Hi, I’m Katie.
I created Little Challenges after recovering from a time of personal crisis. It’s based on the simple practices, tools and ideas that helped me turn my life around.
I battled with perfectionism, overwhelm and a series of debilitating mental health problems for 32 years. At various times I was diagnosed with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and was told to expect to be on medication for the rest of my life. It was frequently a struggle to hold down a job and take care of my kids. I often didn’t like myself much.
After a particularly bad time, I ended up being admitted to a psychiatric ward. It was the wake-up call I needed to help me realize that I couldn’t carry on living as I had; I needed to find something better. The only problem was that I had no idea where to start.
In the past, my instinct had always been to make huge changes and look for miracle cures. Over and over again I clutched onto the latest great hope, imagining that it would change everything – but in all the years I tried, I never found one that worked.
This time I tried something different. I began studying how habits are formed, how willpower works, how personality, thinking styles and energy levels influence us. All the while, I experimented with my lifestyle and behavior to see if I could change some of the things that had caused me such unhappiness.
It was only when I started to make tiny, positive changes and committed to them long-term that I began to see extraordinary results.
I gradually discovered simple, practical ways to create a calmer, clearer life and became happier, healthier and more resilient than ever before. Looking back I came to realize that many symptoms of my ‘illness’ were simply signs that I had been living in a way that was all wrong for me.
Within four months of being discharged from the hospital I was medication-free and had no diagnosis of any kind for the first time in my adult life. Since then there have been no further symptoms.
I had given up hope that I could change my life, but it turns out I could.
I think that if I can change, you can too.