$35,000 Donated to Charity & Other Things I’ve Been Up To

October 3, 2016

So, it’s been awhile since I posted anything personal in a longer format than Instagram, but with the changing of the seasons, I have been getting an itch to reconnect.

2015 has been a LOT of change for me-  moved from Chicago to San Antonio, switched jobs twice, launched Virtual Charity Runs, recently hit the $35,000 donated to charity marker (yay!) and I’ve started saving for a house.

2015 was crazy! I moved, switched jobs, saved for a house, and launched Virtual Charity Runs where we recently hit the $35,000 donated to charity marker!

Yep, you know, something like this.  (falls over.)

There’s something about saving for a house that can be exhilarating and deflating at the same time.  I have about 1/4 of a down payment socked away, which is awesome, but dude, it’s only 1/4.   It brings me back to my days when I was working on paying down my student loans- I’d work my butt off to get an extra $1,000 to put towards my loans, and while it was thrilling to kick my my debts down a peg, there was still a long way to go.

If that’s how you feel, I feel you.  Keep going.  It’s a climb for sure, but no matter what, you’ll be glad you started today.

I’m not sure when we’ll be able to afford a house, but I save every penny I can towards that down payment.  In my mind, there’s a porch swing, adjacent to the American flag flapping in the breeze. There might be a picket fence in there somewhere?  We will see if I can even afford a fence…Not banking on the idea that I’ll have any sort of enviable fencing on my first home.

My life is so not Pinterest worthy, but I’ve finally found peace in accepting the beautiful mess it is.

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember the Virtual Pug Run I’ve put on for the past three years.  We’re at it again, and I’m so stoked about this year’s medals- they’re the best we’ve ever done, and they make my heart soar.

2015 was crazy! I moved, switched jobs, saved for a house, and launched Virtual Charity Runs where we recently hit the $35,000 donated to charity marker!
I can’t believe this little pug run has evolved into a full-fledged passion project, but it’s so humbling to see it grow.

We’ve donated over $35,000 to various charities, the bulk being dog rescues, and in 2017 we have audacious plans to do even more and impact more breeds.  Yes, if I could fundraise for pugs 12 months out of the year, I totally would- but there are so many wonderful dogs out there that need love and second chances!

2015 was crazy! I moved, switched jobs, saved for a house, and launched Virtual Charity Runs where we recently hit the $35,000 donated to charity marker!

I love blogging, but there is something that I keep coming back to- and that’s helping a good cause.  When I started the blog back in 2011, I did several little fundraisers along the way because I felt compelled that even if I was dead broke, I needed to distance myself from my own problems to get through that rough patch.

I recently finished Ariana Huffington’s book, Thrive, and she stated that philanthropy and volunteerism helps ward of depression and helplessness, even after a major setback- and I can say personally, it’s been my saving grace many, many times.   Doing silly little pug runs was a lifeline for me when I went through a devastating breakup, and it’s been a special part of my life ever since.  Perspective.


All in all, life in Texas is good.  It’s crazy to think that at the beginning of this year I was dreaming of Texas, not sure how it would all work out, and then, it went into hyperdrive motion when we made the decision to put a line out there and take a leap.  Here we are, 9 months later, and we’ve survived the summer (really the oppositely equivalent of a Chicago winter) and we’re falling for fall.


Happy fall y’all!



4 comments so far.

4 responses to “$35,000 Donated to Charity & Other Things I’ve Been Up To”

  1. robin says:

    yay, thanks for the update!

  2. I love that house in the picture – so cute! I can’t even begin to imagine buying a home – so much money … and work. A down payment isn’t even on my horizon at this point.

  3. Jennifer says:

    That is an impresssive donation total! Way to go.

    One good thing is that the housing market in Texas is much different than other parts of the US. Your money will get you a lot more house here. San Antonio has some beautiful neighborhoods and I am sure your dream house is out there!

  4. Maryann says:

    Excited for you, keep saving!

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