Hello!

My name is Katy Morikawa. I am a web developer, graphic designer, artist, writer, astrologer, lifelong philosopher mystic, aspiring naturalist, native planter, podcaster, semi-skilled woodworker, eco-activist, cat mom, life partner to a local Floyd man, graduate of Blacksburg High School, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

I live on a gravel road in a small magical cabin I built with my partner, Michael. We are surrounded by trees through which we can just see distant mountains, sounds of crickets and cicadas in the summer, and family nearby.

Our cain in the woods

Current

I have unpublished my entire blog and am working on something new!

Floyd Native Plants

My deep dive into native plants and Appalachian ecology led to floydnativeplants.org. The volunteer website got shelved for several seasons by my native wildflower growing project, Wildflower Wednesdays (a project funded by Sustain Floyd and Partnership for Floyd). Even now, the Facebook page is the most active part of that project.

2021-22 Blog and Podcast

I started a blog and podcast in December 2021 around an interest in the magical dimensions of an ensouled universe, aspiring to discover and share better psychological and cultural maps for self-realization. In the spring, a new clarity emerged around seeking a deeper unity with nature. Through the summer of 2022, an increasingly pragmatic focus emerged: to support Appalachia, the place where I live, as an important ecoregion not just for people, but for so many different forms of life, an oasis in a changing climate and one of the planet’s last hopes for biodiversity. I hope it is not too late.

Work History

Freelance Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Virtual Assistant (2015-2021)

See more about this aspect of my professional life at katydidwebsites.com.

Co-Founder, Sales, Marketing, She-of-Many-Hats (2015-present)

The Workshop, Floyd VA. The business we launched in 2015 when I left Crenshaw Lighting is pretty quiet these days, but it accentuates our lifestyle, and we continue to draw inspiration from our mission: “Live simply. Leave a light footprint on the earth. Cherish beauty. Make by hand what we can. Protect nature, and especially protect the trees. Love our neighbors. Laugh a lot. Keep learning. Live long and prosper.”

Inside Sales, Project Manager, Marketing, Website (2010-2015)

Crenshaw Lighting, Floyd, VA.

Volunteer Work

Community Advisor (New in 2022)

Sustain Floyd is a local non-profit organization working to build ecological and economic resiliency in the Floyd County area of Southwest Virginia since 2008. I have known many of its founding members for decades, and my father is one of these. But only in 2021 did I get involved as the organization seeks to engage a younger generation. The issue of recycling, sadly behind the times here in Floyd, was the first initiative I took up. This led to my part in Sustain Floyd’s presentation to the Industrial Design class at Virginia Tech: Household Recycling Problems for Industrial Designers. On January 19, 2022, I was formally nominated and accepted as a Community Advisor. It’s a wonderful honor and I look forward to years of engagement on sustainability issues in Floyd.

EDUCATION

M.A. Counseling Psychology, Somatics (2009)

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

B.A. Religion (1993)

University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI

H.S. Graduate (1986)

Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA – I’m dating myself by showing the year of my graduating class!

PHILOSOPHICAL INFLUENCES