Kat Hurley

Kat Hurley

Depends who's asking

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I have always wanted to be a writer, but I did not like journalism.
I majored in advertising because it was safe; I lasted 6 months at an ad agency.
I went back to school for education to become a teacher because I thought I could write at night.
I bartended and taught spin classes to make extra money.
I took a children's lit class in hopes that it would give me the discipline to write. Nope.
I left teaching to be a full-time personal trainer, so I'd have more time to write. It kinda worked.
Finally, I took the leap. I sold all my things and moved to Hong Kong to write my book.
Now, I live in New York. I published my book September 2013. Next step, speaking career.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Towson University
graduate
Graduate
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Towson University
Career

Career

Depends who's asking

I am an transformational author, youth speaker and coach.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Writing
Writing
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I work out and meditate everyday, eat healthily and honor my body. I am most creative and have the best energy when I'm in a rhythm with my sleep/work/play discipline. I work from home, so I must prioritize and stay focused. I write daily for my blog (The Year of Magical Dreaming) and submit articles to many online publications. I spend a lot of time "building a platform," aka developing an audience. I also use social media as a marketing tool for my business. I study successful people nonstop.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Find a mentor. Writing is the least common creative discipline to offer mentorships, but I think it is becoming more popular. There is so much business in writing now that it is worth it to meet with someone and make sure you are ready to be a marketer, publisher, PR person.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Read, read, read. Study the best in your genre. Write as much as you can. No judgement. Just write.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Any, add in writing courses as they fit
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You can't just go around being a dreamer your whole life."

I let their fears and doubts become my own fears and doubts and it took many many years to un-bury myself from that pile. Now I see that NOISE as motivation to prove them wrong. I see the NOISE as encouragement to inspire others to plug their ears and follow their passions. I spent way too many years hoping to get back all the time I lost trying to live my life the way everyone else thought I should. True happiness is living YOUR purpose.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

When my first online business failed, I had to file for bankruptcy. It was embarrassing and stressful and time consuming, but possibly one of the best decisions I made to accept failure and move on.

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

2 friends were stabbed to death in a gang related fight in Florida during spring break my first year of college. Fights were fairly common in high school, but no one had guns or used weapons. It really opened my eyes to the dangers of gang violence.

Parent Death/Incarceration/Domestic Violence
Parent Death/Incarceration/Domestic Violence

My dad killed my mom when I was five. I was the key witness in the trial. I moved around from aunts/uncles and grandparents. Psychologists predicted I would never be "normal." I was a "victim" and I acted like it. I had to rewrite my story.

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