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About

I was raised in country Australia, lived and worked interstate & abroad before returning to my beloved hometown of Castlemaine in central Victoria.

As a multipotentialite my interests are diverse and pursuits varied.

I have worked as a landscape architect for most of my career, but it's not all I've done.

Over the last 20+ years I have worked in industries as diverse as mining, real estate and funeral care.

People describe me as reliable, approachable, considered & kind.

Fundamentally I like helping people: collaborating on solutions to problems & bringing ideas to life.

My superpower is wrangling calm from chaos.

I do this by breaking complexities into methodical & manageable steps which might be in the form of a landscape plan or a bookkeeping system.

I like filling my life with experiences, not stuff.

I have a penchant for order: I don't like mess nor wasting time trying to locate things.

I'm a tea drinker, dog lover, pilates enthusiast, kayaker and keen skier.

My business is about designing spaces and helping people establish habits, systems and places for the administration of life.

My Career Trajectory

INDUSTRY: Design & construction.

Landscape architect

Commenced my professional landscape architecture career designing residential gardens throughout Melbourne.

February 1999

Melbourne, VIC.

INDUSTRY: Mining

Dump truck operator

Spent 3 years working on a gold mine 250km NE of Kalgoorlie working a FIFO 4:1 roster driving CAT 785 dump trucks so I could save to buy my first house.

September 2001

Kalgoorlie, WA.

INDUSTRY: Design & construction.

Landscape architect

Returned to landscape architecture and spent 2 years designing gardens for large scale subdivisions all over Perth.

November 2004

Perth, WA.

INDUSTRY: Design & construction.

Landscape architect

Relocated back to Melbourne, established myself as a freelance landscape architect designing for my own clients & landscaper's clients.

November 2006

Melbourne, VIC.

INDUSTRY: Pool maintenance

Pool cleaner

Moved back to my hometown of Castlemaine, took a break from desk work and the drawing board, reclaimed my headspace and got some fresh air.

August 2011

Castlemaine, VIC.

INDUSTRY: Real estate

Marketing & sales administrator

Coordinated the sales & marketing administration for residential properties at a local real estate agency before my back said 'no' to prolonged sitting.

July 2013

Castlemaine, VIC.

INDUSTRY: Funeral care.

Funeral home assistant

Was privileged and humbled to spend 18 months working part-time in a funeral home while establishing a new business venture of my own.

December 2015

Castlemaine, VIC.

INDUSTRY: Professional services

All-round assistant

Established 'Circleworks' to provide all-round assistance to people who lacked the time, skills & inclination to get stuff done themselves.

December 2015

Castlemaine, VIC.

INDUSTRY: Professional services

Solutions junkie

Relaunched as 'Cass Ewing' and now concentrate on designing gardens, and helping solopreneurs and households wrangle calm from chaos in their business and life.

January 2022

Castlemaine, VIC.

Lastly, my word for 2022 is: nurture.

nurture

/ˈnəːtʃə/
VERB
a to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing.

Like most people I have been constantly reevaluating all things since March 2019. In 2020 I made some very big decision about the direction of my business and my life. In 2022 I intend to nurture the seeds I've planted to continue to bring my personal and professional ideas to life.

Fancy wrangling some from calm from chaos in your garden, business or home?