Beautifully Human... Katie Newray...

Updated: Mar 11


As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread strength, love, and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Morgan Hill, California with Katie Newray to hear her incredible story...

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I have known Katie for years. I met her on tour working with Ghost. She has come out to a lot of shows and it has been fantastic every time.


We became fast friends. The strength she has is truly remarkable. We would all be lucky to have such a wonderful and strong friend like Katie in life! I am honored to call her my friend!

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Tell me a story that shaped your life…

Tell me a story that almost ruined your life…

Tell me a story that enriched your life…


- I feel that the loss of my sister in October of 2020 really answers a lot of these questions. In summation, losing my sister has made me reflect back on how I approach and treat people. My world is shattered without her, but I am striving to be the person she thought I was and to be more like her.


What would you want the world to know about you…


- I'm not perfect. I will never be perfect. But in the last three years I have strived to injure a journey of self-discovery. To see my flaws and I’m working to right my flaws.

What did / do you miss most during covid 19…


- Concerts and the gym. My two places to release energy and anxiety and stress. Now I have neither and I’m a massive ball of anxiety.

If you were given a plane ticket to anywhere, where would you go…


- Somewhere in Europe and then I’d buy a eurail pass and travel all over! There are so many places in Europe I want to see… The land my family owns above the arctic circle in Sweden… The city of Hamburg in Germany… Paris… London… Milan… Greece… Malta… So many beautiful places….

Traveling is my life, and has also saved my life. It shows the beauty of other cultures. tell me a story of your favorite travel moment…


- God. This is really calling me out. Ha ha. I don’t travel much. Most of my traveling involves going to different states for concerts. My favorite travel story really begins in my own backyard… so to speak. When I went to the Iron Maiden/Ghost show in Oakland, I met another fan waiting in line by herself. She had traveled all the way from Seattle for the show. We struck up a convo and decided to keep in touch. Four years later, we haven’t looked back! We talk daily! She has come to California to stay with me and go to concerts, I have traveled to Seattle to visit her and go to concerts. In fact, on my last trip to visit her, we decided to stay in Port Townsend.

We stayed at Manresa Castle because 1) it’s beautiful and 2) it’s haunted. It was actually featured on Ghost Adventures, a show we both love. We got to our room and then did a little exploring. It got cold so we decided to call it a day around 9 or 10 PM. Because we couldn’t sleep, we decided to watch the Ghost Adventures episode at Manresa.

About half way through the episode, Aaron Goodwin goes into a room and has a paranormal experience. I quickly paused the video and looked at Heather. We both looked around the room and at the screen. We were staying in the SAME room he had a paranormal experience in! Needless to say, neither of us slept that night because we were WAY too freaked out by what we noticed.

Tell me a story of struggle…


- I have two great struggles in my life. The first is my weight. When I was 12, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. The medications at the time that were available to help treat epilepsy had horrible side effects. One of them was excessive weight gain and extreme lethargy. Every year that I continued on the medication, I gained more and more weight. Weight became a huge struggle in my life. I would diet and exercise and nothing would work. When I was about 32, I decided that financially I was stable enough to try and have a child. After several grueling attempts to try to get pregnant, the doctors discovered that I had precancerous cells in my uterus. And that if I did not lose weight, a massive amount of weight, soon I wouldn't live past 50. Nobody wants to be told that they're going to die. So I began a New Journey in my life to try and lose weight. Eventually, I had gastric bypass surgery. And I lost almost a hundred and 20 lb so essentially I lost an entire person off of my body. Now that I feel better the precancerous cells have disappeared which is fantastic and I'm learning to love myself and all of my imperfection. But now I'm faced with a new struggle: do I enjoy this newfound freedom and this new love of myself or do I try to have a baby. In losing all of the weight, I have become incredibly selfish to my own way of life and what I want. But I know that for as much as I want all of this fun and to be able to travel and to feel healthy enough to travel ultimately, I still want a baby. Every day that I spend with my friends, my family, my boyfriend… I know that that one hole in my life is that I don't have a baby of my own to hold.

In another life, what are you doing…


- In another life, I would probably be a lawyer. I learned too late in college that law school was an option for me. I love to argue and research, so it would have been such a fun (but stressful) job for me.

What is your greatest accomplishment…


- My greatest accomplishment is being the first person in my family to graduate college. Especially because for a while in my educational career, it didn’t even look like I would graduate from high school. Graduating with my BA in English from SJSU was a huge accomplishment not only for me, but for my family. Each and every member helped me in some way to achieve this goal. Now I have a job I love and I cannot believe I actually get paid to do this.

What is your biggest fear…


- Right now? Death. Losing my sister has greatly shaped my outlook on life. I do not want to die having regrets.

What is your biggest regret…


- My biggest regret is not telling my sister how much I love her. I know deep down she probably knew, but I feel I could have done more to show her just how much I truly loved and appreciated her.

What do you do for work… and why…


- I am a High School English teacher in California. I became a teacher because I had a HORRIBLE teacher in high school. I was an excellent student up until the 10th grade. I was in honors classes and maintained a 3.8 GPA. Then one day in my Sophomore Honors English class, my teacher and I got into a heated debate about Shakespeare.Yes I'm a nerd. We were debating whether or not the play "The Merchant of Venice" proved beyond a reasonable doubt that William Shakespeare was anti-Semitic. I was arguing that no, it was not definitive proof. He was writing to the cultural norms of his time. And that his contemporary, Kit Marlowe, was actually more anti-semitic.

If you read the "Jew of Malta" you find that the Jewish character is not even named, he is simply referred to as "the Jew" and he ends up dying at the end of the play by being boiled alive in a vat of hot oil. At the end of "The Merchant of Venice", Shylock is simply stripped of his daughter. My teacher did not like my answer and so to shut me up he looked at me and said "well what do you know? You will never amount to anything but pregnant and barefoot in somebody's kitchen." His words had such a profound effect on me that I actually believed I was stupid. I stopped doing my work. I stopped caring about my education.

And I was lucky to graduate high school with a 1.85 GPA. It was only in college that I found my niche. That I found what I was good at. But I was actually really good at English, at teaching and understanding, and explaining all the different facets . So I decided to become a high school English teacher so that no student ever had to experience what I experienced. I never want my students to feel like they are less than what they are worth.

What was your first tattoo...


- Hahaha... so... My first tattoo is Papa III signature on my inner right wrist. I drove up to Oregon for a Ghost concert spur of the moment. My friend and I got turned around and couldn't find where we parked.

Walking the wrong way, we literally walked right into the path of the band as they were headed to the bus. No one was really in the mood to sign autographs or talk, except Tobias. Funnily enough, I didn't recognize him in the dark. So I just started running my mouth off, like I like to do. He asked if I wanted an autograph and I said sure, but didn't have anything for him to sign. He grabbed my wrist and signed it while asking me about where I live. (Surprisingly, this man know where the little podunk town I live in is located.).

When I got home, I found that I didn't want to wash off the sharpie autograph. In a spur of the moment decision, I stopped at a tattoo parlor and had an artist trace over the sharpie. (Actually, all of my tattoos were very spur of the moment and I love them all.). It still makes me smile to see the tattoo on my wrist.

If you had the ear of everyone in the world, what would you say to them...


- Be kind to one another. You do not know if you have five minutes or 5 years with your loved ones. After the passing of my sister, I realized that the last conversations she had with several family members was out of anger.

I do not want anyone I love to die thinking I did not love or care for them.



Connect with Katie...


https://www.facebook.com/knewray


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