CASANDRA APPLETON

Who are you?
My name is Casandra. I am a 23-year-old who is currently living in Minneapolis. I am spontaneous, sarcastic, work-driven, easily inspired, and honestly, I am really enjoying where I am in my life right now.

What did you want to be when you were a child?
Oddly enough, I wanted to become a dentist. I liked going to the dentist as a kid, so I thought what the hell. I wish I had a cooler career to share, I feel most kids aspire to be astronauts or something, but yup, a dentist. This is documented in my 5th grade year book. (It may have had something to do with the movie Snow Dogs)

Education?
Business Administration Degree. Entrepreneurship Certification. Holistic Health and Natural Medicine Certification.

What does success mean to you?
Success to me is waking up each morning and creating opportunity.

What quote inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?
“The universe took time on you, crafted you precisely, so you could offer the world something distinct from everyone else, so when you doubt how you were created, you doubt an energy greater than us both”  -Rupi Kaur

What does the world need more of? Less of?
KINDNESS, diverse mindsets, and self-love. The world needs less hate, judgement, and preservatives.

Name a woman whom you admire or look up to?
Jane Goodall. She was the first female to inspire me and make me feel “at-home” with my own dreams.

What characteristics do you most admire in other creative women?
Characteristics I admire in creative women vary. Every inspirational woman I’ve met or look up to are very different. They each have their own individual twist on whatever message or art they bring into the world. I respect women who are witty, sarcastic, vulnerable, bossy, humble, honestly the list goes on. I try to find inspiration in everyone I meet.

What’s your favorite thing to come home to after a long day of work?
Usually, I will run an epsom salt bath, pour myself a glass of wine, or make my fiancé binge watch some reality TV show with me. Depends on the day. Honestly, I love what I do, so the days never feel too long.

Which of your traits are you the most proud of?
I am most proud of my deep understanding of who I am as a person and what makes me tick. I think a lot of people go through life not getting to know themselves… I mean really getting to know themselves, flaws and all. I am very sure of what I want out of life and I think that’s a good trait to have.

Name your greatest success in your career. Proudest moment?
I have not gotten there yet, I will get back to you.

PHOTO BY DAVE PUENTE

What surprises people most about you?
That I am sometimes shy, vulnerable, and often second guess myself.

What was your first job?
Working in a boutique in my hometown. I sold jewelry and clothes. It was very poorly run and the owner was solely concerned about how much money she was making in a day.

Who is your style icon and why?
Currently, Sophie Lopez. She is a badass, original, funky, and seriously rocks anything she is wearing. She pairs inexpensive items with maybe one expensive, designer item and all of her outfits pop. So many colors!

What are you most grateful for?
My health, my family, and my inspirations.

What’s the weirdest thing about you?
I am just generally weird.

What are you excited for when you wake up in the morning?
HAHA, taking my vitamins and drinking my matcha. 23-years-old going on 65. No shame.

Did you go to college? If so, would you recommend it? Why or why not?
I went to Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL (2,000 miles away from my hometown) my first year of college and it was the best experience of my life. I cannot say that academic-wise, but I was forced to get to know myself and the strangers around me. Not to mention, forced independence is essential for growth. I do recommend college because the world is advancing and you make a lot of connections in college. Although, I do not believe that a sole degree is the reason for anyone’s success.

What do you want to be doing in ten years?
I would love to have a family. Little Swedish blue-eyed, blondes from my fiancé running around driving me insane. Career wise, I would like to be right where I am. Working with Fedited but on a much larger scale. This company is the shit, can I say that?

What’s the best thing about what you do?
I’m genuinely happy. I’m passionate about Fedited’s missions, and I love my team. My ideas count for something in this company, and not a lot of people can say that if they aren’t head-honcho.

 

Biggest piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“Nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing in their early 20’s, do not freak out.”

 

 

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