Hello world! It’s me.

IMG_3714Say yes to the world and the world will say yes back to you.

Sounds sort of hippie/new age-ish, right? Totally.

But, I believe it.

And so, here we are on my new blog where I will recount all the things I “say yes” to these days and the glittery goodness that comes with being open to this brave, beautiful world of ours and what it has in store for us.

If I’m being completely, totally, and utterly honest, I was embarrassed to start a blog.  I still am.

Who would read what I write? Who would want to read what I write? Will people find it weird?

For me though, this blog is an opportunity for me to become more vulnerable and to hold me accountable to my writing.

For the longest time I’ve wanted to write. I love to tell stories, I love to evoke emotion and transport people from their daily lives, even if for a brief moment.

I’ve tried to write for several years now, but full-time jobs, dating, family, social life, anxieties and wanderlust always got in the way. There was always an excuse.

Personal insight tid-bit:  Believe it or not, I’m quite shy.  Typically, I don’t do things unless I know I’ll excel at them – or at least have a chance at excelling. Not only that, but I tend to run away from things that are uncertain.  Quite frankly, I’ve been playing it safe.

Not anymore.

I don’t know if anyone will ever read my blog. I don’t know if anyone will ever read the book I’m writing. Does it really matter though?

Alice Seabold, author of The Lovely Bones, kept a sticky note on her computer while she was writing her now best-selling novel and it read “For the Five”.

So no, it doesn’t matter.  If I can write something for the 1 or the 5 or the 5,000 then it’s worth it to me.

This life is all about human experience and interaction. How do we treat those around us? Do we care for our neighbors, strangers, family and friends?  How do we connect with those around us?

If writing connects me with even 1 person my life will be richer. And hopefully theirs will be too.

So here I am, ready to say yes to writing.

Since I’ve made this decision, I’ve had a lot of people ask me why I’d leave a job I love to do this? Why now?

This year, my dad has been quite sick. It’s been hard living far away and not being there for so much of it.  I got to a point where I felt I needed more flexibility to be available for whatever happened.  And so, I made the extremely difficult decision to leave a job I love. To leave a job with wonderful co-workers and opportunities to follow this uncertain path.

It was one of the hardest decisions to make. Sometimes it’s still hard and I panic at least once a day.

I was lucky to be at a point in my career where I could freelance and still have an income while I write, but it’s still scary.

You know what though? I’ve learned that scary can be good.

Scary can push us past the limits we’ve consciously and subconsciously set for ourselves.

Since I made this decision and dived into the unknown I’ve noticed other aspects of my life open up and change as well.

I’m more willing to do some of those scary things that my once shy self would have avoided like the plague.

And if I fail? So be it.  A wise mentor told me that we could all afford to fail more. I believe him.

So here we are. Join me in this one girl movement of saying yes to the world and let’s see what happens!

 

25 thoughts on “Hello world! It’s me.”

  1. I will read your blog! 🙂 Congrats on starting something new and the good kind of scary. I had no idea about your dad and am really sorry to hear he’s been sick, but I’m glad you can spend more time with him this way while challenging yourself. I’m an introverted extrovert, so I could probably stand to do more scary things and risk failing. Perhaps your blog will inspire me!

    1. Thanks, Shelly! I feel the same way…people think I’m a classic extrovert, but really I’m an introverted extrovert as well. It’s kind of scary to put yourself out there, but I truly believe the pay out in the end is worth it! Hope all is well with your family. 🙂

    1. Thanks! It’s been quite a journey since being in Young Women’s together. 🙂 I am working on blogging, novels, and screenplays. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. I’ll miss working with you at Deseret Book!

  2. So glad you have started writing. I can’t wait for each entry. Yes, my last name tells all that I am biased. So be it! I am willing to be enriched by your thoughts!

  3. Wow, Katie, I had no idea. I’m grateful for the chance I had to work with you. You are amazing! And I want you to know that I will happily read any book or blog post that you write!

    1. Thank you, Cathy! I truly enjoyed working with you as well. I will still be doing some freelance work with Deseret Book, but we won’t get to chat as often. 🙂 Let’s stay in touch!

  4. Katie,

    I love everything about the movement, your blog, trying something new etc. I’m A Believer In Saying yes.

    Well done.

    cheers!

  5. Katie, this is fantastic. Yay!!! For you. I’m on board for reading more of what you write. I love what you’ve shared. Go to my business FB page “Your Healing Place by Dana”. I posted info about a Writers Retreat that I’m going to in Draper Nov 12th through the 15th. It would be perfect for you. I’m working my life story, scary but love doing it. Keep writing

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *