Day 139 - Kara (2nd person I approached)
May 19, 2014 - Kara was sitting with what looked to be a mobile office set up. Computer, notepad, phone, pens and the essential beverage container. Born in Victoria, Kara’s family moved between Vancouver Island and the mainland for her father's job.
“I have one older brother. We lived in Victoria, then Langley for a while before heading to Comox. I went to elementary school there. Then when I was 12 we moved to Vancouver. Moving didn’t really bother me. At first it was kind of like ‘no, I don’t want to’ but I soon made new friends. I think at a young age, kids are fairly adaptable,” said Kara.
At the age of 13, Kara started snowboarding.
“My brother was into snowboarding and I would go with him a lot. I became a competitive snowboarder when I was about 15 years old. I had a boarding store as a sponsor and I would spend the winter at Mount Baker in Washington State. I worked summer jobs in coffee shops to help support my snowboarding. I was pretty good at it, and at that time, there weren’t that many girls competing. I still snowboard, but I stopped competing when I was 18 or so,” said Kara.
After graduating from high school, Kara went to Kwantlen College (now Kwantlen Polytechnic University). She took a three year program in Graphic Design.
“I always knew I wanted to be a graphic designer. In high school I liked art and design. I'm not a painter and don’t draw very well, but graphic design has always appealed to me,” she said. Kara got a job right after completing her graphic design training.
“I started working for a local firm, and was there for eight years,” Kara said. She met her husband snowboarding. “We got married and my husband and I decided to move to Australia. I quit my job and we moved there for two years.” That was eight years ago.
Kara’s husband designs skateboard parks.
“We travel all over the place in Australia. We don’t have a home per se. We spend maybe four or five months in one place while that park is being constructed, and then on to the next job. Living out of suitcases can get pretty tiring, but the travelling has its benefits for sure. We have an RV (recreational vehicle), and between jobs we travel around. It’s a great way to see many different places. Home is where the heart is,” she says.
Kara and her husband had recently been to a wedding in Mexico and came to Vancouver to see friends and family.
“I’m lucky that I’m able to work while traveling around. I’m still doing graphic design, and I have clients here in Canada and Australia,” she said.
“I’m able to keep in contact with people. It’s hard to make friends because of traveling so much. But I’m so lucky to have this opportunity and to be able to travel and have these experiences. My husband is my best friend and I’m his best friend. We’re always together and sharing all of this.” #notastranger