First. Thank you so much for being here.
I think of myself as just a girl. I am 30 years old and yet, due to shock therapy and an eight year misdiagnosis that had me in and out of psychiatric wards, I am still learning and exploring the many truths that make me, me. Those truths evolve every day.
At the moment, I think of myself as a dog mom who lives with her fiance, Dave, and is determined to change the public's perception of mental health and vulnerability.
I am a writer, speaker, storyteller, photographer and change maker.
I am also a total goofball who loves her dog, interior design, eggs in every form, the color electric salmon, all things Vermont and outdoor adventures.
And, most notably, I am an anomaly who has the great privilege to still be alive.
Unlike many of my peers in mental health recovery who died by way of suicide due to mental illness or live out their days behind a locked door, I survived and live a life of total freedom.
I have been given a second chance at life.
I am here to love and live the hell out of this second chance.
I am also here to make a difference with it.
It is time to end the stigma surrounding mental health and transparent vulnerability. I am here to do exactly that.
This is me taking that first step and showing up - exactly as I am, enough in every way, in both my darkness and my light.
How did I become Positively Kate?
As stated, due to shock therapy and an interrupted memory, I am still learning all about that. (Thus, this epic blog of self expression and explorations as I process it all.)
However, if you care to learn more about my story and if you learn best by watching video, feel free to watch me attempt to explain my story in this video.
If video is not your jam and you learn better by reading then I encourage you to actually check out what this blessed journalist wrote in the Daily Mail. She tells my life story far better than I still can. Feel free to check it out here.
And someday, yes someday, I hope to tell my story in my own words. In the interim though, I'll be here growing into me and I'm psyched to have you along for the ride.
Sending smooches and snugs,
Kate & Waffy
I feel that to have a blog is already enough of a self involved media stunt but my friend in PR says this is a must. Thus, I present you the articles I have been truly honored to have been featured in...
Please note: I share everything.
I would not be me without these souls.
Meet my Pack.