Thank-you for taking the time to stumble into this little space. I do hope you feel welcome.

Here you’ll find a journal of sorts. A mishmash of ramblings, of stories, of photos. A little space to for storytelling and for talking about the everyday. A place that is centered around family, love, well-being, recovery, and joy.

To help put a person to all the words: I’m Kaitlyn. I’m 23 and I’m so lucky to be married to my best friend, Cameron. We live in a little group of islands at the bottom of the world called New Zealand, where Christmas means summer and where you cannot ever be far from a beach.

Our lives are about to change in a really big way soon, because in March we are welcoming our daughter into the world. We are so excited to meet her and we are so in love already.

Initially, With Being Alive was created as a space to share, to heal, and to grow. It documented a tiny portion of my recovery journey, helped me to work on becoming brave, and to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. But now as I have progressed through recovery, it’s more of a journal, a scrapbook, a junk draw of all the little things if you will.

The name With Being Alive stems from the quote:

does anyone else have those moments where they just fall in love with being alive? like, maybe you’re in art class with soft music and you realize that this peaceful feeling is a part of life that you love and you want to just keep forever, and there are so many other parts of life too that are so wonderful and maybe existing isn’t so bad after all

(by aloeplantt on tumblr).

Lately, this has been a space for joy and for gratitude. To document the every day magic, simply because I’m learning about importance of finding the small joys.


Thanks for sticking with me this far!

Lots of love and hugs,