Welcome to Life, Love, and the Pursuits!


Hi, I am Katie Dooley, aka LadiMerk! I would like to welcome you to the pursuit of… well, everything! I am a born and raised small town Minnesota girl who found her way to the “big” city. I live in the Twin Cities with my husband, Shane, aka Merkadis, and our two fur babies, Zoe and Mya.


Life, Love, and the Pursuits is a lifestyle blog that focuses on the positives of life while experiencing it through food, fitness, fashion, photography, personal development and everything in between!

The purpose of this blog is to share my life experiences with hopes to motivate, inspire, and make a positive impact on yours life in some way. If I can improve just one life by sharing mine, I consider that a success!

To help you get to know me a bit more, some of the things I love most in life, aside from my husband, and fur babies (of course), include: shopping, being outdoors, going fishing on our boat, spending time with family, and really just experiencing life in new ways!

I’m so glad you came to visit! I look forward to sharing my life with you and I’m excited to see where it takes us!

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“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi