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guided journals by katie clemons

I want to inspire connection, kindness, and empowerment—

One story, one moment at a time through my content and products.

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Howdy! I’m Katie Clemons, and I help folks celebrate their stories. I’m the author of many wildly sought prompt journals for everyone in the family to keep for themselves or write back and forth. My superpower is asking meaningful questions; my passion is empowering and connecting families. My products approach serious and silly topics in life with ease, turning non-writers and journal lovers alike into passionate wordsmiths and storytellers. In one word, I’m a storycatcher.

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL CALLED MY JOURNALS “THE SECRET TO GETTING YOUR TEEN TO TALK.”

My mission—Let’s celebrate your story!—began in elementary school when I craved a consistent, fun way to capture and write my stories. Then my determination to also help others celebrate their stories emerged while I learned to fly a Cessna 172 airplane. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to earn my wings. Flying was really difficult for my poet’s heart. But then I started noticing that there were no other women stepping into the pilot’s seat. It was all men! I began wondering about the women sitting in the co-pilot seats—what were their dreams? Their stories? Their superpowers?

Meanwhile, my grandma had just turned 90. We were invited to record her stories on NPR’s StoryCorp traveling bus. But as we climbed aboard, we sadly realized she’d forgotten all her dreams, stories, and strengths—the sort of stuff we all swear we’ll never forget. My grandma told me: “I should have written them down, Katie.”

And that’s when I knew what I was called to create. And I bet that’s why you’re here!

DREAM-COME-TRUE THINGS JOURNALING HAS BROUGHT TO MY LIFE OR THAT SHAPED MY WORK (THAT I’D LOVE TO CHAT WITH YOU ABOUT):
  • I built my own home inside an airplane hangar in rural Montana (and shared it on HGTV!).
  • I’ve pinpointed the three barriers that prevent people from successfully journaling.
  • My first journals were handmade. I began selling them on Etsy in 2009. Then I self-published four journals. Two became #1 Amazon Bestsellers.
  • I earned my private pilot’s license—something I never believed possible! I still remember the scariest and proudest moments of my life happening in that cockpit.
  • I graduated cum laude in English Creative Writing from Hollins University (a private women’s college in Virginia) and completed a Business Management degree at The University of Montana. It took me 4.5 years and a lot of professors emphasizing right and left brain studies couldn’t be intermixed.
  • My young children are the end of my rainbow. My parenting priorities are kindness, creativity, gratitude, and a willingness to bravely be yourself.
  • For a while, my closest friends and I didn’t share a common language. They were from Russia, Poland, Vietnam, India, and Italy. We were studying German at the adult education program in Berlin, Germany and spent hours stumbling through conversation with excessive hand gestures. Their stories transformed me and my work.
  • My favorite summer job? Girl Scout Camp Counselor in the Bob Marshal Wilderness for 8-12 year olds.
  • I can pinpoint specific moments where journaling has made me more grateful, joyful, and self confident. Plus I’ll never forget the smells of incense or chocolate and churros during Holy Week in Spain.
  • As a creative female entrepreneur, I always encourage folks to find something so huge, scary, and unrelated to their work—something they’re certain they can’t accomplish—and then go do it. When you find your moment of achievement, you realize the sky is the limit. And for me, that lesson literally came 600 feet above the ground.
Adult-Child Journaling Blurbs

I hope that parents will journal with their children, because we all know our years with them are brief. Writing back and forth nurtures the deep, soulful connection we all crave. As simple and insignificant as each entry may seem, they add up. A shared experience here, a memory there—they become the moments that end up mattering most.

A shared journal is a nightlight as we navigate toward a deeper connection with our kids.

Our hectic schedules make it easy to walk through the hall and completely miss a child’s closed door. Keeping a journal encourages us to slow down and be more aware of what our children—and we!—are experiencing. Some entries in my parent-child journals address things that you already know; others can help you discover emotions or entire stories that you weren’t aware of.

Sharing a journal with your child gives you both a peek inside one another heads and hearts.

Sharing our stories and experiences across generations can be hard, but my journals offer an inventive, lively way for us to draw closer as we share adventures, interests, memories, and unique perspectives that lead to a more fulfilling relationship.

A parent-child journal encapsulates reminders of how much you and your child love each other.

I have found—as have countless other parents—that keeping a parent-child journal helps us become more conscious and confident, especially when schedules are full and life feels hectic. Writing prompts offer an accessible tool that urges us to ask questions and be more aware of what our children—and we—are experiencing.

I want my journals to enable parents and their kids to share stories, daydreams, and adventures and to try and understand each other’s points of view.

It’s astonishing how the simple act of parent-child journaling can so thoroughly affect us! I believe that when we read a journal entry from one another and slip back on our own shoes, we change. We gain greater understanding, more patience, and deeper empathy.

You will never regret journaling with a child. Stories are the nightlight when you’re looking for deeper connection.

I began writing the first parent-child journal when I envisioned the family time capsule that I’d love to have, and I realized I probably wasn’t alone. Imagine opening a journal in ten or twenty years with your now-grown child. You’ll see pages filled with stories and perspectives, youthful penmanship recording moments you haven’t thought about in years, photographs, illustrations, and most of all … reminders of how much you love each other.

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Our kids don’t care if we make brownies from scratch, use a mix, or buy them pre-made. They just want us to us to love them, listen to them, and model what we know. I have found that a shared journal is the easiest, most powerful way to draw closer to a child you love. As you answer prompts that make you laugh, reflect on each other’s lives, or invite conversations on deeper issues, you and your child build a richer relationship.