Greetings. I'm Katherine
I'm a Kiwi, living in - well, paradise - near Raglan, on the west coast of New Zealand. I live in Hauroto Bay, on a farm that has been in my family since the 1930s: my son Conor is 4th generation here. The land, the ocean, and the mountain - Karioi - which we live under, is woven into my DNA. Living rurally, feeling the earth under my feet, seeing the stars at night and raising my son as a country kid are central to who I am, and the life I am creating.
Living here grounds me, giving me a steady foundation from which I can consciously create the life I dream of. With a name like Parrott, I guess I was always destined to want to fly, and as a big-picture intuitive, I always have at least one eye on the future and the huge potential that resides in people, places and things.
For as long as I can remember, I've been a creative, to the point where creativity is a core value for me. Creativity has shown its face in my life in many ways over the years: cooking, gardening, mixed media art, quiltmaking, photography and writing among them.
Writing has been a part of my life for ever: while writing my Masters thesis I found my primary school creative writing folder with a list of topics I wanted to write about. Polo was on my 8-year-old self's topic list, and 16 years later I wrote creative non-fiction stories about my family's life in polo for my Masters thesis.
My life changed dramatically 8 years ago in a process I have dubbed reinvention. Reinvention brought changes to every single area of my life: parenting, family and friendships, work, finances, my and my son's home, the picture I had for how I would live out my days.
As the circumstances in my life disintegrated, I had an opportunity to consciously and deliberately reinvent my life and future: and despite the change being the most brutal experience of my life, somehow, I always held onto a determination that I would create a better life from the ashes of what remained.
Much of my professional career had been in training, organisational and personal development, so I knew that while we may not choose the circumstances of our lives, we always have a choice in how we respond to them. I was determined to respond in a way that did not make me a prisoner of the past, that created a life of freedom and of my own choosing. The last eight years have been an expression of that.
I wanted my son to have a mum he could be intensely proud of; someone who leads by example and who lives a courageous life. From the first portrait I painted of him: I will give you an anchor, even as I strive to give you wings.
I have always been a passionate learner. Along with creativity, I physically ache for forward movement, new ideas and progress. I have learned how to find my way back to joy; appreciating the beauty in every day - and purposefully looking for it when it is difficult to see.
I completed my first 365 photography project in 2011 - sharing my journey in photographs with a group of women from all over the world. As a busy working mother, photography is such an accessible way to be creative every day. Since beginning photography 365's, I have also created my own twist on the 365 concept: a Consciousness 365 - one forward step (no matter how small) towards my goals, every day for a year.
My life today is a deliberate construction of choices. I have shed work, people, places, possessions and positions that no longer serve me. I am clearer than I have ever been about what brings me joy, what feeds me, and what I think is truly important.
I have found my way back to my self, and along the way discovered or re-discovered many things that bring me joy and make me who I am. Paint on my hands; yoga; barefoot walks along our wild west coast beach. Capturing on camera the beautiful moments that exist in every day. And genuine relationships with incredible human beings.