Katie Motivates

a wild tribe of learning and creativity

Etsy, Rebelle, and More Classes, oh my!


I finally got around to opening up my Etsy store between the new moon and full moon this month! I’m not precisely sure why I was procrastinating (proCRAFTinating?) this so long.

Part of the issue, I think, is always the nagging, pesky fear that people won’t like me/it/this/that. It’s scary to put yourself out there. For me, it always comes back to the realization that I will craft because I enjoy the process. I will write because the words have to come out. I do these things for myself, and if someone else happens to dig them also, then yay!

Also between the new moon and full moon, I finished an article that got published on Rebelle Society. You can check it out right here if you haven’t already seen it. Their site is full of such creative, cool contributions.

Our intro to woo woo course went very well, and the attendees were interested in angel and fairy tarot class. Stay tuned; we will do that class in October! You can participate from the comfort of your own home.

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Camp Woo Woo Has Been Awesome!

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Our first online class together has been fantastic!
We’ve talked about crystals, the moon cycles, divination, cleansing space, and tonight we wrap it all up with a talk about creating your own sacred space.
I’ve really enjoyed sharing information and bringing new folks into the world of woo!

The Gift of Forgiveness

Tiny candle at night

Tiny candle at night

I shared this on my personal blog, but I thought it should also go here.

There’s someone I see fairly regularly that I have been pissed off at for, I dunno, five years or more. Honestly, this person really f#cked up and made a terrible choice once upon a time. I’ve been mad ever since at a person I’ve known since childhood.

Tonight, the clock struck midnight, and it was my birthday. I decided I didn’t want to carry this anger around another year. People screw up. I know I’ve epically screwed up and sometimes wish I’d made different choices along the way. I’ve wanted merciful forgiveness that has yet to come and may never come for me…but I can give that forgiveness to someone else.

I took a deep breath, let it out, and approached him. I shook his hand and held it, gave it a little squeeze. I dropped the weight of that anger, the heavy pull of disappointment and hurt, right there.

The choices made so long ago were not awesome, but the fact is that they can’t be unmade. I have a choice now to be angry or to let go, and with this birthday, I give him and myself the light and gentle gift of forgiveness.

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Snapped Me Back Like a Rubber Band

image by Danny Nicholson http://bit.ly/2ay1k6B

image by Danny Nicholson http://bit.ly/2ay1k6B

It was the most recent full moon.  I was meditating in the temple with the others, following a guided meditation to open our hearts.  I was out there somewhere, deep in the meditation, neither here nor there, following a silver thread out into the ether in search of peace and stability…when I was slammed back into my body.  Ever stretched out a rubber band and had it snap back into you.  It stings and startles.  That’s sort of what this was like.  I snapped back into myself so abruptly that my legs were trembling.  What the hell?

I’m not sure what happened that evening.  I know when we were grounding ourselves before the meditation that I noticed that I didn’t feel the usual safety, the usual firmness to centering my energy.  Things felt all wobbly instead of strengthening and comforting.  The meditation seemed like any other until I felt slammed back into my body abruptly.  I jerked a little on my chair, too, as I skidded back to reality way too quickly.  When the meditation ended and everyone was sharing their experiences, I bolted out of there as fast as I could leave.  My heart was racing.  I was the only one that had gone snapping and careening around apparently.  Yikes.  If you’ve had a similar experience, I’d love to hear about it!


Welcome…and Let’s Have a Class, Wild Things!

Greetings to my wild tribe!

A big welcome to those that just joined in today and yesterday through my Rebelle Society post! If you want to catch up on past emails so you’re absolutely in the know on my backstory, here’s the first one, here’s the second one, and here’s my most recent email  linking you to a YouTube video.

It’s time to register for our first online course together; I’m so giddy to offer this at last.  Our first class is going to be about all things woo woo and weird.  If you’re interested in topics like tarot, crystals, and cleansing a space of negative energy, c’mon in!

If Camp Woo Woo isn’t for you, that’s okay! We’ll have a creativity course coming up soon as well as a course for those folks interested in creating a web presence for their business.

