Hey! I'm Kaje Marie.
I'm just an introverted, small town gal from Upstate NY. A former Licensed Social Worker turned Writer on a beautiful and complex journey moving toward what God has called me to do.
These days, you'll often find me engrossed in the demands of motherhood and managing my household. But when I'm able to find a rare moment of free time, I'm likely listening to a podcast, wandering around in nature enjoying the peace and quiet, or relaxing with a hot cup of tea.
And in case you're wondering, no, Kaje is not my real name. It's Kelli. Kaje was a nickname given to me by my softball coach when I was younger.
So, what's my story?
At 26, I found myself waking up almost every morning miserable and unsatisfied with life. I started to wonder, how could I be so unhappy when I had so many of the things we’re told we need to possess in order to be happy and successful.
I came to the realization that I was not living the life I wanted to live or doing the work I thought I was called to do. My life lacked meaning and fulfillment, and I felt trapped in many ways.
I was trapped in the rat race, trapped in situations I didn’t want to be in, stuck in a job where I would never get a raise or promotion, and living in a city where there weren’t many other options for me.
I was passively living my life based on cultural messaging of who we should be and how we should live our lives. Because I had been walking around with a veil on for so long, I did not know who I truly was or what I really wanted for my life. What I did know, however, was that I desperately needed a major change, and what I craved most was freedom.
So, in late 2017, I quit my job without a true plan. Shortly after, my husband decided to trade one corporate company for another. We packed up and left Southwest Georgia and made our way to Columbus, OH, where we now call home.
With no plan to search for a traditional 9 to 5 job, I was free to explore and figure out what I truly wanted to do with my life. Part of that process meant not only redefining my identity, but also choosing to move beyond fear to welcome uncertainty and the unknown. It has been an interesting and challenging journey. UnKajed Thoughts is where I share it with you.
And this thing called UnKajed Thoughts...
Consider it not a blueprint for achieving greatness or a step-by-step manual on living your best life, but a canvas, a work of art, always in progress, constantly under construction. It is representative of who we are as humans, always learning, always changing, always evolving.
Here at UnKajed Thoughts, I’m committed to sharing the journey with you as it happens. This is my story and my quest for freedom. This is not just for me, however. UnKajed Thoughts is also a safe space for you to be vulnerable, pull back the filters, and share your story.
UnKajed Thoughts promotes vulnerability, encourages authenticity, creates
space for truth telling and supports women in their quest for freedom.
Sharing and owning your story is a powerful act that brings healing, connection, and freedom. Stepping out of the dark and into the light takes courage, but when you speak your truth, you empower others to do the same.
I hope that you will join me on this journey of self-discovery, healing, freedom, and building a sisterhood.