CatherineHolm

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Catherine Holm

About Catherine Holm

I'm an award-winning author who writes about cats, people, and Place. I also teach yoga, and I get outside whenever possible.

In Memory of Chester, sweet orange manager cat

It's hard for me to go public with my grief, but perhaps someone can learn something from this story. Almost two months ago, I very abruptly lost my sweet orange cat Chester. Here is Chester's story. Years ago, I volunteered at the Mesabi Humane Society in Virginia, MN. A friendly and sweet orange cat caught [...]

By |June 26th, 2018|Author|

Musings on a Checkered Employment Past

I think that creative people have always had to be super resourceful when it comes to making a living. Some of us don't fit in well to traditional employment settings, no matter how hard we try. Some (many) cannot make a living from the creative work that we do. I'd love a Patron, so I [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Author, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing|

Do Your Stories Keep You Stuck?

Doors are opening. Doors are closing. Three of my books are going out of print. A long time freelance job is going away. I'm seeing 11:11, 1111, 111, and 11 all over the place, many times daily. Woo hoo! (Or, as my teachers said in life coaching training, "taa daa!" It's a way to fearlessly [...]

You. Are. NOT. Invisible.

There are plenty of ways that it might feel society conspires to make us invisible. As I get older, for example (and I don’t even like to use the word “old”!), I find that it feels like the world might actually be trying to make me invisible. In a society that worships youth, it can [...]

By |December 28th, 2017|life coaching|

Are time-sucks derailing your dreams? Stop that!

There is a lot of distraction in our lives these days, and if we don't pay attention to it, it can end up pulling us in a bunch of different directions, leaving us frustrated. Nothing gets done -- at least nothing of importance. What really matters? How do we know, in the midst of all [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Author|

A Good Producer

I was walking in our woods yesterday. After a long dry spell and what looked like muted foliage colors, the colors have finally "popped." It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day in the North Country of New England. Back fresh from a yoga teacher training/retreat, I was making a practice of walking slowly, breathing, doing [...]

By |October 9th, 2017|Author|

Creating a [false] culture of urgency

People are often in a hurry, but I suggest that people don't always need to be in such a hurry. Real life example from one of my jobs: Co-worker and I need information, in the moment, to continue to do our job. Boss is offsite. We approach boss assistant with our request for information. Boss [...]

By |September 26th, 2017|Author|

What Have I Learned?

What have I learned? I have always worked hard, but work took on a different meaning recently. After 22 years of freelancing alone at home, I went back to work at a "9-5" job. Surprisingly, this may work well for me and creativity. I learned that it's much easier to leave your work at work [...]

By |May 29th, 2017|Author|

Never Say Never — a lesson in compassion

I'm so tired I can hardly put two sentences together. So this post will be short. I've been working full time (actually more than full time lately). I'm tired, I can't fit in everything I want to do in life, and writing creatively has suffered. I am counting on this blog for the moment, and [...]

By |March 8th, 2017|Author|

I don’t want to multitask. I want to get great things done.

I’ve interviewed for a few jobs lately. Is it a sign of our times that every interviewer asks if I am comfortable with multitasking? I bristle inside. It might show. I give the “right” answer. “Yes, I can multitask.” It’s not a lie. I can. Many of us can, or feel that we have to [...]

By |December 5th, 2016|life coaching, yoga|