Katie Strandlund @kstrandlund

http://cautiouscreative.com/

Aunt to the world's cutest nephew. . Passionate about the places where curiosity finds courage. . MN made me. TN shaped me. Now CA is home to me.

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Weekend road trip essentials: 
My Love ✔️
The open road ✔️
Favorite playlists ✔️
Coffee ✔️
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Weekend road trip essentials: My Love ✔️ The open road ✔️ Favorite playlists ✔️ Coffee ✔️

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It’s like when you’re on the elliptical & trying to find your groove. You work & work at it, & all of a sudden, everything just clicks, you’re locked in, & you think “Did it really have to be that hard?”
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That’s a little how life feels at the moment. Coming up on 1 year of life here in California, I’m finally beginning to feel more like a resident than a visitor. Maybe there’s something magical about the 1 year mark of something new or maybe that’s just how long it takes for everything in us to fully embrace a major life transition. .
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Either way, it’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited to be up & out the door with the sunrise to get the day started.
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It’s like when you’re on the elliptical & trying to find your groove. You work & work at it, & all of a sudden, everything just clicks, you’re locked in, & you think “Did it really have to be that hard?” . . That’s a little how life feels at the moment. Coming up on 1 year of life here in California, I’m finally beginning to feel more like a resident than a visitor. Maybe there’s something magical about the 1 year mark of something new or maybe that’s just how long it takes for everything in us to fully embrace a major life transition. . . Either way, it’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited to be up & out the door with the sunrise to get the day started.

I’ve been reminded this week about a blog I wrote a couple of years ago titled “An Ode to the Tough Times.” The beauty that comes from hard soil is my favorite kind. ...
“The secret is: the things that matter are hard things.
They ask for a lot of attention to survive,
requiring us to fight for them.
But the beauty of the fight
is that it reminds us just how much heart
and tenacity we each have.
The strength we have,
the courage we have,
the depth of hardships we’re capable of surviving.

And without being asked,
compassion rushes in.
It doesn’t fight the fight for you,
it doesn’t try to rescue you from the pain.
But it puts on a pair of boxing gloves of its own,
wipes the blood off your face,
hands you a bottle of water,
reminds you who you are and what you’re fighting for,
and says,“I’m with you, you can do this.” And even for the strongest of us,
there is comfort in being reminded
we’re not in the ring alone.
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I’ve been reminded this week about a blog I wrote a couple of years ago titled “An Ode to the Tough Times.” The beauty that comes from hard soil is my favorite kind. ... “The secret is: the things that matter are hard things. They ask for a lot of attention to survive, requiring us to fight for them. But the beauty of the fight is that it reminds us just how much heart and tenacity we each have. The strength we have, the courage we have, the depth of hardships we’re capable of surviving. And without being asked, compassion rushes in. It doesn’t fight the fight for you, it doesn’t try to rescue you from the pain. But it puts on a pair of boxing gloves of its own, wipes the blood off your face, hands you a bottle of water, reminds you who you are and what you’re fighting for, and says,“I’m with you, you can do this.” And even for the strongest of us, there is comfort in being reminded we’re not in the ring alone.

It’s #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay & I couldn’t be more honored to be part of a team that is passionate about truly seeing slavery abolished everywhere forever. Today at @a21, we launched our #CanYouSeeMe campaign in the US. I am believing these videos, posters, and more will bring a whole new level of awareness and we will see slaves set free as a result.
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It’s #HumanTraffickingAwarenessDay & I couldn’t be more honored to be part of a team that is passionate about truly seeing slavery abolished everywhere forever. Today at @a21, we launched our #CanYouSeeMe campaign in the US. I am believing these videos, posters, and more will bring a whole new level of awareness and we will see slaves set free as a result.

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It’s raining in Southern California. Which is big news considering that I legit fumbled with my windshield wiper controls this morning because it’s been that long since I’ve had to use them. 
Couldn’t be more grateful to live in this land of (almost) endless sunshine.
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It’s raining in Southern California. Which is big news considering that I legit fumbled with my windshield wiper controls this morning because it’s been that long since I’ve had to use them. Couldn’t be more grateful to live in this land of (almost) endless sunshine.

2017, I think you’ve been one of my favorite years yet. I never could’ve anticipated just how much change you would bring, but I am oh so grateful for every last bit of it. A new home, a new love, & a new chance to be part of world-changing work that is so much bigger than myself. 
I went into this year with a focus on learning how to abide. Learning to take hold of His peace & be still...even in the often crazy paced life I have the privilege of living. 
And here at the end of it, the beauty of California & a love like I’ve never known have helped me do just that. 
2018 will be about growth, about expansion, about digging deep to plant roots in this still new home of mine.
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2017, I think you’ve been one of my favorite years yet. I never could’ve anticipated just how much change you would bring, but I am oh so grateful for every last bit of it. A new home, a new love, & a new chance to be part of world-changing work that is so much bigger than myself. I went into this year with a focus on learning how to abide. Learning to take hold of His peace & be still...even in the often crazy paced life I have the privilege of living. And here at the end of it, the beauty of California & a love like I’ve never known have helped me do just that. 2018 will be about growth, about expansion, about digging deep to plant roots in this still new home of mine.

This little man is the highlight of every Minnesota Christmas celebration these days.
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This little man is the highlight of every Minnesota Christmas celebration these days.

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Christmas is dusting off piano playing skills to attempt a few Christmas carols on Grandma’s piano - the first piano I ever played.
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Christmas is dusting off piano playing skills to attempt a few Christmas carols on Grandma’s piano - the first piano I ever played.

It’s been a year of major changes, transitions, & new things. This right here is by far my favorite. 
Minnesota bound for a white Christmas.
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It’s been a year of major changes, transitions, & new things. This right here is by far my favorite. Minnesota bound for a white Christmas.

It’s taken some adjusting, but I think I could get used to palm trees & Christmas lights & 70* sunny December days that turn into perfectly cool, cozy nights. #lategram
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It’s taken some adjusting, but I think I could get used to palm trees & Christmas lights & 70* sunny December days that turn into perfectly cool, cozy nights. #lategram

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Yesterday we got to take a minute to enjoy lunch together, soak in a view of the Pacific, & celebrate an absolutely incredible year in the life of this team. Grateful doesn’t come close to summing it up.
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Yesterday we got to take a minute to enjoy lunch together, soak in a view of the Pacific, & celebrate an absolutely incredible year in the life of this team. Grateful doesn’t come close to summing it up.

When you’re busy cleaning & catch a glimpse of pink sky out the window, the only option is to press pause on cleaning, sit on your deck in the 70* weather, & watch the day fade to night in style.
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When you’re busy cleaning & catch a glimpse of pink sky out the window, the only option is to press pause on cleaning, sit on your deck in the 70* weather, & watch the day fade to night in style.

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