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Humility is not about believing you are not important. Humility recognizes that you ARE important, but others and other things are important too.

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The first words I think of when I try to define humility are normally low self-esteem or self-regard. This cultivates the idea that being humble is being meek, lowly, weak or a sense of unworthiness.

But humbleness is not a lack of confidence in yourself or deprecation or even being shy and meek. You can be humble and speak your mind, be confident, take pride in your work and think of yourself positively.

Being humble is recognizing that the world does not revolve around you, having an attitude that is willing to accept…


7 reasons to cultivate and make friendship a priority today.

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Don’t underestimate the healing power of a true friendship.

In life we rely a lot on our families, our jobs, our work, our accomplishments and our personal strengths. But finding a friend that you can call on, day or night, is a gift I believe every human should have. It is a gift to seek out, nurture, build and treasure for a lifetime.

A phone call to a friend can be your strength on a day when nothing seems to go right…


We ALL have hard times at some point in life. Encouragement for anyone struggling with anything.

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Hard times can come at you in a variety of ways in life. For some it may be poverty, unemployment, loss of a loved one (human or animal), big life changes, a global pandemic, or even less specific- perhaps a particular phase of life that is difficult for some not-so-direct reason.

Recently I had a funky week. Negative emotions hit me like a semi-truck half-way through the week, and personally, “negative” emotions scare me. I hate feeling anxious about something or down for any prolonged period. And…


Anecdote | Veterinary Medicine

Exploring the world of dog allergies

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Allergies can seem simple, but they also can be a very difficult thing to figure out and treat. A lot of times, when you notice an allergic reaction, you may not know what’s happening because symptoms of allergies can be symptoms of so many…


Discovering that my list-making habits were actually making me more stressed

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Recently, after a super busy day full of errands, chores, self-care, work, etc. I sat down at my desk to pull out my to-do list and feel that satisfying touch of crossing off an item and instead I felt defeated. There was nothing I could cross off my list. I just spent the whole day doing lots of good, necessary, productive things but I had no satisfaction of mission accomplished on my to-do pad. I felt like I failed the day because I didn’t get any of the things on my list done. …


Animal Advocacy | Anecdote

4 things I didn’t realize were bad as a first time pet owner

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Choices and freedom

The freedom a lot of us have in this world to decide what we want to sell, buy, consume and essentially how we want to live our life is a wonderful thing; it is the power of choice and free will. You get to decide if you want to smoke a cigarette, eat a pastry or start a business.

I enjoy this freedom very much most of the time, and at other times I wish someone could make my decisions for me. …


Perspective | Animal Advocacy

What it is and how YOU can be a part of it?!

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What does No-Kill 2025 mean?

No-Kill 2025 is a movement by Best Friends Animal Society to put an end to the killing of healthy animals in shelters across the country. According to the ASPCA, (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year. Best Friend’s No-Kill 2025 mission is to save every cat and dog in a shelter that can be saved. This means healing and treating animals that can be treated. It also means reducing the number of animals that enter…


Tips and advice for entrepreneurs

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My journey to start my own company, specifically a pet sitting business, began out of a frustration to become gainfully employed post-college graduation.

After a year of unsuccessfully looking for jobs, applying for jobs and attending interviews, I grew tired and defeated from the plethora of no’s and sounds of silence from potential employers.

I knew I needed a job and I needed to make money. I began thinking about my options for self-employment and I was naturally drawn to the idea of pet sitting because I worked for a pet sitting company through high school and college summers. …


Perspective | Canine Training

Why I think it’s the best dog training method out there🙂

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Navigating a world full of bad advice

Like lots of topics people search for, discovering the “best” advice among so many competing opinions and options can be completely overwhelming. If you walk into your local bookstore to find a book on pet training, there will likely be many options ranging from e-collars to clicker training to off-leash and more. Today’s technology allows you to search…


3 Simple things I changed about the way I live to help the environment (you can do them too!)

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Our world is changing quickly and it is unfortunate that our environment is suffering at the hands of humans. We have consumed, ravaged, exploited, polluted and damaged the earth that we all share as home. Now we are facing a lot of environmental issues such as climate change, water pollution, deforestation and biodiversity loss. Landfills are overflowing, oceans are filled with trash, and our air quality is polluted as well. The health of our environment is so important because it affects our health and the health of future generations.

I personally didn’t realize that my every day rituals and choices…

Mary-kate

Animal lover. Outdoor Enthusiast. Rescue Dog Mom.

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