It’s here

Winter officially began in late December, but it truly arrived in Pittsburgh this week. It snowed a little on Monday morning, snowed a lot on Tuesday, and was frigid (7°F) on Wednesday.


When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I peeked out the window and saw a few inches of snow on the ground with more falling from the sky. As soon as I finished breakfast (and a warm mug of coffee!), I laced up my snow boots and hooked Lola on her leash. We were ready to go!


(Kind of a sneak peek of the closet room flooring! No, we still haven’t totally finished the room yet, haha.)

We walked in the quiet, dark morning, and it was probably the most peaceful walk I’ve ever been on. Lola was so happy to be in the snow, and kept eating it and flicking it in the air with her nose. I felt like I was walking in a real-life snow globe.

Something I’m learning is that we get to choose our attitude in life. We may not determine what happens to us, but we can decide how we react. Winter comes every year here in the ‘Burgh, and I get to choose whether I want to embrace it and find joy in freshly fallen snow and crisp air, or whether I want to resent the cold and complain about driving on icy roads.

One way of thinking can bring happiness, while another can make us miserable. It’s up to us to decide how we want to feel. Winter is here and I’m choosing to enjoy it and make the most of it this year 🙂


  1. Learning how to react is a lesson I learned a while ago too. We can’t control every aspect of our lives but we can control how we respond to them.

  2. This is so true! Our attitudes most definitely affect so much of our lives! I’m so glad you got to experience that peaceful walk with Lola! The whole snow globe experiences sounds magical. 🙂

  3. Yikes, stay warm. I agree- don’t stress over the weather or conditions. It’s not something you can control, and you’ve always lived there so you’ve been through it before and can deal. Good luck with the snow…

  4. I’m jealous of all your snow! No sign of anything here yet. 😦 Winter usually makes me cranky by the end, but I’m ready for it this year because it seems so delayed ha! The first picture you took is beautiful!

      1. It flurried yesterday for a good part of the day! I walked out of church and actually screamed hahaha! But nothing stuck 😦 I want to get better at taking pictures. Sometimes I don’t know if I need the right moment or if I personally need to be good at it…probably both!

  5. I totally agree that winter is what you make it. I know it gets cold so rather than trying to look cute, I look cuddly and I layer my clothing. I slipped on the ice, so I’m taking my running indoors until my knee is fully recovered. I used to just ignore winter, and that made it worse. I do try to appreciate the pretty parts, like warm drinks, cute boots, scarves and sweaters, candles, cozy blankets and an excuse to read a good book indoors. God created winter (just like He created snakes—ew) and so I will so my best to find something I like 🙂
    Beautiful picture Allie!

  6. “Something I’m learning is that we get to choose our attitude in life. We may not determine what happens to us, but we can decide how we react.”
    Yes,yes,yes! Couldn’t agree with that more. We choose our own joy. Beautiful post, friend!

  7. Winter has arrived here too! After a month of rain and very warm temperatures for the time of year, it snowed a little on Thursday and more is forecast for Monday. Bright, frosty mornings with blue sky are so pretty! 🙂

    I completely agree — learning how to respond to situations is a valuable lesson. I try to do that in everyday life, and to ‘find the good’ in things.

    1. I could not agree with you more on the combo of a clear blue sky on a frosty morning. It’s so crisp and vivid! Amen to finding the good in things (I almost typed “food” instead of “good” haha!). It’s not always easy, and sometimes I fail, but I’m always glad when I try and see the good in every situation!

  8. This is SO true! And this blog post proves that you’re wiser than many people who are twice your age. Attitude really is everything!
    Happiness depends on circumstances, but our joy can never be taken away. 🙂
    Life is precious, and it’s so important to make the most of every moment we’re given!

  9. Yes for sure! Every time I start feeling beat-down by the heat here I reach for my trusty volume of Albert Camus and re-read “Summer in Algiers”, and it reminds me how much I really love the sunlight and the warm air.

  10. I absolutely love this post Allie and can’t agree with you more. I went on a run yesterday morning after we got all of that snow and it was the best run I’ve had in a long time. It’s all about attitude and realizing that we cannot control everything around us, we can only control our response to it.

    I also wanted to recommend The Untethered Soul to you to read in the future. It’s a really amazing book and totally changed my perspective on life and thoughts. Stay warm! 🙂

    1. Yes, you’ve got it so right about us being able to control our attitude. And really, attitude is everything!

      I am going to add The Untethered Soul to my to-read list!! Thank you 🙂

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