About

Hi! Welcome to Year of Katie. The best place to start is with the title of my blog. You know Happy Endings on ABC? You know Penny? Well, in season 2 Penny declares that it will be the Year of Penny. It’s amahzing.

Anyway, I’m starting off my first year as a graduate from James Madison University (go Dukes!) with a little inspiration from my TV idol and making it the Year of Katie. But first, you gotta know where I’m coming from to understand where I’m going:

Where I’m coming from…

  • I’m 22 and currently working at my first real job! (Read: my first desk job. I’m a highly qualified nanny.)
  • I live in Charlottesville, VA with my best friend, Alex, and my dog, Millie.

Me and the two great loves of my life: Millie and red wine.

  • I graduated in 2012 from JMU with a degree in English and Creative Writing.

Sadie, me, and Molly sporting the ever-flattering purple graduation gown.


  • Since May 2011, I’ve lost 30 pounds, adopted a quinoa/green monster smoothie/overnight oats-centered lifestyle, and run a half marathon.

This is what you look like when you don’t wash off all of the previous night’s eye makeup and then run 13.1 miles.

  • I’m pretty intensely attention deficit, which comes out in a lot of aspects of my life. (Mostly in my attempts at budgeting. Post-grad life lesson learned: Being alive is expensive.)
  • I love reading, writing, music, cooking, television (sorry not sorry), all things domestic (painting! cleaning! organizing! grocery shopping! knitting! oh my!), and self-improvement books.

I also like taking naps.


Where I’m going:

  • I’m trying to figure out how to balance my mind, body, and soul while spending 8 hours a day at a desk.
  • I live in the most amazing city, and I want to meet as many people as possible and take advantage of all that Charlottesville has to offer.
  • My health has been a huge priority for over a year now, but I don’t see being healthy as a means to an end. I’d like to lose some more weight, and continue to improve as a healthy cook and as an athlete individual who occasionally works out.
  • I believe that I can have fun and be independent on my budget, but I want to perfect my budget so I can spend money on having fun and still be able to pay my rent.
  • I have big dReAmZzZ to be a high school English teacher some day, and hopefully my adventures in graduate school will start sometime soon.
  • While I have a TON going on, I would never be myself if I didn’t continue to improve my writing, stay on top of my reading, and collect as much music as possible.

So my purpose with this blog is essentially to track what it’s like for me to be recently graduated, totally independent, and grasping at a bigger, better life. I plan to focus on posting things under the tags “mind,” “body,” and “soul,” so expect updates mostly on my journey toward physical health, through the graduate school process, all while trying to maintain a sense of who I’m destined to become.

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8 Responses to About

  1. Hi, Katie! Thanks for commenting on my blog because now it led me to yours! 😀 We have a ton in common, can’t wait to read more!

    • Thanks Brittany! Yeah, it does seem like we have a ton in common. The great thing about the blogging world is that you get to connect with people with similar values/hobbies/lifestyles. 🙂

  2. Hi Katie! As a fellow JMU Duke AND weight loss blogger, I love that I’ve stumbled onto your blog (from Beth’s Journey today). Congratulations on your journey so far!!

  3. Erin says:

    Katie, I found your blog from Gretchen’s and can I just say AMAHHHZINGGG. I am obsessed with Penny! I love that you used her as your muse. You seem equally as hilarious 🙂

    • Erin, So happy to find another Penny lover out there!! That girl brings so much cheer to my life. I can’t wait for fall when she’s back!

      Thanks for the comment…. It lead me to your lovely site! Yay!

  4. Amanda says:

    I found your blog today while searching for the phrase “besties for the resties,” and I love it. I was going to sleep, but I stayed up an extra 30 minutes reading this. You seem to have such a great attitude about life, and as someone who is graduating from college this year and is really nervous about it, it makes me optimistic to read about it. Thanks for being awesome and cheering me up. Take care, and I will keep reading. 🙂

    • Thanks, Amanda! I’m reading this at 7:23am with a cup of coffee in hand, so you can imagine that I could not have started my day in a better way. I really appreciate your sweet comment. 🙂 HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY!

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