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an empath. My art is in empathy, in permission: choosing,

presented online—someone honest, hopeful, and courageous

as often as I naturally can, the patience, creativity, and

in her own way. I write passionately on the art of choosing

introspection that comes most easily to me.

oneself, and I inspire my work with the wisdom of other

The result of this practice has been the delightfully contradictory way that my friends and family now identify

empowering women, including Virginia Woolf, Maya Angelou, & Edna St. Vincent MIllay.

me as “the most zen person” in contrast to my once anxiety-

In my relationships with myself and with others, I do my

ridden self. Once crippled by panic attacks, I’m often

best to exemplify all that my lady heroes have taught me:

congratulated on my tendency to be calm under pressure

that boldly owning my story is the bravest thing I can do.

or especially by the calming presence I bring to the lives

Just as I’ve surrounded myself with role models with unique

of others.

strengths and different personalities, I’ve discovered a

What a revelation! A calm presence is both a natural strength I possess, and a part of myself worth celebrating. By

passionate purpose by choosing to be and celebrate all that I already am.

not sweating the small stuff and instead choosing whimsy, creativity, and calm, I’m embracing my imperfections. This remarkable self-love then allows me to encourage other women and girls to give themselves the same liberating permission. As a writer and a woman with an active social media

Casee Marie is a motivational writer living in Wallingford, Connecticut with her rescue pup, Blaze. She is the author of the online journal Hope & Harbor where she writes to encourage a deeper relationship with compassion and vulnerability. You can connect with her at caseemarie.com. Photos by Markie Wheeler-Jones, @markielynne

presence, I take this into account with the way my “self” is

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The Perpetual You_Joy through Whimsy  

Featuring Connecticut creatives Ave Rivera, Ann Marie Drury, Margit Fish, and Kellie Semmelrock

The Perpetual You_Joy through Whimsy  

Featuring Connecticut creatives Ave Rivera, Ann Marie Drury, Margit Fish, and Kellie Semmelrock