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Have you met Katie Toussaint?

Writer. Editor @Charlotte_Five & @theobserver. Yogi. Lover of coffee & red wine.

Hi! Have you met Katie Toussaint?

Full disclosure. This is the second time I was going to introduce her. The first time was a couple months ago but I accidentally deleted the audio. When we met up this second time something that really stood at to me when we spoke this time is how different Katie’s world is now. Just two months later. I met with her at a point in her life where she was transitioning between a couple different things. Never once during that first conversation did she seem worried contrary to her answers below. There wasn’t a plan but she was confident that everything would come together. I admire that.

Katie is a shining example that change can be good and that it can happen fast. Truly awesome.

I asked Katie six questions. Her answers are below her picture.

Photo Credit: Remy Thurston

What are you most passionate about?

I’m passionate about hearing other people’s stories and translating them into writing.

What frustrates you more than anything?

That’s an interesting question. Honestly, what frustrates me more than anything is when I have my scheduled planned out for the day and somebody interrupts it. I feel like I struggle with spontaneity and that’s something that I really wish I could be better about. I don’t believe in go with the flow anymore.

What is your least favorite trait about yourself?

My least favorite trait about myself is my inability to relax. I feel like I get caught up in this concept of what I expect myself to do every day in order to be “quote on quote” successful or to improve and be better when I wake up tomorrow. No person deserves to put that much pressure on themselves.

I’m not sure if it’s just a generational thing but I feel like everyone that I know seems like no matter what step we climb up to on the staircase in our paths we always have this constant need to be better next time.

If you could go back in time 5 years and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be?

Stop worrying so much. The universe has it’s tricks and people are going to help you along the way that you don’t see coming. The right people come along when you need them.

If you had 3 hours to spend in Charlotte with someone from out of town what do you do with them?

That’s one of the hardest questions because I grew up here and my experience with Charlotte was always South Charlotte and now people are hot on the uptown scene. I would want to take them to the greenway that my parents live near. It’s the Four Mile Creek Greenway. Most recently when a friend came to visit me I took him to Four Mile Creek and we just wandered for four hours. It’s the most random oasis that you can’t see from the street. You would never expect it to be a part of Charlotte.

Joel Tracey asked what do you think this community is missing?

I don’t have a reason to believe anything is missing from it. Ever since I moved back here I feel like the people here are a lot more connected to each other than I expected. Every city needs that type of connection.

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