Caitlin: How do you obtain happiness in your everyday life?
Kate: In my everyday life, happiness comes from the little things. I love sitting on the front porch with my roommates, my boyfriend, or my dog and drinking coffee (or tea!). I also love getting outside, especially to take part in seasonal activities… cider mill anyone?
K: I’ve both received and given this advice, because it’s just that valuable. I believe you must be happy with yourself before you can be happy with someone else. This also means taking care of yourself before someone else. On airplanes they tell you in case of emergency put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others. It’s the same idea. How can you help someone else breathe if you’re suffocating on your own?
My boyfriend says “forgive and forget” …I’m guessing he broke something.
K: A family member is someone, biologically related or not, who is always there for you, loves you unconditionally, and encourages you to be your best.
C: How often do you spend time with your family?
K: My parents live two hours away from me, my sister an hour, and most of my extended family even more. I try to see them often, but this usually means once a month, if that. I do talk to my family almost every day, and see my entire extended family (tooons of people!) at least once or twice a year.
K: My father was in an accident that left him paralyzed when I was thirteen years old. I grew up knowing what it was like to have a “normal” family, as well as a “special” one. Funny thing is, they really aren’t that different. Sometimes people stare or ask him questions, and he needs help with some things, but he can still kick my butt down a ski hill. Families support each other, and encourage each other to be their best. This hasn’t changed.
K: I like to get outside. Any form of exercise that I can do outside is one of my favorites, but if I had to pick one, I’m going with hiking. Or stand up paddle board yoga… its awesome :)
K: I live with four guys, my boyfriend is at my house constantly (it’s closer to campus than his) and his friends all live nearby. I’m constantly surrounded by guys. One thing I’ve learned is to stand up for yourself (no, just because I’m a girl does not mean I’m making you dinner) but remain approachable. Often times the guys will make jokes toward woman, but they mean no harm. Instead of getting offended, I know that I’ll have an opportunity to prove them wrong. Being with all these crazies (er… guys) has taught me more than I could have imagined. I’ve learned from them to stand up for myself, be confident in my skin and with who I am, to take chances, and to appreciate silliness and flaws.
K: I stay motivated because I enjoy the journey. Its easier to reach your goals if you enjoy getting there as well as being there.
C: Why do you write?
K: I think I have something to say, and hope it can teach others something.
C: What tips can you recommend that you’d only share with a close friend?
K: I believe in the power of a smile. It can turn your day around, make others happy, and is the best accessory you could have.