Instagram is such a tricky place. It’s full of highlight reels and perfect shots, destinations you may never travel to, and images that sometimes leave you feeling less than. It’s also a beautiful place for creativity, inspiration, and connection. Depending on which accounts you choose to follow, your social media experience can leave you feeling uplifted or drained. I made the decision to fill my feed with positivity. I follow food accounts that make my mouth water, videos about animals, and people who are looking to do more than just put on a pretty face. It took me awhile to… View Post

If you’ve been a blog reader for some years, you may remember that Neil and I were on the verge of separation about two years into our marriage. I wrote about it in this post and have referred to it several times over the years when applicable. We were to the point where we were researching separate apartments and talking about how and when we would see each other. Last month we celebrated our five year anniversary with family and friends and I realized that there wasn’t much follow up to that initial post aside from the fact that “hey,… View Post

Yesterday, July 8th, marked one year since we brought Donut home from the shelter. You can read that post here if you’re interested and keep reading to see how it’s been! It’s been a year of adventures, and an incredible year at that. We had a bit of a rough start with her as she decided that I was apparently a chew toy for the first month or two. I was constantly covered in bruises, but we were finally able to break her of that habit and I could enjoy normal time with my dog. She has been such a… View Post

Welp, here we are again. 🙂 I’ve made it another year in recovery — welcome to wrapping up year number eight! This is the fourth post I’ve written on the anniversary of the day I decided to choose a path that would change my life in ways I didn’t even realize. Each year I go back and read the previous ones (I’ve linked them at the bottom of this post) and wonder how I can write something different from the year before. This year I think it’s important to emphasize the importance of self. Before diving into that, I want… View Post

Fear of the unknown is a big reason why a lot of people stay where they are. I get it — change is scary. I’m actually terrified of change and do not ease into it well at all. If I reflect, however, I realize that most of my growth personally and professionally has been from going through it. Change can come about inadvertently or on purpose. On purpose — saying yes — is a choice YOU make and often the one people have trouble with, especially if it means something hard. You can find tons of self-help posts on the… View Post