Katie Horwitch is the woman, warrior, and wellness activist behind WANT: Women Against Negative Talk, a platform that gives women tips, tools, resources, and inspiration to move forward in their lives by shifting their negative self-talk patterns. How cool is that? WANT was founded out of the realization that there were zero places for women to not only receive inspiration, but actual tools and resources to change their limiting negative talk patterns in a lasting way that works very personally and specifically for them.
Katie has spoken across the country, from SXSW to body-positive pageants, on the subject of self confidence and self image. She is also host of the WANTcast: The Women Against Negative Talk Podcast, where she interviews visionary women on the topics of body image, self worth, relationships, career, community, and a whole lot of pragmatic positivity.
She lives and breathes for the expression of love, in all forms. WANT is not her passion project, it’s her purpose project. Her mission is our epitome of cool, and we’re endlessly inspired. Celebrating women helping women in the most authentic of ways. Speaking the truth indeed.
Thank you Katie for sharing your vibe with us! We’re so grateful that there are women like you in this world.
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1. THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS.
I can go down the wellness rabbit hole when it comes to supplements and nutrition (it’s just so fun!), so figuring out the few key supps my body/mind/soul actually need to stay in tip-top shape has been a game-changer. I’m all for exploration, but for me, sticking to what I need most has not only replaced haphazard guesswork with second-nature routine; it’s made me feel way more intentional about my overall wellness and in control of my health. After a history of digestive abuse throughout my late teens and early twenties, I’m militant about probiotics and l-glutamine to keep my gut healthy (p.s. nobody ever tells you how LONG it takes to fully repair your gut after years upon years of breaking it down). I take about 5-10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 each day, and I find it’s a great mood stabilizer – like taking little capsules of sunshine. And my newest addition to the routine? I was recently diagnosed with PCOS, and my friend Lauren of The Holy Kale recommended Femminessence to get my symptoms under control. It’s only been a few weeks, but I already see a difference in my skin. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure she was also the one who recommended the D3 and l-glutamine. So, basically, the takeaway here is that Lauren is a goddess.
Want to elevate whatever living space you’re in? Get thyself a turntable. I grew up on classic rock, so the sound of raw analog recordings has always been a source of comfort to me. I actually own two record players: a little red portable Crosley for wherever and an Audio Technica for home. My vinyl collection is pretty extensive, from “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “Pet Sounds” to Rilo Kiley and Elliot Smith to Stan Getz and some random Sinatra Christmas album I found for $5 in Santa Monica. I’m actually listening to Supertramp’s “Breakfast In America” as I type this. I’ve lived in so many apartments and been through so many incarnations in such a short span of time, but listening to records never fails to fill me up with joy and make any space feel like home.
When I decided to start the WANTcast, WANT’s podcast series, I knew very little about podcasts in general. Imagine my surprise when I realized how few there are that tell WOMEN’S stories. Women are grossly underrepresented in the podcasting space, and while I adore my go-to male-driven pods (The Good Life Project, The School Of Greatness, and You Made It Weird, specifically), there is something so inspiring about the ones led by women. I probably know about 50 perfect of what I’m doing when it comes to recording and producing each episode. I’m currently just winging the other half and figuring it out along the way! The shows I listen to always challenge me to think outside the box, up my game, and let my full self live in my own show. My go-tos are One Part Podcast, The Well / Aware Show, Being Boss, The Actors Diet, and Call Your Girlfriend (#shinetheory 4 eva).
Okay. Can we talk about these little orbs of wonderfulness for a hot second? These strands look lovely in a glass vase, wrapped around a tree/lamp/pole/whatever, or simply strewn across a bookshelf to create a pseudo-fireplace-type situation. My mom gave me a strand for the holidays, and there is something almost meditative about watching them flicker on and off at the end of a long day. Also, they’re $9 at Resto Hardware right now. I may or may not have just ordered extras. In bulk.
Between his work, my work, exercise, friends, and necessary solo time, my boyfriend and I are off leading our own lives most days of the week. One ritual we have almost every day, though, is enjoying the morning together with a cup of coffee. I usually sleep in until 6:30 or 7, and by the time I’m up he’s in the living room, awake for an hour, ready to turn on jazz music and pour us coffee. That time to sit on the couch together (or have a nonsensical dance party) with a cozy blanket and enjoy the stillness of the morning in tandem is sacred to me. And, not to sound like an ad, but using a Chemex instead of a big electric contraption or what-not makes it feel 2 percent more special.
6. INTENTIONAL FITNESS
In my past life, I used to prescribe to strict food and fitness rules. I would take things from the rest of my life out on my body: feelings of not being in control, moments of stress or loneliness, any time I felt as if I “should” be doing “better” in any aspect of my life. Our body is tangible, so it’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to “fix” it instead of addressing areas in our life that might be crying for our true attention. I’m through with that. When it comes to exercise specifically, I try to listen to what my body needs that day. Sometimes it’s high-intensity intervals on the gym floor or super-sprints on the treadmill. Sometimes it’s yoga. Sometimes it’s an indoor cycling class at Equinox. Or, my favorite, what I call “thinking runs,” which entails running with no goal or aim except contemplating life and just doing what feels right in the moment. The only rule I have now when it comes to fitness is to make the most of the time I have, whether that’s fifteen minutes or an hour.
7. LIKE-MINDED, SOUL RELATIONSHIPS
For a very long time, I pretended my way through friendships and relationships. Not that I wasn’t being my true self, but I longed for the deep, soul-enriching bonds I saw other people (women, specifically) share. So I convinced myself that being loved enough was being loved. That being happy enough was being happy. I’m a Highly Sensitive Person (read the book), so I’d always be acutely aware of the reality I was creating vs. the reality in front of me. Yet I didn’t know how to change it, so I chose acceptance. I relied on being a social chameleon to an extreme, acclimating to the vibration of others without holding space for myself, too. I had besties, but not soulies. Throughout the last few years, I’ve really grown into my whole self, and become unapologetic about the amount of love I want to give to the world as well as the amount of light I crave to shine. The more I’ve leaned into that, the more authentic and brilliant relationships have seemed to magically appear in my life. From the women I’ve featured on WANT (including Poppy + Seed’s Dani Beinstein!) to my romantic relationship to old friendships deepening to conversational pathways that have opened up between me and some family members, I find that more often than not the majority of relationships in my life are those soul-enriching bonds. Go figure, it needed to start with me all along.