Right now, my soul finds itself planted firmly at the intersection of faith, technology, relationships and commerce. It’s a weird and beautiful intersection, with an awe-inspiring amount of foot traffic moving in all directions. It sort of reminds me of Shibuya station when we lived in Japan.
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In the last year, I’ve really spent a lot of time angsting about how much, if at all, to talk about my work life here on That Darn Kat. It’s complicated a little by the nature of my job. I work as a writer in digital advertising and online marketing.
The problem with trying to separate my work and personal lives into neat, tidy compartments is that life is neither neat, nor tidy. It’s messy and complicated. Not to mention that the same things I find meaningful and worth talking about at home (connecting with people, writing, technology, authenticity and my faith) are, oddly enough, equally relevant at work.
I’m trying to live with integrity: as a child of God, as a wife/mom/sister/friend, and most definitely, as a participant in the marketplace. If there’s one area of life that needs more integrity, it’s the marketplace. If there’s one corner of the marketplace that needs more integrity, it’s marketing and advertising. And if there’s any particular medium in marketing and advertising that needs more integrity, it’s the web.
One of the definitions of “integrity” is “being whole or undivided; completeness.” I’m the same darn Kat, whether I’m at home, at work, or during both halves of my two hour commute. I care about the same stuff. I write and speak with the same voice, in all its idiosyncratic, verbose glory. (And yeah, for those who don’t know me in real life, I really do talk like this. With an accent that is a weird blend of Jeff Foxworthy and Hurley from LOST. “Dude” and “y’all” in the same sentence. But I digress…)
Ultimately, That Darn Kat is my place to talk about the things I care about. It’s the place where I work out–in writing and with others–the things that are on my mind. In the last couple of years, I’ve been trying to make my heart, mind and soul more generous and expansive. It’s probably natural that the subject matter here is going to get a little more generous and expansive as well.