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Welcome to the Live by Design Podcast! I’m your host, Kate House. Join me each week as I lead our community in seeking joy and cultivating gratitude in our daily lives. Together let’s live by design and not default.

Welcome to the Live by Design Podcast! I’m your host, Kate House. Join me each week as I lead our community in seeking joy and cultivating gratitude in our daily lives. Together let’s live by design and not default.


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Welcome to the Live by Design Podcast! I’m your host, Kate House. Join me each week as I lead our community in seeking joy and cultivating gratitude in our daily lives. Together let’s live by design and not default.






Book Report: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking - And How I'm Making Our House A Forever Home

When you walk through the door to your home, how do you want it to feel when you step inside? Do you want it to be welcoming, comfortable, and cozy like a warm hug? What special pieces do you have in your home that remind you of your loved ones and give you that sense of ease? In today’s special Book Report episode we are talking about The Little Book of Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) - Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. So,...


How To Find Meaning In What You Do - A Conversation about Serendipity, Humility, Risk-Taking, and Gratitude with Gettysburg College President Bob Iuliano

This week we continue our conversation centered on IIN's Circle of Life Exercise and focus on the topic of Education. When I sat down to brainstorm who would be the perfect guest to welcome onto the show for this chat, it dawned on me that my alma mater, Gettysburg College, has a president who - funnily enough - is also a podcast host! Flash to be taking a deep breath, giving myself a little pep talk, and writing a long-winded email to President Iuliano about who I am, what my podcast is...


Bonus: "I See You, And It's Beautiful" with Bridget Covill

Do you need someone to speak light and love into your day, friend? To remind you that you're perfect - exactly as you are? Then sit back, pour a fresh cup of coffee, and press play because have I got the perfect guest for you! During today's conversation, Connection Coach Bridget Covill shares what words of wisdom she wishes she could share with a younger version of herself, and it was so beautiful that it brought tears to both of our eyes! What Bridget shares is something I think we all...


How to Find Connection Amidst Conflict - A Conversation About Relationship with Bridget Covill

How do you create connection within a relationship, even amidst conflict? That's the question that today's guest, Connection Coach Bridget Covill, answers. And I have to say, not only is her advice insightful and immediately applicable in each and every one of our lives, but she shares with sincerity and warmth. Bridget truly wants to walk alongside us during difficult times, and in this episode she shares how to navigate challenging relationships with her time-tested 5 step approach to...


Bonus: Shift Your Gaze Higher...And You Just Might Find Inspiration From Above (Like In The Form Of An Actual Bald Eagle!!)

It's funny, but in my experience I've found that running often times is symbolic of life itself. And during my super hot 2-miler yesterday I got to thinking about the importance of shifting your gaze higher in order to gain perspective and the courage to see your goals through to the end. And then the COOLEST thing happened! I kept shifting my gaze higher and higher...and I looked at the sky above and there was a bald eagle soaring above me. Yes. True story. This happened, it was...


Bonus: "Be Mindful Whose Mentorship You Take to Heart" with Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed + Fit

What advice do you wish you could share with a past version of yourself? Well this week that's just the question that our guest, Cassy Joy Garcia, answers. Cassy Joy is a bestselling cookbook author, the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed + Fit, holistic nutrition consultant, and mama to two littles (soon to be three!) - and she has a wealth of insight to share. It seriously gave me a jolt of inspiration when hearing Cassy Joy speak from the heart! And if you're looking for...


Healing From the Inside Out With New York Times Best-Selling Author Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed + Fit

Have you ever found yourself with the desire to cook a delicious and nutritious meal but at a total loss where to start? Same! And that's why I'm thrilled to share with you today's conversation with Cassy Joy Garcia. As a New York Times Best-Selling author, the creative force behind the popular food blog Fed + Fit, holistic nutrition consultant, and mama to two littles (soon to be three!) she's perfectly poised to share her insight and methods for creating fun, fast, affordable, and...


Bonus: "You're Kind of Doing It Wrong" with Cara Ansis of Happy Whole Way

If you could go back and offer advice, guidance, or encouragement to a past version of yourself - what would you say? This week Cara Ansis of @happywholeway answers this exact question, and her insights highlight her transformation into someone with a deep appreciation for self-love and a commitment to continued growth. And can't we all use a little more self-love and kindness? So sit back, pour a fresh cup of 'jo, and press play as Cara shares from the heart. Resources show notes | join...


A Journey of Self Love and Acceptance with Cara Ansis

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you needed to make a change? Whether that was in your career, relationship, or - dare I say - your religious institution? This week we wrap up our conversation on Spirituality with Cara Ansis. Cara has a master’s degree in Soul Care and is a certified Spiritual Director who works with women as they enter their own inward journey towards taking better care of themselves. Tune in to hear as Cara shares her own story of spiritual awakening and...


