About Me

Hi there!

Welcome to That Minimal Life.

I’m Katie, a Zero Waste Consultant in the Denver-Metro area of Colorado!

What does that even mean?

Great question! The short answer is: I can teach you simple steps that will reduce your waste by at least 50% in ways that fit your lifestyle. 

Logistically, I teach individuals how to minimize their personal waste in simple, doable steps through:

consultation services

blog posts  

– social media

– digital products

Whether virtually or in person, I am here to come alongside you in your zero waste journey and to help clarify the steps you can take. Together, we can make a powerful impact on the environment!

My background is in education

and in the Spring of 2019, before wrapping up another school year, I realized the tide was shifting. I needed to enter a new chapter, although the direction was unclear. I took a new teaching position only to then turn it down with a gut feeling that it wasn’t right. Acting on that intuition and making the decision to say “no” (which is really hard for me to do) was a greatly pivotal moment… I could sense it, like treading in murky waters, not clearly knowing the depths yet to explore. 

The year prior, in 2018, I had begun making “simple step” posts about zero waste on my personal Instagram and have kept up with it since. Out of this, a dream was born to share these resources with others and to support their efforts in living sustainably.

As it turns out, leaving my physical classroom one year later opened up a progression of steps which have all lead me here, 

with you,

now.

Quick Facts About Me!

Podcasts

I am an avid podcast listener. In the car, during walks, or sometimes just sitting at home on the couch — I love learning through sharing of stories, experiences, research, and more! Now I can’t imagine long drives without my trusty companion.  

Type 2

I think my love for people and my desire to support them comes from being an Enneagram type 2 with a 3 wing. (Link included in case you enjoy nerding out on all these studies like me!)

Cooking

I never really enjoyed cooking until I became vegan! Now I’m not only loving food and the process of creating meals, but I feel healthier than I’ve ever been in my life.

Love Life

Kevin and I met when we were 7 and 8 years old, grew up together, but didn’t realize our chemistry until we’d moved apart in college. Our entire dating relationship was 2 years long-distance! We’ve been married since June of 2013 and enjoying the adventure. 

So there’s a bit about me!

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I look forward to spending more time with you and supporting you in taking these steps toward that minimal life!

Let’s Get in Touch!

 

Ready to take the next steps in your Zero Waste journey, but not sure where to start?

I have a bunch of resources to offer you! Check out my variety of services and contact me for one-on-one or group consulting. We’ll assess your needs and create a customized plan that fits your home and your budget!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn More about Katie K!

Who's your dog?

Nora is our 12-pound Maltese-Poodle mix! She’s super cute and probably the most loving dog you’ll ever meet. We get along just fine, but really, she’s Kevin’s dog. I’m pretty sure she would snuggle him 24/7 if she could. Not that I’m jealous or anything.  

What do you like to do outside of work?

I sometimes say that “people are my hobby” because I don’t really know how to pick a favorite activity when I just love being with people no matter what we’re doing. I’m also an extremely cautious person by nature, but my friends and family have gotten me to try things I would never normally do. Like more recently, they’re influencing me to overcome my deep fear of heights through rock climbing… Thanks guys. Making me grow and stuff. 

How long have you been zero waste?

I was raised in an atmosphere that valued making the most of what you have and it stuck with me. Many of my habits feel natural, but I’ve actively worked toward being a conscious consumer and an advocate for sustainability since 2017 when I embraced a plant-based lifestyle. The more I learned and the more my awareness expanded beyond my own personal bubble, the more I began to adjust my life accordingly. 

Who's in your family?

Kevin and I both come from pretty big families, which makes for a wonderfully wild bunch altogether! I come from a family of 6, Kevin comes from a family of 8, and each side is growing as more partners are added into the mix. So far, everyone is still in Colorado. Needless to say, our year fills up with several birthday dinners, holidays, and other fun times to get together.