Endings and Beginnings

Even before I knew how to name it (or identify it) one of the core principles of my life was always to follow my energy. I used to say that I was a jack of all trades, or that I had a lot of hobbies, or, in wry moments, with countless projects in-progress around the house, call it “Project ADD”.

Fifteen years ago– before all of the houses and power tools– I used to take art classes, religiously. Metal casting, stained glass, painting, pottery, photography. I don’t have a passion for a specific art medium, just a desire to know how things are done, and then, when I can picture something in my head, to bring it into existence. I often don’t care what it is, or what’s involved in bringing it to life, I just get an overwhelming urge–once I can see it–to make it real.

And, truthfully, every construction project I’ve taken on, that house I built while I lived in a garage, and almost everything I’ve done on the farm is just a bigger and more complicated extension of that. Of picturing something in my head, and then bringing it into existence. Building it, planting it, tearing things down and/or cleaning them up. (Okay, fine, very very rarely cleaning things up, but you get what I’m saying.)

Everything I’ve written on this website has also been an extension of it. Once I’ve broken something down, dived into the details, and understand it from top to bottom there’s nothing I love more than to tell a story about it. To share it with everyone else. And while I know this is not the case, part of me likes to assume everyone out there is just like me and wants to know all the ins and outs of how things work, and how to take it all apart and put it back together themselves.

The internet, and the early days of blogging, provided such an amazing platform for those things, partly because nobody was doing it. There wasn’t good information out there written by, well, nerds like me. People who were just learning themselves, but passionate enough to want to dive right in, learn everything they could, and share it with everyone.

There are sixteen whole years of my life documented on this website. Even if you look back at the online world ten years ago, there wasn’t great “how to” information on the internet when it came to houses and DIY, and so everything I wrote here felt good, and useful and energizing.

A few years back I stopped writing how-to articles, mostly because all of the sudden you could find how-to’s on almost anything online (and I’m not mad about it… do you know how many parts I’ve been able to change out of my piece-of-shit ’95 farm truck because some guy made a shaky phone-cam tutorial and posted it to YouTube? ALL OF THEM. I am so grateful.)

Even after I realized the wave of useful how-to’s had caught up with me, I told stories all of the time. I believed so strongly, and still do, in the power of an authentic story.  I recently went back and re-read all of the archives of this website–which, as far as existential crises  go, I do not recommend re-reading 16 years of your life in one sitting– but I will say that I fucking love everything I ever wrote in 2013 (and not one of those things was a how-to). I love a lot of other things I wrote, but if there was a year between 2004 and now that I was on point with my storytelling (or maybe just genuinely delighted with my life?), that would be the one.

Recently though– and this will come as no surprise to anyone who has been checking this site, wondering what I’m up to– not so much. Which is weird because I’ve actually been writing a fair amount. Writing. Re-writing. Thinking a lot about the things I’ve written, and then never hitting the publish button.

I spent at least three weeks on this one, and I kind of love the story, but also kind of hate investing more time into a story I can’t seem to tell correctly…

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Don’t even talk to me about my Drafts folder right now.

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I know everyone wants to hear about the Tiny Angry Badgers. (Spoiler alert: They’re feral cats and resulted in six of the worst weeks of my life, and currently 2 of the best (since Bubs died.) I’ve had three complete emotional breakdowns over them. It has been a roller coaster.)

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Here’s the thing… the fundamental parts of me that I’ve shared on this website for years have not changed. I love a challenge (I mean, people used to give me shit for drinking and using power tools, and now my hobbies have escalated into climbing mountains… alone. And even that doesn’t seem challenging enough. So.)

I love tackling projects on my own.. and increasingly feel like a crotchety old man when talking to the youths about how to do so, which I also love. (Let’s be honest, deep down I have always been a crotchety old man inside.)

I still occasionally have wicked building streaks (like all of the spring of 2019) where I have so much fun and so much energy I just can help but want to share it with the world.

I also have stories, like we all do. Stories about how I was bummed my peach trees only produced one whole peach this year (and yet how fucking delicious that one peach was… how much more I appreciated it than the years where those trees gave me ten pounds of fruit.)

