Kate Allan is an illustrator and designer from Washington State. She writes and draws about painful things but aims to make it okay with bright colors and sparkles. Under the handle The Latest Kate, she has a social media following of more than 100,000 people. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Wear Your Voice Mag, Sparklife, and more. Margarita Tartakovsky, MS, is a writer and associate editor at PsychCentral.com, the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. There, she pens pieces about everything from anxiety and ADHD to creativity and couples to self-compassion and self-care. Her writing also has been featured on other websites, including SpiritualityHealth.com. She lives in Florida with her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Lily.
"In You Can Do All Things, Allan, creator of The Latest Kate, includes what has been helpful for her in dealing with her feelings of inadequacy, which might be helpful for you, too: "Choosing to be my authentic self; not reshaping myself to fit someone else's standard, whether that's my physical appearance or behavior. Only embracing relationships where I am respected and accepted for who I am. Being honest with myself and my loved ones about my insecurities and challenges; owning it. Showing the kindness and understanding to myself that I would show a friend. Reframing; looking at past events and choices with understanding and compassion and without judgement." You are worthy, and you deserve relationships that are built on respect and kindness, relationships that also nourish you and add to your life. But I know you might not see that or feel it right now. Know that this can and will change. The key is to consider and explore what can help you to get there, to see and feel your inherent worth. Working through Allan's wise suggestions is a great place to start." - PsychCentral