I am Katie Leas from Kansas City, Missouri Portland, Oregon.

During the pandemic of 2020 I picked up and moved across the country from Kansas City to Portland. The stress of fixing up my house, selling it, and managing the logistics of moving 3 cats and one single almost 40 year old woman were…stressful.

Over the years I’ve tried on a lot of “outfits:” shy and quiet new girl, band geek, party girl, workaholic, runner, and cool girl. For as long as I can remember, I’ve crafted stories – out loud, in my head, in print. Some of them aren’t the stories we talk about; they’re the stories we use to fill in the gaps when we’re afraid to speak up and connect.