Hasara Lay

What should we know about you?
 
I am in my early thirties, recently married and live in Sydney, Australia. I’m mum to cats, Lumos and Noxie (whose adventures can be seen here – https://www.instagram.com/theadventuresoflumosandnox/?hl=en)
 
Tell us a bit about your passion today
 
One of my biggest passions is in relation to my cats and taking them exploring. We go to places for walks, they come on holidays with us, we go to cafes & pubs and so much more. I always thought I was the only one who did this, but thanks to Instagram, I discovered people all around the world who explore with their cats too. I was so inspired by these people and their cats that I wanted to help them share their stories and by doing so realised that I was helping many more people and cats. Helping them has now become my passion. Showing them that they are not alone, and connecting them to others who do the same thing. And seeing how much progress they make with their cats. – that is all my passion now because I felt alone, I didn’t have help when we first started training our cats. I want these people to know that there are people around the world who are just like them.
 
What motivates and drives you to keep this passion alive?
 
Every time I hear a story of how we helped a cat through Catexplorer, whether it is about their first camping trip, or their first hike, or road trip or even first walk.
What are some of the challenges you have faced or do face in pursuing your passion? How have you overcome these?
 
Self doubt – it is easy to question what you are doing, especially when it is against the norm. However, I have a very close group of cheerleaders who I turn to in these moments. They act as my sounding board and help me overcome that self doubt.
 
What does it mean to you to be living this passion?
 
It is an opportunity to make a change in these people’s lives and in their cat’s lives.
 
 
What is one thing you would love other women to know about finding, creating or living your passion?
 
It isn’t always straight forward and might come out of no where. Catexplorer started out as a depository of the information I was gathering for my 2 cats and evolved into so much more. It now provides a sense of belonging to so many people!
 
Do you have any advise for other women to help them find or create their passion?
 
We get so caught up in putting things off because we don’t have time. But we don’t know what will happen till we give it a go. Just start, even if it is for an hour a week.
 
If you would love to know more about Hasara and her passion Catexplorer, be sure to take a look at www.catexplorer.co, a community movement and lifestyle brand for people who explore the world with their cats.
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