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Stories about how cool it is that my mom lives on a lake, just a half-mile down the road from me (how much that has increased my quality of life in general, and how good my gardens look because of it), and stories about how hard it is that my mom lives on a lake, just a half-mile down the road from me (because I’m basically a crotchety old man inside… one who doesn’t have a lot of patience sometimes, or a lot of experience navigating shared responsibilities with my mom.)

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I have stories about how some of the grapevines have finally established, and stories about how (after all of that work and joy) I harvested a bowl full of grapes and then let them all go to waste in my fridge because I was too busy with work to do anything with them…

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I have stories about how I feel I’m not doing right by the farm, because I spend a few of my after-hours hours at the gym instead of at home. Stories about how, at this stage in life, a career can override a lot of your passions (because let’s be honest, unless you’re very, very lucky, a career will pay for far more of your mortgage than passions.) But also stories about how my passions have been the catalyst for some of the best, strongest connections I’ve made with amazing people in my adult life, and how I struggle to make time for them. (Both the passions and the amazing people.)

I have stories about the internet which, through this website, was once one of the best and most energizing parts of me.. and now has now become one of the worst distractors from the things I love to do. I have stories about how building a non-traditional life by myself–without compromise–has been one of the best decisions of my life. And I have stories about how I’ve failed. How, because I love the life I’ve built so much, I haven’t taken chances. Stories about how living that non-traditional life has both provided unique opportunities for connecting with people, and also prevented me for connecting with people in the way people who live more traditional lives do.

I spend a lot of time every day looking for the kind of stories that used to inspire me, that I used to feel a connection with, that made me think, “hell yeah, that’s not perfect, but it’s awesome, and it makes me want to do the same.” And I don’t find them. I find a lot of people trying to be “influencers” (I have never hated a word more in my life), a lot of people who have genuine stories to tell who are more worried about the searchability of their blog posts, or the clickbait in their titles.

I mean, seriously? Screw a world in which we cannot say a true thing in a true way because if we tell an authentic story in an authentic way A SEARCH ENGINE MAY NOT FIND IT AND DISTRIBUTE IT TO THE MASSES.

I am, in general, uninspired. (And, if we’re being honest, also jealous of the kids who have found their niche building things and doing what they love on Instagram. I appreciate them, their creativity, their free spirits…  but not as much as I’ve appreciated health insurance and a 401k in the past which makes me? Old and lame? Probably.)

I realize this sounds like the the end of this website. And maybe it is? Except I clearly have a lot of stories I’d still like to tell. Things I would still like to share about the farm, and my projects (when I have the time for them.) It’s just that there was time where sharing them on this website made more sense in the world, and in my life, than it does now. And, honestly, I haven’t sorted it out. I don’t even have time to sort it out. I just have time to write half-finished blog posts… to think half-finished thoughts about my current life, but not to share them. (Except this one, which I promised myself I wouldn’t sleep until I published.)

And maybe, maybe telling the truth about all of this will unlock the part of me that just can’t figure out how the hell to tell a good story right now. To share in this new world of sharing. Sometimes just saying “I don’t know” gives you permission to just speak about what you do know, or what you’re questioning, or what you think you know but will probably realize you’re wrong about later, and maybe that’s all I’m asking for.

But in any case… if it takes me a week, or a month, or a year, or ten years to tell my next good story, this sure has been an amazing ride. Not just the sharing in general, but sharing it with all of you. Thank you for being a part of my story.

Edit/Update: So I hit publish on this post some time after midnight, woke up this morning and headed into day 14 of a work crisis, and honestly didn’t give it another thought until I came up for air an hour ago. And then I read all of your comments. (Is it dusty in here? Because my eyes are watering.  Maybe I’m allergic to these tiny, angry badgers…) Anyway. I’m going to respond to every comment but also wanted to make a general statement, which (if I haven’t said it enough) is basically thank you. Again. Sometimes all of these feels like shouting into a void, and then every once in a while you get a moment of clarity. Like, holy shit, the void has people in it! Awesome ones!

