Hi!  I’m Kaitlyn and welcome to Seven Plates!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I’m all about!

– About Kaitlyn –

I’m a 21 year old (almost 22!) college student studying music education and piano performance.  I’m a rising senior, but I’ll be a fifth year due to double majoring and transferring to my current college, UGA! Go Dawgs! 😉

Before I came to UGA, I went to Columbus State University in Columbus, GA.  I know it sounds random because I’m from Macon, GA, but I went there for their music school, the Schwob School of Music.  While at CSU, I made friends with the best people I’ve ever met.  I wish I could have taken them with me to UGA, but I made a decision to leave so that I could get a better education.  A lot of good things came from going to CSU and even though I decided to leave, I’m very glad I went there.  It was a hard transition from small CSU to big ol’ UGA, but so far I still have no regrets. 🙂

UGA is located in the lovely Athens, GA.  Athens is known for it’s incredible music scene, which is something I enjoy because I’m a musician myself!  Some well known bands have come out of Athens such as R.E.M. and the B-52’s (to name a few).  I love the atmosphere in Athens.  It is a small town with a big city feel because there are so many people outside walking, running, or biking along the streets.  There is always something going on here and there is something for everyone.  A lot of people have trouble moving out of Athens post graduation and I can totally understand why!

Athens, GA

My biggest interest in life is music.  I’ve been playing piano for 13 years now and along the way have also picked up other instruments like clarinet, trumpet, guitar, and organ.  However, that sure is a lot to practice.  Nowadays I only focus on piano, organ, and voice.

In case you’re interested, this is what I do pretty much all day long:

Unfortunately, due to practicing too much piano and stressing too much about school, I developed carpal tunnel and tendonitis in my left arm during September 2010.  I started going to physical therapy and went for many months.  I also was not allowed to practice piano, which put me more behind in school.  From PT, I discovered things about my body that I never knew about.  I have a curved spine/scoliosis in my back and my entire left arm is hypermobile (this includes my left wrist, elbow and shoulder).  Basically, due to this, it’s very easy for my left arm to be injured from playing piano and stress does not help at all.  I am telling you the above because you may find me doing a lot of strength training verses cardio on this blog.  I have to focus on strengthening up my weak arms so that I can avoid further injury!

Due to my injury, I was inspired to live a more healthy life.  My physical therapist got me to do strengthening exercises and also encouraged me to try yoga.  From this, I grew more of an interest in exercise and I also found that yoga helped relieve my stress.  Before my injury, I never really exercised or cared too much about what I ate.

– The Purpose of Seven Plates –

I created Seven Plates because outside of music, I have interests in writing, photography, cooking, traveling, etc, etc.  Also, since I started actively pursuing a healthier life, I figured blogging about it would be pretty fun. 🙂

Seven Plates is not just a recipe blog.  I created this blog to document my life, recipes, exercises, travels, adventures, etc.  My ultimate goal with this blog is to document growth and life in general.  This blog is a creative outlet for me and gives me an excuse to write and take lots and lots of pictures!  I hope that this blog can one day inspire others to live a more healthy and balanced life as many Healthy Living blogs have inspired me! 🙂

I hope that this blog can inspire you in some way and that we can learn and grow together!


9 responses to “ABOUT ME

  1. Jenni

    Wow, I just had to take a minute to tell you that you are SO amazingly talented!

  2. You make beautiful music effortsly. I know that is not true, you have probably been practicing your entire life. I love a great pianist.

  3. You’re making miss practicing so much!! Now that I’m a teacher I rarely get to play for myself. Excellent performance! A video speaks a LOT louder than words especially in this instance!! 🙂

    • sevenplates

      Thank you! Are you loving your job? I’m scared/excited about being a music teacher. I’m hoping to teach high school chorus! What instrument do you play?!

  4. Totally loving it. It’s the best! I studied piano performance for one semester, in between a couple of different trial and errors. I kind of fell into teaching, and I love it, but more for the K-6 group. I actually taught high school p.e. this semster so I wouldn’t have to teach high school choir. That was just really tough classroom management for me.

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