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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|

Be Yourself and Don’t Worry about The Rest of the World

Be yourself and don't worry about the rest of the world. Easy to say. Sounds so simple! And so easy to forget, or be pulled away from. No, I don't mean go out and harm, or do any crazy thing. I mean bring your best benefit to the world. Your talents, your gifts, the things [...]

I Win a Best-of-the-Best Award for My Short Story “Sideways”

On June 24, at the joint BlogPaws and Cat Writers' Association (CWA) conference in Phoenix, AZ, I won the CWA President's Award for my short story “Sideways.” I also got a reminder about my direction. Awards for the short story "Sideways" -- the Muse Medallion is awarded to the best entry in a category (the [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Author|

Norton, VT author Catherine Holm Wins Coveted President’s Award From The Cat Writers’ Association

PRESS RELEASE: Norton, VT author Catherine Holm Wins Coveted President's Award From The Cat Writers' Association Norton, VT author Catherine Holm won the coveted Cat Writers' Association President's Award, on Friday, June 24, at the CWA's annual conference in Phoenix, AZ. Holm won the award for her short story "Sideways," which is the story of [...]

By |June 29th, 2016|Author|

Blowing through Limitations and Going with the Flow

Last weekend I went to Cape Cod. I've only been there twice in my life, about 20 years ago. I really wanted to go back. For some reason (knowingly or unknowingly), I'd incorporated the belief that it would be really difficult to ever get there again. I envisioned throngs of traffic, barely moving. I dreaded [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|Author|

Make the Time to Create

If you're wired to create (no matter what form it takes), you know that you need to find time to create. Writing, painting, weaving, whatever you do. It can be tough, and it requires a TON of discipline. Still, if I can find 30 minutes or so per day for yoga and meditation, I can [...]

By |March 18th, 2016|Catherine Holm Author, creative writing, Writing|

Work in Progress — A Love Letter to Minnesota and Vermont

I'm putting together a new book full of my observations about Place -- both in Vermont and Minnesota. Here is a very short excerpt I read last Sunday at the Derby Line First Universalist Parish:   I go to register my car and get my Vermont driver’s license at the DMV in Newport, Vermont. The [...]