Seriously, every comment has been meaningful, and it has all given me a lot of food for thought.

I don’t know what shape my life is going to take in the next 6-12 months, or what part storytelling will play in it, but I don’t plan to take this site down (so all my old stories will stay up.)

I can’t imagine this is the last thing I’ll ever post here, but it might be the last for a little while. Thank you for letting me know that when I’m ready to tell good stories again, you’ll be here to read them. It means the world.

143 Responses

  1. maybe…just share? i would love to read any half assed story you have written. i don’t care how perfect or instagrammable or whatever it is. i just want to share in your life, as it is very cool.

  2. You are my favorite blogger for this exact reason, your stories are authentic and real, even if they are short or half assed. Its nice to know there are people out there as un filtered as I am and willing to live their life in their own way. As a fellow Michigander I appreciate who you are and what you have represented over the years. I will forever be checking your site for the next story.

    1. I couldn’t agree more with this. I love your posts because they always show the true story behind creating something, not just the glossy finished product. Sometimes a 3000 word post isn’t necessary, I’m sure your readers would appreciate a quick update and insight into what’s making your world go round today.

    2. I will…second? Third? Kirsten’s comment.

      Sometimes you just need a break, sometimes you just need a pat on the back, sometimes you just need someone to reassure you that it’s okay if you do things a little differently, and to be supportive of when you need to make a change.

      I rarely comment but I do love your blog and your stories.

  3. Omg, you are absolutely my fav blogger. I’ve wondered where you are, last time training to go on a mountain hike? You’ve inspired me to do a fraction of what you do, have done, have accomplished and look forward to doing “when I grow up”.

    I’m retired (not by choice but by the spouse who wanted to leave AK and move back to the family homestead in ID) and would be still working another job, learning something new, 8-10 in my life so far, all varied. I’m learning to live way off the grid, aspire to garden like you do (and my 74-old neighbor who has for 20 years – 50 tree orchard and twelve 4’x12’ garden beds).

    I love what you’ve shared, look forward to what you share with us, when the moment strikes you again. It doesn’t have to be complete – but, “Hey, just checking in today, this is what I did, or this is what I didn’t do today, because well, chit, I just wanted to go workout and come home to a great glass of wine.”

    As Wilma said, just share, we’ll be here to listen and love every damn word.

  4. I enjoy your blog because your writing is not fake or perfect or preachy; your blog is simply and unapologetically YOU. We have quite a bit in common, especially in the power tool / independent / don’t give a rat’s ass what others think areas. I write a lot too, but don’t share much of it; just occasionally on social media with family and friends.

    When I was about 40-mumble-years-old I hit a time when *everything* wound in a drafts folder. I write to clear my mind, to blow off steam, to make sense of things and to wrap my mind around changes in my life. It’s hard to describe the satisfaction when I am able to find exactly the right words to explain my beliefs and experiences. Unfortunately, things were just plain muddy for a while. I didn’t share any writing for a long time because it all felt so scattered, rambling and random.

    If some of that is the case with you, no worries. I suspect many readers are like me – enjoying the ride, happy to have found a kindred spirit. Thank you for everything you have shared. I will remain a subscriber and will be delighted to read a new entry any time, whether it’s six months or six years from now. Go do the things you love to do while you’re still young enough to do them. I’ll leave the light on for ya.

    1. Monica said it all perfectly. I don’t usually comment, but I love your blog and watching how you deal with stuff. I feel a kinship with you: we’re around the same age, you bought the farm around the same time i bought my house, and i love my power tools too. Do what you gotta do, just know that your story is heard.

  5. I love reading the stories of your life: the celebrated accomplishments through the set-backs and and everything in between. I hope you continue to share your stories with us when the mood strikes, but if it has come to feel more like a necessary chore, well, I’ll miss you and your authentic life postings. (Don’t get me started on influencers!!!)
    Whatever and where ever life takes you, know you loyal friends who wish you (and your Mom) the best. And I’ll stay tuned, just in case.

