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Slow Progress is Still Progress

This morning, I did 20 push-ups, and I was able to get my nose to the ground for 19 of them. Granted, I was doing the knee variation* but I was stoked nonetheless. I started Kempo training in December 2016. I have never called myself sporty. I've never called myself in shape. At the time, … Continue reading Slow Progress is Still Progress

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When It’s Time, It’s Time

Sometimes, you can maintain the status quo. Sure, things might get a little snug as you outgrow where you are, but you find there's still some give left. Sometimes you stretch things out a little too far, and the zipper gives and holes tear in awkward and embarrassing places. Last week things stretched too far … Continue reading When It’s Time, It’s Time

State of Kate Monthly Edition: February

This month has been an exciting one, all told. I don't think that's often the case for February, so I guess it's right we let it have its dues. It feels like a lot of projects and goals moved from the initiation/prep/wouldn't it be nice phase to the we're doing this/this has an end date … Continue reading State of Kate Monthly Edition: February

Road Ending: Must Take Next Exit

When I received my First Degree Green Belt promotion last August, my plan was to test for my Brown Belt in the spring. I was aware, even then, that I needed to step up my game a little. But spring was so far away, and there was Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and an early start to … Continue reading Road Ending: Must Take Next Exit

State of Kate Monthly Edition

Starting this year, I'm going to do something a little different. Along with moving these updates from weekly to monthly, I'm also going to remove any judgement. No more wins, womps, or wobbles. Instead, I'm going to look for lessons. Because I'm coming to believe that labeling every experience as a "win" or a "failure" … Continue reading State of Kate Monthly Edition

The Largeness of My Potential Terrifies Me

Have your dreams ever terrified you? I'm not talking nightmares or night-terrors. I'm talking about those dreams that give you hope, inspire you to work harder, influence the goals you set for yourself. Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the magnitude of the dreams you've allowed yourself to entertain? I have. In fact, I'm … Continue reading The Largeness of My Potential Terrifies Me

It’s Okay to Take a Moment

It's hard to believe that just last week was New Year's. It already seems a lifetime ago. We had some foul weather Wednesday and Thursday, which meant a lot of things got cancelled, including my Kempo classes. I've got to admit, I sighed a huge breath of relief. Because I really wasn't feeling it. In … Continue reading It’s Okay to Take a Moment