Who I am and what “I do.”
I am a melanin goddess, Nurse Midwife, newlywed, fur mom, celebrator of my curves, and traveling addict. I have delivered over 300 babies as a Nurse Midwife during the last four years. I love helping women during such a monumental moment and use my role to educate and empower. My passion project is my blog at katrinarollins.com. This is my creative outlet to discuss travel and fashion from the lenses of a plus-size woman. The media rarely shows curvy women in a fashionable light or at an iconic travel landmark. It is my mission to change the media that is available by producing my own content of a plus-size woman living her best life! So far, I have been to 35 countries across 6 continents.
I’m definitely a go-getter. When I set my mind to something, I do not stop until it is achieved. As an introvert, I’m also very reflective, often analyzing a situation before giving my input. I can be sensitive and humorous. I’m extremely open-minded and optimistic; believing that just because a path hasn’t been forged yet doesn’t mean I can’t take it.
The season I'm in.
I’m in a season of growth. I started my blog this year, even invested in a blogging course, and have seen improvement. For the first time in my life, I’m working on something I came up with myself for the pure enjoyment of it. I’m also in a season of truly accepting myself for who I am, a plus-size black woman. For so many years, I was ashamed of being who I was. I now embrace my differences and realize that I am beautiful just how I am. As my body confidence grows, I share with others, hoping to keep the rippling effect of inspiration going.
My real hair.
I’ve been natural for 8 years. One morning, I just woke up and decided to do the big chop. I didn’t put much thought into it. When I got home from the salon, I had a good, long cry in the mirror. Because I hadn’t seen my hair in so long, I had to learn to love it again. Years of perms had damaged and thinned out my hair, so I decided to go natural to improve the health of my hair. However, it also ended up being a self-love journey. There are no words for the strength I feel when I look in the mirror and appreciate my hair!
When I was introduced to Heat Free Hair.
My sister in law introduced me to the extensions when I saw her rocking them. I loved how natural the hair was, and how it looked like it really could have grown from her scalp! This was back in 2014. I was immediately impressed with the quality of the hair, as well as how easy it was to manage compared to my own. I appreciated the fact that tutorials were available that showed how to properly care for the hair, and this is what I used in the beginning. I am a huge fan of the beautiful “For Koils” wefted hair and closure. This has been my go-to style for the past few years.
I used to think...
That natural hair was a blasphemy that needed to be corrected with either perms or a hot comb. I never really knew the texture of my hair because it was straightened from as early as I can remember. I thought natural hair was undesirable and unprofessional because this is what society pushed on me. Thankfully, I now see the truth and realize that the hair that grows out of my scalp is perfect, unique, magical, and free!