Happy Easter to you and your family!
Brittany, Daisy & Taj
When walking, walk. When eating, eat. – Zen Proverb
My most favorite time of the year in La Jolla is spring time! Walking dogs turns into a treasure hunt for beautiful flowers and secret gardens. The magical songs of birds in the neighborhood lead the way and Daisy and Taj’s noses twitch and wiggle happily.
Today was wonderful! I had two training sessions with some of the sweetest dogs- Makk and Jakk who are two 8 year old labs who just got rescued by their new forever home and then with an adorable little yorkie puppy named Zack. It’s amazing the amount of love that you can feel from dogs. They show it all over their bodies by wiggling and dancing all around you with their tails going a mile a minute. I absolutely love my “job” and I feel like it’s a crime to even call it that because I love doing what I do so much. Makk and Jakk and little Zack are all doing so well and are so happy to be training and playing with me. I appreciate these sweet little creatures so much!
After “work” today my mom and I decided to go on a sunset walk to catch up and talk biz. She’s been taking care of a Russian Borzois named Roald and I wanted to get my dogs out for a good long walk. I thought about what I’m most thankful for and my mom was standing right there in front of me. It’s really special that my mom and I can run a business together and that we have the loving relationship that we do. I appreciate her so much and I love the fact that we are so close. My mom has been through a lot in the past few years and she’s come so far. On our walk today we talked about how important it is to be mindful of the dialogue in your mind and how it’s so important to turn off the negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones. Sometimes it’s important to turn off all of your thoughts completely and just breathe. As cliche as that sounds, it’s so important to just be in the moment and enjoy every step and every breath along your walk. That’s what dogs do. They follow their nose and enjoy all of the sights and sounds along the way.
The sunset tonight was spectacular as always. Thank you Mom for all that you do and all that you have done. I love you so much!
The world and the little neighborhoods that we live in are so damn beautiful, but it’s so easy to get distracted and walk through life without really appreciating the beauty all around us. Dogs are such a blessing because they remind us to look around, use our noses and open our eyes.
I’ll admit, most often than not, when I’m walking my dogs I’m not fully present and aware of the beauty around me. And I live on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Instead, I’m sucked into my iphone or my mind is spinning out of control like a hamster on a wheel. My goal is to train myself to kick the hamster out of my brain and to learn how to truly appreciate all of the special little things around me. I want to truly connect with my dogs and learn how to appreciate a walk as much as they do.
So this is why I want to start doing Appreciation Walks! Elise Blaha (check out her awesome blog here), shares her themed walks and I thought it would be fun to do my own version with my dogs. Elise would pick a theme, a color, a plant etc. and then take pictures along her walks. Another friend of mine shared that she would take a camera wherever she went and would take a picture everyday and that it made her much more aware of the beauty around her. Awareness and appreciation for all living things is something that I really want to train my mind to be more cognizant of.
Every week I’m going to do my very best to share one of my Appreciation Walks. I already consider myself to be a pretty happy person, but I really want to train my mind to be in the happiest, most balanced and loving state that it can possibly be in. I’m looking forward to these walks so that I can practice being more appreciative and grateful for my time spent with my dogs and the amazing neighborhood that I live in.
To kick start this series, I decided to choose yellow as the first theme because you can’t ask for a happier color! It seemed to be everywhere on my walks today and it contrasted beautifully with the calm gray skies.