Hi! I’m Kara.

I’m a writer and podcaster, long-time blogger, journal junkie and mom to big kids.

I’m officially a cat lady, and I have the cat-shaped paper clips to prove it. 🩵

Also, in the past year, I’ve gotten a teeny bit obsessed with squirrels and chipmunks. But only the cats live inside the house, so everything is fiiiiine and totally normal here.

What else?

I’ve had anxiety for forever and I found out when I was 45 that I also have ADHD. It’s kind of wonderful, in a strange way, that just as so much is changing, I have a bit of time to figure out my sweet, sparkly neurodivergent brain.

(I mean, would it have been nice to know about the ADHD and how it was regularly ping-ponging into my anxiety earlier? For sure. But I’m not mad.)

Instead, I’m finally, at age 47, learning to really love myself for exactly who I am.

I’m also learning that being a bit overwhelmed and wondering about next steps and trying to navigate through big transitions is a lot more fun when we do it together.

It’s easier too.

So I am so glad that you are here. 🩵

We don’t have to figure it all out alone, OK?

Take Me Right to Kara's Writing

Wondering About Where the Beauty Is?

This is my new spot for writing about midlife, transitions, wholeheartedness, everyday beauty, journaling and probably cats.

The past couple of years have been a bit of an adventure in transition.

So I decided to start this new place to share about that.

It’s definitely still messy midlife right now, and yet, there is also much beauty. I see glimmers of it all the time.

✍️ A New Way to Write

I’ve recently changed the way I’m publishing my writing because:

  1. I really wanted a fresh start. I blogged for years, but everything has changed so much since the early days of blogging. If you are near my age, you may remember the feeling of stealing a few minutes when you could to head to your computer and check in on your favorite blogs. But now we have tiny computers that we carry with us all the time, and so much social media, and I don’t know about you, but lately, I’m really craving a slower, quieter pace.

  2. So I decided to try this new platform - Substack. It’s getting more popular all the time, so maybe you are familiar with it, and maybe you even use the Substack app.
    But what I really love is that you don’t have to have the app to read posts. Instead, you can subscribe (even for free) to the writers and creators you want to hear from, and then you get updates sent right to your email.

    That means that I don’t have to share my writing on social media unless I want to! Yeah! Algorithms are stressful. So now I can just write and push send. That feels so easeful, and currently, I am looking for ALL THE EASE.

I love an easy to do list. And I love stickers.

A New Way to Read!

I love writing on a reader supported platform, because part of what started to feel a little off to me about blogging the old way was trying to figure out how to support my writing without doing sponsored posts that didn’t feel quite right, or having to figure out advertising.

I remember once, a marker company got in touch and asked if I would share their products. I LOVE markers. Yes! I thought. This will be perfect!

Except they wanted to pay me in markers, and I called the gas company and they were not as enthusiastic about markers as a form of currency.

It was just hard.

I really wanted to just write.

And now, this cool platform lets me do that.

I am truly so grateful for each and every one of you who supports my writing, whether it’s through a monthly or yearly subscription, or “buying me a tea,” (making a one-time donation when you can.

(This doesn’t actually necessarily go to tea - usually it just helps me be able to keep making time to write here.)

But I also know that not everyone is in a position to subscribe or donate. And that’s OK too. That’s why I’m doing things this way.

And can I tell you:

  • it helps so much just to have you here reading

  • it helps when you share with a friend

  • it helps when you leave a comment or send a quick note - some days, it’s those comments and notes that bring me back to my computer. 🩵

My Why is … Us

It’s been my dream since I was 5 years old to be a writer, and more and more, I feel like something is missing if I’m not writing.

This is part of practicing wholeheartedness for me, and so if I don’t write, things feel so much harder and my soul gets achey, and I just want to move to a retirement home and smoke Pall Malls and sit by a pool and shrivel into a little lady raisin.

This notebook is PACKED with ideas for Where The Beauty Is!

But I’m figuring out that there is more to it than that.

I think writing is helping me to process this very messy middle stage of midlife, and the more I hear from you, the more I am learning that I’m not alone.

This stage is bumpy and a little scary, and sometimes, I think it really helps us all to know that we are not alone, you know? 🩵

💟 So Why Join Me?

For the past several months, I’ve been spending a lot of very early mornings and late nights thinking about what this little venture could become.

I’ve got a notebook full of post ideas that I want to share, but I’ve also started to consider what could come next.

A podcast, perhaps, or at least more recorded audio.

And maybe some events.

Maybe even classes and programs.

And maybe, (maybe this is too much to tell you but let’s go ahead be courageous and say it out loud) - maybe even a community where we could support one another as we navigate big transitions and dream of what could be on the other side.

Subscribing to Where the Beauty Is

So I hope that you will consider becoming a subscriber, because that means you will get new posts sent right to your email for free.

