My mission is to live compassionately and to see the world. I like to bake cookies too. 

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Who is “Making Her Way”?

Katherine Wright.  Some people call me Katie and that’s me on the beaches of France. Smiling.

It’s hard not to smile when you’re seeing the world.

This is me 8 months after I quit my stable job in clinical research.  I knew I wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago.  Once I get an idea in my head, it’s difficult to ignore it.  I had hoped to travel a few months, maybe for 2 months in Europe and then head home.

I ended up traveling and living in Europe for 9 months.  In debt from it?  Nope.  Trust fund?  Not so much.  I worked in exchange for room/board on organic farms in Ireland/Scotland, an Irish yoga retreat, and a luxury bed & breakfast in Italy.  I also saved up, but I’ve always been quite thrifty.  Needless to say, travels will take you to places you never thought you’d go.  Bottom line: you just have to go.

Want to know more?  Great.

The daughter of a New Yorker and an Oregonian, I was born in New Jersey and raised in Oregon.  Although I have an avid love for the outdoors and fresh air, I find myself drawn to urban spaces and the city life at times.  What can I say, if I were a car: I’d be a Town & Country. I also have a minor obsession with wearing stripes.

My life list (aka bucket list) includes flying first class one day.  At 6 foot I enjoy a bit of leg room.  And yes, I played basketball.  Unfortunately by the time I got into basketball I never really got the whole hand eye coordination thing fast enough.  Luckily in college they stuck me in a crew boat, gave me an oar, and told me to row hard.  That officially made me a  Division I NCAA Athlete.  I studied public health at university, as I’ve always been fascinated by wellness and the prevention of disease.

Right after university, no seriously: literally 2 weeks after officially graduating from university I headed to Cameroon to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  I was a “Health Extension Volunteer” and lived in the beautiful and lush NW Province.  I taught health education classes, conducted a village wide water project, and ran a support group for people infected with HIV/AIDS.  Culture shock, 2 bouts of malaria, and a year in such a foreign place was a wake up call.  It fundamentally changed me and showed the importance of travel and getting out of your comfort zone.

Back to Oregon I went.  It was 2009 and I dodged a major recession bullet, landing an excellent job. I worked on a groundbreaking study of Medicaid, as a research assistant. This meant recruiting subjects – aka driving around the county and knocking on doors, cold calls, getting doors slammed in my face, etc.  It was awesome.  Then the study morphed into a qualitative study. Woo!  Turns out I love interviewing people. Qualitative research was for me.  Eventually projects turned a bit stale after 3 years and it was time to move onto something new. During this transition I traveled solo to Ireland and Holland in the summer of 2012 for a month.

I returned to Portland to a very stable job and I thought clinical research was going to be my thing.  Unfortunately it wasn’t.  Working in oncology research taught me a few things. One is to value your health.  I knew deep down I had to quit and get out.  Working the 9 to 5 wasn’t working for me.  Now I am focused on building a successful location independent business, working with www.punchlist.net, seeing new places, and meeting new people along the way.

Let’s chat? Wonderful.   Contact Me

Where have I been?

List is in order of the when I first visited each country.

Additional years account for multiple visits to each respective country.

  1. Mexico (1997)
  2. Canada (2005, 2009, 2011)
  3. England (2001, 2014, 2015)
  4. France (2001, 2013, 2015)
  5. Spain (2001, 2013, 2015)
  6. Cameroon (2007)
  7. Peru (2011)
  8. The Netherlands (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  9. Republic of Ireland (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  10. Portugal (2013)
  11. Northern Ireland (2014, 2015, 2016)
  12. Scotland (2014)
  13. Italy (2014)
  14. Greece (2014)
  15. Germany (2014)
  16. Belgium (2015)
  17. Australia (2016)
  18. New Zealand (2016)
  19. Indonesia (Bali) (2016)

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