The Catalyst (or What Led Me to Grace You With My Blogging Presence)

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I Once Was Really Bummed

Four months ago, I was stuck in quarterlife crisis hell. I had determined the career path I was on was wrong for me, and identified about 8,000 different better-for-me directions to go.

I couldn’t choose, and it drove me crazy. Each one seemed awesome and shitty, depending on the day. I didn’t know what to do, so I tried to read my way to an answer.

And Then I Was Like, Life is Awesome!!!!!!!!

Penelope Trunk

Emilie Wapnick

Johnny B. Truant

Holy shit. These are my people. I read their messages and started thinking about career and life differently. I realized I was having so much trouble choosing a career because my mind was shut off to unconventional paths. I didn’t know these roads in life existed. I didn’t know I had more choices.

I don’t have to choose one career, I can choose six. I don’t have to find a career that fits me, I can create my own.  I don’t have to do shit I find stupid, I can just always do epic shit.

Why I’m Starting Alternative Badassery

People are walking around with their eyes closed to possibilities. There are life-changing concepts people don’t know about, and inspiring truths people aren’t talking about.

Reading the words of the bloggers above made things click for me. I’ve always had this sneaking suspicion that life should be awesome, and that doing things that suck is totally not why we’re here–their messages confirmed this. I read through their posts, considered their points, and was like, HELL YEAH. THIS. THIS RESONATES WITH ME.

I’ve always kind of had these inclinations. That’s why after three years of blogging (this is my third blog. The other two suck balls; I’m not linking), I still have so much to say. I’ve been trying to articulate this notion that there are different, better approaches to common problems. I’ll be walking to my car, and I’ll think of a way to make dieting (or whatever) easier, and I pull out my phone and email it to myself… You guys, my list of things to share with you is currently at 43 topics.

It’s always been with me, this unique plan of attack for life. From my Paleo diet to my more-dumbbell-less-cardio exercise regimen to my remote working setup to my decision to move 16 hours away from my family and friends to live in Houston, I don’t generally go the popular route. Now, after discovering the inspiring bloggers above, I’m really pumped up about it.

Stop letting others determine your path. Stop following rules you didn’t create. Be a badass. Get there in an alternative way.

I’m going to help you. It’s gonna be fun, you guys.

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What is/was your catalyst?

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  1. Emilie says:

    Hey Cassie,

    Thanks so much for the shout out and the kind words. I’m digging Alternative Badassery already! Looking forward to seeing how things evolve for you. Keep doing all the thingS you enjoy. Way to go, making your multipotentiality a priority. You rock. 🙂

    Emilie

    • Cassie says:

      Emilie, HOLY CRAP thanks for commenting! It means a lot. Discovering the concept of multipotentiality was huge for me (and you should know I’ve never, ever purchased an eBook…but I totally bought Renaissance Business :)).

      Thanks for being you and doing what you do.

  2. Emilie says:

    p.s. I’m Paleo as well and just started a serious more-kettle-bells-than-cardio bootcamp regiment! Woo!

    • Cassie says:

      I remember coming across a post on Puttylike that mentioned your new diet, and I’m like, SHE’S PALEO TOO?!!!!! I was destined to “meet” this girl. 😀 Hell yeah for Paleo. And for strength training over cardio!!!

  3. I love this! I also began blogging because I saw these other inspiring people doing it, and I wanted to find my passion and change the world. Chris Gullibeau was my big inspiration and The Art of Non-Conformity book really jump-started my life. I still don’t know quite what I’m doing, but I love the journey, the discoveries I’ve made along the way, and the incredibly inspired people I’ve met. I’m really looking forward to following you, Cassie! 🙂

    • Cassie says:

      Thanks, Erin! I saw you over at Puttylike, checked out your site, and knew we’d be friends. 🙂 Chris Guillebeau is a HUUUUUUGE inspiration for me now, too–I didn’t know about him when I started the blog, and I hadn’t read AONC (jump-started my life, too).

      Great to connect!

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