Faces of Friday: Kait of Make Mine Maroon

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The purpose of Faces of Friday:

Faces of Friday is an interview-based series that I launched to provide readers with insight into the lives of some of the unique, inspiring, & influential people I have had the honor of meeting/ knowing. Life can take you to unexpected places and the people you will meet throughout the series are willing to share with you where their lives have taken them.

I believe that one of the most important things in this life is the connection we share with one another. Identifying with another human being is an amazing gift, and it can inspire you to learn, grow, create, and open your eyes to what the world has to offer. We are not alone in this crazy thing called life. Life is a beautiful thing filled with beautiful people, and not everyone gets the opportunity to share their story. I want to provide others the opportunity to share their story and I want to give you the chance to hear it, learn from it, and maybe, just maybe, identify with it. I believe wholeheartedly that we were all meant for incredible things. I hope you enjoy reading these stories, and I hope that they touch you in some way. We are all learning to navigate life’s murky waters, why not learn from each other along the way?

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Where are you from?

I was born in New Jersey to military parents, but spend the majority of my childhood in Virginia and will always consider it my home.

Where do you live currently?

Just outside Washington DC, but I'll be moving in 6 months to Washington State!

Did you pursue higher education? What did you study?

I'm currently enrolled studying Communications with a focus in Public Relations, and a minor in Marketing. 3 semesters left!

What do you do for a living? Is this always what you had planned to be doing?

Currently, I'm going to school full time, blogging, and taking care of things at home. The plan is being formulated and I'm taking things one step at a time!

What are your hobbies?

When I'm not studying or working social media, I love to always be outside- whether it's sitting still and reading a book, or camping in the backwoods. Normally though, no matter what I'm doing, you will find my dog at my side.

What are you the most passionate about?

People.

I think there's too much focus on work and acquiring things in our society and not enough focus on people. Anything in your life can be replaced, except for the people in it. I'm a firm believer that there is nothing that comes before people. Anything else can be put off till later, or done tomorrow, but you never know how long someone will be in your life- they should always be the priority.

What is your personal mantra?

"Courage dear heart." C.S. Lewis.

There are so many mantras I say to myself daily, but this quote from Lewis is just simple and perfect. Not a lot of people know this, but I have severe chronic depression and anxiety- I have good days and bad like anyone, and this quote helps me to remind me that whatever is going on in a certain moment is not the end, to persevere, and to keep my chin up.

Has life taken unexpected turns? And if so what were they?

It sounds clique, but life is full of unexpected turns. Right after high school, my dad passed away and everything stopped; the plan was non-existent and I was lost. That moment was definitely the worst and hardest turn life has taken.However, I wouldn't be where I am now though, if it weren't for where I've been. There have been many turns, and there will be many, but life always continues after the turn.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

My whole life I've been blessed to have close relationship with my Uncle Matt, especially since my father passed. I always want the people I love to be happy, and I have a hard time not taking it personally when they are not. Uncle Matt once told me I can't control what anyone else feels, only what I do. There have been many times I have had to remind myself of that.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

That life is not "school, college, career, marriage." I would tell myself to make sure and live fully in every moment and not stress about finding the next step. Granted, I'm only 26! I feel blessed to be where I am, who I'm with, and am excited to see where I'm going.

Read the Kaits blog here. See my feature on My Gal Friday!