Big News


I have some really exciting news to share with you. I’ve actually known for a while now, but I haven’t shared with you yet because I think it has taken time for me to really process that this is actually happening. Do you ever get like that with big deal stuff? Sometimes it just takes a while to sink in before you can share…. So what is my big news?

I’m moving to San Francisco and attending
San Francisco State University this August.

AHH!!! For those of you who know my story, you understand what a big deal this is for me. I finally have the opportunity to return to school and get a degree in something I actually care about, like really really care about with my whole heart and mind. I’ll be majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies, attending one of the most beautiful colleges in California, and living in my favorite city in my own beautiful little studio.

I’m busy cleaning and packing my life in preparation for the move, but as soon as I get a chance to set up my new place, I will share photos and update you on my transition.

I’m so excited to share this journey with you on Clear the Way. Many of you have been here with me for my trials with unemployment, the stresses of starting a new business, and all the many joys along the way. Now you can join with me in this exciting new endeavor.

Thanks so much for being here for me, guys.
You mean the world to me.

Apps I Use Most Often (12 Lists)

12 Lists Prompt #7: Make a list of the apps you use most often.

My sister Gillian from Chez Gillian and I created the 12 Lists series which is a monthly list-making series for those who love writing lists. Each month we announce the topic, write our lists accordingly, and invite you to do the same on your blog. You are welcome to add your post to the link-up below so we can get to know you a little better, one list at a time. This month’s topic: the apps you use most often.

A list of Clear the Way Kate's most used apps.

  • Messages (for texting)
  • Google Hangouts (because my boyfriend doesn’t text)
  • Mailbox
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Afterlight (for editing photos for Instagram)
  • Chrome
  • iPhone Clock for alarms/timers
  • Spotify
  • Timehop

Check out Gillian’s list of which apps she uses most often, make your own list, share it on your blog, and be sure to submit your post to the link-up below (and use #12lists2015 on social media). Feel free to use the post header provided, just be sure to link to the original posts. Happy list-making!

Stern Grove Festival

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Hello, dear readers. About eight days ago, I mentioned I would be “taking a break” from posting on Clear the Way for a bit, but I can’t ever stay away long. I wanted to share a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to and see how you were all doing. This week has been spent apartment searching in San Francisco, working with awesome clients through Clear Creative Consulting, and spending time with loved ones. I had a fun sister date with my two younger sisters at the Stanford Theater, a theater in Palo Alto that plays old movies, and we enjoyed watching Sabrina together. We ended the night with Cranium and wine.

I went to Stern Grove Festival yesterday with my boyfriend and a friend to see tUnE-yArDs. We had tickets to see tUnE-yArDs awhile ago, but #hellastorm kept us from making the concert. I was happy for a re-do and the opener, DakhaBrakha, was a great surprise. I had never heard of them before, but they put on a really good show. (I shared my favorite song of theirs below.) If you’re ever in San Francisco in the summer, you should check out the Stern Grove Festival, a fun and free outdoor concert series. I recommend donating the suggested $10 amount because ten bucks is still super cheap for a great time. Bring a picnic, a blanket, a bottle of wine, and lots of sunscreen.

Stay tuned in the coming week for a special announcement. I’ve been keeping a secret from you all, but it will soon be out.

Take A Break

Take a break

With the exception of a few previously-scheduled posts, I’ll be taking a break from Clear the Way for a little while. My mind is jumbled with big dreams and my heart is pounding to make them happen, but my spirit is telling me to take a break before I jump straight into it. With time, you’ll see these dreams become plans and these plans hatch new things. I won’t be fully absent during this break. I’ll be working hard behind-the-scenes renovating and creating, and I’ll certainly make time to continue reading all the blogs I love visiting.

Until next time…

The Art and The Feminism 8

The Art + The Feminism - Add Your Own Lines

Kim Cornelison

The Art and The Feminism is a sub-series of Feminist Fridays where I share art with you that has somehow inspired or evoked my feminism. I show the artistic inspiration with you, write from my experience viewing or engaging with it, and then ask for your thoughts. This month: this beautiful photograph by Kim Cornelison.


Sometimes you have to draw your own lines to complete the picture. You’ve gathered and collected parts of the picture, throughout your life, from various sources, by different means. When it’s ready to assemble, there will always be something lacking: you. You are the one who makes sense out of your life, out of the things you’ve been given. You are the one who draws the lines, connects the dots, completes the picture. Maybe the lines you draw are outlines—like “insert here” placers for things you’d like to collect in the future. These lines are like your goals. They define what hasn’t happened yet. They help guide you. Maybe the lines you draw are markers for things or people you used to have or know that no longer exist in your picture. You keep them there with the decided strokes of remembering them. You add them into your picture in the form you choose.

Draw your lines. Complete your picture. But make sure it’s your picture.

The beautiful thing about feminism is that it does not always directly relate to a social justice issue or theory. Feminism is a way of living with your mind and heart open to what’s true, healthy, and loving. It is just as much about seeing a message like this in a piece of art as it is seeing a need for justice in a societal problem.

How does this art speak to your feminism?
Plus, see more Feminist Fridays.

Coffee Date 13

coffee date 13
The Coffee Dates series on Clear the Way is an opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better. Every coffee date I’ll answer some questions and I hope you’ll answer them, too. You can respond in the comments. This month I asked my friends to give me a few questions and they asked me the following, so grab a cup of coffee and join me for Coffee Date #13.

What is the one thing that you do each day without fail?

Think too much.

i think too much

 (image via dttsp)

What movie did you love to watch as a child?

I loved Anne of Green Gables. I wanted to be her, her bosom buddy reminded me of my sister, and I fantasized about marrying a dimpled Canadian. While I still don’t have her life and my sister turned out a little different, I did end up falling for a guy who says “sore-y” instead of “sah-rry.”

Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been to?

Vernazza, Italy. I’m so in love with that little town…

So tell me, Dear Readers:

  • What is the one thing that you do each day without fail?
  • What movie did you love to watch as a child?
  • Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been to?

See my other Coffee Dates.
Learn more about me if you want.