Hey y’all! Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and take the time to learn more about me. I’ve always struggled to find the short answer to the question “Can you describe yourself in five words or less?” because I can describe myself in so many ways. If you ask me that question in the morning before my 3 cups of coffee, you will get a completely different answer than if you asked my cheerful mid-afternoon self. So in order to try to solidify my answer, here are six things to know about me (because I like even numbers).
My name is Kaitlyn aka Kaity and I’m a 24-year-old girl. I’m a Connecticut lady at heart; I was born and raised in a town 1½ hours outside of NYC (okay you caught me, I was actually born in New Jersey, but still). One year ago, I made the bravest choice of my life thus far to jump at the opportunity of moving to Florida. And with confidence, I can tell you I’m so glad I made that choice. I’m happily trying to navigate what is called the “adult real world” here in the Sunshine State.
I am a proud alumna of Susquehanna University (a teeny tiny place in the middle of buck nowhere Pennsylvania) where I graduated in 2015 with my Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. For as long as I can remember, my dream job has been to be an elementary school teacher. I love everything about kids and I feel honored that God has granted me the gift of patience and passion for teaching young ones. I haven’t quite achieved my goal of my own classroom quite yet, but I remain optimistic that God will present me with an opportunity soon.
Throughout my high school and college careers, I was heavily involved in many kinds of extracurricular activities. Ranging from drama club to musicals to the dance team to tutoring programs to volunteering in town. A good portion of my time/ life in college was dedicated to my sorority Zeta Tau Alpha. As cheesy as it sounds, being a sister of a sorority isn’t just for college, it’s a lifetime membership and I’m so grateful that I am a part of this wonderful, amazing organization. During my ZTA college days, I served on our Executive Council for a year, our Programming Council for 2 semesters and lived in our tiny turquoise house for 2 years in a row.
In a sentence, the best way to describe my style is preppy…and sweatpants. I’ll never understand how people would rather lounge around their house in jeans (Who does that?!). Comfort is my top priority when I’m dressing myself, but I do know how to put together outfits when I need to look presentable to society. My grandfather has affectionately called me his “Talbots girl” in the past, a label that I’ve embraced over time. I LOVE brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines and J. Crew, but in truth you’ll find me at your local Target.
Here is just a short list of the many things I love that can bring a smile to my face: coffee, Gilmore Girls, making lists on colorful post-it notes, anything nautical, brunch, watching the sunset on the beach, Jeeps (I don’t owe one, I admire from afar), navy blue, hydrangeas, ice cream and planning my future wedding on Pinterest. You can find me not only at Target, but also at Trader Joe’s to snatch up some raspberry-lime seltzer. I love going on summer road trips in my car with the windows down blasting my hodgepodge taste of music. At home, you can find me curled up on the couch watching Grease for the 50th time, spending way too much time on YouTube and writing new content for Kaity+.
In the past year, I’ve had the time to really evaluate my health and fitness journey. In truth, I don’t like what I see in the mirror and I’ve felt this way for what seems like forever. Confidence is something that I internally struggle with and it shows when I don’t believe that I can complete something that can better myself. There was a time when I was 10 years old where I vividly remember having a friend over to help me write out an exercise and food plan for myself. I was so young and knew that I had a problem- a problem that has escalated for the worse over the past 14 years. My biggest problem is motivating myself and reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve reached this point in my life where not only is my health in jeopardy and my relationship with food is not in a good place, but I actually feel motivated to make the change for the better. As my parents have always guided me to think: the want for change has to come within you and only you can make those changes- Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)!
And last but not least, I am a plus-sized woman. But, that terminology about my size shouldn’t affect how others see me. Up until this point, you’ve learned about my past, my interests, and have gotten to know a snip bit about who I am as a person. I hope that you see what I see- a 24-year-old woman who loves teaching, laughing, sarcasm, fashion and lots of small things in between. Just because a woman is plus-sized in clothing doesn’t mean you define her as such. You define her for her. She’s beautiful, smart, strong, educated, empowering for who she is. Her weight, her clothing shouldn’t define who she is. It seems like in today’s society, how you look defines your beauty. It’s not right. It needs to change. And I’m hoping that my small contribution to my blog helps others see that.
My main mission for this blog is to not only share with y’all who I am as a person, but also showcase that me being plus-sized does not define me as the happy, motivated person I am. I plan to take you along through my health/ fitness journey, my fashion looks and any other random posts in between.
If you’ve made it this far- Congratulations!! You deserve a medal or perhaps a piece of chocolate. I hope to see you around for more content on Kaity+ 🙂