Katie Gerber


Project Development, Holistic Living & Nutrition Coach

1. What did or does starting look like for you?

For me, starting is taking the first step (no matter how small) towards my goal. I may not know how or even if I’m going to get to the final destination, but I can always identify the one next step. If I break the goal down to manageable pieces, it’s no longer overwhelming. When I thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, for example, I rarely thought about the fact that I was trying to hike to Canada (2,660 miles from where I started at the US/Mexico border). I thought about how I was going to hike to my next resupply point 100 miles away or even how I just needed to hike to wherever I wanted to camp that night. I had to keep reminding myself that just those 10-20 miles would be progress towards my goal.

2. How did you know you needed to start?

Starting is fueled by inspiration, but it’s rooted in discomfort. Whenever I’ve been stagnant for too long or find myself no longer living in alignment with my values, the need to start becomes apparent. It’s an itch that gets so intense that you must scratch it.

For me, starting happens when the discomfort of not doing something outweighs all my fears and reasons for putting it off… in other words, the pain of not doing the thing becomes greater than the anticipated pain of doing it.

3. Looking back, what struggle are you most grateful for?

I wouldn’t call this a struggle per se, but I’m grateful that I had parents that expected a lot out of me. It taught me to expect a lot out of myself and that helped me to push past my perceived limits. I developed discipline and I learned how to find joy in hard work and comfort in the discomfort.

4. What’s one resource you would share with someone who is wanting to start?

I would say that when you’re starting anything, developing a resilient mindset is invaluable. When you want to create anything, whether it’s art or a business or a life worth living, you must know that failure at certain points is inevitable, and it’s ok, and you must have the courage to start anyways.