Inspirational Books I’ve Been Loving

For the past couple months I have swapped listening to music on my way to and from work, in the shower, and while I am cooking, for listening to audio books. I am going to start this by saying “not sponsored” (I wish!) but I have been obsessed with Audible for almost a year now. If you do not know what Audible is, it is an audio book subscription app where for a monthly fee you can choose one new audio book a month. You can also purchase extra credits for a discounted price. When you sign up you get two credits to start off which is great!

I wanted to share with you today a couple of books I have been listening to (besides the Harry Potter books which I have also been listening to – I am finishing up the second one now!) that have been inspiring me lately.

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Reshaping it All – Candace Cameron Bure

I loved this book because it follows Candace Cameron’s journey from her struggles with her diet while a young girl om Full House to her relationship with food now. She also shares delicious recipes and stories from her personal life that help you see healthy living in a different way.

I also listened to and enjoyed Kind is the New Classy & Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure because I just love her! Her books are definitely very Christian based, however the positivity that shines through her books make them great to listen to, especially during stressful times.

Grace not Perfection – Emily Ley

Emily Ley is the creator of the Simplified Planner so this book was all about intentional ways to make your life a little.. simpler.

Cultivate; A Grace Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life – Lara Casey

This book has to be one of my favorites so far, and I know I will be listening to it again. The way that Lara uses her garden as a metaphor for life really inspired me in a way that I haven’t been inspired before. I always feel calmer and more relaxed after listening to a chapter of this book. It has also inspired me to try and grow my own herb garden this Spring!

In search for my next inspirational book I went ahead and downloaded “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. I had heard from many people how much they loved it so I figured I would give it a shot. I am going to be honest with you – I got through this first two chapters or so of this book and I went ahead and returned it. I could not connect with what Rachel was saying and how she was saying it. When she started talking about how if someone falls off of a diet that they are on she can no longer trust them – because how can she trust someone who can not keep a promise to themselves? Something about that struck a negative cord with me and at that point I went ahead and returned it.

That is another great perk of Audible – if you download a book and do not like it, you can return it and they will refund your credit no matter how much you have listened to.

If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them! I can not wait to share my Spring Reading/Listening List with you in a couple of weeks!

xx Casey


The Importance of Self Care

Fall in love with caring for yourself. Body, Mind, & Spirit

These days when you hear the words “self care” most women’s minds go to face masks, manicures, and maybe a nice glass of wine at the end of the night. And some days, that is exactly what self care looks like to me. But the concept of self care is much more than that.

To me, self care is about taking the time to care for your mind, body, and spirit – whatever that looks like to you. Sometimes self care is meditating in the morning before you start your day. Sometimes it is spending time with loved ones. And sometimes it is binge watching episodes of Friends for the tenth time. Self care is whatever soothes your soul.

What is self care not? Selfish. It is not selfish to take time for yourself. Whatever season of life you are in, you still need to take the time to make yourself a priority. You can not give your all to the people and things in your life if you are not taking care of yourself first. It is necessary to make yourself a priority.

Self care is all about creating balance in your life. And sometimes? The scales need to tip your way a little more, and that is okay.

xx Casey

A Love Letter to My First Apartment

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In four days I will be saying goodbye to the home I have lived in for almost five years.

I moved into my apartment in April of 2014. It was an older house, but two bedrooms with a balcony and a garage for $750 a month in East Providence? I could not have found a better deal. Did the place have it’s flaws? Of course. From the heat bill being astronomical (and not always working), to finding mice, to having a broken door for two years… it was not perfect. But it was home.

This was the place where I learned so much about myself. I learned how to live with a significant other and I learned how to live alone. This was the place where I brought a two week old kitten home who would turn out to be my best friend. I had some great times and a lot of bad times inside those walls, but through it all it was the place that I grew up.

There is something about your first home after you leave college. Your first “big-girl apartment” that will always have a piece of you. So in the words of Marie Condo – Thank you Apartment. Thank you for being the place that I felt safe and at home in for the past five years. You served me well and I will think back on you fondly.

Now on to the next adventure…

xx Casey

A New Year … A Month Later

We are one month into the year and so much has happened in the past couple of weeks that it feels like a lifetime.
But before I jump into all of that I should explain where I have been the past year. Back in January of last year I had written a post about how I was refocusing on my website and would be taking a two month break to create content and come back better than ever in April. Then April came and I posted one post about the direction I was headed with my content and then.. nothing. To be honest with you I just wasn’t feeling inspired. My environment was not motivating and I had started to feel a lot of stress. The content just didn’t come to me and so I took an unannounced hiatus.
So what brings me back to my website after a year of radio silence? A few things. Am I still stressed? Yes. But these past couple of months I have found a new love of Self Care and Mindfulness that I am excited to talk to you about. I am moving into a new apartment with my boyfriend that I absolutely love, and I am excited to be in a new environment. I am starting a new job where I get to take my ownership of my work and continue to grow. There is a lot happening.
With that being said, I am not here to over-commit to you. One post a week that is thoroughly thought out is what I am striving for. And if I miss a week? That’s okay. I am jumping back into this slowly so that I can share with you things that are actually inspire me.
Topics like Food & Beverage and Entertaining will continue to be focal points of my website along with Home Decor and Creating a Welcoming Environment. But I will also be incorporating a ton more Self Care related content that I hope will enjoy.
I can not promise this will be the last time I say this, but Welcome Back to My Nine Lives. I hope my content brings you as much joy as it brings me.
xx Casey

Welcome Back!


