Aloha. I’m Cassie, an over caffeinated, broke ass writer who spends most of my time procrastinating while having one way conversations with my dog. I started this inspirational haven as a creative outlet and a way to share my story with friends and family. I could feed you some BS about this blog being made with a splash of sunshine, a gust of ocean breeze, and a giant scoop of bliss, but I’ll save you from all that. My little slice of paradise is more about being real, finding a balance, and chasing after a lifelong dream. I’m here to tell the truth, share my stories, and write like no one is reading. You won’t find perfection here.
I’m truly passionate about writing and living a creative lifestyle. I hope my journey can inspire others to go after what they want in life too. We all have a dream. We all seek true happiness. I guess the point of this blog is to document my journey and inspire others in the areas of happiness, love, and creativity while striving for a dream, even when it feels so far out of reach. I hope you enjoy the show, or at least find it somewhat entertaining.
For a proper introduction, I’ve listed 10 worthless facts about myself:
1. I have always had a calico cat.
I currently have a Katos who has a really bad attitude, but my love for calico culture began all the way back when I wore diapers. My parents brought home Tabby, my first calico, as a Christmas present and we became instant BFFs. She would bite me and I would bite her right back. It’s like having a good luck charm that occasionally attacks you.
2. I grew up in Hawaii.
I was born in Oregon and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii when I was 11 years old. I remember my dad’s friend pulling up at the airport in a white van. The van door flew open and a wide eyed kid around my age hollered “Get in!” There weren’t any seats in the back of the van so we all had to crowd in and sit on the floor. I couldn’t see outside the windows and I was pretty sure we were being abducted. To be continued…
3. Growing up, I could see the orange glow of lava from my bedroom window.
I grew up in Puna, where the 2018 eruption happened. I used to love staring out at the orange glow of lava and sometimes I would dream about running from it.
4. I’m left-handed.
I mix up words a lot. But that’s a good thing, right? I don’t have a problem boxing outside the think.
5. I used to be a bad ass competitive swimmer.
I started swimming when I was 4 years old and I ended up being pretty good. At 17, I had my sights set on the Olympic trials when I injured my shoulder. That was the end of my swim career and the beginning of my chronic pain.
6. I was a County of Hawaii lifeguard for over 10 years.
One word comes to mind. Bittersweet. There’s a lot of stories that I may or may not share about my lifeguard days…all I can say is that I miss it and I loved it. Yes, there’s a story here.
7. My dream is to be a successful writer.
I love to write. I have to write. It’s how I breathe. I don’t think I could survive without writing.
8. Ryan and I got married at Burning Man in 2003.
Yes, we were young and it wasn’t planned. There were no carefully sealed invitations, no Bridezilla moments, no overpriced cake, and no white dress. It was totally awesome and, lucky for us, we still like each other.
9. I’m a mom to a Senator.
No, literally, my teenage son’s name is Senator. Because who wouldn’t want a politician in the family? Just kidding. This is the most political talk you’ll ever hear from me because I this isn’t the place for politics. We usually just call him Sen anyways.
10. I have to eat gluten free.
I have breathing issues from long term fiberglass exposure that put me in the hospital a few years ago. The doctors treated the condition like a severe case of asthma, but the breathing medications were actually making things worse. Someone gave Ryan a book called “Grain Brain” and, after reading the book, he convinced me to try a gluten free diet. I still have breathing issues, but it’s stable now. I must say the lack of pastries in my diet is disturbing.
Okay, now that I’ve gotten the awkward introduction out of the way, I’d like to thank you for stopping by and I would love to connect with you on social media. So, come say “hello!” on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
A hui hou,