About Kate

Kia Ora and hello!

Welcome to Life Outside My Comfort Zone – a blog documenting adventures in travel and personal freedom while I design a life I love.

P1020247I’m Kate (formerly known around the blogosphere as CanucKiwiKate). I am a teacher, a learner, a dreamer and a doer, and I’ve always been one to do my own thing, figuring it all out as I go. I’m a small-town girl with a big Nova Scotian heart.  I’ve got an adventurous spirit that’s taken me down an exciting path; from moving across the country to study for my undergrad, to moving across the world to become a teacher, where I landed my first full time teaching position in New Zealand in 2010.


I’m a happy-go-lucky hardworking go-getter who believes in making dreams come true. I’ve set myself 52 challenges to complete within 52 weeks for 2014, in an effort to make 2014 the healthiest, happiest and most exciting of my life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the 4.5 years I spent living in New Zealand, I fell in love. I got used to driving on the left-hand side of the road, I swooned everytime I drove up and down a coastline, or through the mountains. I stood in awe as I witnessed the geothermal activity of bubbling mud, or soaked in natural hot springs. That country set my soul on fire in way that made me feel so alive and happy.  And I met a boy… and we’ve stuck together ever since August 2010.  Thom and I have travelled to Rarotonga, Thailand and now crossed Canada from coast to coast, twice, together.



You’ll soon see that I manage to attract all sorts of interesting situations and predicaments, which I aim to blog about frequently. From not only getting food poisoning in Thailand and then getting removed from the plane that was about to take me home, to putting my passport through the washing machine and receiving a written telling off from the Canadian High Commission, there’s not often a dull moment around here!

I am lover cooking with whole foods to fuel my body, running and improving my fitness and overall living a holistically healthy lifestyle no matter where I am in the world. I believe in balance, in karma and in the power of the universe and the unique ways it works.



I’m so glad you’ve stopped by and I hope you’ll follow along and join me on this wild ride.

  1. Wow, getting bad food poisoning just before a flight would be my worst nightmare! I actually had food poisoning on a 36 hour bus from Vang Vieng all the way to Hanoi… thankfully I had some stopper pills that slowed everything down. There was no toilet on the bus. :\

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