Me

“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.”
John Lennon
Kat Kronenberg with her four-legged friends
Me with my four-legged friends who are always looking to their wished-upon star too!

I love the color purple, tangerines, anything I can sing, and I have a huge DREAM —That two-leggers, people, all around the world catch CATCH-M too and 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 amazing music, and 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 help us all live our best life.

I think the whack found me so that I could use the hardship I’ve been through  for good. At 15, my perfectly healthy 18 year-old brother did not wake up one December morning. The diagnosis was some fluke arrhythmia. Watching the stretcher wheel him out of my house with the sheet over his head like a scene in a movie will forever be etched in my memory. He was gone just like that, never to be seen or laughed with again. Then about 10 years later, my perfectly healthy sister did not wake up on the morning of her 38th birthday from the same fluke arrhythmia, leaving behind her beautiful daughters and husband. How in the world could this be happening again? Terror, questions, the search for meaning plagued my life – Why my family? How do we rise above these hardships?

My parents hearts were shattered. They couldn’t rise above. There had to be a way. So I started seeking out people who have endured immense heartache, but were still some how engaged, vibrant, and loving with actual meaning in their life.

Me with my special family at my sister Susan’s wedding. My parents and grandmother on the front row are no longer with us. My sister, her husband Shane, and my brother, Robert, the tall blonde in the back have also passed.

The consistent thread I found in each 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 closely, they would use this bridge to connect their head to their heart, their heart to others, and finally their lives to the power of ‘Something Bigger.” For me this “Something Bigger” is Christ. For others, it’s nature, love, God, The Universe, Stillness, The Divine Spark in our heart, but this “Something Bigger” was key, no matter the name. It brings hope, love, connection, gratitude, meaning, the courage one needs to flip any situation into something good and even use it to help others.

Over the ten year period that I worked on my book, I also lost both of my parents. Could my U-SHAPED BRIDGE really help me through this heartache? Could I catch CATCH-M and finish my book? For a while, it seemed the answer was NO, but I kept trying in spite of myself, kept using the key, and slowly it did work.

Now there is no doubt that we can come back from any hardship, reconnecting to our heart, to others, to “Something Bigger”! We can even find meaning, celebrating a life beyond our wildest dreams, no matter what hardship, obstacle, or naysayers we face along the way.

Today, I have the complete thrill of sharing my dream, going to schools, orphanages, libraries, and watch children connect to the hope in DREAM BIG. As one older foster girl said to me with tears in her eyes and smile on her face, “Wow, I really can be a scientist. I believe in me and my dream.” YES

Our SMILE truly is a bridge that can bring us all together as we each remember the importance and power of this gift and the thrill of pursuing our dreams together.

So please catch CATCH-M too!

Once you do, tell everyone you meet about the thrill of their dreams and catching CATCH-M too! Give away your book, buy one as a gift, explain to others about the incredible power of their smile, the stars above us, around us, and within us all. Together, we can change the world!

You can also share this website!

When you do, the message you will send will read:

“Kat Kronenberg hopes you live a magical life filled with the power of “WE” and the thrill of living your dreams. ENJOY her author website and her books! Learn The Animal’s—SHHH—Secrets, make You Can Drums, have some fun parties, and fight to light the divine spark in your heart and everyone’s!”

ENTER EMAIL ADDRESSES:

Author Kat Kronenberg's family with their CATCH-M's
My amazing family having some fun creating their own CATCH-M’s, their big heart-felt smiles that truly radiate and can change everything!
Author Kat Kronenberg's family celebrating dreams and A-BUN-Dance
My family rocking my Boom Shake Song to celebrate my dream with me and encourage me to keep fighting. Then we had a blast with A-BUN-DANCE game!

The power of “WE” has also been instrumental to my dream.

Thank you to you for reading my books and to the incredible people in the pictures above and listed below who helped to make my dream a reality.

My husband Kam; my boys Knox and Jaxon; my girls Kat and Ashley and their families; my treasured friends; my creative team – Elisabeth McKetta, Lisa Bovee, Marianne MacKenzie, Bethany Hegedus, Nancy Lamb, Joseph Barton, Sherri Hull.

My publisher – Greenleaf Book Group

My editors – Becky Manfardini and Bradley P. Wilson

My artist: Stephanie Dehehennin

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)

An Awesome Book
Yay You
dream big little pig
exclamation mark
the feel good book
frank was a monster
dont let the pigeon
Squids
on my way
make a stand

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)

"Butterfly Fly Away"
by Miley Cyrus
“Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus
"Firework"
by Katy Perry
“Firework” by Katy Perry
"Once a Day"
by Michael Franti
“Once a Day” by Michael Franti & The Spearheads
"Happy"
by Pharrell Williams
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
"Shake It Off"
by Taylor Swift
“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
"The Circle of Life"
from the Disney movie The Lion King
“The Circle of Life” from the Disney movie The Lion King
"We Are The World"
by U.S.A. for Africa
“We Are The World” by U.S.A. for Africa
"Celebration"
by Kool
“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang

I ALSO ENJOY PLAYING THESE SONGS IN A SPECIAL WAY: (I light a candle and remember my dream)

"This Little Light of Mine"
by Avis Burgeon Christiansen
“This Little Light of Mine” by Avis Burgeon Christiansen
"When You Wish Upon a Star"
from the Disney Movie Pinocchio
“When You Wish Upon a Star” from the Disney Movie Pinocchio
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
by IZ
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ
"One Man Can Change the World"
by Big Sean
“One Man Can Change the World” by Big Sean

FAVORITE BOOKS THAT REMIND ME TWO-LEGGERS DARE TO DREAM:

Daring Greatly
The Alchemist
The Little Prince
eat pray love
Narnia
war of art
harry potter
hope for the flowers
eragon
WE day 1

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!

The tadpole from DREAM BIG by children's book author Kat Kronenberg