About

Inspired to create better stories

 

Hi there, I’m Catt.

I started my journey in California, where I was born, but spent most of my life growing up in Taipei. I went back to the US to study in university, and spent a semester abroad in Italy, where I lived for a few years s well. At the beginning of 2019, I moved to London, where I currently live.

Without having planned for it, I’ve always been traveling in my life and living in different places and countries. I’ve always been insatiably curious about people – their world, cultures, history, languages, and ideologies. I spend a lot of my time seeking to understand more of it, leading me to interesting places and curating incredible ideas. I’ve had so many different experiences, but eventually, I came to embrace the traditional values with which my family brought me up.

My life today is about choosing to honor the beliefs that helped my family and I adapt in the world with integrity. I started this self-titled blog in 2014, as a way to document my personal development journey. Today, this blog explores personal growth through the beliefs that shape decisions, and various ideas and philosophies that have helped me along the way. It is my prayer that through the honest sharing of our journeys, we can cultivate the story of a stronger story for humanity together.

With gratitude, love, and appreciation,

 

 

On my personal life and philosophies

I’m an enthusiastic fan of tea, good books, feeling connection, juicing, IT tech/software architecture, and cultural understanding. Academically, I completed my undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE), 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. I get highly animated when discussing how we can move toward making the principles of economics work out in the real world – which although seldom happens, is still my idea of the ideal to work toward.

I live in London, in a beautiful, vibrant neighborhood up north in Hackney called Stoke Newington. I work at balena, a SaaS company in the IoT industry (if you’ve ever used Etcher, it’s from balena!).

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 (soon haha).

I love playing guitar, singing, songwriting, and 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 the world we do not see, the spiritual realm, and an urge to know the truth in any given case or situation. It’s not 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 extremely unyielding (for myself as well as with others) when it comes to laws and principles. 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.

I was raised in a Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucianist religious upbringing. However, I always had a strange and strong affinity for Catholicism, and enjoy studying scripture and examining faith in the Catholic religion.

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.

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 intend to continue this, but I’m also really involved in understanding more about the tech industry at the moment as well.

I love studying languages. I was born speaking English and Mandarin, and I studied Spanish for years as a second language. I then learned Italian while living in Italy, and my next adventure is looking to speak a Slavic language with fluency. Learning a new language is developing a new brain; I really love language learning and how it can add to our world.

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.

 

If you’d like to connect more with me, find me on Instagram @cattkaizen

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Thanks again for visiting and hanging out with me!