Welcome to Kateywrites, my spot to share with you the things that matter to me – like motherhood, changing careers, children’s books and probably some ridiculous rants like how hard it is to be a 6′ tall woman in a 5’8″ world.
I have loved writing stories and poetry from a very young age, and I was an avid reader from the time I could sound out words on road signs. In high school, I was admitted to a magnet school that focused on teaching advanced levels of math and science, and I excelled there. I was driven by that success, by ambition and by well-meaning guidance to pursue a career in science, despite my love of the arts. I never thought of ” the artsy part” of me as something that could be anything more than a fun hobby.
After a 10-year career as a physical therapist – years that were incredibly fulfilling and exciting – I gave birth to my 3rd daughter. I realized that I couldn’t keep working full time at a job that was emotionally and physically taxing while giving my family the kind of love, attention and energy I felt they deserved. AS hard as it was to leave my coworkers and clients (some of whom I’d been treating for 5 years!) I became a “stay at home mom.”
My littlest is now 4, and I have been grateful for (almost) every moment I’ve had at home with my girls. They have been years filled with hilarity and growth and learning for all of us. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to spend this time with them. But the time away from my busy, high pressure job also gave me a space to think about my career choices, and about the part of me I wasn’t giving a chance.
Kateywrites is just one way I am giving myself that chance. The chance to be a “real” writer. The chance to see my book on the shelf. The chance to touch children’s hearts with my words.
I am already so many things (PT, mother, wife, chauffeur, general contractor, tutor, guinea pig groomer and sloppy seamstress among them) that it’s going to take significant changes in my lifestyle to convince myself that this one is for real. This blog is a great way to keep me accountable – to myself and all of you – for writing every day, submitting work, gathering fans, and all those writerly things.
I’d love to have your curiosity, support and input along the way.