If online courses aren’t your jam, that’s cool, too.  I’ll keep you in the know about places you can read my posts and other projects I have in the works.

I’m grateful you’re here!  Thanks to all the likes and shares, and thanks to all the kind folks that ordered a book on Amazon.  You rock!

Cheers to you, wild ones!

From my email list…

When we last emailed, I left you hanging with “I worked…and I worked…and then…”

If you joined my email list after that first email message went out, you can catch up on the story right here.  If you saw my article on Rebelle Society, welcome to my tribe of awesomeness!

In hindsight, it’s funny sometimes to see what really made us change our lives.  I worked with some brilliant people, but there wasn’t any room to be creative, funky, sassy, or even a little woowoo weird there.  They didn’t treat me like the rock star I knew I was despite my working 6 and sometimes even 7 day weeks at crazy hours…when there were great new offices available, there was always some flaky reason why they didn’t give me the great office.  For 15 years, I was moved around from windowless space to windowless space.(Please note, I was grateful for the work and grateful for the pay, but man oh man, I longed and yearned for some creature comforts)

At one point, I worked in a closet.  If I scooted my chair backward too quickly, I’d hit my head on the wall behind me.  But that was an office, and I was supposed to be grateful…right??

The last straw for me came when it was time to hire someone brand new into the company, and as part of that deal, it was time for me to move to another office yet again.  I asked for a real office with a window; we had one office with a window sitting vacant.  I was told no, that lovely bright office was for someone that we not only hadn’t hired, but that we hadn’t even met yet.  There was no one in mind for the space at all, but I couldn’t have it.  Ummmm…

That was it, friends.  The thing that pushed me right over the edge and out the door was being second fiddle to a person that didn’t even exist yet!

It took a little while to make a change and find a new job that was a great fit. I’m not a digital nomad working poolside from some tropical resort. I am gainfully employed full time by a great company, and my office is my house.  Not only do I have a window, I can even open that window when I want! Whoot whoot!!

As I changed my work, I also became more “me.”  I’m not bashful about sharing my writing or my jewelry or my tarot reading now that I’m not immersed in a super conservative environment…and speaking of sharing…

I have some new things to share with you VERY SOON!  (Hint: maybe a book? maybe a class? maybe both?!)  Super soon.  Are you curious? Are you excited? I know I am!

Cheers and hugs,

Cool Stuff!

I should have a neat new update or two to share with you, yes you, very very very VERY soon.

Just a couple more days, I think.  I hope! Stay tuned!

In Case You Missed This Email Or Aren’t On the Email List:

Who won? And why did I make all those weaving loom potholders?!

Today, I’m sharing a winner’s name, and I wanted to do a little introduction…and I refuse to apologize for all those weaving loom potholders I used to make!

As a thank you for all the likes and shares for my sassy article on Rebelle Society and as gratitude for getting a promotion at work, I am giving away a free one question angel tarot or fairy tarot reading to someone on my email list.  Of course, I decided that one reading wasn’t enough, and I’m going to give away 2!  I used my teenage random number generator…and the winners, Jeanette with a Gmail address and Lisa with a Gmail address, are receiving a separate email from me to claim their reading.

If you’re interested in a tarot reading, I have an insanely inexpensive offer on Fiverr right now as research for an upcoming class.  I’d love to work with you!

With my online classes starting soon, I wanted to tell you a little of my backstory if we haven’t worked together before.  Come closer, lovies! Let me tell you a story!

Growing up, I enjoyed writing and reading.  I was curious about the paranormal, tarot cards, and any kind of ghost story.  I loved crafts and I make zero apologies for all those weaving loom potholders I made everyone endlessly.  I wanted to be an author who vacationed at artsy craft schools each summer, feeding my creative monster on my time off.

And then I grew up.

I went to work in IT doing all things logical and technical.  I wasn’t an author scrawling words late at night in a coffee shop.  I wasn’t a crafter turning my ideas into art.  I didn’t tell people about my interest in all things woo-woo and weird.  I worked. And I worked.  And I worked.

Well, I’ll tell you what happens next soon!

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