Hello, welcome to my blog! I’m Melissa, a 23-year-old college graduate who’s trying to figure out what to do with my life. Since I enjoyed owning blogs in the past, I decided to start a new one up after graduating and alas, here we are.

Anyways, I’m sure if you’re looking through my ‘About’ page, you’d like to know a little bit about me! When I was in college, I majored in Environmental Science with a minor in English. I switched my area of study around a few times (Film, English, Secondary Education, Creative Writing, Digital Art), and I’m still unsure of what I would like to spend my life doing. All I know is that I’m fairly passionate about animals and the environment, yet I’m also more of a creative minded person.


Castles and Hurricanes is a blog that doesn’t exactly have a focus. I try to keep it as inspiring and helpful as I can, but as a fan of many things, it doesn’t have a concrete theme. I plan on making a ‘Behind the Name’ page in the near future, so keep a lookout for that as well!

This page wouldn’t be complete without a section on my pets! There are three that I would like to mention here, but only two who are solely mine to take care of. I just couldn’t leave out the dog that I grew up with!


Max is the cute little beagle that I grew up with. He’s fifteen now and lives with my parents a couple of hours away. Although he’s definitely slowed down in his old age, he’s still a sweet little dog that I love to spend time with when I visit my parents.


Tigger, the first pet I adopted on my own, is a two-year old tabby. I actually met her when fostering her and three other kittens, and I simply couldn’t resist. She loves to play fetch and chase bugs. Although she puts on a tough persona, she can also be really sweet and likes to cuddle on occasion (check out my post on Tigger here).


Recently, I also adopted a four-year-old hound named Scooby. Although he probably had a rough life before hand, he’s very sweet and friendly (seriously, he’s the one pet I have that constantly craves attention). He’s also a bundle of energy! I don’t think he really likes running though, so he tries to act tired when we try jogging at the park. Then, he’ll immediately race around the apartment when we get back (read more about Scooby here).

Although I don’t view myself as an expert in most things, feel free to contact me if you have any questions (about blogging, college, pets, vegetarianism, etc.)! Or if you have any suggestions or anything, don’t hesitate to let me know!

Thanks for visiting; I hope you enjoy my blog! Feel free to stay awhile!