Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Let's Talk About Feelings.

Spoiler alert: It's about to get preeeetty sappy.

Almost one year ago, I started this awkward, great little adventure of blogging. It's been a wonderful challenge, and it's become one of the things I am most proud of. So thank you all for reading and being so kind and encouraging me along this little journey. Y'all are the best. *happy sob*

I have always loved journals. Pretty journals bound with leather and stamped with intricate designs, filled with unlined, rough paper. But I never wrote in them. I wanted to wait until I had thoughts that were worthy of them. And when I did finally write in them it sounded nothing like me. It probably read a lot like the preamble of the Constitution. So I have a ton of journals that have about four pages written in them and they reveal very little of what I was like at that time, except that I read a lot of Jane Austen and was generally a little moody.

This blog was a step in believing that my writing was good enough for something, good enough for sharing. I've filled three really pretty leather journals over the course of these last two years, and while sometimes I'm just documenting half-developed thoughts, I like my own writing, and I'll be able to look back and remember who I was. Art and Soul has been that too, like a journal that I get to share with some of my favorite people.

So, the next step now in loving my writing is giving it a prettier place to live. The vintage washing machines, man. What was I thinking? I'm so sorry to all of you for that. So, if you'll just follow me over here, I think you'll like it a little better.

Thanks again for reading and supporting me in this. If you like writing or making music or taking pictures, please do us all a favor and find a way to share them.

xo,
Cate

(also if the cute little hidden link didn't work... Ta daa! http://life-in-the-aviary.com/new-cover-page/)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Yoohooooo!!! Over Heeeeere

Happy Friday!!!  Pat yourself on the back, you made it through a long week.

I apologize for not posting for so long, I've been working on a surprise for y'all but I can't wait any more so I'm just going to tell you now. Ready?

Art & Soul is moving and getting a face lift and a name change!!!

"Whoa, What? That's completely confusing," you say, as you think of how Hollywood that all sounds.

"Mmhmm. Yep," I say.  The washing machines are horrible and are making our eyes twitch and there are also approximately 569, 230,136 other websites entitled "Art and Soul" *cries at lack of originality* so you can't find this one on Google. All of it is just terribly sad for everyone.

So, I have been posting and working, but it hasn't been here. It's been elsewhere. In secret. And I'm hoping to share the link with you next week!

In the meantime, I'm over here on my good friend and mentor Amy's blog, "The Fishbowl Effect," talking about Overcoming Fear. Amy is a dear friend and a gifted writer, and she also is incredibly wise. You know, actually just go to her site even if you don't read my guest post. You'll love it.

Thank you guys for your patience and for being so gracious as art and soul changes.

xo,
Cate

(also, here's the link again in case my little linky hover button didn't work:
http://fishbowleffect.blogspot.com/