If you've read my post from last year you will know that my New Years Resolution for 2017 was to not have any resolutions as such but to live my life like a dog.
Dogs have this wonderful ability to live in the moment, to approach each day with a clean slate and fresh enthusiasm and they experience joy in everyday activities. Plus they love unconditionally and they don't take it personally if you don't want to play with them right that second (don't worry they will be back to try again in a few minutes!)
So I wanted to see if I could approach each day the same way that a dog does and try to follow their lead for a change.
Here are some of the areas I was inspired by:
To live in the moment with joy and enthusiasm;
Show the people in my life how much I love them, every time I see them;
Enjoy the journey not just the destination;
Take time to smell the flowers;
Eat with gusto;
Work out what gets you what you want then repeat.
As I'm sure you can imagine, some of these areas were easier than others. For instance, I totally rocked at napping in 2017 and if it was an Olympic sport, I definitely would have qualified! Snoozing on the couch with my dogs became one of my favourite pass times and I didn't feel one bit of guilt doing it. #sorrynotsorry
Eating is always one of my favourite things to do, so I made sure I did it with gusto! Whether enjoying a bowl of cereal at home or eating a gourmet meal at a restaurant or having a picnic with friends, I ate with enjoyment and enthusiasm and found ways to make even a salad interesting.
But not everything worked out so well. Sometimes I was too busy working (or napping) to take time to smell the flowers as it were, and I definitely didn't spend as much time with my family and friends as I would have liked. Sometimes I was so focused on my getting the job done and working towards my goals, that I forgot to enjoy the different stages I was going through or to stop and just enjoy where I was.
And even though I can't honestly say that I lived EVERY day with joy and enthusiasm, I can say that I tried to incorporate a little bit into my life as often as I could. Part of that is being able to do something that I love on a daily basis. The thing that brings me the most joy is working with animals. Yes, it's probably cheesy, and you might even be thinking that I have to say that since I've likely worked with your pets at some point, but I honestly mean it. I'm so lucky that I get to do the something I love and am passionate about almost on a daily basis. For me, working with people and their dogs is energising and fun and I love seeing how these connections build and grow. I love getting to know a large variety of different pets especially getting my cat fix since I can't have one of my own (thanks Ruby!).
As far as experiments go, I am really pleased with how this one turned out! So much so that I ditched the resolutions again this year and will continue to try to live life to the fullest each day like our dogs do.
As a dog owner, dog trainer and pet sitter I have learnt many different tips and tricks over the years and I thought this would be a great way to share them with you. Enjoy!