Mid 20’s Gal. Oxford Uni Grad. Backpacker. Divemaster. Marine biologist. Videomaker. Guitarist. Writer. Subscribe: creativelyadventurous.substack.com

A dreamer who’s learning to become a doer.

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Table of Contents

· Bio
· My Top Articles
· Some fast facts about me
· Contact Me

Bio

Hello and welcome to my written world! My name is Katie Shepherd (but you’ll see most of my content under the name, Creatively Adventurous).

I’ve just ticked into my mid-20’s and over the past few months, I’ve been working hard on improving my writing ability. I’ve also been adventuring and getting creative in as many ways as I can — hence the name ‘Creatively Adventurous’.


Organise an evening to look forward to this winter, and perhaps even solve a murder case… virtually, of course.

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Are you sick of pub quizzes and awkward group chats, but need a fun event to look forward to? Then look no further because I have a curated guide of virtual games that should satiate your need for both a date in the diary and much-needed social interaction.

In the early days of the pandemic, video calling took the world by storm and in the UK, at least, many of us were subject to multiple pub quizzes each week. By the time we could see each other in person, Zoom fatigue had set in and the virtual pub quiz died a quick death. However, as the pandemic is still ongoing and many of us are subject to the second (and third) wave of restrictions, video calling is proving to be a fun way to while away the evening. …


Life isn’t a beach… it’s more like a tropical storm.

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Take a reality tv production team to a marine conservation project and they’d make a hit tv series in just 8 weeks. I’d know because I’ve worked on several projects across three continents. You might only be privy to the beautiful beach pictures and think that these marine biologists are on some kind of working vacation, but you’d be wrong. I’ve never experienced so much drama in just two months of work— between tropical storms, running out of drinking water, romances, arguments, and, challenging working conditions, there is little opportunity for relaxing on these projects.

It often feels like those who were on the project alongside me are the only ones who truly know what it’s like. The job is multi-faceted, and it’s tough to ‘turn off’ after a long day because you’re living where you work. Despite this, it stands as the most fulfilling work that I’ve ever done. And this passion has taken me across the world, to Honduras, Croatia, and Malaysia. In this article, I give a behind-the-scenes look at what life is really like for a marine biologist on a conservation project. …


A more affordable holiday that doesn’t skimp on beautiful mountains, powder playgrounds, and off-the-mountain entertainment.

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When I told people that I was going on a snowboard camp to Slovakia, most looked at me with a confused stare; “why would you go to Slovakia?” Well, that was one reason why — because it was an uncommon place to go on a ski holiday.

We’ve all heard about the Val Thorens’, the Val D’Iseres, the St Antons, the Meribels… yet no one has heard of Jasná (pronounced Yaz-Nah). Neither had I until I stumbled across a snowboard camp at this destination. …


The pandemic grounded me in a way that traveling never could.

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I started 24 still as lost as I was at 23 (the secrecy of hindsight meant that I didn’t know it at the time). All I could remember that I enjoyed was traveling. All I was known for was traveling.

Friends often initiated a conversation by asking me, “where in the world are you?” (rather than the typical “how are you?”) I secretly loved that. No one knew where I was or what I was doing at any particular moment in time. It may have been obvious to others, but only now do I realize how aimless I was.

Somewhere along the way, I might have lost my sense of identity through travel. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve grown a lot through working on marine conservation projects and solo traveling but at some point, I got stuck in this vortex of travel being ‘me’. And I’m more than that. In many ways, the pandemic has been a blessing in disguise because it has given me the opportunity to reconnect with myself and find some direction in life. …


The uglier side of wildlife tourism and how to support wildlife-friendly practices.

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We all know that we shouldn’t ride elephants or go to an animal circus, but where do you stand on taking a starfish out of the water for an Instagram picture? Or the feeding of wildlife to guarantee tourists a ‘rare’ sighting?

As someone who’s worked in the marine conservation field, I have had many discussions with friends about where we stand on various wildlife practices. In an ideal world, there would be no need for zoos or aquariums or sanctuaries; animals would be able to live their lives free from human influence. …


“There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software” — Edward Tufte

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When I took my first social media detox — 30 days offline — it was clear that going back online was useless, without changing any of my negative patterns on social media. I did, however, spend time learning about the reasons why social media is so addictive and, to a small degree, considered my actions, which I believe has helped me out on this second ‘detox’.

After taking a 3-week break from social media in August, I returned to social media armed with six methods that have improved my relationship with social media and have lessened my screen time.

Regular ‘off-time’

Firstly, I decided that I would take a week off social media at the end of every month (it’s on my phone calendar so that I ensure the social apps will not grace my phone in those weeks). Regularly scheduled off-time is probably a good routine for me to follow and it should prove to help my creative juices flow — I often find myself full to the brim of excitement and inspiration when I am offline completely. …


The story of my freak accident abroad.

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March 11th. That date is seared into my memory because I woke up feeling glad that I was still alive. Later that same day we all found out that the coronavirus was officially a pandemic. This is my story of that tumultuous week, which started when I made the decision to go scuba diving in the Philippines…

Whilst the world was still up in arms about the seriousness of coronavirus, I was on a little island in the Philippines, called Malapascua. …


Here’s how to take the structure of the Queer Eye show and use it as a guide to improve several areas of your life.

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Do you want to get a “make better” from the fab five in Queer Eye? Same. The only problem is that they may not make enough series’ to give us all a sprinkle of that Queer Eye fairy dust. However, I’ve been taking inspiration from the show to start making my life ‘better’ by following the structure of each of the fab five’s specialities.

If you want to be a hero in your own Queer Eye story then dividing up your life into 5 ‘make better’ projects might help guide your own journey.

“For us, we’re going in to make them better because they are already great. They are already amazing. Often, their biggest hurdle is that they don’t believe in themselves and they don’t love themselves… We want to be remembered as that show where the five guys went in and helped people.” …


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What do we mean when we talk about a ‘good’ personality. I asked some friends exactly that and this is what I found…

“I think my personality is my best asset”.

This was the opening line from one of the women on the new reality show, Too Hot Too Handle. This line was also the butt of one of Jaackmate’s jokes (a popular Youtube comedian). He inferred that appearing on a show like QI or Eggheads would be more indicative of her personality. And that got me thinking. What is personality? But, more importantly, what makes a ‘good’ personality? I never really considered intelligence to be a major factor, but maybe it is?

If I’m honest, this is a question that I’ve pondered ever since I was young. Maybe it’s because my brain is more analytical; preferring an exact, pin-pointed answer. The answer of personality always seemed too vague for me to process. …

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