Posts in Life
2018 Year in Review

I kicked off 2018 in Chiang Mai, Thailand and am ending the year in the exact same place. Despite the consistent bookends, I spent the time in between racing around the world, growing my business, and living life to the absolute fullest.

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Instagram Takeover with Brit+Co – Creative Crushin' Series

It's no surprise that Instagram is my favorite social platform– it's my go-to for posting all my art and travel pics. Because of this, the ladies over at Brit+Co asked if I was interested in doing an Instagram Takeover of their page as part of their Creative Crushin' series.

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Create & Cultivate Desert Pop-Up with Society6

Hello, Palm Springs! Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at the Create & Cultivate Desert Pop-Up. The event drew a massive crowd of women entrepreneurs, creatives, and aspiring self-starters who gathered to share ideas, network, and grow. It was empowering to hear so many other women's stories of success and forging their own career path.

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Speaking Event in NYC: Scaling a Side Hustle into a Business // CatCoq x Skillshare

Last week, I had the opportunity to give a presentation in NYC, hosted by my friends at Skillshare. I spoke about how I transformed my side-hustle (painting) into a thriving business that allows me to travel the world full-time.

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Upcoming Event in NYC: An Evening with Artist Cat Coquillette: Scale a Side Hustle into a Business

Hello, NYC friends! I'll be in town in a few weeks and giving a talk at the Skillshare office on Thursday, March 8! I’ll be speaking about how I scaled my side hustle into a business & how I use passive income to support my travel lifestyle year round.

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Digital Nomad Cat Coquillette on Scaling a Side Hustle into a Business  // Interview with Skillshare

Skillshare periodically features their top teachers in one-on-one interviews, which helps to demonstrate the broad depth of creatives and professionals who have have found success on their platform. After both of my classes made it into the Best Classes of 2017 List, they reached out to me to understand more about my journey as a creative and educator.

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My Special Guest Appearance with Kansas City Live

Over the holidays, KC Live contacted me to see if I was interested in appearing on their holiday special for a guest interview. My response was an enthusiastic "YES". Kansas City Live is an hour-long show that spotlights the people, places, trends and local attractions that make KC such a great place to live.

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My Year in Review

2017 has been one helluva year. It’s my first year of full-time traveling, which has taken me to some uniquely gorgeous places and introduced me to an incredible group of nomadic/entrepreneurial friends. I've packed in a ton and created some of the best pieces in my artwork portfolio. Check it out!

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Feature in CEO Blog Nation: 12 Entrepreneurs Share Their Thoughts on Coworking Spaces

CEO Blog Nation invited me to join eleven other entrepreneurs in sharing our thoughts on coworking spaces. (Hint: I love them!) Coworking spaces are shared working environments full of independent activity. Unlike traditional workplaces, coworkers aren't employed by the same organization– they're freelancers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and online workers.

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How Much I Spend in a Week Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand

My "digital nomad" lifestyle means that I'm location independent, although I've been living on-and-off in Chiang Mai for the past six months.In the spirit of full transparency, I've put together a breakdown of how much I spend during a week period living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I'm a 29-year-old illustrator and graphic designer and earn 90% of my income through licensing my artwork. I primarily work in coffee shops and cafes throughout the city and consider the price of a coffee my "rent" for free wifi + a temporary workspace.

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Komodo Dragons in the Wild - An Adventure in Indonesia

My travel bucket list is filled with difficult-to-obtain goals, usually involving remote locations, perfect timing, and a stroke of luck. I had the opportunity to check off a big one when I visited Indonesia: ✔️ See a Komodo dragon in the wild. These are the fastest, largest and strongest lizards on earth and they're only found on a few tiny islands in southern Indonesia. Their remote isolation only increased my desire to catch a glimpse of one in its natural habitat.

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My Skillshare Debut / Creating Art that Sells: A Working Artist’s Guide

My first class is officially live! I teamed up with Society6 & Skillshare to create a course dedicated to teaching artists + designers tips to boosting their passive income through selling artwork. After months of prep work, shooting in NYC, and working through final edits from across the world, I'm so thrilled with how everything came together. My course is FREE & open to anyone who wants to learn!

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Letter to My Younger Self

Society6 invited me to participate in their artist blog with a letter to my younger self. It gave me a chance to reflect on how my past and the events that led me to where I am now.

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Otter Swim

It's no secret that I'm mildly obsessed with otters– they're like little water kittens. So when this video went viral, my jaw dropped. The clip features Stephanie Arne (of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), swimming in a pool with baby otters in her arms. Between her laughter, she managed to gasp, "I'm so happy! This is the most amazing thing! You guys have to come here!" I took her up on her advice and ten minutes later, had reservations for my first ever Otter Swim.

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DIY Tutorial: Gouged Unicorn Princess

Every Halloween, my friends and I embrace the gory side of Halloween with our group costume. This year, we wanted to weave some cuteness into the macabre. We decided to be pastel princess unicorns... with a twist. Check out the full tutorial for a step-by-step on how to achieve the look!

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Creative Ladies of Instagram: 5 Favorites

These ladies are totally killin' it with their creativity. These are some of my absolute favorite Instagram accounts to follow and I want to spread the word about these talented ladies in the creative field. Enjoy!

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Digital Nomad First Stop: Boulder, Colorado

The lease on my Kansas City apartment has expired, I've moved all my belongings to my brother's basement, and I just drove eight hours to Boulder, Colorado. My plan is to remain on the move between now and April 2017. My rough itinerary that includes five different cities in Colorado and then a jump over to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Exclusive Interview with Moshery

Moshery's founder and chief editor, Meredith Schneider, reached out to me with an array of in-depth questions about my creative process. It wasn't until we spoke that we realized we're both Kansas City residents! It was great to meet another KC-local entrepreneur who is absolutely killing it with her blog.

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Business as Usual while Traveling

I'm happiest in life when I'm either traveling or planning two trips ahead. Traveling is a huge part of my lifestyle and I actively attempt to keep my business moving along while I'm out of the studio. It's not always easy, but I've picked up some tips and tricks along the way.

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