I went out for lunch with a long-time friend, Janet, and we got talking. I wish I could share her with you! She’s smart and wise and works in finance in the city. She has a mind like a steel trap and 360 degree vision and gives me the best recipes. She’s a straight shooter and an invaluable friend.

Janet said, ‘I like your blog, but I kind of don’t get it. What are you trying to do? You don’t have a unified message yet.’

She was looking at it from a Marketing point of view. (Why wasn't I talking about my writing life more? Why…recipes? Why soup? And dogs and poetry and autumn leaves?)

She was right. I don’t have a single message.

Here’s why: I have a couple of degrees in English. I was a high school English teacher for 10 years. My first book collaboration was Choosing Happiness, a book about positive psychology, published in 16 countries in 2005. I had a corporate copywriting business for 15 years. Now I’m a novelist.

I should be writing a “writer’s blog,” aimed at promoting myself as an author and helping you on your writing journey (if that's where you want to go). I’ll do some of that soon, I promise! If you’re in a hurry, check out Natasha Lester’s site. She's a generous, award-winning, best-selling Aussie author who shares a ton of amazing information for emerging writers. You'll love her work. I do.

But Natasha -- and what she does -- is not me.

It took me many years (too many!) but finally I figured out what I want.

I want to Be Catherine.

Be a lighthouse. 

Stop running around the island and start shining.

So what you’ll get from my blog is this: a mishmash of all the parts of me. A bit of wisdom, a bit of happiness, a bit of writing, a bit of Life. (And delicious soup, always!) Because, honestly, that’s who I am. 

Are you with me in your diverse and epic authenticity?? 

Then let's stand still and shine. :)

(As always, thank you so much for reading, and for all your emails. I love hearing from you! You can also comment on my website below each blog post, but no pressure! I know you're all busy, so do what works for you...)