Hi! I'm Cathy!

An unstyled life blogger.

I'm starting this blog as a creative outlet for me - and also as a way of connecting with other people who have maybe also spent decades of their lives taking a step back instead of a step forward. Many of the things that hold us back are not a part of who we really are. They are society's or our family's or other's opinions that we have somehow taken up and internalized as our own truths. 

The reality is no one can be you but you. And no one can be me but me. Spending years of our lives settling into the jello mold we didn't create ourselves, letting others toss in stuff we don't even LIKE like carrots or bits of celery because "that's how it should be" is easier - I'll give you that - but do you really want to spend the rest of your life doing what's easier?

When's the last time you did something that made your heart race? When's the last time you contradicted yourself or others when it was said, "that's not for you" or "you couldn't possibly..."? When is the last time you felt like a stand alone entity - someone to be celebrated for your unique qualities and passions and quirks - rather than someone's employee, boss, sibling, parent, or child?

I'm still working on sliding out of that jello mold and stepping forward. That's where this blog comes in. I'm going to share books I'm reading, programs I'm doing or have done, and my progression as I learn watercoloring so I can illustrate the children's book I'm writing. 

Welcome, friend.

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