My name is Kathryn Gillespie. I live in Dallas with my computer savvy husband and our puppies, Pepper and Hadleigh. Here I blog about style, people who inspire me, and my adventures.
I have always been a creative. I love art in all its forms and its ability to make me feel alive and human and connected to my soul. I think that design matters. Growing up, I spent most of my allowance at Hobby Lobby, and the rest on clothes. I still spend all my allowance on creativity and clothes.
I’m the person who takes too long trying to decide on an ice cream flavor. The one who laughs too loud in movies. I have a completely incurable case of wanderlust and wonderlust. I want to see the world and marvel at it all.
I love beautiful spaces and dinner parties and string lights. I love that feeling of connecting deeply with another human and realizing you’re not alone. I love skirts that twirl and dresses with pockets and sunsets and hats and movies that make me cry. I love reading and thinking and writing and literature and poetry. I love the first day of autumn and the anticipation before a long holiday. I love to feel deeply and look past the simplistic veneer that coats everyday life to see the magical and the broken and the eternal. I love authenticity.
I am far from “qualified” to be a lifestyle blogger. I’m an incredibly real human being. My body doesn’t meet the current cultural standard of beauty. My life has had a lot of brokenness, and I’m trying to put myself back together. But I started this blog because I believe that my identity isn’t defined by my weakness; it’s part of what makes me human. I don’t have to wait until I get my life together to start living. This blog documents that journey. I want to shout forth the message that every person is valuable, beautiful, and enough, no matter how put together they are (or aren’t!). I want to inspire people to live the most intentionally beautiful life they can while at the same time believing they are already enough.
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the facade of perfection that we are bombarded with on social media. Instagrammers and bloggers are the new celebrities. And I want to say two things:
- A lot of times that perfection is art. It is an extension of the imagination. At other times, it is their real life; but it isn’t the whole picture. I’ve been behind the scenes. I’ve met some of these “celebrities”. They are incredibly talented and beautiful people, but in the end they are still just that…people, like you and me, with imperfect lives.
- There is nothing wrong with chasing a beautiful life. The problem is when we chase it from a place of insecurity, in order to supplement our value because we feel inferior to others.
Don’t stop chasing a full and beautiful life. Live intentionally. Keep making yourself and your life better. But do it from a place of security. Don’t do it to fill a void; do it to make your life and the lives of those around you more beautiful. And you know what? When we are secure in who we are, it is so much easier to love others. I’m not there yet, but that is where I want to end up. I want this blog to be a safe place for inspiration instead of a place to breed insecurity. Instead of adding more impossible standards I want this to be a place of authenticity, where people aren’t afraid of their beauty or their scars. I started this blog to learn how to show myself grace in my journey. Each and every one of you is beautiful just as you are, even if you aren’t who you think you’re supposed to be.
You are beautiful. You are enough. Even if, like me, you’re almost put together.