Finding your path.

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I have a book I have enjoyed for years, The Complete Writings of Florence Scovel Shinn. She was a metaphysical healer and lover of the Bible. It was the first time I could have some peace with the Bible, that I saw it from a whole different perspective.

She talks about hunches. “Never ignore a hunch!” she is adamant. Those hunches will lead you to what you need and where you need to go. They are the guides and maps to your destiny.

It is downright terrifying to just follow a vague hunch. Nutty really. But we all have had those nights or mornings we wake up and know that we aren’t living our true life. We are not on our path or even remotely doing what we were destined to do. We wake up in a strange life and wonder how the hell we got all the way over here! Just like the song from Talking Heads:

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife (or husband/partner)
And you may ask yourself, “Well… how did I get here?”

Ah, this song makes me giggle a little. It happens to us all.

And maybe you just need to tweak something small like make amends with an old friend or be nicer to a partner. Maybe we need to read a book about ways to parent better or focus on being a bit cleaner and keeping the house tidier.

Then there are the big things. We may need to leave a partner or a job because the partner or job causes us misery. We may need to move out of a house that we detest…or find a way to recreate it with paint and soap into a home we adore?

Whatever it is that we need to mend, clean, heal, move, quit, or restart…the answers are right there in your soul. Not out there on the internet or in a book or talking to 50 different people about the subject. No, the solutions and answers are right there in your heart.

All you need to do is get quiet. You can’t hear Spirits instructions with that busy mind or if you spend your days on Facebook going through the many emotional gyrations that come with that site. Worry blocks guidance. Obsessions, addictions, anger…they all block the messages you could be receiving to help you grow and thrive.

Spend your days practicing quiet. Try your hand at baking by hand (not a bread machine that has become very popular these days). Be quiet and in the moment when you knead the dough. Be in the moment feeling the warm water and seeing the bubbles when you wash the dishes by hand.

My house is very old. Over a hundred years old. I do many things by hand and not always by choice. I wash every dish and fork and pan by hand (not by choice but lack of a dishwasher), I hang laundry by hand on a line outside, I make bread and food by hand and from scratch, and I have a huge garden and orchard. The work keeps me grounded. When I feel upset and the kids are getting on my last nerve, I go out and water and weed by hand or I chase them from the kitchen and watch a movie on Netflix while I cook good food for all of us.

I have jumped into the unknown many times in the last two decades and I am now here. I live in a charming forest town and have children. I am a housewife and author. My dreams are actualized. But I’m not done there. I still have dreams and desires. I love to create and recreate. That is one reason I rearrange my house over and over and purge constantly.

I used to have a lot of bad habits. Now I just drink coffee with zeal. I’ve replaced many bad habits with good ones such as long walks with kids and dogs or without, all depends on the mood. Learning to cook and nest, raise children. Decorating a home from Goodwill and Craigslist. Budgeting with meager funds and making us feel wealthy. For some this is depressing, for me life is delightful and fulfilling. Writing. I love to write. It is my happy place and it makes us some side money.

However, I will be honest. Everytime I decided to change my life I did it drastically and it was hard. There were very lonely times, lots of crying and wailing, being broke and counting out change for a weeks worth of groceries, and feeling lost.

And it was so worth it in the end.


  1. Hi Kate, I love this new, fresh blog. There is a remarkable new difference, a new energy in your writing too. Somehow everything has taken a new birth. Amazing pictures, it is so you. Take care, stay safe.

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  2. Hi Kate, Glad you’re back, awesome blog! You do put life into perspective! The feelings, emotions, thoughts etc. I can relate to in so many ways. That’s why I loved your channel and recently reading your old blog. So congratulations on your new blog, love the name of it too! Cheers to happy thoughts, good vibes, peace, and for being a Visionary of what future can hold. ~ Gigsy

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  3. This blog really spoke to me. You seem to know exactly what to write and say that makes a difference. Well done!


  4. Refreshing, is the word that comes to mind. Your new blog is a refreshing breeze in a world that is not doing so well. Thank you for your new beautiful writings! Peace and blessings!

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  5. Just what I needed to read, as I’m going through my own life transition and am feeling a bit lost. I keep getting internal messages that things need to change a lot in my life, but it’s overwhelming. So, I’m starting small by cleaning my home, clearing clutter and trying to work meditation/prayer in each day. My nervous system is in overdrive from my own personal stuff and the pandemic/world at large right now. So, I’m doing what I can to self soothe by finding some order in my day. Thank you so much for this blog.


  6. You are being very wise in how you are starting the transition. Mine always start with housecleaning…don’t know why. Physical cleansing, purging, ridding of certain energies, setting things right…


  7. Oh my goodness! I am reading some of the replies, the mentions of transitioning, recreating, etc. and that is what I am doing too, and Kate, your words make the process seem easier, smoother and a heck of a lot more fun.

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  8. These are the the gifts you bring that I personally need to hear and hear them over again until they sink into my very thick skull! Soap, paint, purging, all the above you said are needed in my life. I want to find contentment so badly and you are cheering myself and I am sure many others on. So very thankful that you are back ❤️

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  9. I LOVE Frances Scovell Shinn. I just finished the compilation of her four books (which I got at the library) and feel I need to purchase it on my own. She brings out the way we should be thinking/living/dealing with life Biblically. It is a great read. Learning can be a long, drawn out process, but if you pay attention and move forward, it is “so worth it in the end.”

    SO glad you started another blog!!

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  10. …Monday morning and I’m crawling down the stairs to face another week of work-from-home. I’d rather be cleaning my kitchen, or working in the yard. I’m so glad you’re back! Your voice helps me stay focused on our goal of slaying the dragon, my husband’s student loans, so we can gain more freedom. Thank you!


  11. This brought tears to my eyes because I’m going through this now. I feel that you came back into my life when It was needed, for that I Thank You!! I have more stuff than I know what to do with, I’m rearranging everything in our home.

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