I live in Montana??

Yup.

At least for the ski season, that is.

In December, I scored an amazing opportunity to work at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana.
Packing up a few months worth of my life into one suitcase- before I knew it, I was on a one-way flight. Solo. From Florida to Montana.

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Lone Peak; Big Sky, MT

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As an employee for Big Sky, you get access to many perks. They hook you up with housing, bus passes, restaurant/amenity/retail discounts and a free pass to ski. So far, I’ve lived in Bozeman housing and Big Sky housing. Both very different, as one is near downtown and the other is literally on the mountain.

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As an ultimate animal lover, my eyes are peeled regularly for a glance at some wildlife. So far I’ve seen a multitude of elk, some bison, big-horned sheep, bald eagles and two moose! I try to soak in everything that I see, because life back in Florida is just so different.

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Skiing. People travel here from all over to experience some of the best skiing in America. I know plenty of people that would kill for my free ski pass. So what’s a Florida gal to do? She’s gotta learn to ski, of course. My wonderful friend, Lauren is ironically a ski instructor at Big Sky and was more than happy to teach me. While I’ve experienced many wipe-outs and embarrassing falls, I grown to understand the addiction to it all. There’s just something about gliding through the powder with the mountains around you that makes life feel so surreal.

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These are some photographs of Ousel Falls! Around where I live, there are plenty of trails to be hiked. Some in which you will find mind-blowing views like these frozen waterfalls. There’s beauty around every corner, here.

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Rockford Coffee; Bozeman, MT
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The very wonderful Lauren Stanley
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Gallatin River; Gallatin National Forest
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Views outside my window in Big Sky

Ultimately, I came out here with the intentions of change. I wanted to wake up and see something new every day- explore a fresh place. I was tempted by the idea of living alone. While it meant saying goodbye to many beautiful humans back home, I was ready for the challenge within myself. I love that I’m overcoming obstacles and am noticeably growing. I love spending my free time writing in my journal, reflecting on it all. If I want to go for a solo walk through my winter wonderland backyard in the morning, I can do it! Nothing’s stopping me.

I feel as though, in life, it’s so important to put ‘you’ first. To do things that might scare you or push you past your comfort zones- those things will always help you grow and understand it all.

I saw the adventure, and I took it.

And here I am. In Montana.

I live in Montana??

5 thoughts on “I live in Montana??

    1. Maggie says:

      Kayla M. Catalano, you never seize to amaze me…I love your way of thinking…you’re Always in my prayers and I’m sending you Love, kisses and hugs Always and Forever…..so happy to know you’re following your dreams, God Bless You,….Grandma…XOXO❤😘

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  1. Maggie says:

    Kayla M. Catalano, you never seize to amaze me…I love your way of thinking…you’re Always in my prayers and I’m sending you Love, kisses and hugs Always and Forever…..so happy to know you’re following your dreams, God Bless You,….Grandma…XOXO❤😘

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  2. Your #1 admirer! says:

    Another extraordinary blog through the eyes of one talented young lady! You find the beauty in everything you see and do everyday! Not many people look for that or can honestly say they experience that. Every photo is such a briilliant story and captured so beautifully through your eyes! You are such a strong young lady and admired by many to have decided to create this lastest adventure. Continue loving life and gods creations in your everyday path. You are a true inspiration!
    ❤️♥️❤️

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