I’m Kathleen, the creator of Away for a Spell!
I serve the travel wanderlusters, the digital nomads, creatives with a camera in hand, and the non-traditionalist.
I travel around the world, photographing, taking the odd video, and writing blog posts on Away for a Spell on what I experience and learn about travel and work away from the 9-5. I post my beautiful photos on Pinterest and Instagram. I share travel stories and advice on my blog and introduce some of this content on Instagram.
Besides travel and photography, I love wine, whisky, spicy food, indie music, horses, dogs and stationary. On the weekends or when I need a break from this side-hustle and want to shut my mind off, I will be cooking, baking, taking bubble baths with candles symmetrically placed around the tub.
How it all got started - story time.
Have you every agonized over a decision that would change your life, only to make the wrong choice?
Have you ever wondered what you would do with your life that would truly make you happy, inspire others, and live up to your potential?
I certainly have.
In March of 2017, I faced the decision of staying on my working holiday in Edinburgh, Scotland or accepting a job offer back home in Vancouver, Canada. This wasn’t any job offer. It was for a company that I had previously applied for and vowed to get. It was also in the Tourism industry, which I had enjoyed working in before.
As I was struggling to maintain a stable office job from recruitment agencies in Edinburgh, I thought I was making the practical choice in accepting the job offer and returning home. Unfortunately, my heart and mind were still hanging around Edinburgh. It took me some time to re-adjust to Vancouver. In the meantime, I channeled all the pain and regret into making Away for a Spell and learning blogging and photography.
Eventually the time came when I decided to leave the job that brought me home. I breathed a sigh of relief and began working more seriously on Away for a Spell , photography, social media and lifestyle of being location and time independent.
Since the start of Away for a Spell…
Since my travel blog site was launched a year ago, I have written more blog posts that I’m proud of, taken photos I like, traveled to several places on my list. It has been a full time job learning about social media, photography, blogging, and how to have a successful business. The time and money I have invested in this is invaluable. Of course, the journey continues and I likely will never be done learning. But, that is truly the exciting part!
I have also connected with a group of inspiring entrepreneurial women in Vancouver through events and a mastermind course. Community is everything when you are building your own business.
I have learnt so much and have a clearer idea of what I want to do with this site. I’m still learning and reaching out to make this more business-minded. With a constantly full-to do list, balancing contract office work, and lots of motivation, join me on my path to making a living as a travel influencer, because it is the only thing I will become.