About a year ago, I looked at the tidy stacks of book rings and pages of writing prompts that needed to come together to create some of Gadanke’s bestselling handmade journals. “I can’t keep doing this,” I whispered to myself. Pre-motherhood, I didn’t mind all the management—people, materials, tools, finished products, space to do it all—because I always had time for the parts I loved: sharing stories and encouraging folks to share theirs. Then I became a mom; it’s my favorite thing in the whole world! My available work hours shrunk, and I felt like there was no time for connection and empowerment.
When I was growing up, I dreamed of writing a journal about my life. Kids would get on huge waiting lists at their school libraries to check out “The Amazing Adventures of Kate the Great!” Never mind that my story wasn’t anything out of the ordinary; I just wanted to create something that would inspire and help other kids. It’s been a dream of mine ever since.
Last spring as the school year was wrapping up, I stumbled on exactly what I needed to do.
I remember pacing across the house last year, rehearsing my speech to the baby growing inside of me. It was just days before I would step onto the stage in Minot, North Dakota. It was a talk I was so excited to give! It was also a talk that today I still have people asking, “So Katie. This TEDxTalk you gave–tell me about it!”