About me

Hi, I’m Allie. It’s nice to meet you!

Family Christmas picture

I live in Pittsburgh with my cute husband, our daughter, son, handsome black cat, Malcolm, and escape artist Siberian Husky, Niva

Young girl sitting with black cat and Siberian husky

I’m a Christian, and I try my very best to keep God at the forefront of my life. My faith means everything to me.

I am also a Penn State grad, with a degree in journalism. Writing is one of my favorite creative outlets, along with scrapbooking and photography. 

My other passions include reading, sharing God’s love in any way possible, baking, all things animal-related, and archery.

Girl in white dress shooting recurve bow

I work as a marketer for a real estate brokerage, run an Etsy shop, and homeschool my daughter.

I created this blog in 2010, and have blogged through different life stages over the years including college, illness, marriage, internships, home buying, therapy dog training, pregnancy, and motherhood. The reason I blog is to connect with others and share what I’m passionate about.

My blog name came from one of my favorite scriptures.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

I was inspired to name my blog Living My Full Life because I want to do just that–live life to the full for Jesus. I want to do whatever God has for me to do, and live the live He has given me to the full. My blog should reflect and document that, as I hope it has since day one!

If you have any questions or just want to talk, please feel free to email me at alliezottola (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. thanks for your comment on my blog! You sound like a really fun person. Can’t wait to read more. 😀

  2. I’m a little freaked out. My real name is Alexandra. I’m from Pittsburgh. I’m not a diehard Steelers fan. And I go to Pitt for journalism. WEIRD!

  3. Hey there,

    Dont know how!! but i somehow stumbled across this blog of yours. Really nice pics and interesting articles. wishing you all the best. Am a problogger and if you need any help or advice please feel free to contact me..

    All the very best!! Keep smiling n Blogging

  4. Thanks for commenting on my blog! Can’t believe you’re from Pittsburg – we’re headed there today for the weekend to visit my husband’s family for Christmas. His whole family and friends are HUGE, DIE HARD, Steeler fans………..ugh…….. 🙂

  5. Hey Allie! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 Your baking looks delicious–what’s in the first picture above?

    I was on the swim team too when I was younger, oh man was it ever hard! I totally sympathize with you!

  6. Hey! I like the blog! I’ll definitely have to do some catching up on it. My little sister just got in to Penn State–how do you like it there?

  7. Love your blog! (and your name’s pretty cool too haha) The food you cook looks AH-mazing, always making me drool! Keep up the great work, can’t wait to read more! 🙂

  8. Yay another runner and swimmer! I really like your blog so far and def look forward to reading more!

  9. Your blog seems so positive, I can’t wait to read more 🙂
    I’m jealous that you live in Pittsburgh. My dad and I are hardcore steeler fans and It’s one of the top places I want to visit!

  10. Hi Allie,

    Just happened upon your site. Was curious for your take on the controversy at Penn State since you are a journalism major, and this is probably the biggest news story to ever hit State College.
    I’ve traveled to Penn State numerous times working on NASA projects and in the visits I learned first hand how much power and authority Joe Pa wields at PSU. Just curious as to the mood of the campus and students.


  11. Hey there! I wanted to say hi so if you saw a new person following your blog, you didn’t think I was some random creeper. I found you off someone else’s blog and thought you seem really smart and interesting. I’m a long-distance runner and friend-of-the-gym as well. I don’t really use my blog on here much, since it was ruined by having to keep a blog for a class, but I love following people and maybe someday I’ll start writing again. Cheers!

  12. Heya! It’s great to see a fellow Christian blogging here. Nice to meet you, hope to hear more from you soon! (:

  13. Hi. I’m so delghted I found your blog. I first read about purity rings since I want to get one. I just became a teenager not too long ago. It strengthened my faith and my belief that I have to wait till marriage. I do hope that I’ll be able to wait. Keep up the good work. I’m glad you ended up with Jim. You guys look cute. P.S.. when did he propose if you don’t mind me asking?

  14. I just ran across your blog when searching for “steelers swim cap” for my son. Could you send me a link where I can order a few (dozen :-)?
    Thank you!

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