Friday Favorites.

Happy Friday for the very last time in 2016.


  1. I have no pictures from Christmas, but it was a good time. Love those Williamson’s.
  2. NPR came up with a list of the best books of 2016. My personal favorite read this year was “When Breath Becomes Air.” Beautiful story and beautifully written.
  3. Many moons ago when I was a senior in college, my roommate Bailey and I had a rare Friday night where we opted to stay in sweats and watch a movie over socializing with friends. I distinctly remember us calling it our “unsocial night” (21-year-old Kat would be sad to hear that many of my nights as a 27-year-old could be categorized as “unsocial”…and I live for such nights). Anyhow, we watched “Crazy, Stupid Love” and it was OK—but I remember wishing the entire storyline revolved around Emma Stone + Ryan Gosling’s characters. So naturally, being a fan of the ever-delightful Emma and ever-beautiful Ryan, I was pumped to see the new musical LaLa Land. And you guys, it did not disappoint. I saw LaLa Land, and I loved LaLa Land. The music was amazing, the scenery was beautiful, and Ryan + Emma…I mean, C’MON. I also loved the ending (though I’ve heard some people weren’t fans).
  4. Oh, resolutions. Such good intentions often get thrown in the trash after a few months, huh? Still, I love the idea of bettering one’s self in the new year…of trying harder, being better, doing a little more in the upcoming 365. I found this article interesting, though it mostly revolved around fitness resolutions.
  5. Feel like you might need some good vibes in 2017? Check out this article that highlights lucky foods to eat on NYE.

Happy New Year, friends. Hope 2017 is the best one yet.

Currently listening to “You Got It” by Roy Orbison


It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from 2017 at this point in the ball game.


2016 has been a very diverse year for me. Part drama, part comedy, a little tragedy, a whole lotta change and some surprising consistency. Overall, I’ve come out of 2016 with some good lessons and memories in my back pocket.

Here are some highlights.



Cousin Emma made it to state in…Ag? FFA? Something like that. I went to see her and my farming ignorance gave everyone a good laugh throughout the night. Still, I was super impressed by this cool cousin of mine!



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My goofy, lovable Nebraska besties came to visit the Big D in May. Twas a highlight of my year for sure (particularly the moment when Kara partially fell into White Rock Lake).


I got a new job at this wonderful place last May.


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The friend on the right moved to NYC in June. Cool for him; terrible for us.
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Fourth of July. On a boat.


SO MUCH FUN with these students.
Another big thing in the year 2016: babysitting. And dog sitting. And house sitting. And basically just any type of sitting that gave me some extra cash.


Fall was wedding season for me!





2016 was a full, wonderful year. A real year of dreams.

“Who am I, Oh God, and what is my house that You have brought me thus far?”

-1 Chronicles 17:16

Currently listening to “Auld Lang Syne” by Bing Crosby


A Christmas Tribute to the Wonderful Cindy Williamson.

Merry Christmas! As a part of my lovely mama’s Christmas present, I’m gifting her a blog post dedicated solely to the things I love about her. For those of you who don’t know my mom, she’s a coffee-lovin’ marathon runner who brings a lot of light and joy to any conversation. Mama has always been my greatest cheerleader, but what’s rare and wonderful is that I know plenty of people outside of the Williamson clan who would say she holds that position in their lives as well. She’s just one of a kind—a true friend. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things about my mom.


  1. She’s spunky but kind. A hard balance to achieve—but, I tell ya, she’s got it down to a science.
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  2. In my mind, the following picture is how I’ll always think of my mom—hanging out in our back yard in San Antonio and corralling our lab, Wes…as well as the Williamson girls who were likely running around in the background.
  3. She always dressed uniquely and fashionably. She didn’t look like all the other moms and that didn’t bother her a bit. Mom was a confident beauty who stepped to the beat of her own drummer.
  4. Once when I was in elementary school, a girl told me that my mom was weird. I was obviously deeply offended, so I marched straight home and tattled the story to the victim herself (Sorry for not sparing your feelings in the slightest, mom). My mom just laughed, shrugged, and said, “I am weird. Better to be weird than boring.” It was such a small thing, but I remember the freedom that those words gave me to always be myself.
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  5. My mom is an A+ listener. She’s somehow completely interested in every tiny, silly detail of my life. Bless that woman’s heart.
  6. I’ll always think of my mom as smelling of Calvin Klein One (a scent she sadly no longer wears).
  7. She can make friends with anyone. I remember a time way back in the day when my mom and I were shopping at HEB. I wandered around the grocery store (most likely lingering in the donut section) while my mom shopped. When I finally parted ways with the baked pastries, I found my mom chatting with a lady who appeared to be crying. They talked for a few minutes and then my mom walked to the check out line. I asked her who she was talking to, and she said, “I don’t know, but she looked sad so I asked if she was ok. She got a little upset, but I think she just needed to talk for a minute. She’ll be ok.” Twenty years later, I remember that experience, but I highly doubt that my mom does. Why? Well, because it’s not unusual for her to befriend someone quickly and love them where they’re at. It’s just who she is.
  8. My mom and I share the (very unfortunate) trait of crying when we find something truly funny.
  9. Mama was all of my friends’ favorite chaperone. At times I found this to be annoying, because it meant my mom was on every school field trip and at every swim meet, but looking back, I think it’s pretty cool that she was a) willing to be involved in my less than glamorous day-to-day life; and b) so loved and trusted by my group of pals.
  10. She loves genuinely and unbiasedly. Plus, she always brings the fun.
  11. My mom is loyal to many, but unquestionably most loyal to my dad. He is her best friend and I’ve never seen her not back him up. She loves my dad well, and that example has taught me a lot about marriage.
  12. She’s the only Williamson who has blue eyes. #jealous
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  13. That Cindy Williamson is always up for an adventure!img_6568
  14.  I truly think my mom could’ve done anything she wanted with her life. Sometimes I think it’s crazy that such a creative and cool person chose to stay at home with me and my sisters, but boy, am I thankful!img_6575

