Hello! My name is Kathryn. I have been an elementary school art teacher for over twenty years and have a passion for traveling, wine, and healthy food. I secretly play the piano when no one is listening. I color-coordinate the clothes in my closet. I make an awesome pecan pie with homemade pie crust. I’ve recovered from an eating disorder and survived starting over after two failed marriages. I recently made a vow to myself to put my health and happiness first. I want to live each day to the fullest so that I may be the best daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and God-loving mother of three cats possible.
Why I Blog…
As a child, I felt safe and secure in a loving home that rarely ever changed. I can remember, while growing up, that I was paralyzed with the fear that something would happen to my parents or my home. I had a difficult time with even the smallest change, which many times prevented me from straying from the comfort of my usual routine. I’d journal about my holidays and would strive to recreate each following holiday exactly the same as before. I struggled with change through my college years and happily came home to normalcy nearly every weekend. After college I married, which at the time, was the greatest of all changes. Immediately, I found my self in a panic to control my new life. In hindsight, I hadn’t been ready for marriage. In an effort to control something in my life, I decided to control my eating habits. I soon developed an eating disorder. I’m very sure my eating disorder contributed to my divorce. Once again, my life changed drastically when I had to live by myself and when I moved back home to live with my parents. Over the years, with many more life changes and very much effort, I’ve learned to accept change more easily. I’ve realized that every time my life has changed, I have changed. I’m constantly learning new things about myself. While my life isn’t the life I thought I’d live, somehow, it’s better. My outlook on life is much different these days. I’m no longer afraid of change. I embrace whatever challenges life throws my way because I know that I will survive. I blog not only to document the changes in my own life; I blog so that I, hopefully, can inspire others to make each day count. Because, life is ever-changing.
My Unchanging List of Favorite Things:
(because thankfully there are some things that never change)
Holding hands with someone special
My three cats
Sunday afternoons by the pool
My home, filled with meaningful things I love
Breathing in the warm, fresh air of spring
Cooking a healthy meal
The warmth of a summer day
Change cannot and will not happen overnight. But the intent to evolve will produce opportunities for growth. ~ Robin D. Hart.
We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are. ~ Max DePree