10 Questions | Karin Keller
On Instagram you may know her as @coastalkells as a girl who is always looking for the next adventure. Below Karin shows a little bit more of who she is, that she speaks four languages, how she deals with life’s challenges, and what recharges her soul. She may be young, but she is most certainly not to be underestimated!
1. BASIC INFO
Name / Karin Keller
Location / Vancouver, BC
Occupation / I am still trying to figure this one out... but currently a : Content Creator, part time receptionist, and UBC Student
Age / 23
Random Fact About You / I speak 4 languages! English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and soon Italian (learning it this summer in Venice)
Instagram / @coastalkells
Website / Coming soooon!!!
2. How do you spend most of your free time?
I spend way too much time at the gym, running, spinning, hiking, laughing with friends and family in the city and in the mountains during the summers. Any way I can get sweaty in the outdoors is how I love to spend my free time!
3. Do you have mantra, favorite quote, or any words you live by? What meaning does it hold for you?
“If it is to be it is up to me!” To me this means that you create the life you want to live, and if you want something give it your 120% and achieve it. I know I can achieve whatever I want if I put my mind to, and also know if I don’t want to put my energy into something it is okay for me to let it go and find something I am passionate in (hence my constant quest for ‘what I am going to do with my life’.
4. What is your favorite place (or spot!) in the world? Why is it so special to you?
My mom and dads backyard!! It is the jungle I grew up in, and something my dad worked on for over 20 years and turned into a luscious jungle paradise with all the fruit and vegetables you can name and hundreds of flowers. I would play in the garden every single day growing up and taught me a fierce love for the earth and environment. Being outdoors and learning from my mom and dad about nature, hiking, adventure and travel is what has fueled my passions in the outdoor adventure creative industry as an adult.
5. When have you felt the most proud of yourself?
Whenever I achieve any of my goals I am crazy proud of myself. Some of those goals have been;
Being a Rotary Ambassador for Canada and US and living in Sao Paulo Brazil.
Getting headhunted to work at Disney Interactive at the age of 19 (one of my favourite and funnest jobs to date).
Learning Portuguese fluently in 10 months time
Running 2 half marathons in under 2hrs.
6. What is a struggle you have gone through? & How did you get through it?
The biggest struggle I am currently facing and that I am trying to get through is my dad’s illness. He has developed dementia and my mom, sister and I are having to watch him slowly deteriorate into a stranger. It’s been tough seeing my dad lose himself and we’re dreading the day he forgets who we are. To get through it I try to call him a lot, write in my journal, run, visit him and hike and take tons of pictures of mountains and flowers as he was the one who taught me about photography, hiking and the outdoors. I feel like a lot of my hiking and adventurousness is an ode to him and who he used to be, I know he’d be really proud of me if he could remember what I was up to so the pictures help him remember and live vicariously through me.
7. When you feel disconnected with yourself or in a funk, what do you do to reconnect and get you back on track?
Whenever I am lost in my own head, I end up going for really long runs until I uncover the reason I am so upset or stuck and I work over the problem until I reconnect to myself and am able to smile again. Sometimes I run until I end up crying because I have a hard time letting go of my emotions. So running through forests I get to come home to myself and it’s been really therapeutic for me. I also like to write in my journal when I’m stuck as it also helps me get back on track.
8.What are you most passionate about?
I am very passionate about learning languages (hence being a polyglot) I used to live in Sao Paulo, Brazil and became passionate about learning languages, reducing my ethnocentrism and learning about other people and their cultures. Language learning is what inspired me to travel and I am excited to go to Italy this summer not for the pizza and wine, but to actually learn Italian and take in Italian culture and learn the Italian way of life.
9. What advice would you give your younger self?
I would tell myself that I am really really smart, capable, strong and beautiful! I would tell me to believe in myself as I used to be so self conscious and full of self doubt and I didn’t think I was capable of achieving anything which I still sometimes believe... but I wish I could tell myself earlier that I am so much more than I thought I was and that I could achieve anything I put my mind to!
10. What is one thing on your bucket list you haven’t done yet? Do you think you will end up doing it?
I want to learn how to do a backflip (this summer), I also want to skydive, go on a African Safari and take pictures of wild cats (childhood dream omg). And I think I’ll definitely do all of those things! Maybe not this year but in the next five years definitely :)... Except the backflip! I’ll keep you posted on that one! I really want to learn backflips this summer and I hope to achieve it.