there's a reason


remember.

when the days get long, and ragged, and it feels like you've done it all before, remember. remember that you are not the first to ascend. that there are many who have gone before you. you are not alone on this pioneer trail. you are climbing alongside not the few but the many dreamers, reaching for the sun.

there will be days when nothing seems to make sense. when everything seems stale and mundane - pointless even. but on these days remember: it is not for nothing. your dream, your goal, whatever it is you want to do - that thing you feel burning inside of you...it is there for a reason. a big, important, relevant, beautiful reason.

on the days when it gets tough, remember the reason.

if you're unfamiliar with what your reason is, or maybe you've just never really slowed down enough to think about it, turn your attention to the things that seem to light a fire inside of you...the things you would like to change about the world; there's plenty worth standing up for - worth fighting for.

peace. love. freedom. grace. the ability to reach one's full potential - and to inadvertently help change the world by doing so.

there's a reason. 

inspire one person - just one.

there's a reason.

every single one of us has a reason, and, i believe, a gift that has been given to us, something that we are, in turn, meant to give to the world. whether it's a book or a song, a performance, a word, a creation - you have something inside of you that's beating its wings against your ribcage like a bird longing to be set free. only you can set it free.

it's there for a reason.

so on the days when it can so often be easy to ask ourselves what it's all for: remember. you are not alone. and specifically, this time of year, memorial day, take a moment to consider the many, many souls - fellow dreamers, fellow climbers of this life-mountain, who found and believed in a reason so deeply that they gave their all to it. they gave everything to what they believed in - their reason.

peace. love. freedom. grace. the ability to reach one's full potential - and to inadvertently help change the world by doing so.

you know what? we cannot afford to waste our time living lukewarm and aimless. respect yourself, respect that gift inside of you, and frickin turn that spark into a flame - a wildfire. make this world a better place. there's someone out there right now who needs to hear what you have to say - who needs what you have to offer the world. maybe that person is me.

maybe i'm one of the reasons. maybe she is. maybe he is. maybe your neighbor is.

so many people have sacrificed immeasurably...more than i can imagine, for something so much bigger than themselves: for a reason. and i refuse to live a life that doesn't continuously honor their sacrifice.

i will wake up every morning. i will breath deep, straighten my shoulders, and i will remember:

there's a reason. we have a purpose. we aren't here to just mess around, we're here to change the world. every single one of our words matter. we matter. 

remember.


stay stoked, live on purpose,
kate

a release date


well, here I sit (with great espresso), wrapping up my very last edit notes on book three of The Blood Race series, Resurgence, before it's off to my proofreader on the 29th. to say that i'm stoked would be an understatement.

i am ecstatic about this book.

this one's been a very different journey and it's extremely personal. in so many ways i feel that i bled into this book. i grew with this book and its shaped me over the past year and a half-ish i've been working on it. if i had to use one word to describe resurgence it would be: relevant. i don't want to expound on what that means, because my greatest hope is that everyone will take resurgence and make it their own; find themselves in between the lines. no book has ever felt so real and urgent to me as i've written it as this one.

it's funny because i feel like i've been talking about this book forever, and there's a good reason for that - resurgence is the longest and the most multi-dimensional in the series. i see something in a new way every time i read through the book, i think there's really something for everyone in this one, and that's why whenever i think of this book, the word journey comes to mind. that's really what it feels like. it's not static and i don't think it can really be read the same way twice. maybe it sounds funny to hear an author saying something like that about their own book, but in so many ways i feel like i'm just a recipient of resurgence, like it was given to me as a gift, and i still have so much to find within its pages and learn from so many of the beautiful, restless, longing, wandering, searching characters. it feels strange to even call them characters really: they are friends. mentors. people. they've supported me, they've carried me, and i cannot imagine life without them. no, character is far too weak a word to describe who they are and what they mean to me - what they've given me.

and now...now i finally get to share them with you - again. one more time.

and that will be on september 1st of this year, 2019.

that's all i have to say, really.

that, and i cannot wait.

i love you guys!!!!
stay stoked
kate