We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Davidson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a business degree, I worked in banking/lending for a few years -this allowed me the opportunity to help local business owners, learn their stories of how they came to be, and help simplify and manage their finances. Most business owners did not typically have a single stream of revenue- not only did they have several, but they were involved in different types of businesses. There was always something to learn and a willingness to do so, and a grand passion or vision. Successful ones were forward thinking, with a resilient mindset- a lot of the people I worked with inspired me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The Kira and Lulu books are a series of self published children’s books that I created, inspired by my daughter Kira, illustrated by my mother in law Karen, who is a retired graphic designer/art teacher – it is a family affair! There are three books to the series: Kira and Lulu Visit the Sun, Kira and Lulu visit the Planets, and the most recent is Kira and Lulu Visit the Milky Way. I wanted to create stories to introduce kids to the sun-earth connection and this originally started as a creative outlet. I love sharing the book with kids, and it is always a joy at our live readings to see the childrens’ happiness at the experience. When my husband and I started our business, it was only a subscription based website to provide a short, daily interdisciplinary analysis and forecasting for space weather and terrestrial events. Several years ago, one of our outreach projects included taking a retrofitted RV (turned into The Mobile Observatory) on tour in North America- in 8 months, we traveled through 41 states, 4 provinces, 75+ events. It was non-stop, and completely exhausting. I was also pregnant six out of those eight months! From there, ideas came branching out to running annual conferences, developing an app, adding merchandise and creating several books- including the Kira and Lulu series. With the landscape changing for many businesses, we must adapt in order to thrive- our latest project is developing a themed campground and learning center!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My friend visited us not too long ago with her kids and we took them to Garden of the Gods (a local favorite), along with Fox Run Regional Park, Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Great Wolf Lodge is ALWAYS a hit with families – the arcade and waterpark are guaranteed fun. Play Street Museum Colorado Springs is a great interactive children’s museum – the owners are wonderful and do a great job keeping the place bright and clean; it is one of our favorite places to go. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a must see as well- we love feeding the giraffes and seeing all the exhibits. For adults, I’d recommend Manitou Springs to relax at SunWater Spa, then head downtown to The Living Room and A Likely Story, a plant nursery and independent bookshop connected to each other! Bourbon Brother’s up in Northgate is a fun place to go for dinner, Viet’s Restaurant off of Academy is a little spot that is my favorite!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have encouraged us along the way – community is a wonderful thing. The number of people on the road that opened their homes to us, to simply feed us, offer their bathroom, washer/dryer – those little gestures ultimately were so great in the big picture… I like to think we had a lot of guardian angels on the road. Folks that showed up early in the morning for conferences to simply help with the workload, and those that supported prior projects no matter how small the gesture was. My husband, Ben, has played a huge role and deserves the biggest shoutout – helping me find my voice and the courage to take leaps I’d never take, like self publishing a children’s book! We have had to grow and step out of our comfort zones every day, especially since having a family. It feels like a very unconventional, but fulfilling and blessed life and I am so grateful to be living it.
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