Friends, I have a bit of a confession. I’ve been trying to do something I didn’t really want to do because I thought I probably should do it and it hasn’t turned out well for me. Remember last year when I was like, hey! I think I should start something akin to a podcast here!
Woman, this is what wisdom looks like. Wisdom guided you to choose integrity--letting your inner desires, gifts, and capacity match your outer expressions of art.
This is...what all the writing is about! Letting ourselves shed every story that keeps us hustling and less human and relentlessly coming back to our bodies as our wisest friends. Thank you for showing us the shedding.
Thank you for all you do. Do you.
👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 brava to your authenticity
I appreciate this so much. I actually love podcasting and you were an excellent guest back in the day. My podcast has been on a very long pause while I think more about what brings me more joy and where I feel a deeper invitation. I’m getting there, and I probably will start podcasting again, but my own call is far more around writing and imagination.
I love it when we listen to our hearts!!!
Kaitlin, I FEEL THIS. Please don’t make me ever have to record myself speaking oh god 😅 happy you’re figuring out what works for you ♥️♥️♥️
I am standing in bravo and ovation for your decision, your honesty, and your wisdom. And you insxpire me to be clear and honest about what I can do, what I like/love, and what I do because others are and I think I should be. It is not about stretching and growing, it about the pulls of "the should" and that can be a strong one for me. Us clergy can be deeply covetous!
I know I can be excited and hyperbolic at times, but I say hoenstly that your writing and poetry are among the very favorite and inspirational things that I read these days. I have a stack of all three of your books so i can give them to folks as the spirit comes to me. I am so grateful for finding your writing and presence in these days and times. Thank you Kaitlin!
Here! Here! I’m ALL about giving up things that no longer work for you if at possible. And bravo for sharing this here so those who read it can feel braver in making the same choice for themselves.
To letting ourselves off the hook.
We're on this ride with you wherever it takes us!
I feel this in so many ways. I love podcasting with my podcasting partner, but I've tried to do it alone and conversations with myself are no fun. I convinced myself I would make transformative videos that I could put on to YouTube and they would drive my audience to my blog and then my Substack, and that went nowhere. I tried an experiment with doing the voiceover for each Substack post, which was a good idea in theory, and that just got to be too much work.
I also wrestle with the reality that I am a writer AND a wife AND a mom AND I have this full time job called teacher that I have to do because it's what pays the bills. So I'm trying to be better to listening to what my creative soul is telling me to do, leaning into that, and not overdo it. But that is HARD.
I love honesty and have recognized over time, that writing brings me joy, speaking brings me self-judgment. Like you, a podcaster I will never be. But also ... I love you logo image.
This could not have shown up for me at a better time. I have also found myself being pulled in multiple directions and straying further from the forms of creative expression that feel true to me. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for reminding us to trust what feels right for us.
To being who you always were. Cheers. <3 <3 <3
Yesssss! Thank you for modeling the gift of stopping and resetting and going back to what you *know* is true.