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If anything has changed since I got a puppy, it would be that my life is more balanced, there is consistency and more importantly I have a huge responsibility. I hesitated on the idea of getting a puppy for nine months, no joke, I researched, I went back and forth and I really asked myself if this was what I wanted. Growing up, I never had a dog. We grew up with cats and as you know cats are low maintenance and they don’t need nearly quite as much attention as a dog, especially a puppy. When I call my mom (often) and tell her about incidents I have with Mia, she chuckles and always tells me how it vaguely reminds her of an experience she had with either me or my brother (of course, in relevance). All that to say, a puppy can nearly be as much as a handful as a small child.

I was at a point in my life where I had lost the one person that meant everything to me. Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you, and this was just one of them. I found myself sad, the saddest I had been in a very long time. I had little to no motivation and I avoided talks with my family because I knew it would make me more sad. Instead, I started to go out with my friends frequently. I found that I was going out Friday night, Saturday day and into the evening and then Sunday was left to recuperating. I needed a change, I needed balance in my life and that’s when I revisited the idea of a puppy.

Life with Mia has been incredible. I definitely couldn’t imagine that I could love a puppy quite as much as I do, which makes me think about how much I will be able to love my child (one day). I can’t say that she fills that void in my heart, but I’ve found happiness with her, I’ve gained stability and she offers a balance of being a responsible parent and being the free spirited soul of someone in their mid-20s. With her, I balance happiness in things that I love: working, blogging, health and fitness and spending time with my family and friends.

Mia will be four months tomorrow! I can’t quite believe that I’ve had her for just about 2 months now. The poor girl is teething quite badly, she lost her front four teeth just a couple days ago. She adores small children, which is so cool (I think). She tends to get really excited when she visits my parents, and tends to pee herself. I’m not sure if that’s normal or not?! We start puppy classes on Sunday and I can’t quite be more excited for her to start socializing with other dogs (and being better trained)!

P.S. If there is one candle you need this fall/winter, it’s this one here. It brings that winter lodge feel right to your home. I’m obsessed!

If you have any advice regarding Mia, would love to hear them!


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Photography: Christy Kendall Photography