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If you have stumbled upon this site either by accident or on purpose, I am here to tell you that I’m glad you stopped by! This blog is a glimpse into my life – sometimes more than a glimpse – but always my life. It is a huge and scary thing to share your thoughts with the internet but sometimes being uncomfortable is the only way for us to grow, so here I go. I am Brittney. I turned 26 this past year and the only thing that came along with it was the fact that I got kicked off my parent’s health insurance. What a time to be alive. On the other hand, I became a Dog Mom to the best pup ever – Lola, graduated from Grad School, officially purchased my first home in the stunning state of Colorado, and became an aunt to the most beautiful little girl in the entire world. Seriously. Just look at her. I almost can’t without crying.

The one time Lola decided to be camera shy…

I live with my boyfriend and last year we left our Christmas tree up until the end of June. (If I had it my way it would be up year round). We have completely different views on a lot of things – including what NFL teams we cheer for- but somehow we seem to balance each other out and we can always agree on one thing at the end of the day, and that’s that we love each other. I am a School Psychologist and I work at a middle school where I have laughed and cried – sometimes simultaneously – more than I ever thought possible. Life is really, really good.

I get to LIVE in this state. How cool is that?!

I have been wanting to start a blog for a while now but something always seemed to get in the way. Up to this point my life has been subjected to the ups and downs that accompany living in this age. I’ve been turned down for job positions that I was completely confident I would get and had to rearrange all the plans I had made. On the other hand, I have been chosen for positions that others were competing for and it made me appreciate those opportunities so much more than I would have. I have dropped my cellphone into the ocean but I’ve also been lucky enough to see the sun set over the Pacific. I’ve thought my world was going to fall apart when I moved across states, and then again when I moved across the country. But it didn’t, and from it all I met some of the most amazing individuals the world has to offer. I’ve had nights where I have poured my heart out and nights where I have been the shoulder for a friend to cry on. I’ve loved and lost and loved all over again. I’ve been lucky enough to go out of the country several times, though I don’t know I will ever satiate the travel bug that lives inside of me, and I’ve had days where I have done absolutely nothing at all. I’ve had thoughts in my own head that I don’t care to admit and I’ve dreamed of plans that I will do anything to make happen.  Through it all I have learned so many things and I know that I wouldn’t be who I am without the experiences that shaped me.

There is no better feeling than when your dog smiles at you. Look at that face!

Of all the things I have learned though, no-one has taught me happiness better than Lola, and it is really because of her presence that I finally decided to take the plunge and start this blog. Seriously though, have you ever noticed how happy dogs can be? I mean you don’t even really have to do anything, sometimes just walking into the room after you’ve been gone a few hours is enough to make them lose control of their bladder in their sheer excitement to see you. Let’s get real, have you ever been so happy to see someone you’ve peed? I know I haven’t but I sure wonder what it would be like to experience that kind of pure happiness. Just watching Lola’s little tailless tush swing back and forth when you ask her if she wants a treat, or seeing her open mouth, tongue rolling out to the side, cocked head waiting for you to throw a toy is enough to bring a smile to my face no matter how down I am.  So I took a page from her book and decided to start doing more things that make me tongue-hanging-out-of-my-mouth-pee-my-pants happy.

Life gets busy and I learned the hard way that putting things on the back burner is a sure way to set your whole damn world on fire. So here I am, with small, smoldering, still slightly smoking pieces of my life surrounding me, writing this blog… and I have never felt less stressed. See, that’s what happens when you do things that make you happy and stop putting so much effort into things that don’t deserve your time. For me, that means not saying ‘yes’ to every favor that every person asks of me; sometimes we need to remember our plates can only get so full before things start overflowing and making a huge mess.

But that’s life. It is messy and unorganized and beautiful and fun and sometimes really really hard. Its a system of slightly organized chaos that we each learn to navigate in our own way. So thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back soon – I’ll just be here, sharing my thoughts and unsolicited opinions one post at a time.