A Day in the Life – Kate Voss
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Henry, a small town in Central Illinois with one blinking stop light & about 2,500 people. A great place to raise a young family as I was the middle of five children.
Where do you live?
I just recently moved to South Minneapolis near Lake Nokomis. I am really looking forward to the summer when I can access the bike trails, hike Minnehaha falls and get out on the lake. I’m not much of an outside winter activity person yet, but I’m learning to make the most of what Minnesota has to offer!
Who do you live with?
I live with my girlfriend, Abby, and her 6-year-old cat Gimli [yes, based off the Lord of the Rings character].
What is your occupation?
I am a sales & service executive with the 4x Champion Minnesota Lynx! I love being able to work with the most passionate fan base in the WNBA. Whether our fans are there every night, attending their first game, celebrating a birthday/anniversary, or bringing clients and employees to the Target Center – I get to be a resource to ensure it’s a great experience. There’s nothing better than bringing people together over their love for Lynx Basketball.
When did you come out?
This was a gradual process for me depending on which area of my life people were in. I came out to a close group of friends at 18, my immediate family at 19, extended family at various points and I’ve never been out professionally until recently – probably the last 3 years or so.
How’d that go?
Like most vulnerable moments, it had its ups and downs. It was met with love and support but also fear, anger, and ultimatums. It took me a long time to work through and understand the negative responses from those I loved & respected most.
When do you wake up?
Depends on if I’m heading into the office or if it’s a work from home day – so anywhere between 6:45 and 7:30 am.
Phone alarm or old school alarm?
Usually, phone alarm but I do have a wake-up light that I have used during the winter months. I am the furthest thing from a morning person.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Hit the snooze button at least twice to wake up gradually.
This varies, usually depends on if it’s a work from home day or not. If I’m headed to the office – either pre-made waffles or ½ bagel with peanut butter. If it’s a work from home day, usually an egg with half a bagel.
I am the only person I can think of that does not drink coffee. My morning drink has recently become a room temperature glass of water with lemon juice. A great way to get the day started. While I don’t drink coffee, I will have a Spark drink in the morning – a flavored vitamin beverage with a bit of added caffeine.
How do you spend your commute?
If it’s an office workday – I’ll spend my 15-20 minute commute on the phone with my Momma. She likes to walk laps around the house while we talk, so she gets her steps in and I get to catch up on what’s going on in her life / at home. On Tuesdays, she’s at work so I’m most likely blasting Elton John’s Diamond album through the speakers.
What do you nerd out for (gaming, music, history, etc.)?
Puzzles, sports, animals, and anything HGTV. I love relaxing with piano music & a glass of wine as I try to put a puzzle together. College football Saturdays are a big deal as I am a diehard Notre Dame football fan (Go Irish, Beat Everybody).
What music have you been digging lately?
I must admit that I am a late in life Swifty – Taylor Swift has been constantly playing in our house after watching the Documentary Special and Reputation Tour on Netflix. I am blown away by her ability to write a song and within minutes have the music behind it. The documentary was quite interesting, and I highly recommend it.
Is your workspace tidy or a hot mess?
My at-home work space is not as clean as it should be – so definitely a hot mess, but I know where everything is. ? When I’m at the office, I am much more organized as there is a bit more storage available with that desk.
What’s been your favorite job?
Through my sports career (mostly in Minor League Baseball), working with education days and summer camp days to provide an incredible experience for young kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity has been my favorite. There’s nothing better than a high five from a kid on their way back to the bus after their field trip or listening to them tell you their favorite part of the game. I’m excited to have an opportunity to do the same here with the Lynx.
Favorite weeknight meal: Go out, take out, or cook in?
Weeknight meal is usually made at home. My favorite meal is a blackened salmon bowl sushi bowl.
On a usual weeknight, you are doing what?
Hanging out with Abby. Either watching a show, a movie or documentary, playing games or reading. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, you can find us biking/walking around a lake or at brewery with friends.
Usually between 10:00 – 11:00 pm, but I can fall asleep as early as 8:00 pm if I needed to.
Favorite weekend activity?
My newest favorite weekend activity is volunteering with Healing Hearts Rescue Organization and their dog adoption events. Abby & I aren’t fostering yet so we will help with transporting the puppies and dogs to & from the event if their fosters can’t attend or it doesn’t line up with their schedule. This has been incredible way to give back after my own rescue dog (Rigby) passed away last summer.
What are you most proud of, and why?
The ability to experience different parts of the country. I’ve never shied away from picking up and moving for the next opportunity or next area to experience. I’ve been able to meet wonderful people in each new place, experience new cultures and types of people, and really learned to love people where they are and for who they are. I have also learned a lot about myself in the process.
Words of wisdom to share:
Oh goodness – there are about 1,000 things I could write here. I’d say to focus on just being the most original and authentic version of yourself each day. It can be a long journey and process to find who you are, but it’s so worth it. There isn’t anything more freeing than being 100% true to me in every situation.