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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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.

Joy in the time of madness

Joy in the time of madness

Listen. Your joy matters. It is a potent force for good in this world. Yes, even when it feels like it's all falling apart. Yes, even when the political situation is descending into frightening fascism. Yes, even when there are so many important things to be angry...

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Deeper Magic

Deeper Magic

Earlier this week I was writing my morning pages, which I do more mornings than not, and I wrote something that surprised me. I'll tell you what it was in a minute, but first I need to explain why it surprised me. Usually, see, my morning pages (which I began doing...

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Marital negotiation, gender roles, and domestic bliss

Marital negotiation, gender roles, and domestic bliss

Hi! That's me and my beloved husband up there; Krista Welch took that photo when we were speaking in Marfa a while back. Today's topic is personal AND political AND practical. See, we are merrily sweeping away in the Queen Sweep, and it’s brought up a marvelous...

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Castles and warrior queens

Castles and warrior queens

Today I want to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was a woman who lived in a beautiful castle. It was full of beauty, color, and light. People gathered in the banquet hall to dance and feast. Scholars and diplomats met in the libraries to talk about the...

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Energetic boundaries and energy cocoons

Energetic boundaries and energy cocoons

A few weeks ago I was in Marfa, Texas, teaching at an incredible event for creatives called Yeah Field Trip. My talk was called "How to make art and business with a tender heart in a brutal world." I taught them a crash course in setting energetic boundaries so that...

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How to weather a rough patch

How to weather a rough patch

I'm writing to you from New Orleans! It is gloriously warm and damp here, and I am reveling in the moss and the trees and the bricks and the food and the glorious buildings and the soft, soft air! Last week I told you about a time in my life when it felt like I was...

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Fierce and Tender: an experiment!

Fierce and Tender: an experiment!

I'm trying something totally new. I have an idea for a brand new programand I'm over the moon about it, because it'sthe very thing that I havecraved the mostfor myself and for you this past year. (Which is how all my best programs and groups are born!) But instead of...

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You need a refuge…inside yourself

You need a refuge…inside yourself

Tell me something. Over the past couple of years, have you ever felt the immense awfulness of the outside world pressing in on you? Have you felt it pierce through all the healthy boundaries you've ever set up for yourself and trickle in? Has it perhaps soaked in so...

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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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