Kaitlin Harris moved “out West” from Massachusetts not knowing a single person there. She’s now working at the Youth Garden Project, doing exactly what she’d like to do, unless she was brave enough to sing with a touring band.
1) What initially brought you to Moab?
Determination to move to the Southwest and a desire to work with children and gardens…which manifested itself in a position at the Youth Garden Project!
2) What do you love most about living in Moab?
The wide open spaces, the ability to be in the middle of nowhere in nature in just a few minutes. The infinite number of new places to explore.
3) What do you dislike about living in Moab?
The drought we’re in right now.
4) What is your occupation?
Program manager at the Youth Garden Project
5) If you could have any job in the world, what would you most like to do?
Well, I like the path I’m on now. But for something totally different, once I could get over being nervous, probably sing with a touring band.
6) Describe a typical day in your life.
It varies with time of year and time of week. A weekday: Wake up, make coffee, get ready for work, go to the Youth Garden Project and work with great people and Moab’s youth, come home and try to get some time outside and see friends, take care of life things, eat dinner with Chad, relax, go to bed.
7) Some people have bumper stickers on their car that reads: I’d Rather be Sailing. What would your bumper sticker read? I’d Rather Be…
8) Tell us one thing people don’t usually know about you.
I split my bottom lip open once and had 10 blue stitches in it right down the middle.
9) In high school, you would have been considered the person most likely to…
Move out West.
10) What is your favorite Moab activity?
Exploring and hiking with good friends.
11) Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit.
My mom, dad, and brother all live on the ocean in Massachusetts. So, since they aren’t here and we don’t have an ocean, it would have to be there.
12) What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?
So far, to move out here by myself not knowing anyone with no expectation except to grow. I plan on some more great achievements in life though.
13) If you were President, what’s the first thing you’d do to make life better in America?
Well, to be honest, I wouldn’t run for President. But, I do have a lot of answers to this question that would take the help of a lot of good people, not just the actions or words (spoken and written) of myself alone. I would work on equal opportunity issues of all kinds, the food system, the health of the planet.
14) What superhero power would you most like to have?
To fly! I would pick teleportation, but I decided that if I could fly I would be able get anywhere fast and free anyway with amazing views included.
15) If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why?
A cat, because they are great hunters, get to sleep, get to prowl around in cool places and they generally have lots of love in their lives.
16) What is your all time favorite movie?
“Office Space” makes me laugh like crazy and I could watch “Labyrinth” a million times.
17) And, your all time favorite book?
I recently read the book “Holes” and I like “Jitterbug Perfume” by Tom Robbins.
18) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three CDs would you want to have with you?
I’d pick three magical CDs that would play whatever I wanted them to at any given time. I’m working on finding and making those CDs now, which may have to turn into MP3 CDs that can hold thousands of tunes.
19) If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
I will go with Jerry Garcia. I would like to thank him for his music and contribution to music overall, pick his brain about all kinds of things, and sing a song with him.
20) What is your life philosophy?
You have the power to manifest positivity in your life!