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Where’s Kate?!

Helllloooo! Long time, no talk! It has been far too long since I updated my blog, so I wanted to pop in with some updates before the year ended. 

As many of you know, my full-time gig is working in higher education. August (and into September) is especially busy, so I made the decision to put my Etsy shop in “vacation mode” which means I stopped taking orders. As much as I love my shop and creating products, it never fails that when I am busiest at work, the number of orders I receive picks up too. You may be thinking, “but Kate, it’s NOVEMBER December, why the long hiatus?!” Great question! Long story short, I realized that unless my business structure changed, it was never going to develop like I wanted it to. I have spent a lot of time thinking about my business and I am just not quite ready to open it back up yet.

In addition to temporarily closing my Etsy shop, I also deactivated all of my social media accounts (except Pinterest, but more on that in a moment) around the same time. I keep saying it had a lot to do with politics (and me wanting to stay friends with people in real life), but honestly I realized what a huge time waster social media was for me. Social media use was also decreasing boundaries between my personal life and work life and I needed a reset before the school year started.

These two updates might lead you to ask…

What the heck of you been doing with all of your free time?! 🙂

Well, initially I used a lot of my free time to mindlessly watch 7 seasons of The Good Wife on Amazon Prime. Hey, I am trying to be transparent here! 

I also spent a weekend at a camp with 200+ freshmen and my co-workers;

Completed my first Whole 30 (thus the need for Pinterest – give me ALL of the compliant recipes!);

Traveled back to Kansas for the wedding of a dear friend and visited “the Disney Land of Quilting” with my Mom;

Finally saw Mumford & Sons live;

Spent Fall Break in Seattle, WA visiting not only the city, but also the capitol in Olympia and 2 amazing National Parks (Mt. Rainier and Olympic);

Listened to HOURS of true crime / criminal justice / wrongful conviction podcasts. LOTS more about this in a future post;

Served as a juror for a trial that lasted 15 days (over 5 weeks);

and traveled back home to Kansas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I keep joking that I am turning into a hippie, but what I really mean is that I have spent the last several months reflecting on my life as it is now and what I want my life to be like in the future. I have also spent the time relaxing and enjoying those around me. 2016 16 was a good year, but I am definitely excited for the fresh slate 2017 will offer!

Happy New Year, friends! See you in 2017! 

Merry Christmas!

I am back in Kansas for Christmas and am feeling very grateful for this time with family. It snowed a bit earlier in the week – so Christmas came early for me (living in Arizona, I miss the seasons and specifically snow SO much!)!

I have spent quite a bit of time this week thinking of friends and family (far and near) and how grateful I am for all of the love and support in my life. I am also thinking about how I can extend that community to this space, so all those who visit feel appreciated and supported. Thank you for being one of my first readers – I appreciate you so much!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with friends, family, food, fun, love and laughter. 

Sunflower Paperie blog - Merry Christmas 2014!

Kind of a side note, I always find the time between Christmas and New Years a little sad – post holiday blues combined with new year potential, creates a limbo feeling, I suppose… The Sunflower Paperie Etsy shop is closed for several more days (re-opens Monday, December 29), so I plan to use the time planning for 2015 and setting some exciting goals! Again, thanks for coming along on this ride, I am super excited to see what 2015 holds!

Lots of Love – Kate