  6. Kit this makes me sad. I so enjoy seeing a new post from you. I love seeing what kind of shit you’ve got yourself into and learning how you get yourself out. You are my heroine and I hope more girls would have your qualities where they can be independent and do for themselves. I surely wish I had been like that in my younger days….trying to learn it all at 62 isn’t fun 🙂 I don’t see how you accomplish everything you do, much less publish it so I totally understand. I will eagerly watch for that notification and like Monica above, I’ll leave the light on for ya.

  7. “*And while I know this is not the case*, part of me likes to assume everyone out there is just like me and wants to know all the ins and outs of how things work, and how to take it all apart and put it back together themselves.”
    It isn’t?!
    Well, I am one…describes me to a T!

    And also appreciate your F-bombing authenticity.

    Eras pass, focuses change.
    Keep on trucking, wherever you express it.

  8. Yeah, I have never been able to put my finger on exactly why I like to read your life until now. I have always described myself as a crotchety old man (like, since I was 16). I believe the word I am looking for here is “resonate” . Just wait – it gets better and better and better!!!

    You kids get off my lawn….

  9. You are my breath of fresh air in this crazy commercial world of blogging…I don’t want to see everyone’s Fall tablescape, their pile of new pillows that they stack on their bed, their latest favorite paint color, or how they tore out a perfectly good bathroom or kitchen because it didn’t fit the latest trend! JUST SICK OF IT! You are the bomb, girl! Always love anything you have the time and energy to writelove your view on the world…I’m living vicariously thru you..take the time to.recharge your batteries…hope you will reach a point where you are able to share your kick ass life and accomplishments with us, your adoring followers…be well, my friend…

  10. I love reading your stories and seeing your photos. Thank you for putting them out there. I really hope you stick with it, but if you don’t, thank you for what you have already given us. Keep up the f-ing great work

  11. Please keep your blog active if only with a post, what ever is required to stop it being archived. You’ve given me many a laugh thru the years which I have soooo appreciated! Thank you!! Wish you the best — Maire

  12. I have read everything you have ever written here, and as someone who tends to overthink and overresearch and overanalyze everything I ever do or want to do, I loved reading about your wine-fueled building sprees and all the adventures you took yourself on. You have always told an authentic story and I have been really inspired by getting a glimpse into the life you have built (literally). Thank you for putting your stories out into the world, and I wish you all the best in whatever adventures come next, whether or not we get to hear about them.

  13. Speaking as someone who devoured all 16 years of your blogs over the course of this summer, you are hands down my favorite blogger out there. We love you for exactly who you are, rough edges and all. You tell it like it is and after trying (and failing) to find another blog like yours I can tell you that you’ve got something special and unique. I hope I can be half as badass as you someday.
    No one here would fault you for needing a break or even letting the blog go. Just know that we’ll all be here if you’re ever ready to share your stories again

  14. Chiming in with everyone else here: I love you and your posts. Doesn’t matter if they are half-assed or full-assed, please keep them coming AS IT SUITS YOU to do so. Thank you for this post, I was curious what’s been going on in your life.

    1. Well…have to admit I was eagerly anticipating some lake house renovation stories. Love your stories, don’t care how perfectly edited they are…love the how to, before and after, and just life stories you write as. Will be checking in to see if you get inspired to write! Lisa G in TN

  15. Kit,
    I was excited to see your blog show up in my email box this morning because it has been a long time! Long enough that I ALMOST had forgotten you. I’ve wondered if you had found a nice young man to share your time with or if you were just focusing on other aspects of your life. It’s all okay. You owe your readers nothing, but I’ve enjoyed the ride and often wished I had a IRL friend like you. So write or don’t. Whatever works for you but know that I & others have appreciated your writings and love it! Best of everything to you & your adventures. Hopefully you will continue to share them with us!

