I am totally alive (just super freakin’ busy)!

Little gifts I’ve gotten from student teaching – so adorable!

I know, I know – I’ve been terrible at updating this site for the past four months.  BUT it’s not because I’m lazy and distracted – it’s because I’ve just been TBTF – Too Busy To Function.  Here’s why:

~I’ve been student teaching since September.  It’s been an awesome, emotional roller coaster of an experience that I will never forget.  While I’m looking forward to working from home again, I have to admit it’s going to be difficult to leave my class, cooperating teacher, and school.  I look back at this awesome journey, see how far I’ve come, and think to myself “Wow – I did it!  I did it and it was great!”

~I am finally graduating from grad school!  Getting my Masters in Education two years later than planned isn’t terrible, considering I switched majors and had to deal with Hurricane Sandy turning my life upside down.  It’s very exciting, such a relief, and the skills I have acquired are incredibly valuable.  While I don’t plan on getting a teaching job anytime soon, I am excited for the kinds of opportunities that lay ahead.

~I’m working on a few book projects, as well as writing for Drive the District.  It’s a great new website with an edge, and I’ve been recruited to help write content for their New York section.  I’m lucky that Matador provides me with a steady, reliable paycheck, but every once in a while, it’s good to challenge myself with new partners.  Speaking of Matador…

~I have been promoted again!  Starting next week, I join the ranks as a Managing Editor at Matador Network.  Talk about an amazing journey – this time last year, I was drafting up entries for our second publication, 101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die!  I’ll still be heading up their Social Media for a bit, but this is an epic new chapter I’ll be traversing.  My parents have finally realized that my career in freelancing is a pretty legit deal, and I am honored and excited to embark on this new phase of my life.

Overall, I have to say that 2013 has been a pretty amazing year.  I am hoping and praying 2014 will not let me down.  I am also hoping to be ore consistent, so watch this space.  I’ll have a roundup of my travel resolutions of course, forthcoming.

To new adventures!


  1. Caroline
    Dec 16, 2013

    Congratulations on your promotion! And graduating! Seems like you’ve had quite the eventful year, and 2014 looks to be just as, if not more, exciting. Looking forward to reading about it. :)

    • Katka
      Dec 26, 2013

      Thanks Caroline! Hopefully 2014 is just as good!

  2. Allison Jane Smith
    Dec 18, 2013

    Congrats on the promotion, Katka, and all the other exciting things going on in your life. Looking forward to hearing more about these book projects.

    • Katka
      Dec 26, 2013

      Thanks Allison!

  3. Annie of Travelshus
    Dec 20, 2013


    • Katka
      Dec 26, 2013

      Thanks Annie!

  4. Alyssa
    Dec 22, 2013

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to 2014 in general and all the cool stuff you’ll be doing with Matador!

    • Katka
      Dec 26, 2013

      Thanks Alyssa! Looking forward to working with you on new things as well!

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