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 for university, where I spent a semester abroad studying in Italy. I ended up living in Italy for a few years as well. In 2019, I moved to London, where I lived for three years. I currently live in Boston, Massachusetts.

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 philosophy for humanity together.

With gratitude, love, and appreciation,

Catt xx

On my personal life and philosophies

I’m an enthusiastic fan of the tech industry, software, tea, good books, feeling connection, juicing, exercise, 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 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 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.

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 is never easy to follow these principles, but I think it is clear that especially in the long-run, 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 traditional Christianity (Catholicism/Eastern Orthodox), and enjoy studying scripture and examining faith in the Catholic/Orthodox 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, and I highly value and treasure all my relationships.

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.

My current professional career is in tech. I am a software developer, and prior to this, I spent over two years working in operations and business development for balena, a Linux based software operating system for IoT devices.

I love studying languages. I was born speaking English and Mandarin, and I studied Spanish since I was nine as a second language. I later learned Italian while living in Italy, and my next adventure is looking to speak a Slavic language with fluency. My Bulgarian teacher tells me I am a solid A2. Hopefully I can come back to studying foreign languages after I get good at some computer languages.

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!

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