Ten Years of Blogging

On October 12th, 2010 I started this blog. My first post was a recap of my weekend and also embarrassing, haha. I was 18-years-old and just having fun sharing my days as a freshman in college, what I ate, what Jimmy and I did, and things that were on my mind. 

I was swimming competitively, working at Penn State’s athletic center, Jimmy was my boyfriend, and Lola was a young dog.

While in college, I got into running and did everything from 5ks to marathon training, struggled with an h.pylori infection, and Jimmy and I were engaged. I graduated from Penn State in 2014 with a degree in journalism. 

Jimmy and I got married, bought a house, I worked as a household manager and pet sat, began working for my family’s real estate brokerage, and were blessed with our daughter, Sadie!

We’ve gardened our little hearts out and served alongside our church family.

Throughout the years we’ve had quite a few pets: Lola, Ford and Scout, Malcolm, Mavis, and Niva. We did a lot of therapy dog training with Mavis, which was an experience I really enjoyed.

Animals have been such a huge part of my life and blog and I’m continually trying to convince Jimmy to allow me to have a bunch more cats and dogs 🙂

Husky and toddler laying on bed

I have shared about my faith in God, my favorite recipes, books I’ve read, my journey as a new mom, and my everyday life here in Pittsburgh.

The landscape of blogging has changed so much over the past ten years. A lot of people may say blogging is old-school and defunct in the age of Instagram and Facebook, but I don’t care. I love this space.

I have made some incredible friends from around the world over the past ten years and I owe that to this little corner of the internet. The little blogging community here is so special to me. There have been fun posts, happy posts, hard posts, and everything in-between.

Family picture of mom and dad and toddler taking a selfie

Whether you’ve been connecting with me for the past ten years or this is your first time visiting my blog, thank you for reading! I’m looking forward to the future here at Living My Full Life!



  1. Wow 10 years hard to believe!
    It’s nice to be able to look back and review how God has blessed you and led your life!

    Love 💕 you!

  2. 10 amazing years that’s for sure! I LOVE reading every single post. You’re an amazing journalist, and i am so proud of all of your accomplishments.

    I love you with all my heart ❤️

  3. Congrats on 10 years! I have to say o think I’ve been reading your blog pretty much from the beginning. My blog has been around just the same, but I haven’t been as consistent as you! Something I struggle with! Though I agree, blogging is such a fun escape and great way to connect.

    1. Thank you, Rachel! I am amazed that you’ve read my blog for so long!! Thank you for following along on the journey with me 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed your posts! It’s hard to find people who have been blogging this long, too!

      1. Absolutely! It’s funny because I don’t always comment, but I’ve truly enjoyed your posts for many years! It’s amazing how much life has blossomed! My blog has always been focused on recipes and less personal than yours. I find that is why I always enjoyed checking your blog out because you always include the readers in your adventures! I might have to take a page from your book! Thanks for always checking out mine too. 🙂

  4. Allie,
    This is my first time commenting, but I started reading your blog sometime in late 2013 (virtually stumbled upon by chance); lost track sometime shortly around the time you brought Mavis home… and just re-found your blog maybe 2 weeks ago? You’re an excellent writer & documenter and your little family is just so sweet. Thank you for being, and for sharing your amazing self. Mazel Tov to 10 years of blogging, and cheers to more ❤

    1. Monique,
      Thank you for commenting and for reading! I so appreciate that. I’m sure you’re like whoa, a lot has changed from 2013 to when we got Mavis to now, haha!! Thank you for the compliments on my writing and documenting and family. That means the world to me! ❤

  5. Love your blog and I am pretty sure I have been reading for the past 10 years. The blog world has changed so much in that time but I love that you have remained TRUE to you and have continued to consistently blog! I can’t wait to watch as your family continue to grow and you bring more adorable kiddos into this world! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Lindsay! It means so much to me and my family!! My biggest hope is that I have been true to myself here on this blog and to just have fun with it, so your sweet words have me smiling 🙂

      I definitely hope to keep up the consistency here and to grow my family, Lord willing!!

  6. Where has the time gone!? What an awesome 10 years we have had together! So many life changes that I can’t imagine experience with anyone else! I love you!

  7. I’ve been reading almost since the very beginning! I have a note written down from when we found each other’s blogs back in March of 2011! So soon we’ll be celebrating a decade of friendship! 🙂 So many amazing changes in your life over this past decade! And so amazing that you get to look back at this blog to remember them. I’m with you on loving blogging! ❤ Happy 10 years, friend!

  8. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging! I remember when I first started reading your blog, 8 years ago when I was a college student. It has been lovely to follow your journey through so many life changes since then. Here’s to the next 10 years! 🙂

  9. I can’t even remember how I stumbled on your blog but I’ve been enjoying it a good long while now. Always enjoy your posts even if I don’t always comment. I hope it’s going for another ten years!

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