About

MEET KATIE.

The incredibly lofty and persistent research enthusiast who calls this blog her own.

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“Every woman is a rebel, & usually in wild revolt against herself.” – Oscar Wilde

 

How does one break their story into bite-size pieces? Honestly, I’m still not sure but I’ll try to do my best, all without trying to be too much of a bore. I’m an indecisive, independent, intractable, lover of all things dark and mysterious (but you’d never be able to tell with my charming, upbeat personality). My great loves in life include (but are not limited to), food, languages, traveling, and being challenged.

Warning: I’ve got dreamer’s disease. And unfortunately, there is no cure for it AND it can be highly contagious. 

I grew up in a town, much like the one from the movie Big Fish, that was much too small for all my dreams and ambitions.

In my twenty-odd years of being on this planet we call Earth, I have found that a lukewarm way of living is no way to live. From the time I was child, I knew my life line was limited and I would never be happy if I lived the life everyone else lived. But for most of my life, I did what my mother told me to do, what the education system told me to do, what every one in my community expected me to do. I followed every one else’s rules all while never questioning why.

I’ve always been an oddball and always knew I wanted my life to be an my expression to society – to give back as much of myself as I could while I could. My sole goal in life was to make a difference, for the better, in at least one person’s life. My heroes included people such as Mother Teresa and Ghandi. As cheesy as that seems, it’s true. I’ve spent the better part of my life encouraging others to be who they are and to pursue what makes their hearts’ leap. When I was eighteen, I did what I was supposed to do. I moved off to go to college. I graduated with my B.A. in International Relations. I had volunteered with nonprofits since I was eleven years old. I worked closely with refugees, survivors of torture, and international students for over three years.

Then, one day, I quit.

I quit because although my heart was in it, I knew there was something more out there for me. I don’t want to wake up one morning and think, “Well, this is it. This is my life. This is just how it is.” I didn’t want to live with limited vacation days, a financial cap always looming over my head, or all the red tape that comes from working with any social work/non-profit industry.

I write, to discover what I know and life is real, and raw, and comes at you fast.

So this is it, this is my journey. I don’t have 1,000 ways to make it rich quick. I don’t have all the answers. Heck, I’m still figuring out what my next step is. But you have to keep going to figure out what that next chapter in life will be and what it will bring.

A lifestyle is the way in which one chooses to live their life. Cultivating a life where I refuse to live by everyone else’s silly rules, I’ve found indulging in life’s little pleasures gives me absolute fulfillment. Hence, my conclusion to start a lifestyle blog (that, and my need to keep my mom up to date on my whereabouts – HI MOM!).

In this blog I hope to expose my true self, passion, and desires. And I hope you find my little adoxography of a blog to be thoroughly fulfilling.

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THE BLOG.

First, what the heck does “quaintrelle” mean??

Quaintrelle (kwein•trel) n. a woman who emphasizes a life of passion, expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures.

Basically, a quaintrelle is a femme with a certain joie de vivre (joy of life). As a quaintrelle, one would fill their lives with such beauty and passion that brings joy not only to themselves, but to those around them. A quaintrelle is usually someone who stands out from the crowd. Just as much, a quaintrelle is associated with an old-fashioned sense of style and elegance (think tea-parties and lace).

Some renowned quaintrelles include:

Coco Chanel Audrey Hepburn Marlene Dietrich

(After some comprehensive research, I’ve found most associate quaintrelles with white European icons.)

So Why American Quaintrelle?

America is a nation viewed by outside lenses as a youthful, consumer-driven, self-entitled, immoral nation. It’s citizens are categorized as arrogant, selfish, and highly overweight. As a millennial, I’ve discovered my generation to be overly-entitled and have a heavy case of white-savior disease (just throwing around some International Relations terms so I get some use of that degree!).

Despite all the negative back-lash, America and its inhabitants could just as well be described as wildly ambitious and driven.

So why would I choose to attached the title of my blog to these ideas? On the surface, I believe most countries have negative beliefs associated with them. Perhaps it is our way of challenging one another as well as our distinct human way of thinking ourselves as better than outsiders.

America, the melting pot of the world.

So many eclectic ideas are formed here. Despite most’s initial negative views that come to mind at the mentioning of the United States of America, Americans are beautifully individualistic. They are free in their craziness and feel less constricted by society’s traditions. More often than not, they are passionate individuals, striving to achieve the American dream. Families and individuals still grow up with this dream in their heads – there are still hoards of immigrants escaping to the land of plenty, chasing after the dream of creating their own success.

In a nutshell, that is what this blog is: a lifestyle blog about a woman emphasizing a life of passion in her own individualistic way, striving to achieve her dreams by connecting to the world around her.

As the old saying goes, no woman is an island!

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AND YOU.

Let’s face it, I’m learning. I don’t think people ever get to a point where they “grow up” and stop learning. Blogs are everywhere. On every topic. Will this blog change your life? Maybe yes, maybe no. Will it help you gain a new perspective on the world around you? That’s for you to decide. I hope it challenges you to stop and enjoy life’s little pleasures, remind you to step out of your comfort zone, and most of all helps to remind you to always ask the hardest question of all: why.

If you’re interested in exploring new places and ideas (and don’t find me too overly eccentric or dull) then I hope you’ll join me in this journey. I’m excited about what’s next to come and if you are too, subscribe by entering your email and following me below.

 

-XO-

Katie

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