  16. I’ve been following you since you were renovating that house with your ex. I still find you inspiring! I love hearing about your life and the challenges you face. If it takes 4 months, 4 years, or 40 years, I would wait to hear your story. If you’re burnt out take some time for yourself away from writing. We would all wait for you. If you’re done, we will miss you, but wish you the best. I’m sure it’s hard to post your personal thoughts out into the ether and never know how many lives you are touching. Here we all are…saying your blog makes our day. I hope this makes your day ❤️

  17. I agree with Wilma, too. I love your writing specifically because it’s so real and you’re not an “influencer.” In a world of Instagram sound bites, you are so refreshing. Is it possible for you to publish stories that aren’t “finished?” We love you and we live your voice. If the story was short and ended in “I don’t know how or have time to polish this so here it is” we’d all still love it and still feel like you’re our cool sister.

  18. I get it. Thanks for checking in. I found you after my marriage blew up and I was creating my next great phase of life, taking on big physical projects to keep my monkey-mind from exploding. When you post, I’m always excited, I always read, and it’s always been worth it. It’s like getting news from a curious and interesting younger pal. I always want to know what you’ve been up to. You rock and I’m glad you are in the world and appreciate all you have shared with us. From a kick-ass old gal fan, Onward.

  19. Part of me wants to cry – because I am selfish. Doesn’t growth usually walk in step with change? Where ever this life takes you, wishing you the very best.

  20. I have been a faithful ‘follower’ since your first year of blogging. You have given me so much inspiration and also, reading enjoyment. And, OMG, you even replied to a few of my questions over the years

    Live and enjoy your life! Our time on this earth is fleeting. I will keep my ‘porch light’ on in the event that you ever decide to pop around.

    Happy life’s journeys Kit!

  21. Kit,

    I am sorry to read about Bubs. The loss of a precious furbaby is never easy. ❤️

    Reading all the comments here, they each my own thoughts and feelings after reading your post today. You have inspired me over the years, often making me wish I had a “Kit” friend IRL when I was younger and making my way into adulthood.

    It is great reading about your life, kind of like catching up with a long distance friend. Like long distance friends there may be long periods of silence as life gets in the way. Just know that your posts will always be welcomed whenever/if ever you make them.

  22. I hope you do continue to share your stories. If you decide a different medium is better, please post on here that is the case? I’ve never really gotten invested in instagram or other platforms, but I have really enjoyed following your path; your stories have often been a balm to me.
    Also, I think a lot of bloggers are facing existential questions lately. If you are familiar with Daniel Kanter at Manhattan Nest, he had a crisis of blogging recently. The Petersniks of Young House Love also opted for a major change not long ago after taking ayear off from blogging to evaluate their… blogging identity? Not a lot of blogs that I follow, so I find it raises a flag that 3 of the ones I do follow have expressed a common existential struggle in the last few years.

  23. You are one of my favorite bloggers. I’ve actually been a bit concerned because you had not posted in quite a while. I totally understand your need to reassess, but do please check in occasionally!

  24. I will echo every single comment already made here – I’ve followed your blog for nearly a decade and I’ve loved every single word you’ve written – polished or not! I, too, and tired of all of the perfectionist and influencer accounts out there. Nothing irritates me more than bloggers woe-is-meing and stressing about not getting their decor “right.” I want to scream IT’S YOUR HOUSE, DO WHATEVER YOU WANT! I don’t ever want to scream while reading your posts. I’m a single 36-year-old who bought her first house four months ago, and I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to read your words and think “Hell, I can do that” when it comes to making improvements in my home. So thank you, thank you, thank you for creating a wonderful space to learn, vent, laugh, and even sometimes cry. <3

    P.S. I, too, would love to hear more about your tiny badger soot sprites!

  25. Kit,

    It’s been said quite a few times above, but I felt the need to add to it…

    Your writing style is amazing. Your wit, your determination, your drive to be, do, feel how you want, & who you are comes across so genuinely that it will be missed. (& has been during your outages)

    I am not quite sure how long ago I added your blog to my Feedly reader, but I do know that whenever I saw a post under the DIY category from your page, my face lit up & I just couldn’t wait to click & see what it was about. YOU are the OG click bait. lol

    Good luck with your current chapter. Don’t feel bad for “adulting” for a bit, & feel free to write again when it feels right to do so. A forced piece probably wouldn’t have the same feel to it anyway. 😉

    Thanks for being a cool AF chick with tools, & letting us share in your journey for so long.

