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The Expresso Cat

The nom de plume of a people-person holding the rhetorical glass half full

Owner | Writer | Lactose Intolerant

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Athena & Cleo

The inspiration 

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Hello!

Welcome to my website! Here is a little bio about yours truly - 
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Ever since I learned how to scribble my name onto a scrap of paper, I have always wanted to be a writer, and I am not just saying this as a cliche (although that’s what a person being cliche would say). I have always been an expressive person by nature, which is evident from the way I gesticulate (or accidentally spit) while I am speaking, or even from the way I unconsciously emote during a passionate discussion or debate. The problem that I faced in my early teenage years, however, was that I was far too inexperienced and lacked the confidence to express my honest two cents on a public forum. Sure, I had a great sense of imagination and could have probably begun working on some fiction novel concepts that I had in mind back then, but all that came to a standstill when my life transcended from relative normality to survival mode in a time span of 6 years.

Ironically, all the thriller novels that I once looked upon as lucrative and exciting in comparison to my own rather monotonous existence at the time, suddenly seemed very real and traumatic when our own family got struck by a terrible streak of hardship and misfortune in 2016, which crippled all semblance of normality and financial well-being. To make matters worse, my college environment provided no respite from affairs at home, bringing with it its own set of problems that eventually led me on a self-destructive streak, fueled by an existential longing for answers.

To cut a long story short, the last 6 years of my life have taught me more than most adults I know have experienced in an entire lifetime. And while my own struggles have helped me become street-smart, optimistic, resilient and an excellent judge of character, it also led me on a straight path to finding and building a relationship with God, which is why I recently started this blog. Many of you who are reading this might be going through your own struggles and might even feel like throwing in the towel out of frustration and exhaustion. Some of you may have even lost loved ones or feel crippled by your financial debt, which has probably not improved considering the economic depression left in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Perhaps some of you are even facing relatively small, but relevant struggles nonetheless, such as loneliness, fatigue from a hectic work-from-home schedule, the pressure of committing to a long-term college or career plan, and the list goes on. You, my friends, are the target audience of this blog, and I sincerely hope that my articles could help bring you peace, laughter or even a moment of introspection within your own lives. 

On that note, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read this segment and I look forward to bringing you content that would keep you coming back for more! I’d like to conclude with one of the many quotes that inspired me to start this blog; 

“God has a purpose behind every problem. He uses circumstances to develop our character. In fact, he depends more on circumstances to make us like Jesus than he depends on our reading the Bible.”                                                       ~ Rick Warren

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Why the Expresso Cat? 

Athena and Cleo were both stray rescues that my best friend and I fostered during early 2020, when we were flatmates. Although we found Cleo (the kitten with black streaks) in reasonably good shape, Athena (the other kitten with golden streaks and a cast) was in terrible shape; almost wilting in pain because of her broken paw (which our vet figured was a birth defect) and an eye infection. After a few vet visits, a good meal and a bath, we set them loose in our apartment to explore, hoping that they would enjoy their newfound freedom.

Initially, they were terrified by all the unfamiliar sights and smells during the first week and preferred to stick close to us, even voluntarily choosing to sleep on our laps (much to our satisfaction). And then, during their second or third week, they slowly revealed their playful and inquisitive natures, fully exploring every nook and cranny of the apartment and testing out everything that seemed like a toy within the confines of their play area. It was truly a surprise to see how quickly they trusted us, which shattered a lot of my prior misconception about cats. In fact, after spending most of my weekends playing with them and observing them, I even found inspiration from their very nature.

Thus came the inspiration for the pseudonym 'The Expresso Cat', which was inspired by our kittens' joie de vivre, natural-born curiosity and adaptability, despite their circumstances. And given that their sudden and random bursts of seemingly unlimited energy resembled my own post-coffee energy levels, I figured a coffee pun would be an apt cherry on top of the cake!