I’m Casie, (pronounced like Casey, not Cassie). After graduating from college with two degrees in Childhood Education and English Literature, I decided to use neither of them right away, and instead, pursued my dream of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail that covers 14 states from Georgia to Maine. Pretty scary for the Type A Dean’s List kid who always followed the rules of “what you should do.” With literally no prior backpacking experience, gear that was far from fancy, many mistakes and too much ramen noodles, I actually finished the 2,100 mile long trail: a rare accomplishment that changed the way I looked at myself and the world around me.

Don’t worry, I was shocked, too.

Which led me to the realization…. what other experiences had I told myself I could never do? What had other people told me I couldn’t be? What personal, physical, and financial limitations had I vowed to? What if I could be the type of person to run a marathon…publish a book…travel the world…

The Mostly Free Bird was born to inspire all of us ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We’ve all had dreams that we’ve squandered with excuses like “I don’t have the money,” “I’m not adventurous enough,” or, “I could never be as lucky as that person.” My goal is to be completely transparent with how I’m living a life full of experiences, fun, and fulfillment, all while on a budget and with responsibilities of the “real world.”


You can read more about why I named this blog “Mostly Free Bird” here