a babble on persistence

Be persistent.  I've been repeating this to myself and pushing myself earnestly in the direction of persistence for probably a year now, becoming increasingly more aggressive as I go. Pursuing my career requires an insanely high level of persistence that I'm not sure I was prepared for going in. Writing songs? That takes persistence, especially [...]

Creation Through Frustration | when the art isn’t coming

If you're an artist, you know this inevitable feeling. You want to create, but sometimes, the art just isn't coming. You've got nothing. Zilch. Nada. Well, have I got a revelation for you. Maybe I'm the only artist that missed this important piece of info, maybe all of y'all will be like, "yeah Kate, we know", but [...]

Resolutions 2018

This is the first time in years that I've made real resolutions. I feel like I always lackadaisically think of a goal or two in my head each January, but I never take them super seriously or hold myself to them. Now, however, I feel that my diligence and work ethic have grown so much [...]

Motivation & Inspiration: 3 Things I Do To Build Myself Up

As I write this, soft snow is falling in my little Virginia town, She & Him Christmas is playing in the background, and I am resting after a busy, but successful week. It's so nice to feel my work paying off, and that is the inspiration for this post. I've been striving extra hard recently [...]

November ABSQ: new vinyl, The Gypsy Fawn jewelry + mini talk on motivation

Yesterday morning, I sat down at the kitchen table, laptop in tow, to edit some blogs, and it hit me: Today is December 1st.  I know I say this at the beginning of every month, but seriously: Christmas time this year feels like it showed up in a flash. The leaves were yellow and orange, [...]

October ABSQ: mini vintage haul, Halloweekend, & my new fave concealer!

This is hands down my favorite time of year. The weather, the leaves, the pumpkins...everything about fall just makes my heart well with happiness. I got to spend this past weekend (Halloweekend, I might add) with friends up at their university, and it was so nice! The downtown up there is the CUTEST I've ever [...]

Having Bad Days

Last week, I had a really bad day.  It started off fine. My somewhat ambitious to-do list was made, my evening plans with friends were set, and I actually did my hair/make-up and wore an outfit consisting of something other than my usual weekday attire of a t-shirt, leggings, and Birkenstocks/running shoes. For me, pretty much [...]

Beneath The Wave: Swimming With Anxiety

Anxiety sucks.  Sweaty palms, ragged breathing, an unfocused mind, difficulty sleeping, panic attacks, clenched muscles - all of this comes as a result of that annoying little voice in our heads that whispers, worry, worry, worry, over and over. Everyone has anxiety to one degree or another; it's part of human nature to feel uneasiness, worry, [...]

Money-Saving Tips For The Young & Cash-Conscious

If you're like me, sometimes you eat your feelings, but most of the time, you prefer to buy your feelings. I think everyone struggles with this to one degree or another. It's so easy to justify small purchases, like loading your cart up with "just a few things" from the Target dollar section, or picking [...]