    -Jon

  26. Kit, sometimes when I run out of steam or time or the ability to tell a story, I just post a whole bunch of photos. I did that for a whole year. “Fall 2018 in Photos”, Winter 2019 in Photos”, etc. it allowed my followers to see what I’d been up to but allowed me to post with no time or energy to tell a story. We’d love to see your photos, of the ferals, of the donkeys and chickens, of your mom’s place, etc.

  27. I echo all the others, just share… share anything, in any form, and don’t overthink it. We all adore you and feel a connection to you because of how real you are, because it’s obvious where your passions are and that maybe those passions change from one min to the next and that makes you extra awesome. I hate forced stories, I hate influencers (gag), I hate “sponsored by” aka “sold out to”… I didn’t discover my love for woodworking and power tool DIY until I was almost 40. You’ve inspired me, your posts make me smile and laugh and are so damn relatable. I don’t use twitter, but I get the concept… use FB and treat it like twitter, post your random thoughts, whatever bits & pieces of your life you can w/o worrying about a perfect post. I also want to hear the stories… the good, the bad, the sad, the ugly, and the amazing.

  28. It’s hard to say anything much better than what’s already been said above. Your authentic voice is what has had me coming back for years and years. I loved the projects, and I loved learning things, but I also just loved to hear you tell a story about how sometimes shit is hard and things are not always perfect. I was inspired by all the things you learned and tried…things I could never do (like climb that mountain)…but then again, why couldn’t I?! I have a quote from a post of yours tacked up in my office:

    “The amazing thing isn’t being me, or trying to be like me, the amazing thing is being yourself. Figuring out what you can do as a person…and I don’t think that should be measured against what anyone else can do as a person. Inspired by? Yes. Encouraged by? Definitely. But not measured against. I don’t want to be a part of the ‘not enough’ culture. The one that shows perfect lives in instagram photos, perfect bodies on magazine covers, perfect projects on HGTV. (None of which are fucking real, by the way.) I don’t ever want people to look at me and say, ‘I’m not enough because I’m not that.’ I want people to look at me and say, ‘Holy shit…I didn’t know it was possible for a woman to do that–and it looked messy and difficult and altogether like a pain in the ass–but you know what? If that girl can do it, I sure as hell can do it too.'”

    So, thank you for those words, and for everything you’ve shared. I hope you’ll decide to keep writing, in whatever capacity is right for you. Sounds like there are quite a few of us who will show up to read.

  29. you are so the bomb. and *i* still prefer *your* how-to posts bc i know they’re going to be the best i could possibly find (just last month, thank you for helping me replace the 2 broken windows!) and i’m in awe of your talents and so appreciative of everything you share. i would beg you to at least leave the channel open in case you want to share, but don’t feel guilty doing whatever is right for you. thank you.

  30. I’m so sorry about Bubs! Such a hard loss to deal with. 🙁

    I follow you on Instagram, and it’s nice to see snippets of what you’re up to there, but I miss the stories. I’ve been a reader since before the house with the ex, and I went back early on and read what came before I found you (although not in one go – why I am not surprised you did that!
    It seems like Instagram has led to the demise of many blogs, but I’m seeing a resurgence in some of the ones that died down for a while. I think a lot of people are missing the depth of story and connection you get with a blog. If you never publish another story, what you’ve published already is an amazing legacy, but I hope you will start publishing some of the unfinished stories in all their half-assed glory!

  31. Just one more person saying Thank You for the crazy stories and realness. F blogging convention. I’ll continue checking this site for updates as long as it is on the internet. When I need a fix I’ll re-read some of the oldies but goodies. If you only post once a year. so be it. Its your life and we are all privileged to get to share whatever snippets you feel like posting. Half-finished, half-assed, whatever, they will be fully loved by your readers.

  32. Adding my voice to so many others: I love everything you write because it is always authentic and you are always so true to yourself. You have been incredibly generous in sharing with us over the years — not just to how-to’s but your awesome life and energy. For sure take whatever time you need but know that you have many readers who hope you will return to tell stories here. Meanwhile, there are the archives…

  33. I have read every story you have every written and will continue to do so as you continue to share with the “void”. I have always truely loved how authentic of a story you tell and you do so with such wit and I get a real sense that you are who you say you are.

