a field guide to quiet courage
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our story

our story

a journey to quiet courage.

 
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Hi, I'm Casee Marie.

I live in New England with my foster pup, Blaze, where I keep journals full of poetry and creative nonfiction. I write to encourage a deeper relationship with compassion and vulnerability, from my own experiences in mental health recovery to the broader teachings that have been passed down to me through literature and spirit. In the nature of service-based work, I try to use my passion for storytelling to build a stronger sense of empathy in the world around me, and I use my own tendencies as an empath to become a vehicle for compassion. My great hope is that through my writings you’ll be able to touch deeply that place within yourself where you can become aware of your own worthiness and finally come to a place of celebrating all the beauty that inhabits your heart.

WE'RE ALL IN RECOVERY FROM SOMETHING.

Whether it's perfectionism, a disorder, a relationship, or a trauma; healing is a universal need. The writings I put into Hope & Harbor are intended as a resource for anyone on a journey of coping and comfort. We overcome our fear not by repressing it, but by acknowledging it and taking away its power, by cultivating within us a healthy and vibrant confident self who speaks with compassion to drown out fear's rampant inner-critic. This has been my practice of reclaiming my authenticity, and I'm privileged to be called to share the lessons of that practice with others.

I'VE LIVED AN UNCOMMON LIFE.

A severe anxiety sufferer from childhood, I grew more inhibited by my fears and insecurities as I grew older, until debilitating avoidance of my anxiety left me relatively housebound in my teens and for nearly ten years afterward.  I dove headfirst into a creative life that relied heavily on solitude and cared little for function.

At the vulnerable age of twenty-six I finally embarked on a journey to heal the hurt I had been doing my best to ignore and keep secret. This inward pilgrimage became the hardest and most fulfilling work of my life, and from it was born a strength in vulnerability. Utilizing many different therapeutic approaches and support systems - most especially by nurturing a compassionate, hopeful heart - I've been able to take the necessary steps to live my best life as my happiest, most peaceful self. I still have a long way to go, but I've come farther than I could have ever imagined, and I've found myself called to share the wisdom I've gathered on my journey with the great hope that it might serve someone else who, like me, has felt adrift and isolated by the challenges of mental illness.

Two years into my recovery from anxiety I became (foster-)mom to eight year-old Blaze, a hound/bully mix who was found locked in a basement, abandoned by her owners in their foreclosed house.  With years of her history unaccounted for, Blaze went from the isolation of abandonment to the overwhelm of life at the city pound, where she spent a year absolutely in love with her rescuers but understandably stressed by the change in environment.

As our paths combined, Blaze and I have found ourselves partners on a journey to gain the courage to trust in the world and the goodness of life.

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