Life lately

Hi there! Time for another life lately post. I love writing these and looking back on what I was doing at different times in my life. Here’s what’s going on in my life lately.


I’ve been pet sitting, as per usual! I spent some time with one of my favorite clients this week and it left me feeling so happy. I truly enjoy how every animal I take care of has a completely different personality.


I’ve been diligently working on the devotional I’m giving at my church this month. It’s on the lessons we can learn from the book of Esther. I have always loved the story of Esther, and working on this project has led me to a deeper understanding of the culture during that time period. It’s one thing to read the Bible, but studying it takes everything to a whole new level. Loving it!

PicMonkey Collage

I just recently started listening to podcasts again, and I’m totally obsessed. My top two favorites are The Birth Hour, which is a podcast where women share their birth stories, and Daily Hope With Rick Warren. Daily Hope is a Christian devotional podcast full of encouragement and hope.

Edited to add I don’t fully agree with Rick Warren’s view on salvation because he doesn’t seem to believe baptism is necessary for salvation. I also don’t believe a preacher should be called a pastor. If you want to read about my faith and how it lines up with the Bible, please visit this page!


I’m still chugging along with my book! Jimmy took this picture of me writing on the couch one night with Lola snuggled up beside me.


The windowsill herb garden is growing with gusto! So far I’ve only used the cilantro (it’s in the container on the right) and it was absolutely delicious.


Last but not least, I had to share this sweet picture! My mom just sent it to me as I was typing up this post and I was like “I need to add this to my blog post!” haha. My parents’ dogs are just too cute.

What has been going on in your life lately?


  1. The author at work! I love that picture! 🙂

    And look at all the sweet puppies in this blog post. I just love that!

    I look forward to hearing how your Esther devotional goes! I love that you are putting so much research into it. Ever the writer. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Rach! I was laughing at Jimmy taking pictures of me while writing, but now that I think about it, I’m glad he captured me at work. I think it will be a fun memory to look back on!

      Yay for puppies! They make my heart so incredibly happy!

      Ahh, thank you for the encouragement on my Esther devotional! I am so excited and just love doing this type of research!

  2. Lately in my life I’ve been doing Spring inventory at the running store, getting ready for the busy season at CTB and socially running with friends whenever I can. That’s keeping me busy and satisfied 🙂 You’re right, that picture of your dogs is too adorable not to put on the blog!

  3. I love the picture of your parents’ dogs! Cocker Spaniels are just so cute. Looking at those photos makes me want a dog, haha!

    I’ve been thinking about getting one, but the only thing that deters me is my cat. I don’t think she’d be very happy if I introduced a puppy or a dog into the home. Maybe she would adapt over time, but I wouldn’t want her to be stressed out… Have you ever had experience of helping cats and dogs get to know each other?

    Glad to hear your book is still going well. 🙂

    In my life lately, I’ve been focusing on getting active. I recently found out about weekly Pilates classes that I can attend in my lunch break, and my first class is on Wednesday. I’m excited! I’m also doing physical therapy exercises to correct a painful knee problem. Hopefully, the exercises will work!

    1. Thank you! Cocker Spaniels truly are adorable! I want one so badly!

      My parents have had three cats over the past 20 years and six dogs (all at different times; for example, right now they have two cats and two dogs). The cats (males and females) have all adapted very well over time to the introduction of puppies and adult dogs! My parents even catch the dogs and cats snuggling every day!! You could always contact an animal shelter and foster a dog. If all goes well with your cat, you could adopt the dog! If it doesn’t go well, then you could return the dog to the shelter with no strings attached since you were only fostering. Just an idea 🙂

      How was your Pilates class?! That sounds like so much fun! I have been doing yoga at home and walking my dog to stay active. I can’t wait for warmer weather! I’m sorry about the knee problem. I hope the PT exercises help, too!

      1. It’s encouraging to hear that your parents’ cats have adjusted well. Fostering a dog is a good idea, but I think I’d probably get too attached to the dog and want to keep it anyway. 😀 As you know, returning animals is so hard. I sometimes regret taking the puppy that I got back to the breeder, but it just wasn’t the right time — with my mum’s illness and my college schedule. Thankfully, my mum and I are in a much better situation now.

        Pilates was a great workout. I’d definitely recommend it! I signed up to a block of six sessions, so I’m going to the class every week now. Thank you — the PT exercises do seem to be helping. 🙂 I enjoy yoga too — a blogger that I follow recently shared a link to a YouTube series called Yoga with Adriene. It looks really good.

  4. Spotted: author at work! Do not disturb! I love the curly hair on your parents’ dog’s ears! And I feel like cilantro is either a “love it” or “hate it” type deal…I’m on the opposing team unfortunately 😉

    1. Haha yes, author at work! I like the sound of that 🙂

      Aren’t the curly-haired ears just too cute?! I can’t get enough of dogs!

      Sorry about the cilantro hate!!

  5. I absolutely love cilantro! I better get a jump on planting some seeds! We’re planning on making some raised garden beds this year and need to build them next weekend…I’ve gotta get some plants ready to go in there, hahah!

    1. Isn’t cilantro just awesome?! So flavorful and delicious!

      I hope you got a chance to plant some seeds and make your garden beds. That sounds like a fun project!

  6. LOVE the picture of you writing!!
    And your devotional sounds like it’s going to be really encouraging and challenging. I love the book of Esther and remembering that we’re all here for “just a time as this”. God had a plan for her life, even before she knew it. And knowing that He has a plan for my life as well has always given me a renewed sense of purpose, motivation, and even strength. 🙂 I can’t wait to hear how it goes! You are going to do SO well!!

    1. Thank you, Nicole!! I can’t wait for the devotional, either! In a nervous/excited sort of way, haha. Esther is just such a beautiful book that shows just how faithful God is, even in the craziest of circumstances!

      1. I like food and running podcasts! I need to explore others. I’ve always loved NPR shows like radiolab, but never thought to try podcasts!

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