I love you, Mama! Hope you feel celebrated and cherished, because you most certainly are a gift.

Currently listening to “O Holy Night” by Sandi Patti (Mom’s favorite Christmas song)

Friday Favorites.

We’ve made it to the last month of 2016, and to that I simply ask: HOW?


My December is filled to the brim with holiday parties, seasonal festivities, and hours upon hours of Hallmark Christmas movies. Tis the season!

Here are my favorites from this past week:

  1. As you may have heard, the new Gilmore Girls reunion series came out last Friday. You also may have heard all your Gilmore Girl-loving friends collectively saying, “huh.” Spoiler: the show wasn’t that great. And it wasn’t because it was poorly made or lacked it’s signature rapid-fire wit; I think most fans would agree that the characters (one in particular) turned out to be less than average human beings 10 years down the road. This article summed up my thoughts completely.
  2. The Williamson clan reunited for Thanksgiving last week, and man, was it fun. Always a treat to have my very favorite people in town.
  3. I think everyone should pick up the hobby of running. I swear it keeps me sane, and here is an article that may prove my point.
  4. Have I mentioned how much I love my job? Sometimes I just laugh when I realize I’m literally paid to be friends with the coolest people ever. Hanging out with students this past week was definitely one of my favorite things…
  5. My sister Sarah stayed in Dallas for a few days after Thanksgiving, and time with her was such a gift. Bless her soul, she definitely witnessed one of my worst days I’ve had in a while. At one point in that day, I came home to my apartment, laid down on my living room floor, and said, “WHY IS LIFE SO HARD?” Sarah, being the trooper that she is, helped to fix the pathetic Kat situation by treating me to Tex-Mex and good conversation. Sometimes you just need your sister to (quite literally) pick you up on your feet again. Thankful for you, Sarah!

Alright, I’m off to have a mind-clearing run. Enjoy your weekend to the fullest!

Currently listening to “Magic” by Thomas Gold



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What’s your worst fear? Spiders, being chased, a college final?

I’m scared of many things. In fact, I once told a friend about a guerilla that had escaped its cage at the Dallas zoo and caused all sorts of terror in the typically happy, kid-friendly environment. To this, my friend said, “Oh, so you’re super scared of guerillas?” My response… “well, sure, if I were being chased by one.” Moral of the story: I’m often scared of things that will never happen to me or that I have no reason to be scared of.

Fear has found many forms throughout my life. Some of those ways make sense…who wouldn’t be scared of tornadoes, man-eating snakes, or killer clowns? But other great fears are a bit more complex. You know, those internal fears that eat. you. alive.

Today, I’m sitting with two fears that made appearances in my life this morning: failure + being unknown.

Let’s start by talking about the former.

I totally failed at something this morning. Like, 100% failure after trying really hard. Isn’t that everyone’s worst fear–that you will give something your very best shot, and yet fall short? Perhaps for some, failure brings feelings of depression or self hatred. For me? Just fear. Fear that I’m not who I should be. Fear that I’ll never “reach my potential” (whatever that means…). Fear that I’m not enough.

The other culprit in my oh-so-scary day came from a super non-threatening comment that I took out of context. Upon hearing words that seemed untrue about myself, my brain immediately told me lies like you’re unknown/unloved/unseen. And there, ladies and gents, is where the fear set in. I was having an identity crisis with the best of ’em.

I almost named this post “The Panic of Being Unknown,” because isn’t that how it feels when you realize that you might not be known by others or, even worse, yourself? I felt unknown by myself when I didn’t succeed, as I have always identified with being an achiever. I felt unknown by others when someone said something that didn’t line up with who I perceive myself to be. Panic leads to fear, and fear leads to a whole lotta misery.

Here’s the truth of the matter: I’m still very much dealing with this identity/fear thing. I don’t have it down, so I won’t even try to wrap this post up with a pretty bow. But I will leave some Scripture below that reminds me of where my real identity lies. Not in successes; not in popularity; in Jesus Christ alone. And when He alone is the object of my identity, I find a different emotion in my life: peace.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” -1 Peter 2:9

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” -John 15:15

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.'” -Isaiah 43:1

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
-2 Corinthians 1:21-22

“And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.” -Luke 8:47

Currently listening to “Pieces” by Amanda Cook