An Intentional Life

Oct 24, 2016
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"I don't totally know where I'm going, but that's never stopped me before."

The realities of life with dogs

Oct 17, 2016
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This past week was a bit chaotic with the two critters in my life. There's never a dull moment but this week, particularly, was just a bit more than exhausting.

Lulu went in to have a dental cleaning and ended up having to have 10 teeth pulled. It made me sad to think that her dental care had been neglected for so long and that now she has to live with the consequences. I knew when I adopted her, she had dental issues but I didn't realize the extent of it til now. I'm just glad I was able to step in and help give her the attention she needed- she is such a beautiful loving little creature, I don't know everything she's been through in her life but I want to make sure she never suffers again. She is now fully recovering and the worst part of this whole experience has been trying to give her her pain medication. She turns it into such a difficult task but that's a Chihuahua for you, I suppose!

Aside from that, this past week, Djinn Djinn was also showcasing some questioning behavior in the form of scooting and biting, ahem, his little behind area. If you've never owned a dog before, you probably have never heard of anal glands (I sure didn't!) and it's definitely even more weird than it sounds. A few years ago Djinn Djinn actually had to have surgery related to this issue so the minute I saw him scooting last week, I took him to the Vet to have him checked even though I know he hates it more than anything. It is such a stressful experience for both of us even though the Vet staff are always so kind. But, because of Djinn Djinn's history of going to the Vet (2 major surgeries and a sprained leg), he has developed a huge dislike for the place and now he turns into a vicious little monster EVERY TIME. It is a nightmare so I only take him unless absolutely necessary (or you know, every time he needs a shot). He hates me, I'm sure of it. But then I bring him home and give him chicken and he forgets about every "traumatic" experience he's ever endured.

They both have such a RUFF life, I tell ya! 

So. As you can see. The past week was tough. Mentally and ahem, financially. But what is life without pets? We need them even more than they need us. 

Breaking all the rules

Oct 13, 2016
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Lately, I've felt as if blogging is no longer a huge source of relaxing entertainment for a lot of people unless a blogger can provide magazine-worthy articles on the daily. I get it. People like to feed their brains with thoughtful words of advice or beautiful Vogue-worthy photos. Still, I don't know about you but I get the most satisfaction from reading a blog that is a good mix of words and photos written by an authentic human being who doesn't just write "how to be a better blogger" posts simply because those get the most views. No disrespect to those types of posts, of course (I read them myself more often than not) but sometimes I just love when a blog is just that- a blog. A good old-fashioned blog with no specific aim to be anything but a good, leisurely read. 

I've been contemplating a lot about where I fit into all this. I've always loved writing and many of my posts usually contain several paragraphs of words but then again, even more so, I really love taking pictures and my goal is to learn as much as I can about photography. I also originally started this blog with the intention of sharing my personal style regardless of the fact that I am a pretty casual dresser and outfit repeater. Still, I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I could never change who I am just to fit into the crowd. Not gonna lie, I often feel like I'm not "cool" enough to be considered a "real" blogger because I honestly can't see myself going with an all "white & dreamy" aesthetic on instagram nor can I give you my top 5 tips on shopping in Paris. All of this is, of course, a classic case of comparing myself to others. But when it comes down to it, I really love me, my blog, and the visual aspects that I am trying to convey. Some days, I might have several honest thoughts to share with you but mostly, I intend to tell my story and share my adventures through photos. I'm a very visual person who loves vivid colors. But at the same time, I like to experiment creatively as much as I can, just for fun.

I'm currently in a process of evolving, in all aspects of my life (cue the song "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman"). I've yet to reach a place where I am completely ok (to be honest, I think I was more secure in myself as a teenager than I am now especially style-wise) and I want this to show through on here. From this moment, I'm not going to intentionally follow any blogging trends or "rules", I'm just going to improvise and hope for the best. After all, life is all about improvising, amirite?

Walking with two little critters

Oct 7, 2016
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Photo Oct 06, 6 12 54 PM It was the first time I got photos of myself walking with Djinn Djinn and Lulu. They've been on many walks together already but I haven't been able to capture it on photo until now. Do you know how challenging it is to take pictures while walking with a critter on each arm? Each dog has a mind of their own and one likes to sniff everything in sight (ahem, Lulu) while the other wants to run fast (ahem, Djinn Djinn)! I won't point any fingers but DJINN DJINN is sometimes so stubborn and instead of walking, he just wants to stop and sit on any bench he can find. I'm not sure who's walking who!

A-Z Facts About Me (part II)

Oct 1, 2016
Photo Sep 29, 6 15 19 PM I shared A-Z facts about me a few months ago but only did letters A-F and then forgot to continue with the rest of the letters- silly me, right? Here's the rest of the alphabet, finally.