WELCOME TO THE ARBITRARIUM!
My old blog has a few new tricks 😉
If you’ve been here before, welcome back. Things might sound familiar, but look a little different.
If you’re new, let me introduce myself.
I’m Catie. I started this blog in January of 2013 to talk about the things that I am interested in. Wellness. Yoga. Life. Relationships. Food. I’m still interested in those things, but, more specifically, I’m interested in the choices that we make around those things and how we make those choices.
I don’t believe that there’s a preprogrammed plan for success in life. I believe that we make it up as we go along. I believe that we need a little help (sometimes) and a whole lot of courage (all the time) to make choices that are good for us. We can follow someone else’s path for a while, but inevitably, we have to find our own way.
That means breaking from the system, expressing some idiosyncrasy, and making some arbitrary choices.
Arbitrary: adj. – subject to individual will or judgment without restriction; contingent solely upon one’s discretion.
This is what it’s all about. I believe that we need to develop enough trust in ourselves to make arbitrary decisions all the time. About what to eat. About how to exercise. About who to love. It’s all arbitrary.
Welcome to The Arbitrarium. We’ll explore the power of choice around our health, fitness, food, relationships, work… whatever comes up. Always with a weather eye on what’s best for us as individuals and as part of the whole.
Thank you so much for being here.
Y’all. My bike chain broke on my way to day 2 of my new job yesterday. DAY 2! And I had just gotten my period, so you can imagine how that went.
About ten blocks from work, I hear something catch in the chain. I stopped to inspect it, didn’t see anything, and pedaled on. I hear it again and stopped, still nothing. I started to pedal and CLANG my rusty old chain slid off the gear and onto the road.
Now, I don’t know what happened here, but I actually laughed as this happened, and thought about how much I like the cute guys at the bike shop. I looked up at the nearest street sign and realized I was only 5 or 6 blocks from said bike shop, it was only 10:06 so I had plenty of time to get to work by 10:30 and it was super nice out! Turns out the chain replacement would only cost me $23 with labor and I could pick it up after work, and I was 5 minutes early clocking in after a walk down the Pearl Street mall chatting with a girlfriend on the phone, and enjoying all the tulips that are blooming right now.
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This is me!
I’m a writer and coach based in Boulder, Colorado. I write about real world self-care that (hopefully) makes the real world feel more caring, and I coach folks on creativity, business, and how to be successful in both.
I earned my B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 and my M.S. in Chinese Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2008. I’ve also got a 200 hour yoga training, and did some coaching training back when I was 22 and had no idea what i was doing.
You could say i’m a professional woo-woo, but do my damnedest to keep this work rooted in the real world. I’m always learning, and my ultimate goal is to help you create and connect without sacrificing your art or your ideals.