P3IcW50pTell us a bit about yourself. 

Hey there, my name’s Melissa, and I run the blog Castles and Hurricanes! My blog covers a variety of different topics, including lifestyle, books, and sustainability. I’m a 23-year-old college graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. It’s been hard to find a career, so at the moment I am looking into taking more classes to advance my education. In the meantime, I hang out with my cat (Tigger) and my dog (Scooby).

How did you get into blogging?

I’m more of an introvert, but I do love interacting with people. Blogging allows me to still interact with others but by writing whenever I have the time. It’s a lot less stressful for me this way. I also love using my camera to take pictures for my blog! As for how I actually began blogging-I have always loved messing around on the internet, and I’ve created various blogs in the past. I was originally going to major in English in college, and someone suggested that I start a blog. I did, but I ended up deleting it because I had so much going on and couldn’t keep up with it. Now that I’ve graduated, I figured I’d give blogging a go again because I do enjoy it and the community!

Tell us about your favorite blog post.

My favorite would probably have to be my Adventures in Austin post. I don’t get to travel very often, so reading the post allows me to relive the trip. I was definitely impressed with Austin’s vegetarian selection and was overall super excited about the whole adventure. I took so many pictures while I was there, so those were fun to browse through while I was writing the post! I’m hoping to go to Austin again this year, so I might end up making another similar post (hopefully exploring other parts of the city).

What are you doing when you’re not blogging?

When I’m not blogging, I’m likely playing with my pets. I also spend most of my weekends playing at Quidditch tournaments. A few other hobbies include reading, listening to music, watching Marvel movies, and playing PS4 games. I also work part-time at a coffee shop as well and should hopefully be taking some computer science classes soon.

What are you favorite things to eat as a vegetarian?

I really love tofu! I feel like it’s so easy and quick to make, and there’s so many variations (tofu scramble, sesame tofu, tofu nuggets). I also love falafel/hummus wraps, and I enjoy most veggies and fruits too! I tend to love anything with avocado in it.

What is a book you really didn’t like or thought was overrated?

I didn’t really like David Leviathan’s “Everyday”. I believe they even made a movie about it, but the book disappointed me. The whole thing about switching to a different body every morning just seemed like such a frustrating concept, so I didn’t really enjoy reading about it. I’m also trying to read “Dreamcatcher” by Stephen King right now, and I’m really not feeling it at the moment. Maybe I just need to read more for it to catch my attention, who knows.

Where else can we find you?

Instagram || Twitter || Pinterest || Bloglovin’

Photo by Arnel Hasanovic.