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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|