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Snowy Dog Park

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today was John's Birthday! Both of us had to work, but thankfully we had a couple of hours in the middle of the day where we were both free. We decided to grab the dogs, and visit the dog park. When the weather is warmer we try and make it out to the park at least once a week. However, thanks to the recent cold weather, (other than for potty walks) the poor pups haven't been able to get out of the house for a couple of weeks! They have definitely been going stir crazy, which in turn drives us when we saw that the temperature was up to 34 today we were like, "We'll take it, let's go!" 

It snowed this morning so everything was lightly dusted with a fresh layer of snow. I am originally a Florida girl, so I still get a little too giddy when it snows. (As long as I'm not driving in it..) I was struck with inspiration, and decided to take my camera along so that I could get some practice. It was a lot of fun playing with the settings, and in the end I was quite pleased with some of the shots. 

This snow queen is Gator. She is an eleven year old Springer/Chow Mix. 

This handsome boy is Charlie. He is a three year old Beagle/Pom Mix. 

As you can tell most of my pictures were of Gator. Charlie was too busy playing in the snow and chasing other dogs to be bothered with posing for mom. I tried to get some good action shots of him, but failed. I will have to work on my crazy action shot skills next time.  ;) 

Overall, operation "Get Dogs Out Of House" was a success. They actually love the snow, so they had a blast. 

Why Blog?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ok here is my official "Why I started this blog post". 

Here are my top five reasons:  *Drum Roll Please........*

1. Creative Outlet
2. A New Social Medium 
3. Improve My Writing
4. Photography
5. A New Hobby

Creative Outlet
I love being creative. Since I was little I have always taken art, music, and dance classes. I also got a BFA in Musical Theatre...which basically means I am a legit Theatre Geek with a piece of paper to prove it. While in school all of these opportunities were always at my fingertips and I never realized how easy it was to find that creative outlet. Since graduating college, I have had a really rough transition into "the real world", but not in the ways that I had expected. When it came to the practical stuff like living on my own and paying bills, I was set. I have worked since I was 16 and I have paid my own bills since I was 18 *brushes of shoulder". It was the social and creative outlets that I missed. It is easy to meet people and make friends while in school. It is also easy to take an art class or join a club where 2-3 times a week you have that creative and educational outlet without even thinking about it. You think, "I want to learn photography." So you sign up for a photography class or club and within a semester you know the basics and have met a new group of people who share your photography interests. It's not like that in the real world, or at least it hasn't been for me. Now it's like, "I want to learn photography." So, you do research to try to find a photography class in your area, you hope that the teacher is legit, because the class is double what you would have paid in school. Then after all of that you give up and try to find some sort of tutorial online which helps, but can be frustrating... not that I know this from experience or anything... Basically I have learned that I need to make my own outlets and opportunities, which brings me to my new little blog.  #newyearnewme 

A New Social Medium
Has anyone else gotten really annoyed with Facebook and Twitter? It used to be this exciting thing where you could really connect with people all over the world. I mean even as far back as  the good old MySpace days, where you could modify your little profile to fit your personality. Now it's like look how awesome I am or how much my life sucks, look at this completely shocking and not accurate piece of news,  oh and which Disney Princess are you? Now I don't want to be completely cynical, because I am just as guilty as anyone else. I love seeing the latest funny Youtube video on my feed and you know I need to make sure that I am totally a Cinderella. However, sometimes it's too much. It's all just too busy, and honestly sometimes it gives me a little anxiety. That's why I love the world of blogs. You are not forced to read a blog on your feed. You pick and choose what to read. Blog posts are like little pieces or yourself that you put out there for the world to see and only the people who want to reach out to you will. Its cool to see these creative spaces and to be able to connect with people who have the same interests as you. 

Improve My Writing
I am a terrible writer. Seriously, I mean in that embarrassing how were you able to earn a degree way. I'm sure you will see plenty of grammatical mistakes, and most of the time I will ramble on about things. Weird tangents are my specialty. Writing has always been a huge insecurity of mine, mostly because I don't want to sound unintelligent.  But alas! Practice makes perfect, or hopefully some sort of improvement. ;) This is a nice way to hold myself accountable for my writing and to force myself to get better. 

Photography is something that I have always wanted to learn. It is a beautiful art form. For Christmas I was given a Cannon Camera and I fully intend on learning as much as I can about how to use it so that I can put *fingers crossed* my stunning pictures on my wonderful new blog.  :)

A New Hobby
To sum everything up, I need a new hobby and this is what I have chosen. I am coming out of an extreme quarter life crisis and I need something new to keep myself positive and moving forward. When I was in my deepest "what is my life?" moments I would read blogs to make myself feel better. I love reading blogs, so it only made sense to start my own and to hopefully reach out to a fellow quarter life crisis victim so that I can attempt to improv their day a little. 

So here I go! Let the blogging adventure begin!

About Me

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My name is Caroline. I am 25 years old and I currently live in Cleveland, OH with my boyfriend and our two dogs. Our dogs, Charlie and Gator, are pretty much like our children and I can't even begin to express how much our little family means to me.   

Things I Love
All Things Beauty
The Beach

Hint hint...these are the things that I will most likely be writing about! ;)