“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
I love the color purple, tangerines, anything I can sing, & I have a huge DREAM —That two-leggers, people, all around the world catch CATCH-M too & watch their wildest dreams come true!
My wild dream to write a book came to me at a symphony with my husband some ten years ago. I had my eyes closed, taking in the music, & I’m not sure what you’d call it, divine inspiration, God. But something whacked me over the head that I was meant to write a book about the power of a smile to encourage us all to live our best life.
I think the whack found me because these were the books I needed as a girl! At 15, my perfectly healthy 18-year-old brother did not wake up one December morning. The diagnosis was an arrhythmia. Watching the stretcher wheel him out of my house with the sheet over his head, will forever be etched in my memory. He was gone just like that, never to be laughed with again. Some 10 years later, my perfectly healthy sister did not wake up on the morning of her 37th birthday with the same fluke arrhythmia, leaving behind her beautiful daughters & husband. How could this be happening again? Terror, questions, & the search for meaning-filled my life.
How does one rise above the pain? My parents & I struggled. I did not have the life skills I needed. I had to find away. So I started to seek out people who’d endured immense heartache, but they were still engaged, vibrant, & loving with actual meaning in their life.
The consistent thread I found in their life is what I like to call their “U-SHAPED BRIDGE,” their smile. A “bridge” is a span that allows two fixed points that would never meet over chasms or obstacles to connect. When I watched these folks I call heroes, they would use this bridge to connect their head to their heart, their heart to others by building community, & finally their lives to the power of ‘Something Greater.” For me, this “Something Greater” is Christ. For others, it’s nature, love, God, The Universe, Stillness, The Divine Spark in our heart, but this “Something Greater” was important. Another thread I found in these heroes’ lives was their ability to BELIEVE—to believe in oneself, in others, & in “Something Greater”. Their power to believe gave them hope, love, gratitude, meaning, & the courage they needed to flip their situation into something good no matter what the circumstance. Victor Frankl and Nelson Mandela are some of my greatest heroes!
Over the ten years that I worked on my book, I also lost both of my parents. Could the life-skills I learned from these heroes work? Could my U-SHAPED BRIDGE & BELIEVE really help me through the heartache? Could I catch CATCH-M too & finish my book? YES! They worked!
Now there is no doubt that we can come back from any hardship, & reconnect to our heart, to others, & to “Something Greater”! I hope you incorporate them into your life & your families/ classrroms, so that you can become the hero of your stories too-gather, no matter what challenge or naysayer you face.
Today, I have the complete joy of sharing my dream, going to schools, orphanages, libraries, & watch children connect to the hope in my LIVE BIG TRILOGY & to their ability to use these life skills to go on their own Hero’s Journey too. As one older foster girl said to me with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face, “You mean I really can be a scientist. I believe I can!” YES!
Our SMILE is a bridge that can bring us all together! So go celebrate your best me, build community, &
catch CATCH-M too!
Once you do, tell everyone you meet! Give away your book, buy one as a gift, or explain to others about the transformative power of their smiles with the stars above them, around them, & within them. Together, we can change the world!
You can also share this website!
When you do, the message you will send will read:
“Best Selling, Award-Winning Author, Kat Kronenberg, wants you to live a magical life filled with the power of “WE” and thrill of living your dreams. ENJOY her website! Get one of her LIVE BIG books! Learn The Animal’s Secrets—SHHH—so that you can become The Hero of your story too!”
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The power of “WE” has also been instrumental to my dream.
Thank you to you for reading my books & to the incredible people in the pictures above & listed below who helped to make my dream a reality.
My husband Kam; my boys Knox & Jaxon; my girls Kat & Ashley & their families; my treasured friends; my creative team – Elisabeth McKetta, Marianne MacKenzie, Bethany Hegedus, Nancy Lamb, Joseph Barton, Sherri Hull.
My publisher – Greenleaf Book Group
My artist: Stephanie Dehehennin & David Miles
My curriculum designer – Debbie Gonzales: www.debbiegonzales.com
My website designer – Midlothian Web Solutions
THANK YOU ALL! May the power of CATCH-M reign in your hearts always!
Finally, a few more things to know about me before you leave so that we can hopefully become friends and pursue our dreams together:
INCREDIBLE GROUPS WHO INSPIRE ME TO FIGHT FOR MY DREAMS:
FAVORITE READS WITH MY GRANDBABIES: (of course, all Dr. Suess)
SONGS I LOVE TO DRUM TO BY MYSELF OR WITH A CREW IN A DRUM CIRCLE TO STAY TRUE TO MY DREAM:
(Of course any BOOM SHAKE SONG that comes along, any song from Olatunji’s Drums of Passion or Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum)
I ALSO ENJOY PLAYING THESE SONGS IN A SPECIAL WAY: (I light a candle and remember my dream)
FAVORITE BOOKS THAT SHOW ME TWO-LEGGERS CAN DARE TO DREAM:
A FEW MORE OF MY FAVORITES
- My favorite food: French fries and ice cream.
- My favorite mood: Ecstatic anticipation.
- My favorite thing: My squishy pillow that I take everywhere I sleep and even carpool.
I will forever have a four-legged friend, wake up with a song to sing, drink coffee, hug you when I see you, go to bed with my best memory from the day, and never ever give up on my dreams!
I AM THRILLED WE MET!
Now if you have time please go to the YOU page. We’d love to get to know you and share in your dreams too!