becoming kate

"In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you."
-- Buddha

The judge looked over the paperwork and then at her. His first question seemed directly on point. “Miss Nagel, I am curious, at the age of forty-seven, what would compel you to legally change your name?”

Becoming Kate is the story of a heart… my heart.  In 2013, I was in the midst of a powerful transformative journey when I was led right back to the place where it all began. My hometown. Cleveland.

I was returned to face the demons that had haunted me and kept me from the life I wanted. This particular leg of the journey asked me to consider the entirety of my life’s experiences and navigate a course to change as I allowed everything that I had fought to create, give way to the possibility of who I was meant to be.

I chose twelve compelling moments that allowed me to shift my perceptions, beliefs, and values.  Each served as a turning point as I reconciled my past, restored peace to my soul, and released my heart’s passion to live.