Bonus: Embrace Who You Are with Wendy Battles

Do you appreciate what makes you unique? Do you embrace who you are? Or do you try to mold yourself into what you think others expect of you? During this week's bonus episode, I sit down with Wendy Battles of the Reinvention Rebels Podcast and she answers the question I pose to all of our guests, which is: "Knowing what you do now, what do you wish you could share with your ten year's ago self to lend encouragement or guidance?" Press play to hear Wendy pour self-love and empowerment into...


From Unitarian to Buddhist: A Journey of Reinvention with Wendy Battles

Friends! I'm so thrilled to bring today's conversation to your ear buds - because let me tell you, this episode is gooooood. This week we continue our discussion centered on spirituality, and joining the podcast is Wendy Battles of the Reinvention Rebels Podcast. Listening to Wendy each week leaves me feeling inspired, confident, and energized. Not only does Wendy speak to the rebel in me who wants to live by design and not default, but she's also the most articulate, well-spoken podcast...


What My Spiritual Practice Looks Like Today

Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? As someone raised in an uber-religious school and church, it took me years to tease through those experiences (which, to be totally honest, weren't full of sunshine and unicorns) and after leaving the church learn what a spiritual practice looks and feels like for me outside of religion. In today's episode, I open up (like, way, way up!) about the journey I've gone on and how it's led me to embracing spirituality as an opportunity to...


Bonus: Learning To Let Go with Brittany Frisch

This week's bonus episode features Brittany Frisch - whom you might remember from a recent Client Spotlight on the podcast where we celebrated a big personal and professional milestone Brittany had just achieved! You can check out that episode here if you want to add it to your listening queue. In today's episode, Brittany shares life advice she's learned over the years, and it's gooood. For any other recovering people pleasers / perfectionists out there, this one will really speak to...


Bonus: Mini Meditation - "Do What Is Right For You"

Have you ever read a poem or a quote that stopped you in your tracks? Frequently, the work of Yung Pueblo does that for me. Recently he posted a poem from his book, Clarity and Connection, on Instagram that made me pause. And that poem is the inspiration for today's mini meditation. I hope his words speak to you too, dear friend. So press play, find a comfortable place to sit, and gift yourself 13 minutes to slow down and get back in touch with your breath. Let's find stillness...


Guess Who's Back?!

Hey friends! Holy smokes, it's been a beat since a new episode of the pod has come out, and I'm grateful for your patience and understanding while we experienced alllll the life these past couple of months! Since my last episode we've: So today's episode isn't our regularly scheduled programming in that I'm not teaching or sharing on a topic, just catching you up on all the goings-on in my life and business and also share what you can expect from the second half of our second season of The...


Client Spotlight: Conquering Big Goals with Brittany Frisch

How do you tackle a big, audacious goals? By taking one step every single day. And that's just what today's guest, Brittany Frisch, did. I'm lucky enough to know Brittany through our services swap - I'm Britt's Health Coach and she does all of my branding and family photography (ever wonder why our family photos are so gorgeous? It's all Britt!). So welcome to this special "Client Spotlight" episode. I know Britt's story will leave you feeling encouraged, uplifted, and inspired to make...


Bonus: It's Okay To Not Have It All Figured Out with Samantha Kellgren

Any other recovering perfectionists out there? If so, then this episode might hit home for you. In today's bonus episode, Samantha Kellgren of Simply Well Coaching shares her answer to the question that all of my guests are asked, which is, "Knowing what you know now, what advice do you wish you could share with yourself from ten year's ago?" Sam's honest, candid, and insightful answer is sure to leave you feeling a little lighter and brighter then when you first pressed play. I also...


How To Pursue Aligned Action with Samantha Kellgren

This week I sit down with Samantha Kellgren of Simply Well Coaching to discuss Aligned Action. What it is, and how you can incorporate it into your life! Through a transformative experience in her own personal life, Sam learned how to pursue aligned action, which has led to her establishing her mindset and health coaching practice, starting a family, and so much more. Each day Sam helps women say no to overwhelm and yes to balance, joy, and confidence. Does that sound like someone you'd...


That Time I Had A Quarter-Life Crisis

Have you ever had an experience that gave you absolute clarity? A "something's gotta change" kind of moment where you knew deep down in your being that you must make a shift? I had one. At 25 I had a quarter-life crisis and drastically changed my life as a result. I'm here right now writing these show notes in large part because of the decisions I made during that time to follow the calling that was on my heart. Today I open up and share what that process looked like (hint: it took a lot...


Bonus: A Joyful Meditation with Sarah Weyenberg

There is joy all around us. I'd even venture to say that there is joy within us. And sometimes, we need a little help seeing and feeling it. Enter Sarah Weyenberg, founder and owner of the Shiny Happy Yoga online studio. Sarah is a longtime friend and yoga mentor of Kate's, and it's always a pleasure to welcome her onto the podcast to guide us all in seeking, experiencing, and passing along joy. So sit back. Press play. And enjoy this week's mini meditation. And if you enjoyed today's...