A little diddy about me…

My name is Carolyn, Cara for short. I am 26 years old, and work as a hairdresser aka professional hair painter, as well as manage social media for our salon by day, and I truly love what I do. I like to think of myself as a “creator”. I create with cuts and color at my job, but I also enjoy creating with my writing and with my mission of living as authentically and consciously as possible. I currently live in Syracuse, NY with my husband and our adopted Giberian Shepsky puppy, Onyx.


Being born and raised in the desert, just outside Tucson Arizona, explains my insane love of cacti. That is where my, now husband, Justin, and I met before starting this crazy journey we now call normal life. We are actual high school sweethearts, though it’s weird to me to call us that! We’ve been married for 8 years now.


In those 8 years, we have moved 6 different times, 5 with his job in the Air Force, and most recently to Syracuse NY, where he is working toward his degree in Bio-Chemical & Molecular Nutrition . Of these moves, one of the most impactful I would say was moving to Cambridge, England where we lived for 3.5 years, the longest of all our stints, and by far the most transformative.


We came away from our time outside the U.S. with a better sense of who we are, both as individuals and as a couple. We brought back with us not only amazing memories and forever friendships, but some lasting life goals. We learned that minimalism is a beautiful way of  living, and fell in love with the concept of what it truly means to live with less stuff, in order to have fuller, richer life experiences.


Moving so much was never in my “life plan” but it has taught me so much more than I ever thought possible. Life is not always comfortable, or what you expect. So much of it is unknown. But so much of it is also beautiful.



A little diddy about my site…

I believe you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to lead a meaningful life; you must try to dig a little deeper past what is on the surface, and not be afraid to share what you find with others.


I started this blog seeking answers to my pain and suffering, from a chronic illness called M.E. What I got was actually even better than answers, I got questions. Through the art of seeking, I began to live my life more and more consciously. I began to slow down, subtract, and truly get to know myself. All of these elements brought me to found kindlycara.com, a space to collect my thoughts and feelings in order to make sense of my life and the world around me.


‚ÄčI am a Pisces, an HSP, an introvert, a spoonie, a writer, a hairstylist, a creator, an optimist to the 10th degree, and this is my means of connecting and sharing with others who have bravely decided to live their most authentic lives. I invite you to browse my site, learn about my passions and pitfalls, and explore what excites and interests you about life.


And for anyone else in their own journey of recovery, be it from disease, disorder, unforeseen circumstances, unfortunate events or just the general nature of our human vulnerability, I hope that I can lend some understanding, some empathy and at the very least, kindness.


If you are new to the site, a great place to start is here