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Here you sit in your favorite unicorn onesie, but something is missing. You’ve perfected your fort. You’ve gathered your list. And suddenly it dawns on you: you don’t have Netflix! And you can’t even get to your library or Barnes & Noble! You aren’t about to drop that sweet stimulus check on piles of books…

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You made it! I see you’ve gathered your supplies. If you read my last post, introducing The Couch Fort Files, you should be prepared. You’ve got all the various popcorns, ice cream sundae toppings, and rehydrating drinks that any Couch Fort adventurer might require. Are you snuggled into the perfect array of cushions, pillows, and…

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Hey there you! YES, YOU! It’s me, over here! No, you’re not mistaken. There is a voice coming out of this virtual couch cushion fort, and that voice is ME. Am I hallucinating or are you peeking out from your virtual fort too? I thought so! Thank effing goodness, because I needed to see a…

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A friend on Facebook recently shared their sadness at the fact it’s been 9 years since their parent passed away. They wished they could’ve shared all they’d accomplished in the past 9 years with the person they miss so much. My heart broke for them. Comments popped up quickly, and many of them were quick…

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As part of the celebration for the 50th(!!) anniversary of everyone’s favorite neighbor Mister Rogers, PBS just aired a beautiful tribute, MISTER ROGERS: IT’S YOU I LIKE. As I watched, I once again became instantly enraptured by Fred, as I had when I was a child. I loved reliving the stories and memories shared by…

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Approximately one million* times a day, I start a sentence to myself with, “You should’ve ____! Everything will be terrible!” *okay fine it’s closer to 20…but it feels like a million 🙂 Fill in the blank: woken up earlier exercised immediately upon waking up eaten the healthier option lost 30 lbs written 20+ blog posts…

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Time has both crawled and flown since my last post, and I’ve let much artistic work fall by the wayside. That’s alright, it’s part of the grieving process. What I think we’re all afraid of (much of the time, anyway) is sharing something we deem “imperfect”. Today marks 3 months since my mother passed, and…

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On June 25th, 2017, my dear sweet mother and best friend passed away after a year-long battle with a recurrence of breast cancer. She had beat it once in 2011 and she was supposed to beat it again. Though we knew this recurrence wasn’t curable, the possibility of remission was high. But cancer doesn’t play…

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Today, even if you’re exhausted or “not in the mood, Katie, gosh!!!” I want you to give some thought to the goofy things that make you YOU. Things you sometimes feel weird or embarrassed or shy or silly about. Guess what? Those are the BEST THINGS ABOUT YOU. Own them! Make them a part of your “brand”…

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Believe me when I say this, you CAN make your wild ideas a reality. I’ll be the first to tell you I’m excellent at thinking up my “next big thing”–but executing it? Oof. Example: I’ve sat on the idea for my children’s book “Lady Pig & The Colonel” for over FIVE YEARS. Yesterday, I finished my first…

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