Contrary to Popular Belief, You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Today, our boy Toby is eleven years old. His excitement for his birthday is overwhelming. Well, we say that. In reality, we adopted Pooperschmidt three years ago today. We're pretty sure he's eleven, but we don't know his exact birthday. We figure today is a good a day as any. Recently, we went on vacation … Continue reading Contrary to Popular Belief, You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

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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

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

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

Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams

Once upon a time there was a little red-haired girl who dreamed of becoming Princess Leia. She was going to be a star gymnast, a Hollywood actress, a singer/dancer who regularly sold out arenas, and in her spare time, a Jedi. The girl grows. Even though she still wants to be a Jedi and daydreams … Continue reading Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams

The Closing of the Year

What a year it has been! Initially, this was going to be a "State of Kate" post, but I think it needs to be something a little different. After all, this time of year is all about reflection, isn't it? It's good to look back and see what went right, what didn't go so well, … Continue reading The Closing of the Year

You Know You Better than “They” Do

Earlier this year, my husband and I decided to hire a financial planner. We were taking stock of our finances and realized that if we ever wanted to actually retire, we should probably do a little more than bury jars of cash in the backyard. And you thought those raspberry bushes were my attempt at … Continue reading You Know You Better than “They” Do