I am a busy lady. True story. I’ve got a color-coded calendar system to help me out (no VA yet!) and generally I am on top of what I need to do by when. Sometimes my social life suffers, but thus is the life of a business-building-world-takin’-over-MEployed-sexylady.
This Saturday morning, I found myself without anything to do until 2pm. Shock me. My sister (my go to BF and gym buddy) was off celebrating a friends wedding, and I was at loose ends.
This is generally what’s called ‘Free Time’, or ‘Lazy Saturday’.
I wigged out.
I am used to working from home, which means my computer and living room are the backdrops to blog posts and coaching calls, not a lot of relaxing. I started getting really negative on myself “You don’t know how to relax! Are you a workaholic?” It was no bueno. I decided to run away from home (and the laundry) to the dog park. Watching Huxley, my 17lb Puggle (that’s a pug and beagle mix, but don’t worry, he’s adopted from a shelter) run and smell and generally revel in the grass, I realized how much I seriously had to learn from him. Cliche.but.true.
Take a Walk
Always a slam dunk winner of a choice with a dog. They love it, new smells, sounds, leg stretching, discovery. LEAVE YOUR COMPUTER. Always a solid number one when at loose ends or you just need a screen break.
Dogs spend loads of time smelling each other, in a super personal way. The people tend to stand around while this happens. Often, there’s not even human eye-contact involved. Say hello! Don’t be a deadbeat! Be polite and friendly with this fellow dog-owner, maybe even get personal. You never know where they might fit into your life.
My dog loves nothing more than going to a new park. Pretty much anywhere he’s never been before is the coolest thing he’s ever seen. His senses are on high alert. People talk about experiencing this with travel. Break out of your routine. Go to a new coffeehouse/park/neighborhood. Explore the world you live in. Turn up your senses and turn off autopilot.
When Huxley doesn’t know what’s going on, he snuggles down. Generally he arranges himself around/on me so that we’re touching in some way, and he conks out. He’s cool to chillax until the next adventure. It’s inspiring to see what his aggressively snuggly nature brings out in other people. Let your affections show! Maybe don’t aggressively snuggle strangers (Or do! Use your best judgment) but love the ones you love. Practice touch. We all need it, not just snugly dogs.
Do what you want
Yes, Huxley is trained (mostly) but he also totally does what he wants. He wants to run, he bolts. He wants to play in my clothes pile, I come home and they’re on the floor. He’s got zero hang ups about what it all means. He’s just following what seems fun.
I wanted to write today. Who cares if it’s Saturday, and I “should be” relaxing. I’m the only one making the rules, and the only one holding myself back from what I want to do. Let’s stop that, shall we?
What are you holding yourself back from? What lessons have you learned from your dog or pet?
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