A newsletter about facing life’s hardships, all while being kind to yourself
I’m Katie, and 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 Fridays, paying subscribers receive a second newsletter with additional thoughts, reader responses, related resources, and more. (Here’s an example subscriber-only issue.)
Here’s what people are saying
Katie Hawkins-Gaar @katiehawkBecoming a parent makes you reconsider a lot of things. For me, it's the way I talk about my body. #mysweetdumbbrain https://t.co/VwQLGjZCdo
Katie Hawkins-Gaar @katiehawkThis essay definitely falls under the “wrote it because I need to read it” category. #mysweetdumbbrain https://t.co/Dn5hRhrrzE
Katie Hawkins-Gaar @katiehawkIn today’s newsletter, I re-examine some of my past career choices. Were they really worth it? #MySweetDumbBrain https://t.co/WY1GARsVJi
Are you convinced yet?
Perhaps my favorite testimony came from a reader named Catherine. “Your newsletter is like the BFF break I need every week,” she emailed me.
“I am so grateful for all you put out there… it really helps on so many levels. If one week, I’m feeling lonely, it makes me feel less alone. If one week, I need some reaffirmation, your newsletter is there. And it always makes me feel like we’ve just hung out and had a chat. So thank you!”
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I hope you enjoy this newsletter as much as I enjoy writing it!