I just updated my shop my closet store with a ton of new dresses, coats and accessories (there are over 70 items in the shop!) A lot of my favorite things are up for grabs this time so I hope they find good homes :) If you're interested you can check out what's for sale right HERE.
ps. It's part of the Sweet and Lovely shop so if you want to throw in something from the store for good measure, they ship together... plus you can take 10% off Sweet & Lovely items with code BRILLIANT.
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I made it a goal this year to read two books a month, and in February I read four! yay! I'm going to blog about them soon (I loved all of them! One was actually an audio book, though, and my second time listening.. so I don't know if that counts?) but I'm just so happy to be reading so much. I love books but I feel like I don't read them as much as I'd like to .. until now ;)
I gave up on the first book I started for March, I found it so poorly written that I couldn't continue, even if I was slightly interested in the plot. I used to force myself to plow through and finish every book I started but that just doesn't make any sense. If you took a bite of a rotten apple, would you force yourself to eat the whole thing, hoping it might become less rotten as you chew? I switched to a different book last night and I'm enjoying this one much more!
Also, unrelated, this is my first outfit photo with my new iphone camera remote (yup, I use my iphone for outfit photos!) I used to use a self-timer app but this is so much better! I love it! :)
As you might know, Pi Day is one of my favorite holidays (March 14 = 3.14 = pi!) and this year is the best Pi Day EVER because Mental Floss actually commissioned me (me?!) to do two paintings to be sold exclusively in their store. Ahh! The first one is called "Life of Pi," which shows little Mr. Pi in various stages of life -- infancy, teenager, graduation, love & marriage, kids, and old age. But as we all know, Pi never dies.. it just goes on forever ;) This design is available in the Mental Floss store on t-shirts and as an 18" x 24" poster!
Mental Floss also commissioned this painting, Pizza Pi!! This one is my favorite :) Also look what they wrote for the description.. I'm blushing!
"When the moon hits the sky like a big pizza pi and you happen to know an incredibly talented artist who specializes in punny prints - well, that's amore! Kate Gabrielle, whom we met when we began selling her wonderful Puns Intended prints agreed to paint this pizza pi in the sky design exclusively for Floss."
This painting is available on tote bags in the Mental Floss shop here. Working with Mental Floss has been one of the best things to happen in my whole life. I've been reading the magazine for years and I'm SUCH a huge fan. It's all just super exciting.
And finally, my Cutie Pi brooches are back just in time for Pi Day! I only have a limited amount ready to ship in time for Pi Day so if you're interested, snatch it up quickly ;) I'll have more in stock after the holiday if you're just interested in wearing it for normal everyday math/pun appreciation.
It's available in my sweet & lovely shop here. (psst! 10% off with code BRILLIANT)
Today is one year since I brought home this little bundle of cuteness. I've said this a million times -- adopting right after you lose a cat definitely isn't for everyone, but it was the right choice for me. Adopting her was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my whole life. I'm so happy that she's a part of my life now.
I can't get over how affectionate she is! She absolutely loves cuddling and licking. We do this thing where I hover my hand over her head and she stands on her hind legs, grabs my arm and starts licking my hand while standing up. It's SO cute I can't handle it. She and Hubble get along fantastically! They play (a lot!), snuggle together and bathe each other. Arrietty is considerably smaller than Hubble so it's always a riot when she pounces on him to initiate play.
She's a goofy, talkative, cuddly, fluffy, beautiful kitty and I'm just so glad I found her.
I think her adorableness comes through in photos but just to prove how impossibly cute she is, I present this little (only 9 second!) video from my instagram as proof. It's just her meowing and then looking around but it pretty much sums up Arrietty's personality:
Whenever I'm on pinterest I see a ton of pins for posts like "5 ways to increase your blog traffic" or "Make your blog successful with three simple steps" or "Sell your soul and gain 100 blog followers!" etc. But I never see anything about actually enjoying blogging.
In February I posted less than any month since 2010. Yikes! Part of it is because I was on vacation and had limited access to wi-fi for about a week, but I'd be lying if I said that I was the least bit bothered by being unable to blog. I was kind of relieved. I've been having major blog fatigue this year and there have been countless moments when I've given serious thought to throwing in the towel. I'm not going to, but I thought about it... a lot. So this post is really as much for me as it is for anyone else.
Blogging is fun. First and foremost, it should always be fun. Obviously if you're a full-time blogger who makes your living from blogging sometimes it won't be fun and you'll have to do it anyway, but this post is directed more towards people like me (and maybe you?) who primarily blog because we enjoy documenting our lives and sharing our favorite things and connecting with other people. There are a lot of things that can put a damper on blogging but if you can maneuver your way around them and concentrate on the good things, you can be a happy blogger.
Step 1: Ignore any and all numbers.
