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Sitting on kitchen counter

Confessions + Focus

I have some fun confessions today. Some are totally random, some make life easier, and some are just… different. Let’s get started. Oh, and I so want to hear some of your confessions in the comments ­čśë

Confession #1 Our family doesn’t eat dinner at our table together.

Why? Because we don’t have enough chairs, lol. Our kitchen table seats two people, so Jimmy and I take turns sitting on top of the kitchen counter, while the other sits across from Sadie at the table.┬áSomeday we will get a bigger table!

Sitting on kitchen counter

Confession #2 Sometimes the only way I can get a bit of real estate work done while at home with Sadie and Niva is to take everyone outside and set up my laptop up somewhere out of reach from Sadie.

I can’t sit at the table because laptops = toddler magnet, lol.

Working outside with toddler

Confession #3 I like to drink hot water. 

My favorite way to drink water is to turn on the tap until the water coming out is steaming, then I fill up my water bottle and enjoy. Super Sparrow water bottles are amazing at keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Unlike other popular brands, they don’t cost an arm and a leg.┬á

Super Sparrow Water Bottles from Amazon

I’m strangely picky about water bottles and I’ve been so impressed with this brand. The fact that they have so many different types, sizes, and colors of bottles makes them even more amazing. There’s definitely one for everyone.

Confession #4┬áNiva doesn’t bark and we don’t mind.

Toddler and husky

Huskies just aren’t barkers. When the mailman drops off a package while Sadie is napping? No barking. It is glorious. Is she a good guard dog? Absolutely not, lol. I will note that huskies howl, but barking isn’t really their thing.

There are a million other reasons as to why we love our Niva girl (she’s sweet, incredible with Sadie, and just a happy-go-lucky pup), but the whole no barking thing is definitely a blessing.┬á

Those are my confessions. Onto the focus portion of this post. I was reading a great devotional in the Bible app and the words below really struck me.

Breaking bad habits

I had never thought about bad habits in that way, so I thought it was worth sharing! I’m continually trying to live a life that pleases God and instead of focusing on what I’m not doing well, I need to keep my focus on growing in my faith ­čÖé

Tell me your confessions!

 

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 ­čÖé

Husky and toddler laying on bed

I have shared about my faith┬áin 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!