Hello, Hola, Guten Tag, and Dobre Den to all of you beautiful wonderful people!
My name is Katey Lippitt and I am an Atlanta native who can’t seem to sit still in one place for too long. In the northeast Atl suburb I grew up in, one in four people are not U.S. born citizens, which ignited a curiosity for diversity and cultural immersion at a young age. Within the last four years, I’ve attempted to satisfy my nomadic soul by traveling every opportunity that has presented itself. Yet, 33 countries, 3 continents, and 25 states later, my bucket list just keeps evolving longer and longer.
As cliche as it sounds, I created this blog to prove to people that anything is possible. I wasn’t raised in a high income home with an exceptionally outstanding education or very cultured background. I say y’all every other sentence, my momma’s sweet tea runs through my veins, and I eat, sleep, and breathe SEC football. But my passion for cross cultural communication, travel, and human rights enables me to put forth my best fight no matter the obstacle.
Ironically enough, I love home… well, I love all of the people associated with home. I have an extremely tight knit family and an incredible group of friends that I wish I could sneak into my suitcase. Yet, my constant craving for adventure, spontaneity, and cultural immersion is always leading me astray from them and into a new chapter in a foreign place. For me, no adventure is too big or too small and if someone says go, I’ll ask when.
I played soccer at the good ole Georgia Southern University in a smaller rural town in south Georgia called Statesboro, where I received a degree in Marketing with an emphasis in Sales. Following graduation, I realized I wasn’t quite ready to settle into the real world so I decided to complete a minor in International Studies at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic (Read about my decision here). And now, I am about to embark on a new journey to Nottingham, England, where I will attend graduate school and play “football” at The University of Nottingham.
Sometimes God calls us to completely abandon the comfort of the familiar and awaken the adventure of the unknown. Most of us have the innate daring spirit and capabilities of pursuing this calling but we cloud our minds with fear.
In the winter of 2014, I set off by myself to Kampala, Uganda to intern with a nonprofit organization that I just merely googled- Soccer Without Borders. For a month, I worked with refugee children using soccer as a vehicle for empowerment. And y’all, let me tell you, the experience radically changed my life. It revealed the brave and bold spirit God had equipped me. And from that moment on, I’ve been hooked.
Travel makes me feel alive. Challenges me. Enables growth. Broadens my perspectives.
Strengthens my self independence and dependence on God. Introduces me to new concepts and ways of thinking. Makes me one thousand souls richer. Exposes me to the intricate landscapes, architecture, and incredibly diverse cultures.
Travel has shaped me into the woman I am today and into the woman I am becoming. And I am so lucky that every day is a new adventure in God’s playground.
It doesn’t have to be expensive. Trust me. It doesn’t even have to be complex. There’s a
whole community of veteran adventurers out there whom have made travel so easy and they’re still seeking ways to simplify it even more. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And there is always a way.
So, whether, it’s finances, a relationship, a job, or fear that is holding you back, all it takes is that one step… and I guarantee you’ll unlock the best days of your life.