ALL OF THEM. Trust me. When I first started blogging I used to check my follower count constantly. It would go up by two and I'd get excited and then it would drop by three and I'd be horribly crushed. At some point I just stopped looking on a regular basis. Every once in a while (like if I'm updating my advertising traffic statistics or if I happen to catch the number out of the corner of my eye) I'll notice the number but if you only see it once every few weeks or months you don't see the daily fluctuations that can potentially hurt your feelings. (I know not everyone is as insanely sensitive as me, but if you are, keep this tip in mind!)
This goes for comments as well. I don't look at how many comments each post gets anymore. I do read each comment when I moderate them but I never go back to look at the collective number on a post.
Ignoring numbers isn't just about avoiding disappointment, it's also about enjoying blogging for the act of blogging and not for the goal of gaining followers. That's a perk that comes with blogging, not the reason for doing it.
Step 2: Let it go.
Type up your post, hit publish, share on your various social networking sites if that floats your boat, and then let it go.
Don't baby your blog post. Maybe check in a few months later to re-read it or visit over the holidays when you're working on your year-end round up. But right now, let it go. Let yourself feel the satisfaction of having published a post that you're happy with.
If you are content with a blog post, let that be enough. If you get a positive comment, consider that an added bonus.
Step 3: Blog about what you like.
If you blog about things just because you think other people want to read them, you're not going to be a happy blogger. Blog about what you like. My favorite blogger is Kaylah from The Dainty Squid. I love when she posts about her unique interests like her tooth collection and her interest in the funeral industry. Being yourself and posting about the one-of-a-kind interests that make you YOU will make you a happy blogger (and, uh, oops.. this is probably a tip for being a successful blogger too.)
Related -- don't stop blogging about something because it's lacking in feedback. I'm so guilty of this myself. I can't even tell you how many times I've gotten my hopes up about a new series, broken my first rule (checked the numbers... a lot) and then cancelled said series because nobody seemed to like it as much as me. That needs to stop. If you find joy in scheduling your weekly round-up of marsupial photos, by golly you should keep doing it.
Step 4: Comparison is the thief of joy.
Yup, that quote. It's true. I think this is probably one of the biggest obstacles to being a happy blogger. Finding your own voice in a sea that seems to be populated by thousands of girls who are the blogging equivalents of Ariel from The Little Mermaid can be rough. In comparison you end up feeling like you're one of those little pathetic shrunken (poor unfortunate) souls Ursula keeps on a shelf in her lair.
It's definitely easier said than done. I mean, look at this cartoon by Gemma Correll. If an artist as talented, successful and universally respected as her can feel this way, it's no wonder the rest of us do, too. But as hard as it is to accomplish, it's important to try.
Whenever you find yourself thinking "why can't I have blog photographs like..." or "I wish my life was like ...." just stop for a second. You're awesome. And so are they. You can both be awesome in your own unique ways.
Step 5: Blog when you want to.
I've always thought my worst posts have been the ones I published because I felt like I had to blog that day. My favorite posts are usually the ones that I plan in advance, or the ones I whip up in the spur of the moment on a whim. Schedules are great, and I've stuck with a loose one on-and-off for a few years (obviously not for the last month or so) but if your schedule is getting in the way of your fun, stop.
Basically blog about the things you love, don't let your blog numbers get you down, and be proud of the work that you put into your posts. Post what you like and then like what you post. And above all, have fun. Enjoy blogging and just be happy.
My friend Polly over at The Littlest Polly did a little interview with yours truly on her blog! If you're interested in my daily routine (spoiler alert: I'm very lazy), my cats, and my happiest childhood memories you can take a peek right here! :)
This year I'm doing one giveaway every month (in addition to my blog anniversary & birthday giveaways) There's one catch -- to enter, you have to perform a random act of kindness today. It's on the honor system, obviously, I can't actually make sure that everyone does it, but I trust that you will. If you're stumped on what to do, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a list of ideas right here!
What you'll win: One person will win this pink Crosley record player
How to enter: simply leave a comment letting me know that you performed or are planning to perform a random act of kindness today (you don't have to say what you did) and some way to contact you (email, twitter, blog, whatever floats your boat!) You must be a follower to enter (and, please, none of this follow-and-leave as soon as the giveaway is over jazz.. that's super rude!) This giveaway is open to everyone on planet earth.
For additional entries: (leave a separate comment for each entry)
1. Tweet this "I just entered to win a pink record player on @kategabrielle's blog! http://www.scathingly-brilliant.blogspot.com" (Only counts if you use this exact tweet. Entries from twitter accounts used solely to enter giveaways will not be counted.)
2. Tweet about your RAK and inspire others to do the same!
3. Pin the giveaway on pinterest
5. Follow me on bloglovin
6. Make a donation in any amount to your favorite charity
Giveaway ends on April 1st at 12:01AM EST.
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