AM: Thanks so much, Kate. Are there any books you have most shared with others or that have had the most profound impact on your life?
KC: Do you know the author Paulo Coelho? He’s one of my favorites. I read the Alchemist when I was at a low point in life and firmly believe that if I hadn’t followed his advice about pursuing my own personal legend, that I wouldn’t be here today.
AM: How about any teachers or mentors that have played a significant role in your life or had a positive impact?
KC: Well, in the teacher/student arena, my yoga teacher trainer, Kimberly Waug, who I trained with at Radiant Life Yoga Center in Northern Nicaragua has had a big impact. She broke down every specialty area, from anatomy to teaching methods, in a very accessible way. And she taught everything herself, which is something I really respect. Outside of that, I would say my parents are my greatest sources of inspiration and mentors. They have always been there for me, no matter what.
AM: What would you say has been one of the most worthwhile investments you have ever made? This could be an investment of time, money, energy, etc.
KC: Recently, overcoming my hesitations and taking the leap to come to Nicaragua (to pursue my teacher training) was a big investment that I’m so glad I ended up making. The best investments I have ever made have been in myself. Taking time and energy to uncover my gifts and to look deeper into how I can better help others has been especially important. I believe the best thing you can do in life is to find your gift and then give it away.
AM: In the last 5 years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
KC: Taking the leap and following my own “personal legend” as Coelho put it. Deciding not to just do what society tells me to do. Study for a university degree. Get a good job. Buy the house. Find a wife or husband. I’ve decided to follow the path less traveled and to pursue some more of the things that resonate most deeply with me. Honestly, I don’t know what the “right” path is necessarily, but I do believe everyone’s path is uniquely different, and that it takes a significant amount of time, energy, and effort to uncover and stay on the most fulfilling path for you personally.
AM: You decided to leave a stable, well-paid corporate job in banking/finance. How did you know when it was the right time for you to strike out on your own? What went into that decision?
KC: There never is a right time. It’s a matter of embracing the fear and then taking the leap. Because if you don’t, you’ll end up wondering “what if” for the rest of your life. I don’t mean for this to sound cliché, but, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.
AM: Knowing what you know now, if you were speaking to someone who was thinking about striking out on their own, what advice might you pass their way?
KC: Trust in what is right by you, for you. Not what society tells you, not what your parents tell you, not what your partner says, not what your friends do. And really trust, even though it’s scary as hell. Embrace the fear and don’t look back.
AM: This next question is on the lighter side. Do you have any unusual habits or absurd things that you love?
KC: I’m really attracted to color; whenever I see color in fabric or artwork, I’m very drawn to it. When I take a photo I need to touch it. I love, love, love color—it just lights up the world!
AM: What has been your favorite part of being in Central America so far? Why would you recommend this area as a great place for people to visit and vacation?
KC: Like you said earlier, it’s a magical place. You can’t really put your finger on it at first, but once you take the time to explore and meet the people here, you are pulled in and fall in love with the culture and beauty. I love the ocean and the resort where I’m working now is on a cliff overlooking some of the best surfing spots and beaches in the country. If you turn around and look out your window you can see the pelicans crashing into the shimmering ocean surf and you’re looking at the awe-inspiring, wildlife-filled jungle behind. Central America, especially Nicaragua and Costa Rica, should be everyone’s must-see list!
AM: Kate, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your story with me. I really appreciate it. What is the best way for people to find out more about what you are doing and connect?
KC: Thank you for stopping in for a visit, I really enjoyed the chat. My Instagram page is probably the best place to get in touch with me at the moment.
AM: Best of luck with your upcoming projects and all of your future endeavors. I look forward to staying in touch!
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