A Life That Gives Back: Introduction to Katelyn Berry

Katelyn is someone who I both respect and admire. She is giving, caring and absolutely wears her heart on her sleeve. She is also one of the most beautiful people both inside and out that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. By her mid twenties she has traveled to Africa to help school children, she is ever so close to a full college degree from U of O, and is a fantastic model. Plus she has some wicked tattoos! That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Recently Katelyn started a blog; Simple Creative Love. Something I suggest everyone do. I asked Katelyn to write a guest post for me so that I could help expose more people to her adventures and beauty. Katelyn can be very infectious sometimes and it makes me look cooler that I know a full on model! HA!

Enter Katelyn Berry


Hi!

I am Katelyn.

Now you may be thinking, that is great, but why is she writing on On Adam’s blog? Well, I don’t know why actually.

I am a friend of Adam’s, we have known each other since high school. He was what I would consider to be one of my real true friends back then, and somewhere along the lines of life after high school we kinda lost touch, but hey, we found each other again! YEAH! Ok, but again, probably not why I am here.

Katelyn in Africa

I am here because Adam and I are both branching out and trying new things and doing what we both love and have dreamed about. Adam is taking the route of minimalist, documenting his travels by means of photographs and blogs. A photograph by the way, the best way to preserve one moment forever.

Camera: Best invention, maybe ever.

And me, well, I am sporadic, what I want to do changes daily. I want to be an artist, creative, expressive. I want to be helpful, and change lives. And I do this right now a number of ways.

I work at an adoption agency that specializes in domestic adoptions. I do outreach in communities educating societies about the benefits and joys of adoption.

I am getting an education. I am a University of Oregon student majoring in Journalism with a focus in Advertising. Wow, that was long. Anyways, I am sure you are thinking… She wants to make a change and be helpful, but she is an advertising major, they are the scum and filth of our planet. NOT TRUE. Yes I agree there are some really bad advertisers. But I do not want to be one of them. I want to be one who changes advertising to something better. I do want to sell you a product, but an idea. And in the mean time, I have recently been taking up hobbies.

Some of these hobbies include taking photos (not good ones) playing in Adobe Photoshop with design and structure, and even more recently I have started to pick up little odd jobs modeling. Which I never thought I could do because I was not skinny enough.

Note: to all girls who think at 5’7 and 140 pounds that you are not thin enough to model… you are WRONG!

I started with one photo shoot with a friend. A little boudoir set, didn’t do much with it besides put it on Facebook and show friends, and just overall feel pretty. My second shoot did not happen until October of this year. I shot a set with photographer J Robert Williams. The set was for a potential magazine story. It was a paid shoot, and I have not seen the pictures yet. You may think, well why not. And here is why. The story got bought! I am getting published, on my second shoot! And it was paid! So in the next few months I can start looking for photos of me in ZooWeekly UK.

I have also worked with Eroica Bierly Photography, as well as Classic Rock, Nick Johnson, and now Tom with Enlightened

Photography. You can look at my portfolio at isoconnection.com/katelynberry.

My hopes for the future are still a little blurred. I do not know where I want to go with all or even any of this. All I know is that I am a whimsical person and take life as it comes. I don’t plan anything out long term, I am sporadic, some may say flighty, I am fun, loving, and just always looking for the next thing I can do. I stay busy, and that is how I function best.

All I know is that I want to make a difference, no matter how I do it. Every day is a chance to change your life or help touch and change the life of another. And it is amazing how such little things can help. Giving a granola bar to a homeless man, bringing clothes to a shelter, helping at a food bank, tutoring a child, mentoring an in need teenager. Spending an extra hour with your kid/niece/nephew/neighbor kid. Donating your time, energy and money overseas, sending a letter to a soldier. People are so consumed in their own lives these days, I want to step out of that and start finding time and ways to make people see how little time it takes to change the way things in our society work.

But for now, all I can do is keep living my wonderful crazy life of studying, working, living with a family who has so kindly adopted me as I have them, give the homeless man on the corner a granola bar every day, read to kids, Skype my nephew and keep taking, getting and creating wonderful pictures with wonderful artist.

I know this is crazy busy and maybe out of place on Adam’s site, but hey, its something different for you to read. Hope you enjoy.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
-Mahatma Gandhi


Thank you Katelyn!

If you ask me, we can all learn something from Katelyn. Weather it be that helping people is something that we should feel is our duty and to be proud of that or to have no fear and go after what you want. Being a model takes guts and that is something she has plenty of.

I know that while I’m in Thailand in a few months I plan on volunteering and will hopefully spend some time giving back.

My best wishes and luck (not that she needs it) to Katelyn on her totally epic journey. She is living live without regrets and for that I tip my hat to you!

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