Today we’d like to introduce you to Katrina Rollins.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Do you remember when you went on your first diet? I don’t. It was so early in my life, I almost feel as if I came out of the womb dieting. I see skinny pictures of me as a child, but honestly, I don’t remember those time periods. All I remember is doing Tae Bo regularly every morning before school. Dieting became a regular part of my existence. Imagine being told every day of your life that something is wrong with you. That is the reality for all who do not fit society’s standards of beauty. I’m not sure what changed or why. One day, I woke up and decided I was the pretty one at any size, and I deserved to dress extravagantly. See, the world may not want to see me. But when I was a little girl, all I hoped for was to see someone like me be regarded as the standard of beauty. One of the main facets of my blog is highlighting styles and fashion for plus size women. Once I began to dress fashionably and embrace my curves, I began to feel beautiful until I started believing it.
Not only do I love fashion, but also I am a travel addict and Certified Nurse Midwife passionate about ending health disparities in women’s health. My first, true love encounter with travel was to South Africa at the life-changing age of 21. Through a very generous scholarship, I was afforded the opportunity to live in the Motherland for three months while I researched domestic violence and the role of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE). It was a glorious three months, filled with new experiences, the sweet taste of being in the majority, and the most vibrant dancing I’ve ever seen. Fast forward eight years, and I’ve traveled to 33 countries. I am truly blessed to have traveled the world; it is a gift I will always be thankful for and never take lightly. That journey to South Africa birthed the idea of being a blogger; not the trip itself but something that was said to me shortly before. I must have been out shopping for my trip, and the salesman asked me where I was going. When he heard my response, he exclaimed, “You should start blogging!” That was eight years ago. If only I listened to him and started then. But everything happens for a reason. At 21, I still didn’t know who I was. Like, I said, I really started traveling at 21, became a midwife at 25, and fell in love with fashion at 26. See, I needed to become strong in my sense of self and feel confident in sharing my passions with the world. My blog is my creative outlet to discuss plus size fashion, travel, and women’s health. I hope to inspire other plus size women to fully embrace life and chase after their dreams with no hesitation!
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Honestly, my main obstacle is having patience. I constantly visualize my brand in the future and see all the women who I can impact. However, it’s vital for me to remember to enjoy the journey. The beauty is not in the end goal, but the actual process of transformation. I can already notice the growth in my skills, including the new ones that I am exploring. I recently recorded, edited, and posted my first YouTube video, which is something I never even dreamed of doing a year ago. It’s difficult, but I’m working more on appreciating where I am right now instead of wanting to jump five years down the line. I get to work on something that fulfills my passions and inspires others. Let’s be real, that’s the prize and I’ve already won.
Another challenge is balancing my 50-60 hour/week career with the demands of a new blog. I must be crazy and a glutton for punishment because now I really have no time! The first thing I do when I am starting to feel overwhelmed is to take a deep breath. Then, I make a list of everything I need to accomplish over the next two months and set deadlines for each item. Of course, I don’t always stick to my deadlines, but having a plan reduces my stress and helps me to handle the most pressing issues first. Also, I remind myself that coordinating outfits, curating themes for my photo shoots, planning an epic trip, and creating educational tools on women’s health are what I love to do! Working on my blog is exciting, but it requires a lot of time and energy. I have to remind myself it’s okay to simply watch a movie, have a date night with no phones, visit my parents, and see my friends.
We’d love to hear more about your blog.
So, my blog focuses on inspiring women through fashion, travel, and women’s health. I want plus size women to feel empowered to book that dream trip, wear that dream dress, and take control of their health. My blog is different as I focus on the three main passions in my life instead of focusing on only one niche. Women are complex and multifaceted and often have various interests. If I wanted to stay inside a box, I would have never started a blog. I may not fit the image of a typical Nurse Midwife as I am young and into fashion. However, I love challenging this stereotype and encouraging other young women to enter the field as I show them it’s possible to retain your identity while pursuing a career. I also didn’t want to be the type of fashion blogger that only focused on outside appearance instead of also celebrating education. Our strength is our minds. Disparities are rampant in healthcare simply because so many people are uneducated about the options available to them. I am able to reach a different population as women who engage with me through fashion and travel also have the opportunity to hear my health chats on various women’s health topics. My proudest moments are when I receive feedback about how I have encouraged someone to book their first international trip, wear something sexy for their husband, or schedule a Pap smear.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is when my parents took me to the Grand Canyon. I was always an avid reader and often dreamed of places I wanted to visit based on my books. While we were visiting my sister in Arizona, I was reading about a majestic canyon that I had never heard of before. When I mentioned it to my parents, they informed me that it was in Arizona! Although it was still a 4-hour drive from where we were, my parents rented a car and took me on an impromptu trip to the Grand Canyon. It was an experience I would never forget and a reminder that there is no reason to delay your dream. My parents are wonderful and filled my childhood with numerous travel memories that later spurred my interest in international travel. They exposed me to domestic travel and now I am grateful to expose them to global travel!
- Website: katrinarollins.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/globalmidwife/