Dwell Updates

Oh, I’m excited. Like, this venti coffee isn’t giving me the shakes…it’s my excitement. It’s also probably the venti coffee.

There’s been a lot of changes here on Katie-Did. This has been my life-space for years…5 years actually.

But that’s all about to change this winter….

I announced earlier that, soon and very soon, Dwell: Practicing Whole Wellness will be more than a Facebook page. I am thankful for His provision of all the right people and all the best resources along the way to make this dream for His glory into a reality for His namesake.

This week I’m packing my bags, oils, and huge notebook and heading out for the Influence Conference.



I couldn’t be more excited about this. I can’t wait to share more about what Dwell is and will be. But really, we’ll learn together when the journey officially begins.

What will Dwell be like?

There will be YouTube videos, webinars, yoga flows, devotions, worship playlists, art downloads, devotionals, design tips and resources for your own blog and business, my own journaling, & essential oil information as we all seek together how to be wholly well in Him. If you live in the area, I will be reaching with this ministry physically into the community. Much of this will be free, offered in love to the women growing alongside me. While I’ll provide information, I won’t be telling you to eat or do anything…I’m not incredibly wise or know particularly more than anyone else, but I want to change the subject–to begin a discussion in our hearts and in our homes about our focus, intention and….above all….Jesus.

We will leave our places & groups where we live in the extremes of dieting, theology and opinions because we will see that there’s no one else around us who is different than us. We will jump from this space into the middle and ride down the river of life TOGETHER, with our very different worship, very different health habits, and very different dinner plates….all of us with Jesus.

We’ll learn from each other.

We’ll realize that we’re not right about everything.

We’ll lay down our opinions.

We’ll love.

It will be well with our souls.

It will be a resting and strengthening space until you’re ready for your own launch into healthful, balanced living with Jesus. That may mean you choose veganism, paleo, essential oils, or decide you just can’t move yet. It’s where all of the information, and ideas come into a pool of togetherness and we can sort of dump all that we’ve been sifting and turn our eyes to Jesus….and listen to where He wishes us to go. Sometimes not moving is exactly what you should be doing. And sometimes you need to go….like right now.

I won’t write all the time…I’ve got some beautiful ladies who have much to offer…more than I have to give.

I am looking SO forward to this conference as I will learn how to do all of this in a way that is most glorifying to Him and most effective, understandable, and applicable to you, friends.

Can’t wait to share more! Until then, friends…..

…may we be seekers of balance.


P.S. – My website developer is kind of cringing that I’m going to this since we’ve pretty much got the website done and I’m 99% sure I’ll change it after I gain armloads of information and ideas at the conference. Sorry in advance! You’re amazing!


Hey Friends! I’m over at the Mind Full Collective today talking about one of my favorite greens…KALE! So, in light of gardeny goodness, I thought I’d share a little update on our Giving Garden!

We’ve been the talk of the neighborhood, as these young kids, who’ve only lived here for a year, have Lowes coming in with giant truck loads of cinder blocks. We’re disturbing the peace, most likely, but my neighbor is remodeling her house and they are building a new house at the top of the street. So, I think we’re good!

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It goes without saying that having a truck come with a forklift is quite possibly the best day in a little boys’ life.

We did hit a snag as he placed the pallets in the garage. Our floor buckled. Whoops. So that put a drive in hubs like never before to get that wall built so we could get the garage floor cleared out again!


Ok, seriously, friends we are so excited. Things are REALLY taking shape. Hubs is working harder than I’ve ever seen (and he’s an incredibly hard worker). It’s amazing when your purpose somehow collides into His purposes…there’s a drive like we’ve never known that’s grown from that space.


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It’s truly been an honor to work beside him in this. We are crazy-passionate about feeding His people. I mean, friends, this is what we spend our date nights talking about. We are so excited to be provided with just another way for His people to be fed…and fed well. With the fruits of the earth, the nutrients created in His hands.

Just a little logistics: we are doing the Square Foot Gardening plan. Our beds are rectangular but we are dividing them in half and will do 2 square foot gardening lattices, one on each end with a little empty space in the middle. This is large scale, larger scale than your Giving Garden may appear and that’s ok. God has grown it to this space and we have obeyed. Your space is yours and God’s 🙂


Two beds down, two to go!!! Great job, Hubs!!!

These are just a few of the lovely things we will be growing in our Giving Garden…literally just a FEW.


“There will always be poor, but they don’t have to be hungry.” – Larry Herman

My dad, the director of the Midwest Food Bank in Peoria once said, “there will always be poor, but they don’t have to hungry.” And that has sat with me since the very day that I heard it.

The truth of that statement has been spreading deep into my soul…into my very bones. And it’s breathing new life in me as I realize that not only do the poor not need to be hungry…they also don’t need to be eating only non-perishable foods.

I’m so excited, friends. Remember…you can always join in on the project. It’s a project that has little form, and a lot of love. See THIS POST for more information on what we’re doing and how you can join in in your own unique calling and giftedness. 

My first born, Nugget, has been asking every day when he can grow food in the garden. This boy possesses my heart for all of God’s creation. He cried with me just yesterday as the trees in the neighborhood were cut down, and he feels the heart of God in the earth alongside me. I cannot wait to let his hands dig deep in the earth next summer.

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He has been coming to me with exhaustive lists of vegetables he’d like to grow. Pineapples were in there…we to remind him that we live in Illinois ha!

