Where did you grow up? Where else have you lived? Where do you currently live?
I was born and raised in Naples, Florida. I moved to Tallahassee after high school to attend Florida State University (GO NOLES!) and right after graduation, I moved to Perth, Western Australia for a "12-week work contract" that ended up lasting three years.
How would your family and friends describe you (in one word)?
I'm going to need to use two words for this one, sorry! My entire family has a running joke that I was "born-ready". I'm always the first one everywhere, painfully and awkwardly early with snacks packed for every car ride and Google Map instructions printed out to get anywhere because I don't trust my iPhone.
How would you describe your family (you can use more than one word, how do you enjoy spending your time together)?
Active. My Dad raced professional motocross and is now an avid kiteboarder and my Mom was a nationally ranked tennis player in her youth and will still run you off the court today. My only sibling, my brother, was a multi-sport athlete in high school and still kickflips and ollies like it's nobody's business. We are all avid boaters and love to spend weekends on the island, grilling burgers and paddleboarding with our Golden Retriever, Harper.
What are the values that drive you (to succeed, in life, as a person, etc.)?
Passion for everything and anything I do in my life. Commitment to the things I am passionate about and gratitude for all of the things that I have been given, have worked for and have to look forward to in the future.
What is the most random thing you’ve ever watched all the way through on Netflix?
I watched Tabloid, a documentary that follows former pageant queen Joyce McKinney’s bizarre quest to “win back” a young Mormon man with whom she’s obsessed with. Literally one of the weirdest things I have ever watched. I kept thinking it was going to get less weird and then the credits started rolling and I was in awe that I had just sat there and watched the entire thing.
Shark diving, bungee jumping, or sky diving?
None of the above, yet! But if I had the choice, bungee jumping. Kind of like sky diving but at least you're attached to something. And as long as I could bring snacks after arriving over an hour early and reading every instruction manual and safety pamphlet in the lobby.
Where would you like to go on vacation if you had a month off and money was no object?
I would love to return to Italy but with my German/Italian/Australian husband in tow. We would rent a car and drive from city to city, our only concrete destination being the Calabria Region, where my husband's family is from. We're both passionate about wine and cheese, so it would basically be a food-tour of Italy with some history and educational tours sprinkled in here and there.
What is your favorite tech tool and why?
My Kindle. I'm a speed-reader and can get really, really lost in a good book.
Where is your favorite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?
There is a large, empty piece of property in my neighborhood that my dog, Harper, adores. It is on the water and overlooks the beautiful canal that my neighborhood is situated on. I try to take her down there 4-5 times a week so she can watch the fish jump and I can relax in the sunshine. If you're ever looking for me, I'm probably there.
What is your secret to remote-work success?
My husband comes home several times a week and has lunch with me which breaks up my day. My Mom has worked remotely for over ten years and she is my neighbor so we will often take breaks to go for a walk or to the grocery store. Both of these things make my work days so nice! I am also very organized and task-oriented which naturally makes me want to get things done everyday.
What is the weirdest scar you have and how did you get it?
Remember my brother? The one I mentioned above who ollies and kickflips like nobody's business? He strapped me to a big wheeled skate board when I was 12 and pushed me down a very big hill at our grandparent's farm. Needless to say, I didn't make it very far and my adult knees tell the story pretty well in two identical scars gracing my otherwise unmarred legs.
If your life had a theme song, what would it be?
"Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts (Originally by Tom Cochrane)
This song always gives me such a wanderlust feel and the travel-itch. Traveling has been a huge part of my entire life. I have been to several third-world countries on many mission trips, backpacked through Europe, driven across Australia in a van, climbed rice patties and eaten lunch on volcanoes in Indonesia and seen a lot of the beauty that our own country has to offer. With many more destinations on my list, this song is definitely perfect for my life!
Caitlin is obsessed with home interiors, wood working and renovating. Both she and her husband spent 16 months renovating a dilapidated house that Caitlin bought when she was 20-years-old. They gutted it from the inside out and turned a once neighborhood eyesore into a beautiful new home.