Hi! My name is Cath, and I’m thrilled that you’ve found me here at Hip & Hooray, an inspiring place where we explore how to live more deliberately, certainly more creatively, and for sure more deliciously–all while having a whole lotta fun!
My whole life has been consumed with a handful of passions: writing, creating, and dare I say it, inspiring others. That last one has taken time to develop over the years, and I’m not sure it would have ever been a way I defined myself until recently. But when you look at the ways I’ve chosen to make a living, I think it’s safe to say that inspiring others is definitely on my list of Things I Enjoy and Find Great Reward in Doing.
For example, I taught English and creative writing to middle school students for ten years. It was a challenging job, but no matter how difficult the day, I always went home feeling like I had done something really good with my time. In the meantime, I discovered an intense joy in creating handmade cards, first for people I cared a lot about, and then for my business, Cards by Cath. Before I knew it, my card business helped me land the job as the creative editor of a magazine that published handmade card ideas for an enthusiastic corps of the nicest people ever, which grew into a gig as a blogger for said magazine in which I had the privilege of inspiring thousands of paper crafters from all over the world every day for two weeks shy of 5 amazing years.
And yet. Layered underneath all those fabulous opportunities to really connect with people, lies the truth of my life. The undercurrents that are always there, lurking like a predator in the darkness. Anxiety born from events I didn’t ask for. Defense mechanisms that stop me from participating fully in my life. Fears that roil in my gut: Of what others think. Of being abandoned. Of feeling rejected. Of waking up one day and realizing I didn’t respect the time I have been given. Drowning in my nagging struggle for outward acceptance because the voice with which I speak to myself is so habitually unkind. Grasping for perfection in a society that seems to reward nothing less.
Some of which I know you can relate to. As members of the human race living in the same era, I know I’m not alone here. And even though Hip & Hooray is all about inspiring your life through creative projects, delicious recipes, and pretty pictures, it’s also about being honest and keeping it real. It’s about sharing the stuff that makes us human. It’s about opening up to what makes us vulnerable, and awakening our hearts to the life, the love, and the passion that allows us to be fully accepting of joy.
At least, that’s what I’m hoping to accomplish here at Hip & Hooray: To inspire you to stretch your creative wings, which gives you access to the full depth of your true self, which opens you up to living a happier, more impassioned life. I’m really glad you found me, and I can’t wait to explore all of this, and more, together.
Welcome to Hip & Hooray,
~Cath (and His Royal Adorableness, Oscar the Pomeranian)
Photos by Olivia Rose Photography