I know you’ve got so many to-do lists, hopes, and expectations that keep you running. By picking up a pen now, you inspire connection, appreciation, and empowerment in your family and our world. Let me help you uncover your voice and celebrate your story.
Howdy! I’m Katie Clemons—storycatcher, mom of two, fifth generation Montanan, and author of beloved writing prompt journals for everyone in the family, including five #1 Bestsellers. I’ve found that keeping a journal is both the easiest and most powerful way for me to cultivate a habit of appreciation and connection.
I began tinkering with journal techniques in elementary school when I craved a consistent, fun way to capture and write my stories. I found some success, though it mostly resulted in a shoebox of half-written, uninspiring diaries. I graduated cum laude in creative writing at Hollins University, focusing on personal essays, and I majored in business at The University of Montana.
In the summer of 2009, I decided to attempt something I never thought I’d be able to achieve: I decided I was going to fly an airplane. I wanted wings! As I worked on my private pilot’s license, I noticed there weren’t any other women stepping into the pilot’s seat. It was all men! I wondered about the women opting for the co-pilot seat—what were their dreams? Their stories? Their superpowers?
Meanwhile, my grandma had recently turned 90. NPR’s StoryCorp invited us to record her life’s dreams, stories, and strengths. You know: the kinds of moments we all say we’ll always remember. Except my grandma wasn't remembering any more. She sighed and said, “I should have written them down, Katie.”
That autumn, I handcrafted my first guided journal, adding little phrases (prompts) to get me writing. I printed and hole punched a few extra journals, put them on Etsy, and saw them sell that day. I quickly realized I wasn’t alone in my desire for introspection, connection, and storycatching. My mission—Let’s celebrate your story!—began as positive customer feedback started pouring in. (Thank you.)
My revolutionary approach to journaling caught the attention of press like Huffington Post, Pregnancy and Newborn, and Good Housekeeping. I received multiple green business awards from the Governor of Montana. Retailers started carrying my products, while not-for-profits took them on retreats. I gave a TEDxTalk and shared my story on HGTV’s “You Live in What?”
Everything about my work and life changed when my first baby arrived. Unable to keep up with business demands, my team and I stopped making handmade journals. I took everything I’d learned and began self-publishing bound journals in 2015. My mother-son and mother-daughter journals became instant #1 Bestsellers on Amazon—an achievement I never dreamed possible!
Determined to help more folks celebrate and share their stories, I signed on with the incredible (and women-led!) publisher Sourcebooks in 2018 to relaunch my self-published journals and create a whole new line.
It’s been another dream come true, and I’m not done reaching for the stars yet.
Thank you for entrusting me and my products with your stories. My vision is to inspire connection, kindness, and empowerment—one story, one moment at a time. I know you have a story that’s messy, imperfect, and beautiful. We all do! My heart has grown bigger because of you folks, and I’m touched by the incredible love, community, and powerful stories you share online every day. I only hope that I have helped you, too. Please keep cracking open. Tell me what you need. Leave reviews or tell your friends. Show me what you learn through your journal.
Remember that anything is possible. Keep dreaming, don’t stop journaling, and ... Let’s celebrate your story!