If you really knew me


…You’d know:

It takes a couple drinks to get me dancing. But once I start dancing, I don’t wanna stop.

“Theme from Jurassic Park” by John Williams is my go-to whistling tune. I wish I could stop.

The first time I sold a story, it was to then-chief editor of Baltimore magazine. He offered me $2—I brought him up to $3. I was six years old.

I don’t sing karaoke often, but when I do, it’s a Bon Jovi song. Because once upon a time (not so long ago), I had a major thing for Bon Jovi.

Speaking of Bon Jovi, I once got on a Walmart conveyer belt and belted out “Livin’ on a Prayer.” I was sober. It was a dare.

My picture appeared in the first issue of Seventeen magazine with a boy on it (Teddy Geiger). It was my 15 minutes of fame in high school.

Before I got into school for journalism, I was convinced I’d end up getting an MFA in creative writing. Part of me still wants to.

Indecisiveness is my biggest downfall. The smallest decision stresses me out, and sometimes I wish someone else would make them for me.

I wish I were a more musical person. I played clarinet for years and loved it. I played guitar for a few years, too, and regret putting it down.

Uprooting my life and moving to California has given me a serious travel/adventure bug. Not knowing whether I’ll stay here or move for a job once I graduate is exhilarating.


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  1. Man, I love Bon Jovi. Not as much as you did, but I can so relate! Love ’em!

  2. Seems like you’re already well accomplished! I used to hate Bon Jovi until I played Livin on a Prayer on Rock Band (the game). That song is one of my favourites of all time and I sing it a lot at karaoke too. You Give Love a Bad Name is my other go-to. Other than that, I really don’t know many of their songs (haha…)

  3. I loveeee this post. I am feeling inspired to do the same type of format, I’ll definitely tag you in it. You’re such an inspiring person with all of your crazy adventures. I identified mostly with your indecisiveness on the smallest decisions – I’m the exact same way. It’s odd because in the big decisions, I tend to make rash choices and just jump. That’s the plague of being indecisive! You get so overwhelmed or confused with making the decision, you just choose and jump. I guess it’s not always a bad thing, though. 🙂

  4. I’m pretty sure I had that copy of Seventeen magazine with Teddy Geiger on it because I LOVED his single and had just discovered Seventeen magazine around that time (I had just moved to the US). Haha, too bad I have no idea where that issue went!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Haha that’s so funny! I still have the issue… somewhere. I like to say it was the first time I was published. 😉

  5. Cassie, here’s the post so you know what’s up! 🙂

  6. I can wholeheartedly agree with the indecisiveness – I’ve become better throughout the years. I’m super social when I want to be but introverted for several other aspects. I love sleep since I’m a hypersomniac and require usually one nap everyday. I haven’t been in IT for very long but I’m somehow excelling in it – never thought I would be in IT. My biggest fear is myself since I am the only person that can hold me back from succeeding. My son brings me the greatest joy and blogging is becoming a sick addiction that I need to keep in check. Lol. Have a great one Cassie! -Iva

  7. I love this type of post, and I’m so impressed by your side-hustlin’ 6-year-old self! Man, I need to work on my negotiating skills. And if we grab a few drinks, I’ll be dancing right there with you (very badly but I will think I look fab).

    I’m not sure what else you should know about me! Offline I’m a classic oversharer + open book. My biggest fear is something happening to my family, but we’ve kind of faced that and just keep on keeping on. I try to celebrate accomplishments and proud moments on an ongoing basis. So this year, I’m proud that I took my first freelance assignment, I got a job I love, and I’ve been able to teach and mentor others!

    • Cassie Paton says:

      Alicia, that’s awesome! You definitely have a lot to be proud of. I also share your biggest fear—I hate to even think about it. Let’s go dancing sometime, cool?

  8. I used to play the Clarinet too, I wish I’d kept it up as well.

    Me, my Karaoke go to tune is anything, and I have to be a wee bit drunk.

  9. loved this! and learning more about you. 🙂

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