"Friends are the family we choose for ourselves." Family: an every day term used by so many so often, but with quite a range of definitions that doesn't seem to be one-size-fits-all. Growing up, I was fortunate to be a part of a bigger brood and I absolutely loved it. The oldest of three sisters, … Continue reading When You Give a Girl Family Beyond Blood
One thing I've always especially enjoyed is how many people feel they're able to talk to me, to open up about any and everything with me, get my opinion, or ask for advice. It means a lot to me that others for some reason or another trust me or value my thoughts enough to apply … Continue reading Self-Love: Learning to Be Selfish
With Mother's Day upon us, I've seen more than my fair share of this argument back and forth across a variety of social media pages, as well as a couple interesting articles making their rounds, too (usually in callous tones); Are pet owners "parents" and can animals be called their "kids"? Should they celebrate Mother's/Father's Day? My personal … Continue reading My Dogs Are My Kids and That Shouldn’t Offend You
Is anyone else in disbelief that it's somehow already May? How did that happen?! I for one am in complete shock - how is this year just flying by? I absolutely love the spring time and even though we're less than a week into the new month, May is already off to an incredible start. … Continue reading Hello, May and Kellan Lutz!
I believe it to be a fact that happiness is a choice. Sure, there are instances in life in which our situations are decided for us without our say so, but it's those things we do decide for ourselves and our responses to those we don't that matter most. We set the tone for our … Continue reading 40 Things That Make Me Happy
If there's been one thing I've done a lot of in my young life, it's been relocating. My family moved around a decent lot in the tristate area growing up, and that continued on into my early teen years, too. After my father had passed away, my family moved to South America (on more than … Continue reading 8 Ways Moving Away From My Hometown Changed My Life (For the Better)
1. Stop running back to a person that continuously breaks you. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me any more than that and you really just set yourself up for it. Anything beyond a second chance is blatantly taking advantage and everyone deserves more than that. Set and hold fast to … Continue reading 13 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself Right Now
With Valentine's Day quickly descending upon us, sights of heart-shaped candies, flowers, and romantic advertisements are almost impossible to avoid. As someone who is fortunate enough to be sharing my life with someone who makes every day feel like Valentine's Day, my heart quite literally bursts over all things love and marriage. You could call … Continue reading What is Love?
"A dog is the only thing on Earth that loves you more than he loves himself." - Josh Billings I'll be the first to admit it - I am that person. The one that treats my pups the same way my friends treat their human babies, because they're the closest things we've ever had to them. … Continue reading You Rescued Me, Too.
“When my life comes to an end, I want to be sure I did everything I loved, and loved everything I did.” This is my bucket list - a list of things I want to do, feel, attempt and experience before I die. It is far from finished - being made or accomplished - but … Continue reading My Bucket (To-Do) List