I’m Katie, and I’m here to share, heal, and create through “Imposter Syndrome”, mental health challenges, and grief.

I’ve been a creative boss since birth (so say many sources--aka those brave souls who raised me, my parents).

In 2017, my ultra-creative but wildly self-doubting mother passed away after her 2nd battle with breast cancer. 

The grief can be overwhelming. I now choose live and create in her honor as a way to keep her close to my heart. She was my soulmate, my best friend. I think of her daily, and I cry for the child inside her who felt discouraged from staying in choir, taking up dance, that was told making her soul sing was silly or a waste of time. That felt embarrassed or unworthy when all she wanted to do was sing and dance with joy and abandon. She always encouraged me, was my biggest fan, and told me she marveled at my confidence (which I have because of her). I want to do the same for you.

Does the following sound familiar?

Sometimes just doing your laundry feels like a monumental achievement, let alone anything else on your list. You have the desire to try ALL the things, but you get overwhelmed. You’re not sure what your next step should be, so you take no steps at all. You’d rather curl up in a blanket burrito, shut your eyes, and forget about it. It's easier that way.

Except... Something in you yearns to follow that creative spark.

To explore the shores of your passions, hunting for treasures in the sand, soaking up the sun and feeling the warm refreshing waves wash over your toes. You dream of feeling valid, legitimate, energized, confident, and supported by a community of fearless and encouraging friends. Guess what? You don't have to wait for a call from Beyonce to practice, enjoy, and share YOU and your creative callings. In fact, you can actually find a way to the other side of that fence if you learn to work with yourself exactly as you are.

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Treasures Gathered Along The Way

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  • I’m always curious and seek new ways of looking at things that works with my neuro-atypical brain.
  • I'm creating a safe space to try, together.
  • I'm a dreamer.
  • I’m a caretaker.
  • I struggle with ADHD, depression, & anxiety...and I’ve made it this far.
  • I love learning new things.
  • I am a Hufflepuff with a Chow Dog Patronus.
  • I am a Treasure Hunter.

I promise that I'll do these things...

Calming Creative isn't a Business.

I'm not here to make a profit or develop revenue streams or trick you into buying an expensive online course or e-book.

I write about life as a creative person, trying to find calm in the pursuit of...whatever creative fancy I'm currently pursuing.

I'm hoping to build a community here, that will give you and me a place to feel safe and supported and inspired to make more beautiful and challenging and interesting art.

Read! Join in, and feel free to contact me on any blog post, social media, or in the cottage on Facebook!


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