Kate and I first met on a press trip, and soon after we exchanged info, we realized we had a lot in common—a love for travel, writing, natural beauty, and healthy eating. I know, one could say you can throw a stone and find people like that in Southern California, but I really connected with Kate’s thoughtful, meditative style. She seemed smart, focused, and talented. A quick glance at her excellent writing-photography-DIY site, and you’ll see that all of the above rings true.
In the spirit of the new year and healthy starts, you should check out her inspiring post on her daily wellness routine and details about a book she’s writing (!). And in the spirit of my 7 Questions With series, Kate talks about the opposite of a creative block and why her North County neighborhood is so dang special…among other things.
Name: Kate Bello
Neighborhood: Leucadia, Encinitas
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Homemade banana ice cream with dates and cacao nibs.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Being creative. Everything that I truly want to do comes back to that feeling of being a kid again when all I did was draw and make up stories. Now I take photographs and write stories.
I put a lot of pressure on myself, which is something I need to work on.
How do you tackle a creative block?
Honestly, I rarely have a creative block. I have the opposite problem where I think of way too many projects I want to do. So, for me, I have to tackle decision-making and really only choose projects that deep down I want to do as opposed to what I think I should do.
What are you currently reading?
Just finished Wild. Loved it. Now I want to do something drastic and crazy in 2015.
What’s your favorite spot in the city and why?
Hands down, Leucadia. This place reminds me of my childhood in Ventura, CA. Can’t beat the laid-back vibe.
What was the most awesome thing about today?
Hmmm, the fact that I’m here in beautiful San Diego, that I have people I love around me and that I haven’t given up on my dream.