my sense of self – my STORY
Hi there! I’m Casey, and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a writer, speaker, editor, and the founder of Awakened Freedom.
Growing up, I was that girl with the backpack full of books, a spot as the yearbook editor, and the vice presidency of student council. I was raised on a farm in Southern Saskatchewan with a lot of love, a lot of fun, and a lot of hard work.
When I was twelve, I decided that I would move to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan after high school, and that’s where I ended up earning degrees in pharmacy and physiology & pharmacology.
It was during my early university years that I realized my passion for writing. I found that being a writer was a central part of who I was; it was a mediation of my heart, my soul’s calling.
I went on to write for the university newspaper while I attended university. During those college days, our family encountered a number of severe health issues, accidents, and other circumstances that propelled us to realize the importance of living a life aligned with faith and embedded in purpose.
I began to live with an immense sense of gratitude and excitement. It was then that I realized how important it was to bravely rise into the truest version of myself… so I continued to delve into the craft of writing.
My first professional experience in the field arrived in 2012, when I was hired as the editor, writer, and researcher for our local municipality’s history book. This opportunity presented one of the most fulfilling work experiences I’ve ever had.
In 2014, I took the leap and started my blog, Books & Bridges, which I used as a platform to begin sharing my voice - my words and my message. It is through this blog that I began sharing my take on the artistic pieces of work that touched my life.
In November of 2017, I joined NaNoWriMo. This decision launched me into a life of inspiration; I began building the house (and the life!) of a writer.
Now I hold the position of editor for a pharmacy newsletter, which was established in 2014. I am also the editor for an online magazine, The Sask Press, which I launched with a group of Saskatchewan-based writers in June of 2018.
I have come to see that combining my passion for writing with my background in health care enables me to bring a unique and valuable perspective to the table. My experience as a pharmacist has empowered me to develop a refined set of skills, which includes ensuring accuracy while working under tight deadlines and establishing rapport with individuals from all walks of life. My experience has allowed me to deeply connect and communicate with a myriad of people, which has proven to be incredibly valuable in the creation of targeted messaging.
Over the course of 2018, how I live my life completely transformed. I hired the mentors, attended events in other countries, joined masterminds, hosted workshops, amped-up my reading even more, listened to all the podcasts and audio books, and simply dove right in. Yes, it felt overwhelming at times… but it also created a bold perspective shift, spaciousness, and freedom I hadn’t fully known before.
Now I know that which I am. Now I know God’s love and the love of the Oneness of this Universe. My faith has deepened and expanded.
This all led to the launch of my writing business, Awakened Freedom Publishing, in September of 2018. It is through this business that the Awakened Freedom mission was born – to serve, transform, and empower others to create their own lives of freedom.