Writer’s Workshop: 13 Reasons Why I’d Rather Be Belle

13 Reasons Why I'd Rather Be Belle

5. If you had to choose a Disney princess to live the rest of your life as…which princess would you choose and why?

If I had to live the rest of my life as a Disney princess, hands down I’d rather be Belle. She’s beautiful, she’s quirky, she’s kind, and that’s not all! Here are 13 reasons why I’d rather be Belle than any other princess!

1. That Library!
belles library

2. Nobody complains about what’s for dinner.
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3. Killing it in every outfit.
Belle's 4 Dresses

4. A dog that doubles as a footstool. I need one.
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5. Rides a friendly Belgian draft horse. Take me away Philippe!
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6. That Castle!
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7. Celine sings her theme song!
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8. She’s ambitious!
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9. Champagne like whoa.
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10. Dessert hops to her on platters!
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11. She loves The Bachelor as much as I do…it’s all about that final rose!
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12. You could throw some serious parties in that ballroom.
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13. She can hold her own in a rap battle against Cindy.


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Which Disney princess would you choose!?!

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1. A 10th grade memory.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: vacation
3. Book review!
4. Create a Father’s Day gift guide.
5. If you had to choose a Disney princess to live the rest of your life as…which princess would you choose and why?

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Writer’s Workshop: Where The Future Is

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3. You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?

Eighteen years ago I told my high school History teacher, Mr. Taylor, that I wanted to become a teacher. I expected to see pride sweep across his face. I wanted him to understand that he had inspired this calling in my life. He made learning something to look forward to and I wanted to do the same for future teens.

But instead of congratulating me on my wise decision, he seemed…worried?

“Teaching is a pretty good job,” he said, “but have you considered something in the field of technology at all? I really feel like if I could do things over I might choose to go in that direction. Just look at the progress we’ve made so far. That’s where the demand is going to be. That’s where the future is. You could probably make really good money if you start learning everything you can about technology and computers right now.”

Technology?

Why would I ever be interested in learning about computers? Or Internet? Or websites? Who really cares about that stuff?

So I became a teacher.

It took me four years to learn everything I needed to know to inspire the youth of America. I earned my degree, secured my position and was ready to change lives! It took less than one year for me to slowly…back away…from the teenagers.

What was this, a school for ants?? How the heck was I supposed to inspire kids who didn’t even come to school? I wasn’t inspiring. I was jaded. I was annoyed. The kids who COULD be inspired by me were already college bound. They wanted to be inspired. They were on a successful path.

But when you’re not open to being inspired and you don’t want to learn and you don’t do your work and you don’t come to class…those were the kids I wanted to reach. They didn’t care.

How do you force someone to care? How do you force someone to show up?

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So I started to think about how statistically a (too) large percentage of my freshmen would not graduate from school. They would argue that they didn’t need to know what I was teaching to get a job. Vocabulary and The House On Mango Street and essay writing was not necessary in the real world.

I would go through the lip service of attempting to convince them that these skills would serve them, but actually the opposite was happening. They were convincing me that maybe they were right. Maybe school wasn’t for ALL walks of life. Maybe they could be perfectly happy working a blue collar job that never once references To Kill A Mockingbird.

And was there anything so wrong with that? We can’t all be college graduates…and even those kids often end up struggling to secure a job that will support their family and pay off student loans. We need all the workers…the lawyers, the pizza deliverers, the garbage collectors, the doctors…everyone has a valued place.

Looking back, I wish I had not allowed myself to become so discouraged by those few struggling kids or with the content I had to cover. A good teacher probably would have taken the required work and weaved in topics relevant to their lives, our community, the WORLD. Who knows if that would have been enough to save the strugglers, but at least it would have given me a little faith in my own purpose.

I work with three year olds now because baking cakes together is so much more fun than college prep and I get to eat their leftovers.

If I could go back and choose a new career path for myself, maybe I would take a stab at Mr. Taylor’s convoluted idea of “technology”. Maybe he was on to something.

Smells like dirt? They were such good little helpers. #tbt

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1. Write a blog post inspired by the word: guilty
2. Write a poem for your mother.
3. You HAVE to go back in time and choose a different career path for yourself. What do you choose?
4. I know my kids really love me because…
5. Describe a home cooked meal that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

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Writer’s Workshop: Books of 2015 (Part 1)

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3. Book review!

