How Loss Taught Me to Manage My Anxiety and Start Living Again

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is a writer, journalist, and champion of women — and on February 4th, 2017, she also became a widow. That morning, her 32-year-old husband, Jamie, collapsed and died while running a half marathon. The couple was months away from adopting their first child. In the days and months that followed, Katie explored how to grieve, learned to share her struggles, and worked to honor her late husband as she pieced her life back together. Looking back on a year of profound growth and unexpected hope, Katie shares how she used creativity to conquer her anxiety and embrace the unknown.

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Katie is taking 2018 off to travel, work on a book, and figure out what’s next in life. She previously worked at The Poynter Institute, where she taught journalists about workplace culture, digital innovation, and audience engagement. Prior to that, she worked at CNN, where she led a team of producers based in Atlanta and London. Outside of work, she’s written and shared about lessons learned from losing her dad in 2013 and her husband in 2017. Katie is a big fan of no one else dying, and, despite it all, is (mostly) happy and looking forward to what’s next in life.

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    Beautiful, really personal talk! I'm really moved. Big hugs for Katie! <3

    Gabriela Orlik • February 4, 2018