About

Sacramento, CA with Mapache, my 1966 Vespa Sprint 150

Adventure Mentor. Moto-vational Coach.

This website was started in the Spring of 2020 after reading one of my all-time favorite authors, Chris Guillebeau’s 2020 release The Money Tree and participating in a 30-day YouTube Live workshop series for the book.

5One of my favorite authors reading my comment about a day well spent.

The intention of Kickstart Kate is to convey my passion for vintage Vespas and, as a result of my enthusiasm, provide support and inspiration for people to live their best life ever. My premise is simple but fierce:

The best way to kickstart anything is to do what you can with who you are, right where you are.

It also helps to be a big believer that anything is possible. Because it is.

I am especially focused in empowering women like me, who love to find their own adventures, have a heart and mind fueled by gratitude, joy, and motivation, and know when it’s time to dump all the clutter and drag so you can make room for greatness.

Check out my Kickstart Banana video on Pinterest with over 100,000 views!

There’s a lot to know about me but, for now, I’ll keep it short (like me, haha)

  • I’m an 8th-generation granddaughter to the civil rights activist, lawyer, and author Richard Henry Dana, for whom Dana Point, CA is named. I am also the only one from my direct family currently living in California.
  • From 2013 to 2018, I was a teacher of English in Mexico and Colombia. I left a secure job, earned a teaching certificate, and had an amazing experience. Along the way, I fell in love with Colombia and believe I’ll return to live there in the future para siempre.
  • I learned Spanish after my 40th birthday. I believe you can learn anything at any time in your life if you really want, including a second (or third) language. I’m proud of my Spanish abilities and continue to learn cada dia.
West Sacramento, CA with the Banana, my 1981 Vespa P200E

So now… what’s one thing you want me to know about you? What brought you to my website? Send a note and let’s get the conversation started.

Stay tuned and keep that engine idling smoothly.