Welcome to the Active Historian Blog!

Hey there friend! My name is Kaitlyn Weldon. I am so glad that you found my blog. I hope that you will find something useful here that you can apply to your own life.

This is my first blog post and I thought I’d introduce myself and tell you little bit more about me. 

I was born and raised in a small rural town. You’ve probably heard the songs about towns where “football is king” – totally – it’s a true statement. I graduated from the same high school that my parents did so everyone in town knew me. I have one sister. She is a few years younger than me. I would consider her my absolute best friend. We regularly get asked if we are twins… 

I have always had a passion for fitness. I grew up swimming competitively and then competed in high school. I was pretty good at swimming and qualified for the state championship all four years. I also dabbled in track for fun. I was so bad at running y’all… I consistently defended last place at track meets (LOL). I became serious about weight-lifting in college and that was my passion for almost three years and then COVID closed my gym. So I began running because I could do that safely outside. I trained for two half-marathons in the fall of 2020. I have my heart set on completing a full marathon in 2021! Stay tuned to see if I am successful. 

After high school, I attended a community college for two years and completed a bachelor’s degree. My community college experience was so good! I had great professors, made tons of friends, and learned a lot about history and myself. Then I transferred to a four year university and completed an Honors College Degree in History. I made friends from all around the world, learned so many new points of view, and was regularly challenged to grow. After graduation, I immediately began working on my Master’s Degree in History. My graduate school journey was one of the hardest things I have done to date. I’ll write a separate post about that in the future. I learned so much about myself in those two and half years – lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

To me, history is trying to understand the past through stories. Stories connect people – they help you feel something and give you a way to grasp things that are difficult to understand.

While finishing my thesis I launched the Active Historian Instagram account to share lesser-known stories. I also found that it was possible to combine my passion for fitness through sharing the history of fitness on my page as well! I found an amazing community on Instagram and invite you to join it if you haven’t already. My goal is to develop the same feeling of community on this blog. 

Well, I think that’s enough about me for now. I hope that you feel like you know me now and that we can be friends! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to send me a DM on Instagram @the_active_historian! 

Talk to ya soon! 🙂 

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