Katherine North

Writing & Coaching for seriously badass + secretly tender women

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About Katherine

I’m an expert at empowering women to be the fiercest, bravest, truest versions of themselves.

I’ve helped them navigate promotions, negotiations, legal drama, dream jobs, nightmare jobs, book deals, sickness, divorce, parenting, betrayal, PR whirlwinds, and just plain messy beautiful life.

I believe that life is complicated for all of us, but we can make it gorgeous anyway.

I’m a queer feminist, mother of five, and heathen mystic.

If you’re too smart for most of the self-help aisle but you’re also what Anne Shirley would call a “kindred spirit,” you’re in the right place.

If you want a beautiful life, you have to be fierce about it.

From the Blog

When and how (and why) to trust yourself

When and how (and why) to trust yourself

Let me ask you a serious question. Are you drinking enough tea? Because January and February require extra tea: I consider it a vital nutrient. If you’re new here, welcome! I’m Katherine North, that’s me in my sweet husband’s office getting my earl grey fix, and this is the Saturday missive, a little love note I send out to the kindred spirits each week. This week we’re asking the question of whether or not you can dare to TRUST YOURSELF.

Every now and then, midday, when I am churning my way through my to-do list or between coaching sessions, I’ll feel an enormous wave of sleepiness wash over me. My eyes burn. My lids droop. The urge to lie down is intense– and convincing.

The trouble is, friend, there’s a bed in my office.

(Or you could say, I suppose, that my office is in my bedroom. Semantics.)

So this isn’t just a wave of normal adult midday drowsiness– THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS PROBLEM.

Because we all know what would happen if I were to lie down, mid-day, on a BED for crying out loud, like a slothful sloth of a sloth.

Destruction, obviously, for starters. I would just sleep forever, never do another hard thing, my business would fall into ruin, and my children would have to cart my sleepy self in the handcart from which they would also beg for scraps.

There just aren’t any other possible outcomes.

Except. Well. I’ll tell you a funny thing. A few times in my life, I have simply given in to that intense urge and lay down on the dangerously tempting bed. And after about 20 minutes, every single damn time, something unexpected happens. Instead of falling into a slumber that lasts 100 years, I am– you will be shocked to hear this– absolutely flooded with a new idea. It’s usually so surprising, so delightful, and so goshdarn interesting that I pop up out of bed and dash to my laptop– all of three feet away– and start pounding away on the keyboard. Sometimes they are small delightful ideas, like an amusing anecdote for the next week’s missive. Sometimes they are tectonic possibilities that will shift the entire way I do my work, like the new Patreon community that is bringing me so much joy and momentum right now.

I know that with all this wildly irresponsible lying down in the middle of the day nonsense, you are deeply worried about the fate of my children. I completely understand.

But miraculously, my children are fine. In fact, not only are they not begging for scraps, they will vehemently protest EVERY vegetable I set before them this evening. I can guarantee it.

And so it was that I came to have a radical thought:

What if my urge to lie down wasn’t a sign of laziness–

WHAT IF IT WAS THE FIRST SIGN THAT I WAS ABOUT TO HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW IDEA???? BUT THE IDEA COULD ONLY COME THROUGH IF I SHUT THE HELL UP AND GOT OUT OF THE WAY????

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About Me

Hey there, I'm Katherine.

I've got five kids, I'm a queer feminist, and I just might be the only life coach in the world who doesn’t believe in the Law of Attraction.

I write things for women with big, gorgeous, COMPLICATED lives.

I help women become epic fucking badasses... but I still retain my right to cry at every diaper commercial ever made.

Let’s talk about the rest of this year

Let’s talk about the rest of this year

Can you believe we're into the final months of the rest of this year AND this decade?!?!? It's been a wild couple of weeks here, during a wild season in a wild year....ok, in a wild lifetime. Is there any other kind? ppst--New here? Catch up here and here!  While...

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Big swells call for big compassion

Big swells call for big compassion

Where do I start? So much has happened. Like so many of you, we're navigating big changes. If you're new here (hi!!!), here's a little background. Five years ago, I was a happy solo mom of one kid living in Portland, Oregon, when I unexpectedly fell in love with my...

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Our film premiere and doing scary things

Our film premiere and doing scary things

Whoah friends. This has been a WEEK. I got back late in the evening from my magical horse whispering trip and went straight from the airport to a fancy dinner with a bunch of actual film directors. Not only did I have major impostor syndrome, but someone had spilled a...

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Horse magic

Horse magic

I’m writing you a little bit high on horse magic. I'm in California with a beautiful client and we just wrapped up two days of absolute bliss-- complete with horses, sunburn, dust, flies, and a reminder that the world is more magical and mysterious that most people...

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The uncomfortable in-between times

The uncomfortable in-between times

Ahhhh, the squirmy discomfort of those awkward in-between times. I'm right there, friends, because it's been quite a week. We shared the trailer for our documentary with the world a few days ago, and it's such a strange feeling-- so intimate and yet so public. This...

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Why your inherited beliefs make you feel guilty

Why your inherited beliefs make you feel guilty

Last week we talked about how hard it is to give ourselves permission to have the things we really need. Sometimes it's hilarious, the things we deny ourselves. A 10-minute daydream. Enough sleep. A green juice, jeans that fit, or a new phone cord to replace the...

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Stop waiting for permission!

Stop waiting for permission!

It's time to stop waiting for permission, dearhearts. We're about to tip over the edge of September, and I have that same fluttery feeling in my stomach that I get on a roller coaster riiiiiight as you peer over the edge of the first big crest and question all your...

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The vacation you ACTUALLY want

The vacation you ACTUALLY want

I did a thing. A scandalous thing. A scandalous, decadent, delicious, blissful, unbelievably wonderful thing. What was it? I took a Real Actual Bona Fide Official Certified Romantic Adults-Only vacation with my husband!!! To a tropical island!!!! AAAgggggggghhhhh!!!!!...

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WEEKLY MISSIVES

WEEKLY MISSIVES

A weekly story from Katherine to make you strong, fierce, tender. They’ll make you laugh, maybe cry, and get you moving. In your inbox every Saturday morning.

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