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7 Lessons I Learned From My Childhood Pets

I felt her wet nose against mine as I blinked open my brownish-green eyes. I was staring into the face of an 8-week-old, precious baby girl with a red bow around her neck. She was the best Christmas present I had ever received in my seven years on this big planet. For the next 16 years, I had so many beautiful memories shared with Coco May. She was the most stubborn dog I have ever known, but she was my little girl. We celebrated her birthday every year, she got Christmas treats, and she was our “Cokie Girl.” She became part of our family. A few years after getting Coco, my family got me a two-year-old cat named Jen, and she fit right in with Coco, and us. Growing up with these two well into my 20s was a gift I never knew was possible to receive. For anyone who has ever loved and formed a bond with a pet, you understand the way they can make your heart swell with joy, or the comfort they give by sitting in your lap and letting you know they are your number one fan. Although they are no longer a part of my life, I have learned many things from two of my childhood pets. 1. They will always, always, always be there for you – even when the rest of the world forgets you. In seventh grade when I tried out for […]

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All About The Incline

The last month has been a whirlwind of my favorite thing: change. (Insert sarcastic emoji here.) Between parting ways with my former job of nearly four years, taking a spur of the moment road trip to Colorado, and beginning a new career, it’s safe to say that the change has been a little overwhelming. I have lately found myself realizing how much of an extremist I truly am. I like being in control, but change doesn’t really allow it. And when change won’t allow it, I discover how much of […]

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Calmness In The Chaos

I was sitting in bed during a power outage recently, amazed at how still, how quiet, how dark it can all be. There isn’t a moment when I’m not moving, whether it’s physically or mentally. I’m a busy person, an extremist, a “go-getter”. A mentor of mine thinks I occupy my time and energy so I can run, run, run from my feelings, but the truth is that I feel them all too deep to actually escape them. You might not see it from looking at me, but the thoughts, the […]

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Life Lessons From A Playground

As I was driving away from a friend’s house recently, I saw in the distance a familiar looking playground and the school at which I attended Kindergarten through third grade. Something in me told me to stop and take a look around. The nostalgia filled me the instant I pulled into the parking lot. All at once, I was nine again and could see the boys running in the field playing tag and football. I saw the little table topped with orange slices that we would have during field day. […]

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Please Excuse The Mess

I’ve come to the realization lately that I’m not heading in the direction that I would like in many areas. When I started this blog earlier this year, my intention was to connect to the vegan community. I was in awe of the social media appearance of that world- the beautifully colored pictures on some of the popular accounts on Instagram and the blogs that went along with them. I wanted to be a part of that, so I created Blissful Veggie. Flash forward to this past February when that all changed. I had realized that, although my heart was in my veganism for the purpose of compassion for living creatures, my mind had taken on the disordered thinking that surrounds food and restriction. I was fearful that my eating disorder was creeping back in, and my body was telling me it was needing more than what I was giving it. I had also realized that I began compensating for the restriction in other areas of my life that didn’t seem to be very healthy, and it was time for me to make a change. It was really hard, and it still is a struggle, but I’m working towards a balanced, peaceful, label-free life. I changed my blog to Blissfully Erin, but I just haven’t had the time to devote to it as I wanted. It’s also going in a direction different than I had envisioned. Sometimes, that is a […]

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