Hello, welcome to my blog! I’m Melissa, and I decided to start this blog after graduating with my Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science. I always had a passion for writing and have owned a few blogs prior to this one, so I wanted to start a new blog where I can share my thoughts and ideas with the world.

While I am passionate about the environment and wildlife, I have not been able to find my place in the field. It felt as if I found a purpose, but not the tools to follow it. I decided to pursue an Associate’s in Computer Programming and Development at my local community college, and I have enjoyed learning more about computers, data, programming languages, and applications. Hopefully, I will be able to use this knowledge for a company that focuses on sustainability, but we will have to see where I end up.


The Blog

As for the blog, Castles and Hurricanes 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. If I had to categorize it, I would say that Castles and Hurricanes is a mix of lifestyle, sustainability, and pop culture. I plan on making a ‘Behind the Name’ page in the near future, so keep a lookout for that as well!

My Pets

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!