‘The Bachelor’: Cassie Randolph Says She Became Famous So Quickly She Couldn’t Enjoy It

Cassie Randolph was catapulted into stardom when she won Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor. Her life changed drastically and instantly, in ways that she never could have anticipated or prepared herself for when she signed up to compete on the show.

After their season ended, Randolph began to feel overwhelmed with her new life.

Cassie Randolph | Araya Diaz/Getty Images for ASTR the Label
Cassie Randolph | Araya Diaz/Getty Images for ASTR the Label

Cassie Randolph’s new, stressful life in the spotlight

In a recent interview with Thrive Global, she shared what it was like to have her life change overnight.

“Earlier this year, I was traveling a ton right in the middle of an insane semester of graduate school — in addition to moving. I was also going through a bunch of life changes brought on by “The Bachelor”— there was so much going on that I had no time for myself. I’d be doing schoolwork on airplanes, between jobs on lunch breaks, and in cars. I was constantly on phone calls or dealing with some new media storm that I had to address. I was missing my family, friends, and my home, and I felt like I was being pulled in a million directions,” she said.

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Randolph wanted to feel grateful for her new opportunities, but she couldn’t help but feel stressed. She says she was so busy she couldn’t even enjoy the fruits of her new lifestyle.

“While they were good, and I tried to never complain — it was still pretty overwhelming. I was so busy, I didn’t have time to adequately process anything or enjoy it. In order to get stuff done, I was on autopilot — make a list, cross things off, add to the list, rinse, repeat! It was like that for several months, and I don’t think I could have done that pace much longer,” she said.

How she copes

Thankfully, by now, the reality star’s found what works for her in terms of remaining calm, cool, and collected.

“Having time to decompress, reflect, and include self-care — whether that is alone time to read, exercise, get a facial, or spend time with my friends and family — is what I found that I need to keep myself sane,” she said.

Another thing Randolph does to feel in-control of her hectic new schedule is create to-do lists.

“I am obsessed with to-do lists, planners, notebooks, and anything organizational. I love writing lists for the mere satisfaction of crossing things off. I usually list things by order of importance or deadlines. Having a lot to do can be paralyzing, and make you feel like you just don’t know where to start. When I feel this way, I force myself to turn off my emotions and  just start doing. Sometimes you just need to put one foot in front of the other and start walking. Before you know it, you are moving forward and crossing things off your list,” she said.

And when even her to-do lists can’t calm her down, Randolph tries to keep the “big picture” in mind. She recommends you give it a try.

“No matter what you’re going through, always try and remove yourself from the situation before you react in order to gain an insightful and level-headed perspective on things,” she said.

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