Hi! Meet Katie. Our next speaker. I followed Katie (not creepily) for a long time. From Sweet Tater Blog and Honeystuck to Plateshare, Tresata, Charlotte Agenda and more. To be honest, she intimidated me. I felt more like a fan than a friend. Then we sat, had coffee and who would’ve thought. She’s human… just like all of this. Since then she’s become someone I trust implicitly. A true friend.
Katie is also the first person to every make me feel like #WeLoveCLT was worth my time. That I was doing something truly awesome. Validation is a good feeling and she gave that to me. Thanks Katie. I asked her five questions.
What is your passion?
Hmm… how do I answer that? I think the thing that comes most naturally to me and lights me up the most but also benefits the most people is writing. I think that I can put words together in a way that tells a story that is engaging and appealing to people. In a way that I can’t do with spoken words for some reason. Writing is definitely my passion. I’ve had moments where I have forgotten that and not written for a long time. It’s lead to depression so when I do write I think that it lights me up.
What frustrates you?
Lots of things frustrate me actually. I get frustrated with myself more than anything. I’m harder on myself than anyone else ever could be so when I feel like i’m not living up to the potential that I can hit I’ll start constantly beating myself up. When I don’t feel like my life is aligned with things that I’m passionate about I also get really frustrated. I get frustrated when I hear people complaining about the same but not doing anything to change it. I’m preaching to the choir here. I could say the same about myself.
What was your first email address?
CatLover43@hotmail.com … how appropriate. That was me
What’s your go to escape activity?
Definitely working out. Running, yoga, any kind of workout is really the only time you’ll get my phone out of my hand. So that’s the only 45, hour long escape that I have from anything else. I have all my very best thoughts and ideas during those moments.
If I gave you $1,000 right now what would you do with it?
Ha, pay my taxes. No, hmmm… I immediately with $1,000 would look to so many people that need it more than I do. I won’t list them off but I know where it would go. There’s nothing I need right now.
Tell me about your parents.
I am the perfect mix of my parents who are polar opposites. My dad trusts no one until you’ve proven yourself to him. My mom trusts and loves everyone immediately almost to a fault. I am kind of the perfect balance of the two of them together.
Jolenna Mapes asked if you could instantly improve one area of your life what would it be?
Definitely time wasting, mind sucking activities on the internet. I wish I did less of that. Just in general.
You can find Katie on Twitter @katie_levans.