Happy Monday, Friends!



Oh friends…

The time is here. I can really start talking about where my writing space is headed. I didn’t have all the pieces in place for a long time.

And then I thought that I did. So I got a web developer and off we went together creating an awesome new space. I started writing this update post but God took over the blog space for a long time. He shoved me over and did some re-working.

He ruined my plan, actually. So we’ve gone back and reworked most of it…bless my web developer’s heart.

And now…it’s simply lovely and I am so excited to discuss.

Here’s the deal: I’m beyond passionate about wellness and healthy living, because I believe that every breath, every cell, ever molecule and every moment is a priceless gift and opportunity from God. Here’s what I know: I’ve wasted it. In so many ways I’ve wasted it.

So. During the development of the new space I had been really going through some major heart change…heart surgery, if you will. God was just dumping out my heart closet and almost everything was in the “throw out pile.” There’s something that happens when I look at my heart mess–I freak out. I completely freak out and move into the fear space that says I’m worthless and unusable and have ruined my reputation, etc, etc, etc. But from this space, God has healed me, strengthened me, and, through SO much seeking, trembling, writing, and weeping on my yoga mat…He moved. And I started really praying for God to grow my arms, to be a true doer of the Word. “I want to CARE about your justice on earth. Less of me, Father…more of You…ALL of You! Devour me, Jesus.”

Not soon after, God caused me to hear about She Reads Truth and they were beginning the study on Justice. Boom. Nothing will grow your heart space in the direction of serving His people like a study on His justice. I was moved…and if anybody follows me on Instagram…I blew up their feed. I couldn’t stop with all of this truth! (Sorry, friends, who were growing tired of those posts). 

…and that’s how God ruined my blogspace. I thought this was a separate heart space, this journey I was painfully walking through. It was something that I was seeking to grow in my own personal walk. I had these piles of things that God was cleaning out of my heart closet, and while most of them were to throw out…there was this other pile…a pile that still needs a lot of sifting and repair.

But it’s not to give away, it’s to give to you.

The Lord has placed a unique and heavy burden on me to share even though I want to clamp my mouth shut. I’ve been an over-sharer from birth and as I have claimed and grown this space of peace in my heart and life, I worry about talking. But the Lord has placed this burden on me and as I share this space, my only hope and prayer is that He will be made much of.

I have been a lover of sinning in secret, and speaking about anything that comes to my mind. I have not been a person of intention and I have not been a person who gives. I have been a pursuer of chaos and emotional confusion. But God has BROKEN my heart, and His grace has just completely ruined me. I’m ruined, I tell you. His gift is my gift to give.

So here we go. Now it’s time to share what this space will be:

The new name is…. Dwell: Practicing Whole Wellness! I’ve even got a fancy shmancy logo and everything. The name? I’ll break it down because each and every word in that name means everything to me.

Dwell – the space where the Spirit resides upon our acceptance of His grace. The space where He actively works in me…prays over me…speaks to me…convicts and encourages me….and completely CHANGES me, from one degree of glory to another. This is my first intention…to know Him more, and intimately. To live my life gently & quietly, resting in this space no matter what I’m doing, and what’s going on around me. To engage in a constant conversation with the Alimighty indwelling richly in me.

Practicing – because it’s all a practice till glory, yeah? The dwelling space is the launch pad for this action, and my actions must pour from that space. Life’s a practice, and there is no perfect. The action between the Spirit and I is found in the doing…in the sinking my hands deep into life with the intention of His heart. This has never been my intention before in my life, nor has it been anything that I’ve ever done. But here I am, friends, sleeves rolled up and hands in…ruining my manicure.

Whole – mind, body, soul & spirit. Not just eat healthy and feel better. Entire being…all of it. Whole body worship.

Wellness – It is well with my soul. My whole self is cast at Your feet, held in Your arms, lifted by Your grace, and renewed by mercy. Yes, and Amen. My wellness is found in the life lived from my dwelling space, serving Your people and serving the church–all of us blood-bought daughters and sons of God.

Here’s what I’ll be writing about:

my life…the boring and lovely

Feeding the Hungry, and what that looks like in my own simple little life…this is a hard space for me. Be prepared to watch me struggle to follow Him in this. It’s a brand spanking new journey for me. But I see now how He has prepared me my entire life for this moment. I feel READY. Game face = on.

The Giving Garden: a new project that God has just completely blown into our family because He is good. Find more about that later!

Yoga, and what that looks like for the believer

Lots and Lots more…with every post bearing my deepest intention for peace and intimacy with Jesus our Savior. And that means everything from iPhoto organizing tips to feeding the hungry in my neighborhood to claiming a quiet space in my home. Let’s allow peace to infiltrate every small area of our life. Please join me as I grow into the notion that God cares about all these areas and spaces in my life and what it looks like to give Him reign over them. In the smallest ways.

The tentative launch date is October and I will do my oh-so-very best to accomplish that. Name of Jesus. Yikes.

So there you go. It is my journey and my hope that we can all come to a better space of peace and intentionality in everything we do.

It isn’t a coincidence that the structure of this blog is based on everything I struggle most in and have ignored most of my life in pursuit of my own selfish gain. It’s just simply not a coincidence. We’ll trudge on together, friends. We’ll approach every battle from the place of victory as it’s already been won…

….let’s go. He is our brave.

– Katie

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