    Thank you for giving so much of your story already and I will be among the many who will still be here waiting for when you’re ready to continue sharing your stories!

  34. It’s hard to say anything other than whats already been said, but as a fellow michigander- kinda near you, I’ve always enjoyed your posts- I could relate! Hope you do keep telling stories at your pace, and I’ll be here to read them.

  35. Kit
    Just another in the list of admirers. You were one of the first blogs I followed and one of only a few I continue to care about in this new age of influencers. Whenever your post arrives in my email box I stop immediately to read your latest story. I have been and will continue to miss your updates. I think it’s amazing how you’ve managed to build this community of people who care so much about you even though we’ve never met you. I guess that’s the power of your writing. Good luck with your ongoing projects. I hope to hear more about your adventures.
    Cheers Karen

  36. I started reading your blog about 8 years(!? Is that even possible?) ago. I spent the last nine years getting a graduate degree, starting a new career, then having three children in five years. I’ve enjoyed your stories so much. Thank you. I’ll miss the updates in my feed, but I also hear you – exactly – on how things have changed.

  37. Kit,
    I’m not a native English speaker but your stories still reached me and resonated. Your authenticity, humour ( so much humour!) and no-nonsense-ness (?) have always left me with a sense off awe. They say never meet the stars you crush on, you’ll always be disappointed. And even if you are not a star and the crush is more awe and we’ll probably never meet, I feel you would be true to what transpires from your stories. You would be an awesome friend to have IRL. I think you might be the Keanu of blogging! 🙂
    Take your time. Your blog is on my feed and know than whenever you have something to say, there will absolutely be people to listen.
    Some of your stories are still on my mind. ( your answer to the honey tap is Something I come back regularly to)
    Anyway take care, climb a mountain, take up paragliding, build your own kayak whatever feed your soul.
    Thank you for letting us follow along all this time.
    H.

  38. Most of what I want to say has already been said way more articulately above. So I just wanted to support the message that I’ll be here ready to read if you have more stories to tell. I think what I most appreciate about your blog is that you don’t hide the work, and you are true to yourself. Very best wishes for what’s next.

  39. I love your authenticity. I don’t see many other people who share their stories as honestly as you. I’ve missed your posts and am thrilled everytime there’s a new one. Even if it’s to say that your hitting pause and maybe even goodbye. I find your stories inspiring and empowering. Influencers have never made me want to be a better person, to try something new, or tackle something hard, but you have. I hope you continue to share your story but if it’s better for you not to, then know that I appreciate you and thank you for the real influence you’ve had in my own life.

  40. You have been a joy to follow and a true inspiration. I hope you feel inspired again soon to do… whatever the hell you want to do next. Whether or not this is the end of your blogging journey, thanks for bringing us along for the ride!

  41. I hope you’ll just be taking a sabbatical to get some air space and reassess your life path. I wholly support it. I’d also like you to know that your posts have gotten me through long days at work, layoffs, medical challenges, and personal loss. You’ve been a vicarious friend and I cheer you on with every project. I’ve been hobbled by a nasty form of arthritis and can no longer be superwoman. So your posts have been a wonderful diversion. Be well, take care of yourself, and I hope to see your posts again someday when the time is right for you. ❤️

  42. A) I’ve followed your blog for years. Honest writing. Love it.
    B) People go through phases in their life. If you never post again or post once every month or 6 months, so be it. You do what makes you happy.
    C) What I hate about most “influencers” *yuck* or bloggers or YouTubers etc is seeing the inevitable slide into having to “feed the beast” and watch crap content be created just to be posting. So again post or walk away – whatever makes you happy. All the best in whatever you do.

  43. Hey Kit,
    Your authenticity is such a rarity in this world of WTF!! I hope you find what you need and want. We will be here if & when you decide to share again. Sending love, light and peace your way ♥️☀️☮️ You ROCK!

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