I promised myself I’d get back into reading this year and so far I’m really doing it guys! I’VE READ SEVEN BOOKS! I almost caught up to my 2014 high of 11, but I’m nowhere near my 2003 record breaking 40-something. And so begins my favorite books of 2015, part 1. And by “favorite” I just mean “I read them.”

My go-to books to read when I’m not sure what to read are Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction. I’m convinced I was English aristocracy in a former life because I cannot get enough. Everything I have learned about the Tudor Dynasty I have learned from half made up fiction.

1. The White Princess

the white princess

Currently I’m reading The White Princess, but my favorite so far has been The Other Boleyn Girl. The White Princess is from Henry VII’s era and the entire book has been spent with Henry worried about an invasion from his wife Elizabeth’s brother Richard who everyone thought was dead. Every time Henry mentions “the boy” (who was supposed to be dead), his wife (the white princess even though she’s a queen now) is all, “what boy is this you speak of? An imposter!? Back from the grave? Or could it BE!?!” And then Henry’s all, “WHAT DO YOU KNOW!?!” and she’s all, “I know nothing!” and Henry’s all, “I can’t trust you when that boy threatens my kingdom!” and then she’s all, “What boy is this you speak of? An imposter!? Back from the grave? Or could it BE!?!”

Rinse. Lather. Repeat. Throughout the entire book. I’m thinking Philippa got a little tired of the Tudors by the time she got to poor, paranoid Henry and his white princess.

2. Orphan Train

Orphan Train

“So I am learning to pretend, to smile and nod, to display empathy I do not feel. I am learning to pass, to look like everyone else, even though I feel broken inside.”

Orphan Train was interesting because I had no idea orphan trains even existed in this country. But the story is told from two perspectives and while I normally like books like that, I found myself liking one character a whole lot more than the other.

3. And The Mountains Echoed

And The Mountains Echoed

“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”

I love Khaled Hoseini. Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns…and now this one? He’s amazing. And I love his books in exactly that order. And The Mountains Echoed is about a boy who is separated from his sister and their journey back to each other weaved into a handful of other tragic character’s stories.

4. Outlander

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We’ve gone over Outlander here right? I thought I had mentioned it? It’s the story of a married woman who falls back in time through an ancient rock and ends up falling in love with another man. Once my brain adjusted to the idea of falling back in time, I actually really loved this story. I had to know if she would actually choose her new love over her present day life/husband, but there is a scene at the end of the book that is so beyond disturbing. I had to wash my brain out with soap and now I’m afraid to read the remaining seven sequels. Maybe I’ll just stick with the TV series.

5. All The Light We Cannot See

All The Light We Cannot See

“When I lost my sight, Werner, people said I was brave. When my father left, people said I was brave. But it is not bravery; I have no choice. I wake up and live my life. Don’t you do the same?”

Yes, yes and YES. This is my favorite book of the year so far, and to think I almost passed it by. Blind girl + loving dad + orphan boy + ambition + war + tragedy = worlds collide.

I should definitely be an official “blurb writer”. It’s so good. I even bought a copy for my mother.

I know my book selection is all over the place because it’s been so long since I’ve been on a reading kick. What have I missed in the last ten years? Besides Hunger Games…I did manage to read those!

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1. An 8th grade memory.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: journey.
3. Book review!
4. Share a quote you love.
5. Spring Cleaning! Share a before and after photo of a room you recently tackled.

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don’t seek out any other acceptance

kelly clarkson

Kelly Clarkson recently responded to a negative slam about her weight by saying, ““She’s tweeted something nasty about me? That’s because she doesn’t know me, I’m awesome! It doesn’t bother me. It’s a free world. Say what you will. I’ve just never cared what people think,” she continued. “It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good, that’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance.”

Amen!

From the gal who flips you off on the freeway for merging too slowly, to the random Internet commenter calling you the devil’s spawn (okay that one’s personal), if they’re not in the inner circle…they don’t get a vote.

Let’s not forget that.

#ByeFelicia

Sing us out girl…

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My Quote Went Viral

This is why we don’t trust the Internet kids.

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For the record it was me.

I was the one who said it.

Someone asked me why I haven’t written a book and I was all, “if there is a book you want to read that hasn’t been written yet, write it.” and then I said, “All the books I want to read actually have been written, so I don’t bother.”

