but I have a feeling you know where I'm going with this...

I had the BEST TIME.

Because I have one of my biggest events for work on Monday (today for the purposes of this post), I've barely been home and I haven't slept well from stress. Yes, I have done everything I could do and now we'll just have to see how it goes but, nevertheless, I worry. I figured I would need a relaxing weekend. I'd planned to spend a few hours with my friend Julie who is visiting CO with her family, have a quiet Saturday night doing meal prep and laundry, then going to church and the driving range on Sunday.

I got up early Saturday morning, drove to the airport to pick up Julie and we had a great morning. We went to brunch at Maddie's, I showed her around where I work, we walked around Wash Park and even went through an open house in a cute neighborhood (I SO WANT THAT HOUSE! Only $1.3 million! ;) ).

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When I went to drop her off to get her rental car, there was quite a snafu and they had nothing for her. Actually, none of the rental places we called had any cars available. I told her not to worry and that I'd drive her to pick up her friend from the airport and take them both to Boulder where Julie's family would come down from the mountains where they were staying and pick them both up. Sure, it was a dent in my "plan," but I wasn't going to leave them stranded and I really didn't mind - I love Julie!

Well, once we were leaving the airport, Julie asked if I just wanted to come up to the lodge with them, hang out and stay the night. My anxiety immediately said to me: "No! That will completely mess up your plan! You probably won't sleep well. You'll be tired tomorrow, you'll get back home too late for church, blah, blah, blah."

You know what I did? I told that voice to shove it. After much practice, I've learned to tell that voice that it's wrong. That spending time with people I love (and I LOVE her family) will be much more fun, refreshing and memorable than a night at home with Netflix. So I said yes. With literally the clothes on my back, I headed up for an evening in the mountains.

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Yes, I hadn't showered and had to wear a mishmash of other people's clothes to dinner and the put my same Saturday outfit back on for Sunday, but no one cared. Yes, I had nothing with me but my phone and water bottle, but I didn't care. Even in the morning, when I hoped to get back home with plenty of time to go through my Sunday "routine," I said screw it and I stayed. I went on a walk, I had breakfast, I sat around and chatted, I went and rented bikes and rode through a gorgeous mountain pass.

I had conversations. I met new people. I got to see the beautiful mountains. Most importantly, I felt welcomed, loved and appreciated.

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You've heard it before, but I'll say it again: life is best outside of your comfort zone. It's less scary stay at home and do the things you know you like to do. It's easy to read a book, watch a movie, go for a walk around your neighborhood, or even see the same person you see every week. But when I'm actually around other people, when I give up the plan and I do things that I don't normally do or can't control, that's when I feel the most fulfilled, the most alive, most in-the-moment, and the most like myself.

Dear rental car companies, thank you for being rude yesterday. Love, Katie.

ABBA 2017 & Alex's Bridal Shower

July 30, 2018

Happy Thursday! I hope you've all been having a good week! Mine's been... hot. There is no AC at work and no AC in my apartment and it's been in the mid to high 90's for what feels like forever. I am cooking from the inside out. I am not a fan (pun not intended).

Last Thursday, however, we had the perfect evening for a night at Red Rocks! For those of you who aren't familiar, Red Rocks is an outdoor amphitheater just outside of Denver that is built into... you guessed it: red rocks! It's gorgeous and such a fun place for a concert. Maddie and I have been going to ABBA every few years here since we were in college and will keep going as long as the show continues!

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Friday I spent most of the day lounging around, running errands and recovering from ABBA but Saturday it was back on! I was invited to a bridal shower for my friend, Alex, and it was so nice to see her and meet her friends who live here in Colorado! Alex and I met through our small group in Chicago, but she is originally from Denver!

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After Alex's shower, I headed up to the Boulder area to see my niece! My mom is in Colorado right now so she was there visiting and I just HAD to come too! My niece is just over 14 months now, walking, loving her swim lessons, and just the cutest thing ever! I'd show you a photo... but they don't want her picture all over the internet. I know, so obnoxious ;)

THEN I headed down to Colorado Springs! Haha, busy day. I had dinner at home with my mom and then the next morning spent some time outdoors (it was SO NICE OUT THERE) and had a delicious egg/bacon/GF pancake breakfast at our favorite place. Sadly after that, it was time to head back to the real world...

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