Coming soon

Katherine Swims as we know it is coming to an end. I’ve been brainstorming (hard) for the past few days, and in strange spaces of mental quietude a new project and blog idea came to me. It’s a better reflection of who I am now, where I am in life, and what I want to… More Coming soon

What’s going on

So much has changed since I last wrote. There have been milestones, like turning 30 in March. That month, I also started a new job—one in which I get to write every single day!—and have quietly put my blogging on the back burner as I focus on a big professional transition. A woman I greatly… More What’s going on

Heavy things

My brain has been all over the place lately, and the last thing I want to do when life gets heavy is head to the gym. I’m definitely one of those people who experiences exercise as a form of therapy, but actually getting to the point where I’m lacing up my running shoes can be a… More Heavy things

The real world

Oh, New Orleans, you treat me so right. The past several weeks leading up to Carnival have been nothing short of incredible. I feel so lucky to live in a city with such a vibrant culture and top-notch food, and even luckier to share it with the kind of friends who make my life in… More The real world

You have one job

As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I’ve spent some time recently with books and websites about personality type and happiness. Some things I’ve read, particularly Susan Cain’s magnificent Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, have taught me a great deal about myself. I also took a legit… More You have one job


Every year, around this time in January, I like to devote my energy and focus to evaluation. What happened last year, what was good, what was bad, what needs to change, what doesn’t? January offers us a pause between the nonstop pace of the holiday season and anything that’s yet to come in the new… More Happiness

From the beginning

It should come as no surprise to you that I enjoy ritual. The familiarity and structure of a schedule is something I deeply need, almost at a level I feel is required for survival. Each day begins and ends with motions I’ve repeated so many times before, from mascara on my eyelashes in the morning… More From the beginning

You are my Liebster

One of my favorite things about the early days of email was those long lists of questions that you had to answer about yourself. Favorite candy bar? Who’s your crush? Least favorite subject in school? Years later, some friends and I found some of those old lists and provided some pretty ridiculous answers. I love… More You are my Liebster