BEGIN!

“If not now, when? BEGIN. It’s that simple, just not that easy.

Begin-It-Now-Again-(5x7)

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That Was, This Is

I try to live free. Living in what is not what was. That was. This is.

Focus-(5x7)

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Happiness

Happiness is knowing my efforts have helped people, touched their lives and made a difference.

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Pink…for Boys?

While on the hiking trail the humans talk and the dogs run and play. I frequent the trail several times per week.

One of my human friends often talks about his twelve year old twins, a girl and a boy. I have never met the human kids, but I know them. The girl is a “social butterfly”, an extrovert, and good at sports. The boy is a loner, an introvert, with no interest in sports.

Dad is always stressed about his son. He says “What will become of him? He’s not like the other boys.”

The twins attend different private schools and they are both required to wear uniforms. A few times during the school year they have a free day to wear whatever they want.

The first free day and the boy got ready to go to school in hot pink shorts. His father tried to convince him to change clothes saying kids can be unkind and some may tease him for his choice.

I heard the story immediately after my hiking buddy dropped his son off at school wearing his pink shorts. I offered a different perspective, applauding the boy’s individuality, attitude, and courage to not change under pressure from his father.

Two days later on the trail, the dogs are running and playing and the humans are chatting. My friend didn’t bring it up so I asked “how did things go with the pink shorts?” His response: “oh it was fine, the kids didn’t even notice.”

I like it. Actually I love it! It tells me the young people don’t subscribe to old stereotypes and tribal mentality like pink is for girls, blue is for boys. They are who they are and let others be who they are.

It’s exciting for the future.

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Inviting Movement

My paint doesn’t go anywhere unless I invite it too. That’s true in life as well.

PBear

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Try New Things

I try new things; maybe I will discover a new passion.

Go-Anywhere-(5x7)

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HOPE

I look for the bright side in every situation…hope, it gets me through.

I-Believe-(5x7)

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Own It!

I sing with my own voice. I paint in my own style. That’s my job to own my stuff.WaterfallMK2018

 

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Temporary and Forever

Fear and failure are temporary. Regrets are forever. I Go For It.

Go-For-It-(5x7)

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Have We Gone Too Far?

Have we gone too far with taking our best friends everywhere?

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day, I’ve learned although I love my dog, sometimes it’s better for her to stay home.

True Story: I was walking in the Costco parking lot heading to the entrance when I saw a man and woman leaving the store. The woman was pushing a cart full of stuff like we all do when we leave Costco. The man had a python (yes a giant white snake) wrapped around his neck literally wearing it like a scarf! The two were chatting like “normal”. I was shocked to put it mildly. I wondered if he was allowed in the store wearing his “scarf”.  I know my response would have been one of discomfort if I saw the man in the store.

As I approached the entrance I looked for a sign that said “service animals only” and I didn’t see one that day. The next time at Costco I saw a huge poster displayed at the entrance: “Service Animals Only”. Then I wondered if that snake was a registered service animal.

I have been a proud mother to numerous furry babies for over 30 years and would prefer to have them with me than not. I have never filed an application for the service animal registration. I know where my “kids” are most comfortable and it wouldn’t be in a busy store. I also don’t want to work the system and claim I need them with me at all times at the risk of others discomfort and annoyance.

For those that really need the comfort of their animal with them, go for it. For those of us that just want to have them at our side, in our lap, around our neck, there’s a benefit to leaving them home. Walk in the door after being gone for awhile and experience the excitement of your homecoming!

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