Say what you will about Uber, but today they are doing good. Uber is partnering with the Cleveland APL to bring adoptable puppies to offices in Cleveland for a $30 donation. If you want to support a good cause and brighten your co-workers' days (boss permitting), you should check this out!
And, if you don't live in Cleveland, there are multiple cities participating.
It was still smooth sailing over here for the Minimalist Challenge. Days 7-11 really brought up some "why do I still have these things?" moments.
Note: This post really doesn't have anything to do with dogs, so turn around if that bothers you :)
One of my recent goals is to find new ways to simplify my life. There are many complicated things I cannot control, so I might as well work on un-complicating the things I can. A blog I read frequently titled And Then We Saved sparked the idea of a Minimalist Challenge. How it works:
Below are photos from my first 6 days and lists of what the items are and what I will do with them. So far, everything is getting pitched or donated. I live in an apartment, so I can't really save up too much for a yard sale, but I know this will change once I get to my clothes and can take them to consignment stores. I haven't had to part with anything from my closet - yet.
If you have not submitted your dog photos to Photo Doggies for Anthony, you should do it now. People complain so much about the negatives of social media, but here is a perfect example of using it for social good.
Not sure what I'm talking about? I'll let the Facebook page do the talking.
I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful New Year! We celebrated Woody's 9th birthday on New Year's Eve. I still can't believe he's that old! I got him when he was nearly 5 and he has just as much energy now as he did then. I don't even want to fathom what it will be like when he starts slowing down.
A lot of people create New Year's resolutions, but it seems that just as many people complain about how stupid New Year's resolutions are. I like to live by the rule that you don't have to wait for a fresh start. Whenever "now" is, you can change your mindset and create goals. I get that it seems cliche to create resolutions when most people throw them out the window a few months in, but the idea of a fresh start to the start of the New Year can be a good benchmark. For example, maybe you want to lose weight as your overarching goal. Instead of thinking of the big picture, think of how you can make small steps to get there. Each month have a new, smaller goal that is related to health and wellness - in January you make it a goal to go spinning twice a week, February you swap soda for tea, March you say no to fast food, etc. Doing these things by a monthly basis is much more manageable and can give you some new perspective on what you like and don't like about trying to lose weight rather than going cold turkey on everything all at once and buying expensive gym memberships.
But enough on that tangent. Every year I try to think of some new things to do with my dog and reflect on some of the fun we had in the year prior. This moreso happens because his birthday falls on New Year's Eve. In 2014, I said I would take him to 3 new dog parks. I didn't do that - I know, bad dog mom. I did, however, take him to the new Cleveland dog park a few times before it got too cold for him to walk all the way down there. And we went on much longer walks and runs than we did in 2013. I guess I learned that if he is getting exercise around here and he is socializing with other dogs at doggie daycare and out in the park in my building there's no point in driving him all over the city.
Since his energy level hasn't changed, I'm going to continue to focus on doing as much activity with him as I can. Things to improve upon are:
What are some goals you have this year? Anything your dog can be a part of?
I'm just a twenty-something female raising the weirdest dog I've ever met.