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 [...]

RIP — Good Person

Yesterday I lost a person who had been special in my life. I rarely got to see her, but she made a huge impact in the small moments we spent together. One time, in a spontaneous and unexpected fashion, we stayed up until three in the morning, getting to know each other after many years [...]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Author, creative writing, Life, Writing|

Mindful Cat Monday — Gratitude; Rama; Life Stuff

I am feeling immensely grateful today. Not sure why, but I'll take it. It probably helps that the weather has been amazing. I love love love fall. Even though it's very warm, and I would actually call this pre-fall, I love this time of year. All things are coming up that I love: garden harvest, [...]

By |September 7th, 2015|blogging, cat care, Catherine Holm Author, Life, Writing|

Mindful Cat Monday — Honoring the Slow Processor within Ourselves

Some of us are slow processors. I am one of these people. I did an intense life coaching session the other day with a coach I completely respect. At one point during the coaching call, he asked me to imagine standing on a cliff and picture a meandering river below. I was to look at [...]

By |August 17th, 2015|Author, blogging, creative writing coaching, Life, life coaching|

Mindful Cat Monday — What is Magic?

What is Magic? I use the term loosely, to define anything that seems to delightfully and naturally fall into place, or that simply brings me joy. Is it...   ...The indescribable quality of the blue sky light that is beginning to subtly change, and apparent when there are clouds in the blue sky? I've seen [...]

Wicked Good Wednesday: Norton’s Name

Norton: Mama, why am I called "Norton"? Cat: Well, we named you after a very special place! We were so excited about you, and so excited about this place, that it just seemed a natural fit! You're such a cutie, and we were so excited about YOU! Norton: doesn't sound cute! Everyone around here [...]

Mindful Cat Monday: Talking Too Much, Being Quiet, and Retreat

When I went through yoga teacher training, I had FIERCE yoga teachers who weren’t afraid to help us (force us) to really look at ourselves. At one point, our small group got called on the carpet. Some of us were talking too much, our teachers said. Some of us weren’t talking enough. Some of us [...]

Mindful Cat Monday: Let Your Cats Teach You To Stay in the Moment

There's nothing here that hasn't been said or thought of before, but I recently had a reminder of how precious, and short, life can be. A friend and fellow cat blogger lost her young and seemingly healthy cat quite suddenly. I've been through this myself and it's mind blowing. The grief and chaos I went [...]

By |July 13th, 2015|blogging, cat care, Catherine Holm Author, Life, Life with cats|

Mindful Cat Monday: Time to Relax

This past holiday weekend, I let myself really relax. I let myself wander and do whatever I wanted, with no planning. It seemed to be just what I needed. I've gotten into a habit of taking a slow meditative walk at dusk and emptying my mind (nature is very helpful in that respect). Here are [...]

Wise words for creative people — learn to say “No!”

Creative people with projects underway need to be firm, and constantly discerning, about saying no. I have learned this the hard way over the years, and I keep re-learning. Seems I also have a little helper gene that tends to want to help with this and with that. But...I can't do it all. If I [...]

By |March 11th, 2015|Author, Catherine Holm Author, creative writing, Life, Writing|