Episode 06: Transforming the Fear of a Rare Chronic Illness with Katie Grace Hollstein

In this episode, I’m talking with my dear friend, Katie Grace Hollstein, a Michigan-based wedding photography and lifestyle blogger.

We nerd out over our mutual love for the Enneagram and talk about what it was like for Katie growing up with a chronic illness, how it affected her family, and the fears it instilled in her at an early age about things like love, independence, and her career.


Katie Grace, a Grand Rapids Michigan business owner, runs a small local team of Wedding Photographers and a lifestyle blog where she shares about faith, fashion, and life as an entrepreneur. She started my business at age 18, straight out of high school, in order to balance life with a chronic illness and her love for creativity. What she found over the last 5 years is a passion for business, employing others, and giving clients a joyful experience. In addition to shooting weddings and blogging, she now coaches other female business owners on scaling their businesses and she writes a seasonal devotional newsletter about faith and scripture. When she’s not working you can find her hanging with her Fiance Dan, her family, or enjoying a cozy day at home (eating Cheetos by the bag, haha)!

What you can discover in this episode:

  • How the Enneagram helps Katie work with her team more effectively.

  • What Katie does on a daily basis to stay positive despite what could be a crippling illness.

  • How Katie turned the limitations from her chronic illness into a positive, by starting her own business right out of High School.

  • Katie talks about moving beyond her fears about relationships (romantic and otherwise) while living with a chronic illness.

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