voice between my ribs



I had an idea one afternoon on a long drive.

the idea came from listening to music and thinking about how deep it reached into my heart to heal the places where it had fallen. music reaches because lyrics reach because words reach; deep. words can be confessions--

boasting of weakness.
honesty.
truth.

When we boast in our weaknesses we create space for his strength to fill, and tell the person next to us that they're not the only one feeling their way through the dark. The isolation is annihilated. we are no longer alone.

my prayer and hope was to be a darkness/isolation annihilator, so i zipped up my hazmat. i was convicted by the voice between my ribs. i felt like there was a need for a community where we can celebrate our strength in him-- a place to declare that we are louder than the voices inside of our heads.

i needed that community.

that idea grew (a lot) and i collaborated (a lot) with my sister (the co-founder) and some amazing artists and word-benders to create a project called BURNING YOUTH. we just launched, and i would be honored if you guys checked it out. like, beyond honored.




how are you this week? what kind of cereal have you been eating lately??




x O
kATE
photos; whiteface mountain, ny



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  1. First off, I love your photo on the side! It makes me quite happy. ♥

    So freaking proud of you. Burning Youth is amazing, and you are even more amazing.

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    1. ahhhhhhhhh THANK YOU <3 SO SO MUCH LOVE FOR YOU GRACE ANNE

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  2. i have been living off of cap'n crunch and cold coffee this week. this project is going to be a movement. i'm excited to walk it hand in hand with you. <3 -jr xx

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    1. that's the diet of an artist right there yo. I have the cold coffee rn, I just really need some cap'n crunch.

      AND DUDE YES, AND I COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED FOR THAT VERY SAME THING, MAN. <3

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  3. The first picture in this post is so so awesome <3 I love it.

    And I am so happy for you and this amazing community. Burning Youth is so powerful, and I have a feeling that it's going to become something beyond our wildest dreams.

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    1. thank you so much, Autumn!! I am so excited to see where it goes, and I love how it's something for everyone to become involved in. I love the community its creating. <3

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  4. I LOVE THE NEW BLOG!! You guys are genius and amazing and the world is a better place because of you. ♥

    ~Megan<333
    (megans-journals.blogspot.com)

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  5. I am excited to see new posts on Burning Youth! Y'all are so awesome! :)

    With love and all joy,
    Allie D.
    www.alliesblogdesigns.blogspot.com
    www.friendlovesatalltimes.blogspot.com
    www.sincerelyallied.blogspot.com
    www.spreadingmyjoy.blogspot.com

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    1. Allie, thank you so much!!! Thanks for leaving me some links, I can't wait to go check out the blogs! Wooo!

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  6. Excited to check it out. You guys are awesome.

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  7. YOUR NEW BIO PICTURE

    SLAIN

    ugh I love this and you so much

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  8. those pictures - WOW. you described music so well, I love how it can be like that. and -- "when we boast in our weaknesses we create space for his strength to fill" -- that is AMAZING! darkness/isolation annihilator - just yes.
    I am so excited for Burning Youth, it looks wonderful and the 'mission' of it, if you will, is incredible, and close to my heart. the design of the site just has a look of being peaceful and powerful at the same time, and don't get me started on the posts and pictures that are up so far! :D

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    1. ahhhhh i am so excited to see where it goes too. excited to see how it STRENGTHENS and gives hope. wooooo. <3 i know that it has for me. thank you so much, Andrea! AND I AM BLOWN AWAY BY YOUR BLOG LIKE BOFGIEWD WAAAAT. SO excited to see where you go from here! Welcome to le blogging community! we have been waiting for you!! <3

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    2. Thank you!! <3 I've been waiting in return, and am so glad to join. :)

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  9. It's nice to hear the story behind Burning Youth. And, once again, your photos and ability with words is amazing and inspiring. xx

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    1. thank you so much for your inspiring words, Jessica :'') and for checking out BY! we are so excited to see where God takes this

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  10. Dude, you have no idea how excited I am for BURNING YOUTH! Super pumped to see what God has for this. Your words are so flavorful, rich, and powerful. I love also that you emphasize our own personal weaknesses -- been feeling that a lot lately in my own life, but it ain't a half-bad place to be. Let's do this. :)

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    1. DUDE AND I AM SO FREAKING STOKED THAT YOU ARE PART OF IT. YOUR BLOG AND WRITING IS PURE FIRE LIKE YOU.

      and dang thank you so much <3

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  11. Oh just found your blog. Thank Abbiee! But This is neat. HELLO!

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    1. I WILL THANK HER AND THANK YOU <3 HIIII SO AWESOME TO MEET YOU

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  12. I am dying. This is too beautiful. You are explosive.

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  13. CEREAL!!! When I was little I use to stay up late with my Dad & we would eat cereal together <3 <3.
    -Mic from Mic's Room (http://lovelypinkduckshome.blogspot.com/)

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    1. it's the bomb <3 what sweet memories man

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  14. I'm totally stalking your posts right now



    https://lightuptheshiningnightstars.wordpress.com

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