Hi there, I’m Catt.
I’m a young-spirited individual living in London, making my way in my life doing the best I can. I was born in the US and grew up for most of my life in Taiwan, so I’ve had a mixed cultural upbringing that has always made me feel like part of something greater going on.
Never fitting in anywhere turned out to be a blessing when I found I would move to many different places and meet different people of different cultures without trying. My first experience of this was when I went to Italy on a study abroad exchange, where I was fascinated by the Italian culture and ended up staying there for a good two years over a four-year period. I picked up on the language, the food, the culture, the religion, the mannerisms, the traditions – as much of it as I could – and still love and practice them to this day.
People talk about their love and desire for travel, and I’ve never related to any of it. I’ve always been traveling in my life, and I’ve always found there are endless opportunities to travel, but that the best experience of it is when it arises organically. That’s what I’m doing here in London right now, and it’s actually a focus on work and responsibility that brought me here to begin with. I’m currently still flowing with that journey, and looking forward to the opportunities it brings with me along the way. I’ve already received so many gifts just from the first phase of the expression.
I grew up raised in a culturally Asian family, with its challenges and difficulties, and also its gifts. While I struggled with the cultural climate growing up, I ultimately came to embrace and find my own ways of transforming and adapting the truths of the Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucianist beliefs and values with which I was raised, after realizing how deeply these expressions were a part of my inescapable DNA, destiny, and continued heritage. I’d like to make my life an expression of an honorable homage to these beliefs that helped us – my family and I – survive and adapt in the world we live in today.
On this voyage, I’ve met so many beautiful, amazing people, and came to accept and work with the truths about how difficult being in this world can be, and how much we need to rely on truth to survive. I came to realize that it is more proof that God exists than not, because of our necessity to stay connected and strengthen our interior world to survive in this day and age, and also to have the courage to give up the illusion of control we have. I mix a lot of these traditions and beliefs with what I studied and practiced in all different cultures and religions.
I started this self-titled blog in 2014 as a way to document my personal development journey, and it became many things over the years as the world of personal development, online blogging, and social networking shifted and changed the way we live our lives. Today, I’d like to make it about the unfolding of my journey into greater truths, and being able to express that with as much virtue, beauty, and integrity – the three values I hold with deep reverence – as I possibly can.
It is my knowing that through the sharing of our journeys and the connection we can experience through something as simple as ideas shared on a blog, we can all be inspired in little or big ways that will help us cultivate a stronger humanity through the improvement of each individual expression of who we are.
With gratitude, love, and appreciation,
My personal life and philosophies
I’m an enthusiastic fan of tea, good books, feeling connection, juicing, and cultural understanding. Academically, I pursued and completed an undergraduate degree in PPE – Philosophy, Politics, Economics – and am primarily passionate about economics out of the three disciplines. I love how economics is a highly sophisticated theoretical and applicable system that just works, given the principles outlined, and the way it maps it all together. I get highly animated when discussing how we can move toward making the principles of economics work out in the real world – which though seldom happens, is still my idea of an ideal toward which we can work.
I have a sister to whom I am deeply bonded and close. Apart from sharing each others’ clothes, we speak about everything from badminton training to guides and angels, and are both deeply committed to working on bringing out who we are to the best of our abilities. She’s currently studying to be a physical therapist (with intuition!) and has a physio blog that can be found here (soon haha).
I also love playing guitar, singing, songwriting, and playing/training for badminton and boxing. I’ve always had a clear sense of living an active lifestyle, and I’m always finding ways to express more of truth in art, which has always felt close to me.
I have strong faith in knowing about what we do not see, and an urge to know the truth in any given case or situation. It’s not been easy to follow these principles, but it is much worse to not follow them. While I eagerly celebrate different expressions of being human, I am steadfast and unyielding (for myself as well as with others) when it comes to laws and principles. I know that it is only through adherence to law that we can build a world that functions with high levels of Power, Power with which we can continue to evolve into greater expressions and continue to expand creatively upon who we last were, and who we can now become.
As mentioned, I was raised in a Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucianist religious upbringing. However, I always had a strange fascination with Christianity, and in particular, traditional Catholicism. I opened up to this side of me deeply when I was living in Italy. While I still identify with being Buddhist, I regularly study scripture and contemplate upon the life of Jesus with reverence on how I can apply those principles into my life.
I’ve enjoyed many beautiful, deeply connecting relationships from since I was young. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had at least one close friend close by. My tendency is to know that each and every individual has had amazing experiences, and an amazing story to share. I spent a part of my professional career writing marketing stories for people, listening to their experiences and helping them articulate their intentions to write them into stories. I’ve always taken up a deep fascination and interest in each individual I meet, and seek to inspire them to see this within themselves.