Hey friends! What’s new?
It’s been so long since I’ve given you an update on real life over here… But the longer I wait, the harder it gets to pick up my routine again, so here’s everything that’s been going on in the last month or so.
For starters, about one month ago I started a brand new full-time job with AdThrive, an ad optimization and management company for bloggers! I’m part of their communications team and I am loving every second of it so far! I get to work from home and spend time helping bloggers make as much money as possible from their sites – it’s my dream job in every sense of the phrase!
I even posed for a new headshot for the occasion:
Needless to say, learning how to re-shape my life around a full-time job has been (to quote The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song) a fascinating transition. I tend to throw myself into each new project 110%, so I’m learning to give myself time to find a new normal.
So far, that’s translated to fewer blog and social media posts as I work out what balance looks like, as a not-very-balanced individual 😉
Farewell to Abby
Oh you guys. How to even transition to this one?
This past weekend, I had to say goodbye to Abby, my sweet black Halloween kitty that I’ve had for the past seventeen years… since I was eleven years old.
It’s so strange to look up and see her chair empty.
It was a heart-wrenching decision, but I know it was time for her to finally be free. Over the last several years, she deteriorated quickly, but I had such a hard time accepting what was actually happening to her until this year brought some heart-breaking realizations about her quality of life and what she was going through. I have peace about the fact that she’s no longer in any more pain or confusion or suffering, but I’m sure you can understand how rough it was to come to that place.
Growing up, I always referred to her as my closest friend, because she walked with me through all the dramatic emotions of my teenage years and was always there with soothing snuggles. She instantly appeared at the sound of sniffles, just in case I needed comforting! (Even when it just turned out to be allergies, she would run in the room with a concerned look on expressive face.)
She was so fond of “holding hands” – and would slip a paw or two under my hands when she napped to keep them warm.
She will always hold an irreplaceable part in my heart… Truthfully, I haven’t even begun to come to terms with this loss yet, and I know it will continue to be a slow process and hole in my heart for some time to come. I can’t imagine a better friend or companion than this gentle girl. Abby Chrysanthemum, I will love you always!
A New Addition
I know it’s absolutely nuts, but this past weekend we also opened our hearts and homes to another adopted kitty. After knowing for so long that Abby’s days were drawing to an end and finally making that painful call, all I wanted to do was throw myself into giving a good home to another rescue.
I honestly went to the animal shelter hoping to meet another Abby soul-sister (or brother). There was a huge, chubby black cat that wouldn’t stop engaging with me through the glass and I was totally sold by his sweet face, but we learned that he had come back to the shelter from a foster home with a second cat because he absolutely freaked out around other animals, so sadly I couldn’t bring him home!
I knew that I definitely didn’t want a kitten – so much energy! So demanding!
And yet, that’s exactly who we ended up bringing home because this little guy stole our hearts with his attention-seeking antics and outrageously loud purring.
We haven’t quite settled on the perfect name yet, but he doesn’t seem to mind! He’s happy as long as he can have plenty of face time 🙂
Abby would absolutely despise his rambunctious energy and that makes me smile.
Because of course, she could never EVER be replaced, and I couldn’t even try. But a little guy full of energy is a wonderful way to distract my heart while it slowly heals!
In other news, the bedroom is finally finished!
I photographed it over a week ago and I’ll be sharing it with you as soon as I find time to pull the post together!
Thank you for following along on this journey with me, friends!