About

Well, hello!

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I’m Kate. Thanks for stopping by!

I started this little blog when I was in college, after starting my first creative writing class. The more I learned how to write, the more I wanted to write, and the more I wrote, the more words I had. This blog started out as a way to organize my desk, and turned into a space to hold the words that streamed out of me. My hope was never to sound perfect, never to impress. I simply wanted a space to be, share, and tell my stories.

Since words inspire more words, the backbone of this blog and it’s title comes from a piece by Don Miller when he said,

Life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived.

It sounds simple, but it has stayed with me all these years.

I graduated with an English degree in 2014, and without too much thought on the matter, I headed off to South Korea to teach English for a year. During that time, my blog served more purposes than just  writing practice. I shared about my travels and the cultural experiences and the funny quirks that come with living in another country, but I mainly just shared stories. That year was filled to the brim with specific, heart-shaping, soul-strengthening lessons that I will hold with me forever, and anytime I knew I was in the middle of a story, I wrote about it. This space helped me hold onto the stories that mattered most, and I invited my friends and family from afar to stay connected to them. My motto, to live life off the pages, became even more real to me, and as I ventured out to the other side of the world, and now as I venture out into more unknown chapters of life, I remember what Don Miller also said,

“We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?” 

Sometimes it seems that my venturing out days are over, because I’m home now, and home has become a strange term after that year living across the sea. My husband and I live in Virginia now. He works at Starbucks, I tutor and write. We have a pretty simple life, but are trying and always learning how to steward it well, whether that means we stand on the top of mountains overlooking the sea, or we simply wake up and work and serve and love and start all over the next day. I hope to always write, and I hope by sharing my stories here, that I may always be inviting you into the deeper places, off the pages, where the good stuff happens and life is well lived.

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Bring your coffee. There’s lots of it here…

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Interested in hearing more about what I do when I’m not writing? Find out here, and make sure you mention Kate Orton in your referral! —>> Student + Tutor