It is not our abilities that make us who we truly are. It is our choices.

(Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling)


My name is Kat Tabakova and this is my blog.

I am Jewish-Russian, born in the USSR, left home to live in Israel in 2000, and moved to New Zealand in 2002. I am currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, and coaching internationally.

This blog started out as an idea cultivated by me and a former romantic partner. Our conversations, fascinating and often philosophical in nature, got me thinking of starting a blog where we can record our conclusions and test them against time and experience. I later got this blog and the domain name as a wonderfully thoughtful birthday gift from the said partner, and we planned on contributing together. Sadly the relationship ended. After several months of an intense – and thoroughly eye-opening – emotional apocalypse, I decided to honor the philosophical and growth-enhancing nature of our brief connection by paying my learnings forward and continuing on with the blog.

One part of the blog, therefore, is more philosophical in nature. The other part is dedicated to my passion and profession as a coach. It is also sometimes philosophical in nature. Philosophy is a ‘love of wisdom’ and there is much wisdom found in the fields of strength, conditioning, kettlebells, calisthenics, nutrition, and psychology – these areas serve as a microcosm of life, where the testing and forging of human character by the forces of habits and values plays out in full colour. They are a perfect ground for observation, learning and growth.

I use the blog as a sounding board for my ideas and thoughts. My mind works as a synthesizer. I read voraciously and conduct research with copious personal notes. I mainly draw upon the fields of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, sociology, motivation, habit formation, mindfulness, meditation, health & fitness, strength & conditioning, flexibility, yoga & meditation, dance & music, nutrition, economics, engineering, philosophy, culture and language. I read very little non-fiction and when that happens it is mostly utopian or dystopian novels (think ‘1984’, ‘Walden II’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Atlas Shrugged’ etc). I am passionate about the continuous evolution of the human mind, the human body, the humankind and the human-inhabited world.

I hope you find value in these posts.

Kat T




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