About the blog

What others are saying about Courage Love Intensity:

“This is truly something everyone, or at least every woman, should read. Bravo. Your pieces are continuously honest, intellectual, reflective, and thought-provoking. I feel sorry for anyone who hasn’t yet had the pleasure of reading them.” ~ Marisa D. Lyon

“You are turning into my go-to website for inspiration or a reminder that I need to snap myself out of my funk.” ~ Dani of Suburbia Interrupted

“I find some of the advice posts out there quite patronising and too full of the “love yourself!!” mantra like it’s a super easy thing to do. These delightful nuggets of advice are real, insightful and awesome.” ~ Suzy Marie of EeeP! I’m a Blogger

“Boom goes the dynamite!” ~ Nate of The Loveumentary

2012 was the year I decided to change my life completely, for the better.

Like lots of twenty- and thirty-somethings, at age 27 I was stuck in a rut. I spent more time asking myself ‘what am I doing?’ that living in the present. And it wasn’t my parents or my boss or my friends telling me I couldn’t do what I truly wanted with my life. It was me.

I was the person who closed doors that were wide open, more times than I could count.  I was crippled by the anxiety of not knowing what would happen if I steered off-course from the path that I thought I should be following, because having faith that ‘whatever will be, will be’ is easier than actively pursuing the adventure I craved.

But then something changed in my inner monologue. I started to say ‘why not?’ instead of ‘no’ to my desires and visions. I decided to stop making fear my enemy. To stop letting it guide my life choices. I started taking more risks, like singing in a subway as a dare from friends, then dancing in some of San Francisco’s busiest areas. The I did something scarier. I left my job. My stable paycheck of nearly six years, that afforded me all kinds of luxuries and stability, but ultimately didn’t fulfill me.

Ever since I made that decision in December 2012, my day-to-day reality has been an amazing ride into the unknown. I can tell you with 100% sincerity that I haven’t felt as happy and free and ALIVE since I was a little kid as I do now. I’ve traveled to beautiful places, moved to a city that feels like the home I was always searching for, ran two half-marathons, built my own skin care services company, and began an everlasting love affair with writing. All because I got off the path of least resistance and forged my own way.

I changed my life for the better, and I know and love myself much more deeply because of it. I hope this blog inspires you to knock down your own walls and live the full life you’re capable of living.

Now is your time. Walk closely with people you love. Don’t get stuck in the past, and don’t try to fast-forward yourself into a future you haven’t yet earned. Give today all the love and intensity and courage you can, and keep traveling honestly along life’s path. – Taken from Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist

Thanks for visiting, reading, and sharing. I’d love to hear from you! Tweet me, Facebook message me, or shoot me an email at courageloveintensity@gmail.com ❤

With courage, love, intensity,


9 thoughts on “About the blog

  1. Hey Kristen!

    I just found your blog and appreciate your work so much. I am contacting you on behalf of Rebos, a new sober social networking app. We are reaching out to organizations and bloggers to post or share about Rebos to build awareness of the new free sober social network we are creating. People on Rebos will be linked to other individuals seeking sober fun, friends, relationships and more!

    I am super passionate about our mission and bringing the strength of community to those who need support. Please check out our Facebook page for more details. I have also attached our press release. Please let me know if you’d like to beta test the app before it’s release!

    Thank you!

    Ben Zimmer


  2. Hi Kristen,
    Met you at the multipotentialite/blogger group lunch today. Nice blogging. Great meeting you. Enjoy Portland. Keep in touch. 🙂 -Josh

    • Thnx Marisa! Just checked out your blog and love it. Also, just realized you’re the one who creates those badass Loveumentary playlists. You & I have very similar music taste 🙂 Great taste, if I do say so myself!

      • Thank you! And the feeling is mutual for sure. I didn’t even realize you knew Nate!! I had just stumbled upon your blog and was immediately drawn to it. Such a small world. Great to connect with you as well 🙂

  3. Hey You,
    I’m so happy you launched this site! Looking forward to hearing great things from you (kinda/kinda not jk or am I 😉

    I totally agree with the social circle halo effect, holy crap. It feels like someone’s always doing better and funner things than me, ya know. Even if that’s not necessarily the case.

    I as well need to live in the present at times. Sometimes, we just need to sit down and reflect on what we’ve done to truly appreciate it. Otherwise, we just keep moving through life unaware of the people around us or the great things we’ve accomplished.

    I saw your YouTube channel. It’s really good and don’t worry about it, everyone starts somewhere. Like they say or at least in Prometheus “big things have small beginnings”. Keep singing randomly at the SF Bart Station. Lovely voices need to be heard, just saying.

    The main reason I want to hear great updates from you is that your aspirations inspire me. You’re an amazing woman but I love the person you have potential to be.

    That right there inspires me to take more action. I’m super excited for you and your endeavors. Oh and the quitting your job thing, awesome conquistador!


    The juice was worth the squeeze 😉

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