It doesn’t take much for anyone who follows me to know how much I love dogs. (More specifically, MY babies) Like, if you’ve known me for only five minutes, you’ve probably heard me talk about my dog for probably four of that. I really can’t help it, I just love my fur babies as much as you probably love your real babies.
Actually, I thought of this blog post when I was walking my fur baby, Beaux, the other day. I hate to admit it, but I use to write my blog posts on a whim. I picked topics based on what was going on that week in my life and my business. However, I’m now trying to schedule out my blog posts for the upcoming months to get more organized with the start of the new year. (Hello, new year’s resolutions!)
Needless to say (as it always happens when we try to be extremely productive during the day!) I hit a mental road block, and was starting to have a mini panic attack when I realized I couldn’t think of enough topics that I wanted to write about to fill up my content calendar. I started to question myself, my ability, and my creativity – especially with this all being in the midst of all the problems I’ve been having with my new website, my hosting team, Google falsely flagging me, and my desperate attempt to get it resolved faster than a snail’s pace. And frankly, I got really bummed! I’m sure all of my other creative business owners can relate.
At this moment, into my office walks Beaux. He slowly drags his feet as he walks – probably because he just got done taking one of his many daily naps on the living room sofa. He takes is position next to my arm chair and pushes up my elbow with his nose. If anyone has a dog, you’ll know that this is the universal sign of: “Hey, drop what you’re doing (because it’s really not as important as me) and you should just rub my head for like a minute… or 45.” I knew right then that, “Yes, as a matter of fact, I do need a break!” I grabbed his leash, and in a wave of prancing excitement he was dragging me out the door before I could get my coat all the way on.
There’s just something about getting out from behind your desk and taking in the cold, fresh January air that is rejuvenating. Not only did I feel my head literally clear, I also realized during this walk how much my dog really does for me. God really knew what He was doing when He made dogs and humans best friends. As weird as it sounds, Beaux really is so much more than a dog to me.
and I have so much to really thank him for… especially in my business!
I’m going to be real with you right now. I struggle with anxiety like a lot of other creative entrepreneurs. It’s something I’ve always dealt with, and those of you who have seen this first hand know it’s not a very pretty picture. It’s a real thing – and it’s not a secret that it can be consuming and overwhelming to the heart, mind, and soul.
There’s a reason why colleges have puppies in the libraries during finals, and there’s a reason why dogs can be registered as therapy/service dogs. They’re absolutely amazing at relieving stress and anxiety. I can’t tell you how many days I’ve had turned around by my pup’s unconditional love and ability to put life into perspective.
What’s even better is that I feel like Beaux knows exactly when I’m getting anxious. I start to feel the tears about to roll, and like clock work I hear his paws shuffling on the floor towards me.
Dogs need exercise, and what better excuse for you to get your steps in for the day than for you to take them on a walk, jog, or run. (Let’s be real, in my case it’s probably not running… or jogging… don’t judge me.) Exercise is great for the mind, body, and soul – and we could all use a little bit more of it. You may view this break in the day as a chore. However, I challenge you to next time view it as a way to refresh your mind and lift some weight off your shoulders like I did. I promise you’ll be excited to take that walk everyday from now on! It just might be your daily source of inspiration like me.
They Just Listen
I often wonder if it might be time to start running my business decisions by someone whose affirmation isn’t contingent on dinner scraps and belly rubs. However, I’m not going to lie, my dog is one of the best business partners I could’ve asked for. He never objects to any of my amazing ideas! (What a great listener, right!) But really, (as strange as I probably sound right now!) sometimes, you just need to talk things out. More specifically, you just need to talk things out without any opinions being given back to you. If you haven’t noticed, your pup is amazing at this already.
Every time I come home after running errands, meetings, or miscellaneous activities with my husband, my heart is so full. Seeing him run down that hall to greet us with toys in his mouth never ceases to put a smile on my face – regardless of the type of day I’ve had. Why? Because my dog’s excitement of seeing me walk back through the door I left out of is one of the purest forms of love.
It’s similar to the faith of a child. When you think about it, your dog wants nothing more than to be loved by you. (Well, maybe food and water..) But really, their whole want and purpose in life is to be the best friend that they can be for you. Their unconditional love is the main reason why they’re such an amazing stress release. Your pup doesn’t care if you failed at something new you tried for your business, he doesn’t care if you are having a slow booking season, and he doesn’t care that your photos aren’t getting as many likes on Instagram as the creative you’re comparing yourself to. He cares about you… and you should to.