Hello! I’m Katerina, and I’m on a quest to complete my bucket list.

overcoming a quarter life crisis

I grew up convinced that there was one, narrow path to success — get an Ivy League education, work for a Fortune 500 company, climb your way up the corporate ladder, make bank like a bo$$. I followed this path diligently, to the delight of my parents.

So, I graduated from Cornell University, snagged a job at Yahoo, and began post-grad life in the heart of Silicon Valley. But after about a year, I found myself turning into a corporate zombie. I was entangled in workplace drama and enthralled by superficial status. I woke up every day to expend energy on things that didn’t really matter.

From that moment on, I vowed to live life on my own terms.

I focused on discovering my true happiness — by finding fulfilling work, checking items off my bucket list, and defining my own version of success.

And so, Scratch the List was born.

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I created this blog to inspire you to live life your own way.

To discover what truly stirs your soul. To give you the confidence to ignore what society tells you to do. To wish for things far beyond your wildest imagination, and make your life worthy of your dreams. 

Here, you’ll find the tools you need to make that happen. I share lessons learned from faraway cultures, tips for practicing mindfulness, and inspiration to become the badass human you’re already destined to be.

Is there something specific you’d like to learn more about? Send me an email. I’d absolutely love to hear from you. 

Hello! I'm Katerina, and I'm on a quest to complete my bucket list. Follow along for travel stories, happiness tips, and inspiration to make your life worthy of your dreams.

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