Catherine “Cat” Battista is an attorney and writer who lives in the suburbs of Chicagoland.  She graduated from law school in 2005 and started a trial practice where she advocated for nursing home abuse vicitms.  Cat was ranked in the top 2.5% of all young attorneys in Illinois; named one of of the “Top 40 Trial Attorneys under 40”; and was identified as the “Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year.”  She was repeatedly featured in Chicago Magazine as an “up and coming” lawyer “to watch.”

In spite of her outward success, she was miserable.

As a trial attorney, Cat became dependent upon medication, alcohol and extreme exercise.  She frequently deprived herself of food and fueled herself with caffeine and pills in order to “make it through.”  In spite of the positive and optimistic persona she portrayed to others – at home and in her personal life – she was a disaster.

Until one day, when she walked out of the doors of her law firm – and never looked back.

imageThis is the story of everything that happened after Cat left the law – and exchanged a toxic career for a genuine way of living.  She quickly discovered that outward success means nothing; what others “think of you” is irrelevant; and that life should be centered around the home, health and God.

According to Cat, “It is my sincere hope that others will hear my story – and make it their story.  Or even better, make it ‘God’s Story!’  We put so much pressure on  ourselves to be ‘who’ society expects us to be.  But is ‘society’ in our homes at night?  Are they holding our hands when we are ill?  Are they answering our prayers?  Probably not.  I have made so many mistakes – and have fallen so many times – but I would take an authentic way of living, even with the bumps and bruises, over a disingeuine one any day.  Have faith.  And trust this, if I can do it – you can too.  Start living your authentic life now.”