Where the Heck I've Been...

Happy AUGUST 29th, my friends!

Can someone please explain to me where August went? I can't quite believe that September is just a mere 3 days away...and that my last post was exactly one month ago on July 29th.

My blogging always tends to slow down in the summertime, but I hadn't intended to take a month long hiatus.

What's been keeping me from this space, you  might ask?

Well I do have 3 pretty good excuses: I'll share a little bit of what I've been up to...


Those of you that follow along on Instagram, know that we got this little black beauty in mid-July and she has completely captured our hearts! Yes, I have become that crazy puppy mom, and I wouldn't have it any other way. She is spunky, smart, and a huge snuggle bunny! That being said, her presence also resulted in a month long running hiatus. I mean, how could you possibly expect me to run, when that time could be spent with this sweet thing? I did get back on track with my running last week. Now to get back on the barre and blogging wagon! Be on the look-out for a big Millie post coming soon....I've got a lot of photos to dump, y'all!


In addition to a long weekend in Charleston for a bachelorette party, we also spent a week in Orlando with my family. Throw in some weekend trips, and we've been on the go non-stop! Can't wait to share our Florida adventures with you! Maybe I'll make a goal to have them posted by the end of September!? 

A NEW JOB...again!

As if getting a new puppy wasn't enough excitement for one summer, I also decided to get a new job! I start today! Before jumping into talking about my new role, I must acknowledge that this move is bittersweet, as I am leaving behind an important mission, and some pretty amazing people! I was overwhelmed last week, when my coworkers presented me with the incredibly thoughtful gift pictured above. A 1940s Austrian oyster plate to add to our collection (signed on the back by all my coworkers). To top it off, I received four vintage-Richmond cards full of well-wishes, with a special board that I can use to display them as art, as well. The gift brought tears to my eyes and I will treasure it always. It's amazing the mark people can make on you in just one year! 

Now onto the new adventure: As y'all know from a slew of posts last summer, I left my teaching career about a year ago and joined the non-profit development (aka FUNdraising) space. Though I do miss working with kiddies every day, the decision to leave teaching was one of the best of my life. I have been so much happier this last year, and love that I'm still in a career where I truly know I am making a difference. At the very beginning of the summer, a friend reached out sharing a job description with a message saying "I know you aren't looking, but this position sounds perfect for you!" I hemmed and hawwed for about a week before deciding to apply. Though happy in my last position, I always knew that I would need a broader position next to make my experience more well-rounded. I hadn't intended to seek that new position quite so soon, but decided that I had nothing to lose by trying. I am excited to be starting this new adventure, working for an organization that directly serves kids. It's also the next best step in terms of experience. Whereas in my former position, I was working with mostly a portfolio of corporate partners, I will now work with a portfolio of individual donors, gain event experience, create a junior board, and more. It is the perfect next step towards achieving my ultimate career goals! Wish me luck!

Do these excuses make up for the serious lack of blogging?

I am certainly hoping that my next post won't be on September 29th! I'll aim for at least one post next week!

What have y'all been up to?

Good summer?

Have a great day!


  1. So happy for you! It sounds like the perfect job and right up your alley!

  2. So excited for this next step for you! And Millie is just precious! Being a puppy mom is so fun!

    I've been on a blogging hiatus as well and enjoying the summer with Madeline. Good luck on your first day today!

  3. Congrats on your new position and welcome back! Sometimes a break is just what you need :) ~Hannah (www.HannahAtHomeBlog.com)

  4. Yay, happy to see you back on the blog but so glad you just took some time to enjoy August! It sounds like the best month ever!!!

    Erin, Attention to Darling

  5. So exciting! Your dog is adorable. Congrats on your new position. I would love to hear more about your Disney trip. My parents are taking all the kids and grandkids for Christmas this year.

  6. Congratulations on your new position - good luck!! Your trips this summer and all the exciting new things are definitely good excuses not to blog (it should never feel like a chore!), but I am happy to see you back.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  7. Congrats! That's awesome! Can't wait to hear more about the new job. And Millie is just adorable. When it cools off she will make a great running partner!

  8. So exciting, congrats! Looking forward to a Millie post, she's so cute! It sounds like she and my Lucy would be great pals if we lived closer! :) Have a great week and look forward to hopefully seeing more posts soon!

  9. I've missed your cute posts Ali! But I'm so glad to see that so many new & exciting things are happening in your life! Milly is such a cutie-pie and congrats on the new job!!!

  10. Good luck and congrats on your first day!!

  11. Congrats on the new job! It sounds like such a great fit!

  12. Congratulations on your new job. Good luck on your first day!!

  13. Congrats on your new job! It sounds perfect! Also, Millie is adorable and I can't wait for more photos!

  14. aw sounds fun! your dog is so cute!

  15. Happy for your friend! I've enjoyed keeping up with you on IG this summer. You're right. "The Husband's Secret" is a page turner! xoxo

  16. Wow lady!!! What a lot going on!! Congrats on the new job! It's been fun seeing your professional career evolve. Love sweet Millie - she seems like such a treasure.

  17. These totally make up for your lack of blogging! Congrats on the new job, the travel, & that precious Millie! xx, I'm Fixin' To

  18. Okay, so...I know about deviled egg plates, but not about oyster plates! I need to add those to my collection, too...yours is beautiful. Best of luck on your new endeavors!
    Piper Ellice @ piperellice.com
    Starting Out Southern Blog


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