This is a newsletter about facing life’s ups and downs, all while being kind to yourself.

We all have brains that are sometimes sweet and sometimes dumb, and we can learn a lot from those sometimes-great, sometimes-frustrating minds of ours.

My Sweet Dumb Brain is written by Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a freelance writer living in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s edited by Rebecca Coates, a blogger and mom of two living in Roswell, Georgia.

We all experience ups and downs. We just don’t always talk about it.

I created My Sweet Dumb Brain in Fall 2018, one and a half years after my husband died at 32. In the time since his death, I’d amassed a lot of emotions and thoughts about grief, depression, hope, guilt, sadness, and joy. This newsletter became a place to process all of it, and to share the things I’d learned with others.

I’ve since published more than 100 issues and watched as readership grew—from friends and family, to acquaintances, to total strangers! I’ve written about the fragility of life, the joys of freelancing, what it’s like to fall in love again, and much, much more. I’ve sharpened my skills as a writer, met other people with similar stories to mine, and heard from countless wonderful readers. It’s been a wild and rewarding journey, and I’m grateful for all of it.

My Sweet Dumb Brain publishes twice a week. Each Tuesday, I send out an essay to all readers. On Thursdays, paying subscribers receive a second newsletter with additional thoughts, reader responses, related resources, and more. (Here’s an example Thursday issue.)

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I hope you enjoy this newsletter as much as I enjoy writing it!

xoxo,

KHG