I’m Catherine Just — a photographer, spiritual teacher & coach, and proud mama to Max, my daily nap-partner & light of my life.
Before I wheel into my beautifully complicated story of addiction, recovery, art & entrepreneurship, I have something to tell you. And it’s vitally important:
You were put on the planet to be Fear*Less — to live & work in a state of limitless curiosity, freedom & love.
Anyone who tells you otherwise — including those limiting voices in your head — is not invited to the party. And yes — you can tell them I said so.
When I was 18 years old, I was a senior in high school with a raging drug and alcohol addiction. I was deeply depressed and lost, and had no understanding that I had anything of value to offer the world. I didn’t relate to others around me and had a deep, painful void in my soul that I was desperate to fill.
A mandatory art class changed … everything. My art teacher, Mrs. Burke, told me that I was talented and needed to keep going and not give up. It was the first time in my life that I felt a palpable glimmer of curiosity & hope. I loved making art. Every piece was uniquely mine — an expression of my soul. It was life-changing.
After I graduated from high school, I checked myself into drug treatment. I began the tremendously complex work of getting — and staying — sober. And then, I moved from San Diego to Minneapolis to enroll in a 4-year art college.
At art school, I studied photography — and it became a way for me to play with my own perceptions, and pay attention to the vulnerable, quiet beauty all around me.
Photography gave me a channel to express the desires & emotions that words simply couldn’t convey.
Photography served as a reminder that life was worth living — that my gifts were worth sharing.
… AND NOW:
I recently celebrated 25 years of sobriety. I’m carving out a thoroughly unconventional career, as a multi-passionate entrepreneur, artist & teacher. And I’m devoted to helping my friends, clients & students access their Greatness … and Fear*Less potential.
My work has been praised & recognized around the world — a fact that still feels completely surreal. My photographs have appeared on the cover of National Geographic Magazine & on Oprah.com — and I was voted one of the top wedding photographers in the country by “Top Knots”, two years in a row. My writing has been featured in dozens of online magazines & blogs, and I’ve shown my personal work in galleries around the country.
As a spiritual seeker, I’ve had the privilege of working with the legendary don Miguel Ruiz, Toltec Teacher and author of The Four Agreements. My work with don Miguel has filled my life with mystery, ritual & relentless curiosity.
I thrive on the thrill of creating something out of nothing.
I get scared, shy & timid — nearly every day.
I breathe & do the work anyway.
Because I’m irreplaceable. And so are you.
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