Hi, I’m Kate!

I love problem solving. I love anything Sherlock Holmes, concept maps, and thinking about things via metaphors. One of the most satisfying things for me is finding ways to resee challenges through innovative planning and personalized toolkits. 

I’m a researcher and writer at heart. I have an MFA degree in creative writing, an MA in Rhetoric, and an currently writing my dissertation for my PhD in Rhetoric. As a doctoral student, I am known for my research and scholarship on the lesbian author and musician Lisa Ben. I use queer and feminist historiographical methods and work specifically with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles.

I bring my research and writing skills to The Tending Year with goals to making productivity practice and theory accessible and applicable for everyone.

 

My Story

I thought I was doing a good job balancing work and writing a dissertation and multiple hobbies until I was knocked down in early 2017 by the onset of severe pain that forced me to change the way I worked. No more morning to evening work days, less time sitting at a desk, and a growing sense of overwhelm. 

I exchanged my stiff upper lip and bootstrapping mentality for productivity and self development, but quickly realized that they didn’t naturally translate to my life as a graduate student. Here’s some things I believe about grad school: it is too easy to become a workaholic, fueled by imposter syndrome and competition. Grad school can make us feel like we’re just not good, smart, or fill-in-the-blank enough. Add a level of stress for extra things like working extra jobs, managing chronic pain, having mental illness, and you will find yourself with an overwhelmed individual who believes she will never be ______ enough.

I had to change. And The Tending Year showcases that journey.

 

I write The Tending Year for people who…

  • Need help with time management and focus.
  • Are yearning for mental organization and a jumpstart to complete big projects.
  • Struggle with setting goals and building habits because they feel overwhelmed by tasks that feel beyond their reach. 
  • Wish they could approach work calmly, balance work and life, and follow through on their goals.
  • Are looking for systems that will work for them as individuals.
  • Crave practical guidance to approach work calmly without their sacrificing mental health and sense of self. 
  • Want to see productivity through a holistic lens and as a process that can actually be fun.
  • Want to become more efficient and effective in their chosen interests or profession without feeling like machines and while staying connected to loved ones, self-care, and an identity outside of work.
  • Can’t figure out how to stop procrastinating, set & achieve goals, break down a project to make it manageable, change their habits, stop negative self talk, and get their work done without feeling terrible during the process.

 

Want to know more?

You can read my published writing at my personal website.