Katie McIntosh is the creator of The Katie Show Blog, a travel and lifestyle blog showcasing adventures to be had around the world. As an Australian expat of three years living in two different countries, and as someone with the chronic disease Endometriosis, Katie has overcome challenges and been pushed outside her comfort zone more times than she can count. Through sharing her real life travel experiences with honest advice, The Katie Show Blog aims to inspire everyone to get outside their comfort zone and live a truly fulfilling life – whatever that means to you.
Katie McIntosh has lived in different states of Australia, Hawai’i and now Italy. Katie’s job is her blog and she truly loves it. She regularly works on creating useful blog content for her readers. Sharing is caring and even though blogging isn’t glamorous, alternately laborious, and sometimes thankless, the feedback through messages, comments or emails makes it worthwhile. Like most people, she’s saving money to create travel opportunities that are on her life’s bucket list and the next dream is to see the Northern Lights. Myself, growing up in Alaska, I can honestly say pictures of the Northern Lights do them NO JUSTICE at all! I wish I could be there with Katie when she achieves her dream just to see the look on her face. Seeing the Northern Lights, sans photo lens, can turn the most disagreeable person into a newborn child of wonderment. I am not exaggerating, they’re that gorgeous!
(Oops, back to Katie…)
Self described as loyal, funny, awkward, introverted, and a nature-lover, it’s difficult for Katie to pick just one thing when asked what she loves to do. Verbatim, “I do love to be outdoors taking photos and I make sure to get out and do that as often as I can. I swear it is good for the soul!” We exercise our physical bodies all the time, why not focus on our celestial bodies? Better yet, why not work both out simultaneously, like Jillian Michaels does on her workout videos?! And then, why not do it every day? Engaging in something enjoyable results in perfection for Katie as she’s also improved her hiking and photography through a lot of practicing and trial and error.
The last time she traveled somewhere new was a trip in October 2016 to Tallinn, Estonia. A charming place, easy to walk around in with delicious food. Growing up in Australia, she found it quite cold and was well outside her comfort zone. Katie used to have so much self doubt and thought ‘oh I couldn’t do that’ about everything, which meant she didn’t ever try anything. However, TRY NEW THINGS NOW became her motto! The new and improved Katie was not to be daunted, so she ran the gauntlet and even rented a car and went outside of town to explore some waterfalls. In fact, she has moved to Italy this year and can order you a cappuccino in Italian! Like a lot of women, we sometimes discover things about ourselves slowly. We don’t think we can “evolve” because we’re either hindered by our background, environment, or culture. I’m not saying just go out there and conquer the first thing that scares you, unless you want to! Although, in Katie’s world, she took her time by trying one thing here and one thing there and realized that she can, in fact, do anything! We all have our journeys, it doesn’t matter how you get there, just that you do.
The Meaning of Success to Katie:
“Success to me is to always be growing and to always be pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I used to think that my success as a blogger would be to have a certain number of followers on Instagram or page views on my blog posts, but I realized that the quest for this success was distracting me from creating meaningful and useful content. Now, I always try to remind myself that growth in all areas of life is success.”
In fact, here’s a prime example. You know that neighbor that we may see and greet just in passing? Well, Katie had spotted some balloons saying “It’s A Girl” on their fence. She made a care package for their family, keep in mind that she didn’t know them very well at all, and delivered it. No acts of kindness are ever wasted, and it’s important to take a moment from our busy lives. Katie states, “The look on the person’s face and knowing you helped to make them feel happy or special in that moment is priceless. This reminds me to keep doing the little, kind gestures.”
Katie suffers from endometriosis. It is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Unfortunately, this restricts one of her vices, which is coffee. Coffee is a huge trigger food which leaves her in a world of hurt. Living in Italy, I can only imagine the torture passing by all the cafés and knowing you can’t have any espresso or you’ll pay for it. However, she just loves the taste and smell of coffee so she’s able to drink it occasionally!
Katie on LIFE:
“‘Don’t listen to me, or anyone else for that matter, listen to yourself. That’s where your answers are’. I think a lot of the time we chase answers from other people, but when people are giving you advice they’re usually talking to themselves – which is not necessarily good for you. You are your own best teacher and that little voice inside you is the best guidance you can find.”
So, what makes this multi-continent living, Italian speaking, Northern Lights want-to-see, not supposed to drink coffee (naughty girl!), blogger most proud? Simply put, she is most proud of the person she is, and continues to become. For her, she is proud that she chooses to follow her own path and create a life that’s right for her.
PS) Fun and furious questions:
1. If you could do it all over again, would you change anything? Yes, I wouldn’t wait as long to try new things.
2.How old would you be, if you didn’t know how old you are? 78!
3. What activity makes you lose track of time? Googling random topics.
4.Best cheat indulgence? Anything chocolate!
5. If you could only speak one word today, what would it be? Love
Much love and Aloha,
your (I’ve seen the Northern Lights! nanny-nanny-boo-boo) clueless wanderer