Must Love Dogs


One of my favorite jobs I have ever had is dog sitting. Within a year, I had about ten families that I dog sat for. I miss them a lot!

I am a dog person. I LOVE them.

My first dog, a black lab named Pepper, ran away when she was ten months old. After her tragically short life, we got a new black lab named Chopper (short for Chubby Hopper). Chopper was there through a lot of my family drama. She was a welcoming committee for every visitor to our home. She was a constant source of comfort for my dad after my parents’ divorce. She was the perfect model for my picture-taking adventures at home. Not to mention, she was adorable to the day she died.

Dogs love you no matter what. There’s something so beautiful in that simple fact. They are easily pleased and love food.

It reminds me of this movie:

I haven’t watched in a really long time, but it has two of my favorite actors in it: Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun) and John Cusack (Sixteen Candles, Anastasia, Say Anything + Serendipity).

Dogs just make the world a happier place.
One of my goals for my 30’s (I still have a little bit over six months until I turn 30…) is to own a dog. I CANNOT WAIT!
Thank God for dogs.

Introverts + Community


There has been a struggle in my life lately.

The strong desire to create community in a city I have lived in for six months.

On the other hand, I value my alone time because it renews me as an introvert.

I have the tendency to resort to books as a means of escape. Books are constant companions. Friends with great stories to dive into whenever I want.

Lately, I have been watching FRIENDS chronologically. After I graduated college a few years ago, I went on an unhealthy FRIENDS binge where I had little human interaction and preferred the TV show characters to people in my community. At the time I was living in a really small town — mainly farmland.

Now I live in a city, but I find myself equally drawn to the comfort of escaping into my own little world as a protection from being around so many people.

My question: how do introverts form community? For me it has been a struggle. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. Often times I try to partner up with an extrovert who understands what it truly means to be an introvert — and knowing it’s ok if I need some space.

I would love to hear from you if you have thoughts on this.