For some reason that first part of my quote went viral…Shel, Toni and Bev all tried to claim it as their own.

But the second part quote gets overlooked every time.

Breast Cancer Awareness #HanesForGood

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I’ve never had a mammogram and to be honest, I get a little nervous about those kinds of appointments. Is it too much to ask that I just keep myself as covered up as possible 24 hours a day? I don’t like to take my coat off much less completely disrobe for any reason, but specifically in an office of any kind for strangers.

But breast cancer is something I take seriously. My best friend’s mother battled for her own life when we were in high school and WON and my own Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in college. Thankfully, because she found her lump early enough, she was able to have it treated with a lumpectomy and six weeks of radiation.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month Hanes has teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Awareness foundation and I have agreed to partner up and schedule my first Mammogram. Because early detection is so crucial in the fight against cancer, we need to be proactive when it comes to preventative care, self testing, and actually getting ourselves in for those important appointments.

This type of preventative care is even more important to me now after seeing my best friend selflessly undergo a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy less than two weeks ago (she’s doing great!). It really puts into perspective how ridiculous my discomfort disrobing for an exam is. We are surrounded by beautiful, courageous, and brave women.

Buck up Mama Kat…time to be proactive! I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with you soon!

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Writer’s Workshop: Totes Riveting

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Today is special. I’m going to tackle all of the prompts:

1.) October is National Book Month, tell us about the best book you’ve read so far this year.

Maile read Ida B. and told me the book reminded her of herself, so naturally I had to read it too. I was relieved to find that Ida B. was not a serial killer, but rather is this sweet girl with some big thoughts and a really beautiful way of communicating what is happening in her brain. It reminded me of Maile too. Especially because Maile has always struggled with a bit of anxiety about going to school and Ida B. touches on that. She talks about how her teacher insisted on only calling her Ida (not Ida B.) and at the end of the day she would walk to meet her mom instead of running with excitement,

“But I’d been Ida all day long. Ms. Myer’s Ida, who sat still, stayed in line, kept her hands to herself, and didn’t have a single, tiny drop of fun. I felt stiff and tired and cramped into a too-small body with a too small name. So I just walked with slow, small steps to Mama.”

It also reminded me of myself at Maile’s age,

“Then, when no one was paying any mind, I’d go into my room, close the door, sit on the floor behind my bed, and cry and cry – for Mama and Daddy and me, and for all the love that seemed wasted because it couldn’t fix Mama.”

I adore young adult literature because it takes complex feelings and simplifies it so perfectly for just about anyone to relate to.

But if you’re looking for the book that had me literally sobbing on an airplane…I mean I had to have made a spectacle of myself but I could NOT put it down…that honor goes to The Storyteller. This book is unbelievably well told and absolutely destroyed me in Hawaii this summer.

the storyteller

“If you had to pack your whole life into a suitcase–not just the practical things, like clothing, but the memories of the people you had lost and the girl you had once been–what would you take? The last photograph you had of your mother? A birthday gift from your best friend–a bookmark embroidered by her? A ticket stub from the traveling circus that had come through town two years ago, where you and your father held your breath as jeweled ladies flew through the air, and a brave man stuck his head in the mouth of a lion? Would you take them to make wherever you were going feel like home, or because you needed to remember where you had come from?”
Jodi Picoult, The Storyteller

2.) Share a recent text exchange that made you laugh.

I sort of insist on being the driver every time.

funny text exchange
3.) A blog post inspired by the color orange.

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4.) A time you were teased.

One time I told a teacher that I aspired to write a book and he and was all, “what will it be about?” and I was all, “I don’t know, maybe a memoir…” and he started laughing and was all, “sounds riveting.”

I should send him a link to my blog with a message that says, “check out my Halloween Wreath. TOTES RIVETING!”

Yeah. That’ll teach him.

5.) Create a fall inspired bucket list.

First, I’d like it to start acting like fall any day now because I wore a tank top today and I’m not happy about it. What’s the point of living in Seattle if I can’t complain about the rain everyday? My bucket list is just rain and coffee. All season. I don’t ask for much. As pretty as the sunshine is.

Sunny

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1.) October is National Book Month, tell us about the best book you’ve read so far this year.
2.) Share a recent text exchange that made you laugh.
3.) A blog post inspired by the color orange.
4.) A time you were teased.
5.) Create a fall inspired bucket list.

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