An introduction to my new life.

Oh hi, it’s been a minute. When I started this website, it was for a school project, and for the last almost year I’ve been a bit neglectful of it. But that is about to change in a pretty big way.

You see, I’ve had a very.. interesting couple of years, which I will explain more in depth in this blog, and talk about why I’m making a big change in my life.

Where do I begin?

Almost exactly two years ago, I started a new job. At first, I thought I would really enjoy it, and in some ways I did, but I was very unhappy, and ultimately it probably came down to the fact that I was nowhere near where I wanted to be or thought I would be at that point in my life. And as time went on, I became more and more unhappy.

As a result of my unhappiness, I also gained a substantial amount of weight.. Enough that I have been so embarrassed by how I look that I have avoided seeing my friends, going to events I know I would enjoy, and taking pictures. Since I’ve been avoiding most of my friends who still remember my thinner self, I’ve also become very unhappy in my social life.

So, a few weeks ago I did something that I probably should have done a long time ago – I took a step down at my job so that I can focus on things that I want to do, things that interest me more, and things that make me happy. For example, this blog. I’ve always loved writing, but it was something that took a backseat the past couple of years, because when you reach a certain point of unhappiness, you are so emotionally drained that you just don’t have any energy to do things, even if they make you happy.

So what do I want to do with my life now? Well, there are many things! I’m still in grad school, but I ultimately want to work with animal rescuers and within the social media/planning realm of the music industry. I love to write, and currently have ideas/plans for writing five books. I am also open to any businesses that are really into making a difference in the world in some or many ways.

For right now, I plan on taking everyone who reads this on my journey to happiness, which will include getting myself back to a healthy place, where I love my body again. Yes, I will be blogging daily to share any workouts I’ve completed and what food I’ve eaten, but I will also be using this blog to talk about all of the new things I plan on trying, (like hopefully moving to a new city).

I also have a lot of great ideas, just waiting to burst out now that my creativity is a little more free and I’m not feeling so drained. I’m also going to be very open and honest on this blog – I’m going to share struggles, anxieties and fears, successes and failures.

Think of today as a sort of introduction day/rough draft of sorts. Tomorrow is day one of sharing my daily life with you all (even if it ends up just being 2-3 of you), and I can’t wait! 🙂

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Creative with a Conscience

Who Am I?

My name is Katie, and I have spent most of my life trying to figure out how I’m going to make a difference in the world. Animal rights are very important to me, and I always dream of winning the lottery and immediately ending things such as pet homelessness and animal testing.

A little over a year ago, I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. I am now in grad school, and will receive my Master’s degree in Journalism – New Media later this year. Ultimately, I would love to work for a company as a social media liaison. Preferably a company that is related to one of my big passions – music, beauty, or animals. Or, even better, I would love to work in all three industries in some way.

Earlier this week, we learned about storytelling. Storytelling is going to be a huge part of my career, because I will always be telling a story of some sort, whether it be the story of animals in need, the story of a local band that you should be listening to, or the story of a fabulous beauty product that could transform your skin.

My Plan

Now that we’ve spoken a bit about storytelling, I would like to share a story with you about my goals. About two weeks ago, I took a trip to Columbus, Ohio. While I was there, I visited a store called Lush:

https://www.lushusa.com
Have you ever walked into a place and just felt right at home? Lush is a company that stands for everything in which I believe. They fight animal testing, they support multiple charities, protect the environment, and purchase ingredients ethically.

https://www.lushusa.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Lush-Site/en_US/AboutUs-OurStoryShow?cid=we-believe

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I had great conversations with everyone who was working at Lush, and I after researching their company more, I really hope to work for them someday, and share their story with the whole world, and get more people involved in their vision.

In the meantime, I am working as a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora inside JCPenney. I have also decided that after I finish my current Master’s degree, I would like to enroll in a music business master’s program through WVU, to better learn how to work with the bands that I love, and share their stories with potential fans.

It may seem like I have very different career interests, but I truly want to ensure that I have a great career, full of things that I love and that are important to me. There is nothing that makes me happier than introducing my friends and family members to a new band, product, company, or cause that I love, and it would be fantastic to be able to do that in my career.

I plan on utilizing this blog to document my everyday life, and sharing where my story takes me. I hope that within my lifetime I can see some great advancements for animal rights (and I hope that I was able to help with those advancements), and that I also get the chance to work with some of my favorite bands and companies.

Until then, please take a look at what Lush is doing to fight animal testing, and what you can do to help end animal testing as well!

http://www.fightinganimaltesting.com

Also, feel free to contact me below!