2014 is a go!

Holy cow!  This blog has been dormant for over a year.  I enjoyed writing, researching and bringing news and opinions from the dog world to you but life as it so often does, got in the way!  We make time for what’s important though and dogs are important to me!  Time for me to make time for the important things in life.  I’m back though and plan to make at least two blog posts per week but in reality you can expect more!  

I also want to wish my fuzzy four footed friend a very happy 3rd birthday!  That’s right, my Blizzard is a New Year’s pup!  

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 Things to look forward to in the coming year:

  • Dog show reports and pictures!  
  • Tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your dog photography.
  • More treat recipes (although not as many as last time but they’ll be sprinkled in here and there).
  • Product reviews; I’ll be doing a ton with backpacking with your dog and hiking so look for those reviews coming up.
  • Take a training journey with Blizzard and I.  I am going to start obedience training him and plan to document the progress here.  
  • 4-H fun.  I am going to try and get back in and help out.  I love training dogs and education and what a better way to combine the two then giving back to an organization that helped turn me into the person I am today!
  • And so much more!!!

As always dear reader, I’m totally open to any suggestions or anything you’d like to see!  Let’s make 2014 a great year together!!!

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So, a warning.  It’s kinda sappy below… read if you wanna hear personal laments that aren’t at all dog related…I find starting off by clearing the air to be cathartic for me and you’re in no way required to read.

If you don’t want to read (and really, I wouldn’t blame you at all) I look forward to taking a journey through the year with our four legged, fuzzy friends!

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So, you’re still reading.  You brave soul.  This means you are either a close personal friend or just want to hear me wax poetic about some past misstep.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  It’s really more for me anyways so you can come back later for dog stuff and I won’t be hurt… I promise!

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I have a very demanding job; I travel a ton, work long hours and for awhile there let it absolutely consumer my life.  I was work, and work was my ‘everything’.  Without getting into too much detail, something happened early in December which was personally devastating (not health related and no one died) and I’m still trying to cope with it after a month. It haunts my dreams.  It haunts my sense of who I am.  It haunts my self-confidence.  I find myself fighting back tears most times.  It has seriously had a profound affect on my self personhood and identity and I think of myself as an utter and complete failure.  I don’t know that I’m ever really going to be a complete person after it but I can move on; I have to move on, not like I have much of a choice.  I think it was a combination of a lot of things but at the end of the day I have to own up to whose fault it was; it was mine and no one else and I have to take responsibility.

One very painful lesson that came out of what happened is that I let things that aren’t that important get in the way of things that are important.  I let work consume me and define me.  I literally worked 24-7 because it was something I felt needed to be done.  Don’t get me wrong, work is  important as it provides the means by which my family can survive but it doesn’t need to be every thing.  I think I lost site of who I was and what made me happy.  Work can sometimes make me happy…but on the whole it’s work.  I work for those rare moments when I get projects I truly am passionate about and really love.  They are few and far in-between but it keeps me going.  I had thought it was the job but after changing companies (twice) I realize it’s the industry, not the job.  My job right now at least affords me the ability to work at home and I love it.  I know now that the grass isn’t greener on the other side even if it seems to have more flowers.

So where does that leave me now?

Well, I consider myself a recovering workaholic.  My itch to check work email, even while on vacation is lessening.  I’m starting to win over fighting the urge to sneak away to do work stuff when I don’t need to.  Most importantly I’m learning to say ‘no’ and set boundaries.  It’s not going to be easy as I’m a bit of a perfectionist and strive full force into everything I do.  I managed, at some point, to transfer all my energy to my job, at the expense of a dream.  I didn’t realize it at the time but I gave up one for the other.  

I need to feel self-fulfilled.  My job gives me no real sense of that so I’ll find it in other ways!  My kids, dogs, photography and education are those things I love most and I’m going to make those a priority in my life!  I know this seems like your typical ‘New Year’s” resolution post and while it is New Year’s I can promise these thoughts have been months, if not years in the making.

So, if you’ve read this far, join me in taking time for what’s important in life.  There are things we must do and there are things we need to do but they aren’t always the same.  Take time for who you are.  Don’t get caught up in waiting for the perfect moment in life to start doing what you really want.  If you have a large goal, break it down and never lose sight of where you’re going.  Enjoy the moments you have.  Live in the now, not for tomorrow. 

Okay…that’s it.  Dog posts coming up.  Check back twice a week for new posts!  I plan on posting on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a steady.  I might sneak in a few things in between here and there depending on what’s going on but there will always be a new post on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Happy New Year Friends!

 

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4 responses to “2014 is a go!

  1. Really good to see you posting again. 🙂

  2. Wendy L. Mydlo

    You aren’t a failure, just lost your way for a while and did what you thought was right. Glad Bark Culture is back

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