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The Kat Behind the Letterbox

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Hey y’all it has been a little over a month since I launched the KatsLetterbox Blog, so I’ve decided I should formally introduce myself! Hi, I’m Kat or Kathleen if you’re feeling more formal!

I moved to Jacksonville 13 years ago from Ocala, Florida to attend the University of North Florida, and what can I say between the beaches and the people I loved it and made it my home after college.

I’ve spent a good bit of time at UNF (Go Ospreys!) between getting my Bachelor’s in Public Relations and going back to get my Master’s in Public Administration.

During my time in school, I always envisioned myself becoming a power house politician and taking over the world, so after graduating with my MPA I packed my things and joined a congressional campaign in Upstate New York as its Finance Director. The campaign itself is mostly a story for another day, but lets just say that the overall vibe of that campaign was more cut-throat, gritty, and even sometimes conniving than I was comfortable with. I left New York a little jaded feeling like I needed a shower, and maybe even a new dream.

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Fast forward to now, and I am working in local politics (picture
Chumbawamba‘s “I get knocked down” playing in the background) as the Chief Financial Officer of the Duval County Property Appraiser’s Office. After spending a few years at the City of Jacksonville’s Budget Office, I moved over to the PAO. It has been fun learning the ends and out of our great city. I’ve even enjoyed learning the quirks of being city/county consolidated!

I’ve really enjoyed my career in Finance thus far, and still feel I have so much further to go and more to accomplish, but I have to admit that I missed having a creative outlet. Cue KatsLetterbox… I started this blog as a fun hobby to give myself a way to use my more creative side on something besides my Excel spreadsheets, and as a way to get more involved with the community!

To help us get to know each other better here are ten fun tidbits about myself:

  1. I’ve been married to my handsome hubby for three years.
  2. I am a professional on the outside, but a kid at heart on the inside – you give me unicorns or anything sparkly and I’m yours forever!
  3. I do not believe that professional attire & fashion are mutually exclusive.
  4. I could probably eat pizza everyday for the rest of my life and be totally okay with it.
  5. I am mildly obsessed with Pure Barre workouts – the shake is real y’all!
  6. I’ve more recently become scooter obsessed and think that riding mine around the Towncenter is the most fun.
  7. I indulge in the guilty pleasure of Bravo shows, mostly Vanderpump Rules, Southern Charm and Summer House.
  8. I love reading and have my library card number memorized.
  9. I love traveling and exploring new cities and places, whether it’s with my hubby or girlfriends.
  10. I am a bit anxiety ridden and could probably worry about worrying too much.

I look forward to continuing this journey & getting to know you all along the way!

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