Nelly's Reflection

“Even as a child she had lived her own small life all within herself. At a very early period she had apprehended instinctively the dual life—that outward existence which conforms, the inner life which questions.”

-Kate Chopin, The Awakening

I am a  single, professional woman in her 30s blogging about dating, work, creative passions and life’s misadventures in the hope of finding clarity, humor and common ground. 

This blog is a grand experiment. It was born of a friend saying “You have something to say about everything!  Say it!!”

The title was inspired by Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. By the idea of a woman strong enough to buck tradition and social convention, however painful. Specifically, the following passage:

“The bird that would soar above the level plane of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.”

Kate is also my name. Though I’ve never been called it, and someone would have to dig deep into my birth certificate to find it.

It is a blog about living by one’s own road map; about seeking bliss, even when purgatory lies in between.

It is the outlet for my thoughts on living as a single woman, on dating (or not), on work (nursing) and on more creative pursuits such as cooking, yoga, traveling, having too many pets and the inordinate number of morons I encounter in my day.

It is my hope that this blog will be therapeutic for me and both relatable and entertaining for others.



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