Learning from the Dogs

First of all, happy birthday to my amazing husband, who is turning 32 today! Happy birthday, L! 🙂 XOXO — may 32 be your best year yet!

So this weekend we had his birthday/citizenship party, which was a blast.

Sure, party-prepping and hostessing are exhausting, but I love to do it and it just makes us so happy to have our friends over — especially since neither of us have family less than a plane ride away.

Truly, our friends here in Michigan have become our family … and we are very blessed.

Then yesterday we went to brunch with friends and took our dogs to the new dog park that recently opened. It never ceases to amaze me what you can learn in the most unexpected of places.

Dogs are like humans in so many ways. Dogs are so easily satisfied with the simple things in life: sun, shade, water, food, treats, and above all … attention/affection. Like us, they ultimately just want to be loved. Continue reading “Learning from the Dogs”

Summer Socialization

Summer is almost here and that means parties, gatherings, get-togethers galore. It means festivals, fairs, vacations, and road-trips.

And one thing all of these fun activities have in common is the omnipresence of FOOD.

While this notion doesn’t phase most people and, in fact, often excites people …  for someone with food issues, social events can cause a lot of anxiety.

Though I realize food issues are often masking something much bigger (anxiety, control issues, etc.), it can still make socializing during summer a challenge. Continue reading “Summer Socialization”