If you could move to anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Australia. For the intense sunshine, the endless beaches, the healthy living, the surf and most importantly, the coffee. It’s also near some of the most stunning tropical destinations in the world like Fiji, Tahiti, Bali and The Maldives. All places at the top of my travel bucket list.
Live your greatest life. Reading Robin Sharma’s books has completely changed the way I think about how I live my life and given me the tools I need to turn my dreams into goals. Life is too short to make your living doing something you don’t even really like. So why not just do what you love? We are all capable of greatness, it’s all a matter of harnessing the power of our minds, pushing past our fears and charging ahead with one foot in front of the other.
What are your hobbies?
My work and my hobbies are starting to become one in the same, which is really exciting. I love to design, make art, be creative, snap photos, plan adventures and go to the beach. As my career progresses, I’m really working towards blurring the line between what I do for a living and what I do for fun.
What inspires you?
Going on adventures, travelling to new places, the beach, good music, friends, sunsets, colours and other people who are passionate about pursuing their dreams.
Who is your biggest role model?
There are so many cool people doing cool things these days that it’s hard to pick just one. I definitely admire the powerful females who have harnessed social media to build their empires and have made a living out of just living. They make it look so effortless, but gaining and maintaining that sort of clout takes a lot of hard work. Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman of @abikiniaday, Julie Sarinana of @sincerelyjules, Aimee Song of @songofstyle and Rachel Brathen of @yoga_girl have all built strong personal brands through their passions and that’s something I applaud.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I don’t even know what could happen next week, ha! Ideally, I’d like to be drinking a green smoothie from my quaint open-air beach house in Hawaii or Indonesia while checking client e-mails from Roxy. Then once I’ve approved next year’s clothing line that I personally designed, I’d go for a surf until the sun sets. A girl can dream right? I’d also like to become a speaker and share my story with other designers and creatives all over the world. If I can help just one person realize their true passion and inspire them to follow their dreams, just as I am doing, then my life’s goal would be complete.
How has social media helped your career?
Social media has given me a platform to share my art, build my brand and give me something I’ve never had before: an audience. Before Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, I really had no idea what my personal design “style” was, but through non-stop creating and sharing, I’ve been able to manifest and fine tune that. I’ve just begun this crazy journey and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me. It’s an exciting time in the realm of social media where the people now have more influence than the brands that want to work with them, so it’s always important to stay true and of course, stay golden!
What is your dream job?
My current one! I’m an ex-desk dweller and now run Salty Pineapple, my freelance graphic and web design business. My goal is to travel the world with laptop in hand as I work with clients and exploring new places. As an entrepreneur, the lows are definitely low, but the highs are so wonderful that your heart almost wants to combust from happiness. I would love to work with popular surf and beach lifestyle brands like Roxy, Billabong and Rip Curl and one day collaborate with them on a signature Salty Pineapple apparel line featuring custom patterns and textiles that I’ve designed.
You can find Kat:
Twitter: Kat Gaskin
Design: Salty Pineapple