Good Morning my blogging friends! And welcome back to My Nine Lives! As you know I have taken the past couple of months off to regroup and think about the direction I want my blog to go. I have some amazing content coming your way, but before I do let’s talk a little bit about what you are going to see here on the blog.

What you can expect: one post a week on Monday so you can start your week with My Nine Lives. This schedule will definitely help ensure that I am bringing you the best quality content with every single post. You will also be seeing more content in categories that I am extremely passionate about.

Food & Beverage. As you know I went to culinary school and food is one of my biggest passions, so I am excited to share some amazing food and drink recipes with you.

Entertaining. When it comes to parties, events, holidays, or gatherings, I tend to always go a little over the top. So here I will share all of my tips and tricks for being the perfect hostess and throwing the perfect get together… even if it is just spur of the moment drinks after work.

Travel Guides. Here I will share comprehensive and detailed travel guides with a focus on Rhode Island. I will also post travel guides for some bigger trips I have coming up this year as well.

Home Décor. Home décor is something that I have always been passionate about. Right now I live in a rented apartment that I absolutely love. I have been living there for about four years now and it is time for a little face lift. So here I will be sharing my tips to re-designing a rented apartment on a budget as well as some DIY projects.

Lifestyle. Here I will post more about myself with an inside look into my life, products I love, thoughts I have, and all the things that make up my lifestyle.

I am extremely excited for the things to come in the next couple months. Blogging has been a huge part of my life for the past couple of years, and I am so happy that I get to take you all on this journey called life with me.

xx Casey

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018


Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had an amazing holiday season and a very happy New Year. January is officially upon us and as cliché as it is, it is the perfect opportunity to set new goals and habits for the upcoming year.

Before we get into that I want to quickly reflect on 2017 and all of the memories that were made. 2017 was a crazy year that was filled with so many exciting life events that I got to share in with my family and friends.

One of my best friends Doug got married in Orlando Florida. All of us live so far from each other so it was amazing to have the gang back together again. While down there, my boyfriend and I also spent a couple days in Disney and it was so fun being able to experience some of my favorite rides with him.

Another one of my favorite people in the world Krista got married this summer as well and had the most beautiful backyard wedding you could ever imagine. Every element of the day was so perfectly her and I am so happy I got to be a part of it.

Another one of my best friends Nicole got engaged this year and it was so much fun planning her bachelorette party and all of the festivities that went along with it. I was so honored to be able to be with her the morning of her wedding and get ready for the amazing day ahead. Definitely one of my favorite memories of the year.

My cousin Victoria had the most beautiful twins, and we are all so excited! They already have so much personality. Towards the end of the year we also found out that my cousin Ali is pregnant with a baby boy. I am so happy to have them here in Rhode Island and I cannot wait to meet him this spring!

My sister graduated from high school and moved up to Rhode Island to attend school. I am so excited to have her up here for the next four years!

As for me, I really re hauled my diet (for the majority of the year!) and got back into working out and lost a total of 18lbs. I also won Manager of the Quarter at work this year which was definitely exciting. I also starting working on some really cool projects which you will learn more about in the coming months.

2017 was definitely a whirlwind of a year. I am definitely looking forward to 2018 and focusing more on myself. With that, I have come up with a couple of goals for the New Year.

The main goal or theme of 2018 for me is Balance. And so many of my goals reflect this theme.

Personal Goals

Physical – Commit to working out five days a week, whether that be at the gym or at home.

Mental Health – Meditate Daily & Breathing Exercises. Set intentions for the day.

Nutrition – Increase water consumption. Eat out less and cook healthy meals at home more.

Financial – Consolidate loans and start building a substantial savings account

Business Goals

My Nine Lives – In 2018 I plan on doing a complete overhaul of this blog. I am dedicated to creating thoughtful content that you will want to keep coming back to read. With that being said, I will be taking a two month break from blogging to really plan out the posts for the upcoming year. I do not want to be stuck in a rut where I just post something just to post it. I want to create amazing content for my readers and have a clear vision of what My Nine Lives is all about. So I will be coming back in March bigger and better than ever with some really exciting content that I know you are going to love!
My Business – For the past couple of months I have been writing out a Business Plan for something really exciting coming in spring of 2018. I will share more details about it in March. I am extremely excited to share this new venture with you!

I have a feeling that 2018 is going to be a great year, but it is also important to not put pressure on yourself to have the “best year ever”. Things will happen. You might not achieve all your goals. And that is okay. There is no #newyearnewme. Always strive to do better and be better, but also remember to sit back and be proud of who and where you are now. Then you will truly have a happy New Year.

Even though I won’t be blogging for the next two months be sure to follow me on Instagram and on the My Nine Lives Facebook page to keep updated on my life and the exciting things coming your way!

I will see you all soon!

Xx Casey