Fresh Snow, Fresh Start

Resolution is defined as a resolve; a decision or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

The new year always presents this idea.  To a lot of people, the new year is a gateway to a fresh start.  It’s a way to put the past behind us and move forward in a better and (hopefully) more positive direction.  I can’t deny that I too am intrigued by the idea of ‘starting over’ with each new year.  There are always things about myself I’d like to improve upon.  While this is true, I try not to go too overboard with any resolutions I make.  Sometimes the smallest changes can have the most impact.

I know we’re already halfway through January, but I thought I’d share some of my resolutions here to hopefully help hold myself accountable.  I’m also sharing some recent pics of the pack and I enjoying one of our first snowy days of the winter.

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  • Don’t let the actions of negative/toxic people affect my mood.  This is a big one for me.  I’ve started countless days in a great mood only to realize someone around me has completely ruined it with their negative behavior.  Realizing that I am in control of my own thoughts, feelings and how I react to the people that surround me is something I have been consciously working on.

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  • Taking time to enjoy the day instead of rushing through it.  I always find myself starting my days with a to do list & then spending my days with the constant urge to cross things off of that list.  While it is nice to get things done, not everything needs to be done as soon as possible.  There are many more important things that happen day to day that should be enjoyed.  I owe a lot of this feeling to Izzy.  ❤ ❤ ❤

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  • Spend more time with family.  There is really no need to explain this one.  Family is everything to me.  Time is precious.

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  • Devote more time to myself.  I’d like to spend more time doing things that I enjoy; things that make me feel good about myself.  Yoga is one of the more recent things I’ve discovered that I really enjoy.  My overall mood has improved since I began taking early morning hot yoga classes.  I never expected to love it so much.  I’m not a morning person, but after becoming aware of how much better I feel if I get up and take some time out for myself, I’m slowly becoming one.

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Happy New Year.

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~ Lacey ~

 

Stop And Smell The Flowers

I haven’t been as active here lately as I would like to be.  I plan on trying to be more present.  So much has happened this past summer and I honestly just haven’t felt the need to share too much.  As of late though, I’ve been feeling the need to express more.  I think it might be just what I need.  Summer has come to an end and things in general seem to be slowing down quite a bit.  I look forward to getting back to blogging more consistently.

I guess I’ll get to what I haven’t felt like, or, I guess, been ready to share.  We lost our sweet Izzy girl a couple months ago.  It all happened so fast and it was heartbreaking.  She became ill suddenly and over the course of about a month she went downhill very quickly until we knew she couldn’t take any more.  We’re still not quite sure what happened.  It’s possible she had been sick with something we weren’t aware of for quite some time and whatever it was decided to come to the surface all at once.

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I blamed myself for not recognizing certain symptoms that she was getting sick sooner.  I kept telling myself if I had just noticed this or that and had gotten her to the vet a few days earlier that we could’ve gotten ahead of the sickness and she would still be here.  I realize now that I did everything I could have.  I know that Izzy knew that too.

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I’ll share here what I shared with my family and friends after we said goodbye:

Yesterday afternoon we said goodbye to our sweet Izzy girl. Her body failed her but I know her heart was all there. She had the biggest heart of any dog I’ve ever known. Even until the end when she was the one who needed comforting, she was more worried about comforting us. She would always give me a head nuzzle & a look with her big droopy eyes when she knew I was upset. I could always count on her to make me feel better.

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Izzy & Jetty on a camping trip in NC.

She let me know she was ready in ways only I would‘ve recognized. She went peacefully with us all around her at home with the birds chirping in the background; just how she would’ve wanted it. A tiny blue butterfly circled around her many times before she went. I read somewhere that blue butterflies hovering in your presence are a sign of healing. I like to think I saw that blue butterfly for a reason.

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Stopping to smell the flowers on one of our many walks.

Izzy loved taking walks through the woods & swimming in the pond. She was always the slow one on our walks. I was constantly looking back to make sure she was coming up behind us. She always was. She was never in a rush. Many times she was literally stopping to smell the flowers. Another lesson in life she taught me; take your time and enjoy things. Don’t rush them. Our walks will never be the same, but I know when I look back she will always be there.

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I’m so happy Izzy got to spend her last days at home where she loved to be.  She got to take one last swim in the pond, hang out with her best bud, Jetty, and the pack and I took one last long walk through the woods.  We were in no hurry and we definitely stopped and took time to smell the flowers.

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~ Lacey~