You’ll get all the big announcements, and all the posts, and any tiny poems, and of course, you don’t have to open my emails, but this way you will get them and you don’t have to learn a new app unless you want to!

If you would like to support my work and help me keep going - that’s super nice.

And I want you to know how much I appreciate it.

But honestly, again - I just like you being here. I’m grateful.

You can’t peak at all of my subscription options by clicking on the button below.

Thank you for being here.

Baby Kara, who once wrote a story about cats and got a little ribbon and decided that when she grew up, she wanted to do one of two things - either run a cash register or be a writer - is especially grateful. 🩵

You should know that I only tried this for one day and then this happened.

Why Become a Paid Subscriber?

Starting soon, paid subscribers get some fun extras.

I have three paid subscription options, and if you sign up for any of them, it means you get:

  • all my posts delivered to your email

  • plus special member-only posts

  • and full access to my archives

  • AND … automatic access to other fun stuff that is coming soon


✨ Membership Options ✨

🗓️ Monthly Subscriptions

First - you can subscribe for $7 per month.

I love it when you do that.

🥳 Yearly Subscriptions

If you want to save some money and because I like 7s, you can subscribe for the WHOLE YEAR for $77. (That’s a month for free.)

I can’t help it, when you subscribe for a year, it feels like when people start clapping for Tinker Bell.

I think - OK, I should keep going. Thank you! ✨

🍝 The Meatball Club 🍝

Finally, I offer something called The Meatball Club for anyone who wants to support my writing and help me create more here in the future. 🤗

I would LOVE to send you a Meatball Club ‘Kara Package!’

I named my club for my biggest supporters The Meatball Club because:

  1. I’m Italian, and growing up, we would go to ‘The Club’ on Friday nights and meatballs were extra. So it was always a decision - did I want a meatball? Was it worth the investment? What if I put it in a box and ate it the next day for lunch? (I was like 6 years old at the time.)

    So - you don’t have to give me a dime and I will love you anyway. I have had plenty of times when money was tight, and I had to decide if I could “afford a meatball,” so to speak, so don’t worry.



    Joining my club just means that you are able to lend a little extra support, and in turn, you have first access to any fun new stuff. Winkedy-wink-wink-wink.


    AND … 💜🩵🩶

  2. If can keep growing this Baby Business, I will continue to be able to offer more and more extras! 🍝

  3. I am obsessed with something called Meatball Tape.

  4. I want the opportunity to send my biggest supporters something fun in the actual mail 💌 I l LOVE making care packages. And I would LOVE to send one to YOU!!!

  5. It’s a fun name, and it makes me giggle. Who wouldn’t want to be in The Meatball Club? 🍝 (says the vegetarian writer) 😁


This page says: ‘I just sang a little song and it went, ‘ADHD! / You know what you’re doing/ But you’re doing it anyway!’’ And that’s what happens what you get diagnosed with ADHD at age 45 and start holding your life together with a journal and stickers. 😁

So to Recap …

Paid Members

If you sign up as a paid monthly or annual subscriber, you will receive:

🍝 Meatball Club members get a few extra extras:

If you join The Meatball Club you get everything listed above, PLUS … I will send you a note and gift package, packed with some of my favorite things, including, of course, some Meatball Tape!!!

I mean, look at this stuff!

OF COURSE you need it. Become a meatballer today! 😘

🐱 My Promise To You 🐱

OK - I’m going to get Serious-Pants 👖 just for a second, because I want you to know I really, really mean this:

Some of you are brand new and that is so fun.

Some of you are friends who stuck with me during my two-year-ish online hiatus and I am so grateful. Thank you.

So …

I can’t say that there won’t come a point when I get scared, and want to hide under my weighted blanket for a minute.

BUT, I can say that I have learned a lot the past two years, and so this is my promise:

My handwriting is a little sloppy ‘artsy’, so this says: Now What? Just write + don’t worry about everything all the time. Don’t try to have a strategy. Don’t worry about making it part of your business. SHOW UP. TELL THE TRUTH. DON’T RUN AWAY. That’s all you need to do.

Thank you so much for being here. 🩵

Little 5-year-old me who wrote a story about cats and bubble gum in Kindergarten and won a ribbon and a crisp $5 bill and thought - wait - people will PAY YOU to write things about cats? - is especially grateful.

The cats say thank you too, and Pablo says "Did someone say meatball?"

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Kara is a writer, podcaster and the creator here at Where The Beauty Is - an ongoing effort to find the lovely amidst big life transitions. Join Kara to read her work and listen to her podcast. P.S. We don't have to figure it all out on our own. 🤍

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Confused. Wandering. Sometimes frustrated. Mostly OK, though. Creative midlife person with a lot of cats. Journals a lot. Fueled by tea and Japanese stationery. I'm figuring it out, maybe?