Training my puppy, or my puppy training me


I have learnt a lot about myself whilst training my puppy. Here is a list in no particular order:

  • I expected a lot from a tiny creature that has only been on the planet a few weeks. She quickly corrected me on this one.
  • I love the process of training a puppy. She is so clever and attentive how could I not love it?!
  • At the start I would move from being excited about training successes to trying to nail the next trick/task.

These could sound semi-negative, in a way they are.

Having Nala has made me see lots of flaws in myself. I work on these every single day. Calm energy around the pup is the difference between a happy puppy loving working with me and a puppy that I have to convince to look at me.

My puppy is taking me to school.

More than anything this lovely puppy has taught me to live in the here and now. She doesn’t live for the weekend, doesn’t dream of being able to go on longer walks when she’s older. She is present.

My dog is more mindful than me…

Every day when Nala wakes up I am excited to see her. She is excited to see me. Complete love given back.

The only question she leaves me with is why didn’t I buy a dog sooner?

The first 6 weeks of Vizsla ownership

After 24 years of waiting I would like to introduce Nala. My puppy.


There are no words for how much I love this pup. She has changed our lives, and all for the better.

This week I shall be trying to write a bit more about the start of the journey.

A quick insight into what that looks like.

I’ve been on more walks, met more new people in my community and felt like my house is a home more than in the rest of the 5 years I’ve lived in this town.

Nala, you’ve been a game changer and all for the better.

One thing at a time


I’m a multitasking guru.

Well, guru is a bit strong. Experienced practioner is probably closer.

Actually, even that feels a bit too much. I definitely multitask, but I’m not sure I’m that good at it.

I don’t mean I can’t do it. I mean it makes me half do a lot of things.

I will be writing e mails, listening to music and eating.

Watching the news, half having a conversation and replying to messages.

I’m not completely given to any task.

There are times where this is needed (parents you get my unending respect for being able to feed a baby, cook and do everything else you need to), there are others where I should just be doing one thing.

I have often tried to read and listen to music with lyrics. On a purely practical level my memory then doesn’t store the lyrics or the book content in the way it usually would. I want to be more present, I want to make the most of each moment and not just half do lots of things in the name of getting things done.

I included the picture above because it took me most of the day to level my garden (moving the soil to the dump is the next task…). I had no headphones in, just did it. It was great and started me on the journey of why do I always try and do more than one thing at a time?

This is my long way round of saying, this week I shall be attempting to just focus on one thing at a time. Give my focus and attention and being present.

Happy Monday 💪🏻😎

Radio silence, mindfulness and a playlist


I’ve been on a social media blackout, no posts for sometime. It’s been lovely. It’s allowing me to work on some fun projects and give the real life human beings in my life my attention and time.
The projects aren’t ready to be talked about yet, as soon as they are I shall tell you.
I’ve also been reading lots about mindfulness, it has been wonderful.
Here’s the things you need to know in the world of me before I go quiet again:

Music
I thought I’d sum this one up in a playlist, check it out via this link. I can also sum it up by shouting the following;

NEW BON IVER, DE LA SOUL AND JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW!!!!!

Sorry.

Books I’m loving

Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality
Elon Musk – How the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future (Listened on Audible)

Apps I’m loving
Headspace

Right, that’s it. See you 💪🏻😎

Hard work and good things


Pippa and I purchased a house in December last year. We are so pleased with it and are slowly working our way through all the decorating etc.

The garden is my next focus. When we bought the garden we liked that a third of it was decking, a big bit that was just soil and then a 10ft X 8ft shed with electricity (my instant thought was ‘man cave’).

Now comes sorting it.

The decking is easy, clean, stain and done. It is in roughly the same state it was in when we moved.

No problem.

The ‘soil’ was not just soil. Up until 4 weeks ago it was just soil. I was preparing to lay turf and move on.

But there was a secret under the surface. It was not just soil, it was killer weeds from Mars out to dominate my garden and slow me down.

On Monday night I came back from work and spent almost 3 hours digging it over, weeding and getting it ready.

Read for the transformation shot?


Boom.

I was talking to friends about this and there responses ranged from ‘I’d just get a guy in to do that’ to ‘it’s hard work having a garden isn’t it’.

I loved every minute.

This week I am focussing on the fun of working hard and toward something. I didn’t used to have a garden to look after. I’m grateful I do now.

This week your work may be hard, you may be thinking that you’d rather be doing something else. Sometimes hard work is its own reward.

Keep on keeping on.

I’m seeing more and more that good things follow those who work hard. Those who put lots (notice I didn’t say everything,save the best for those you love) into their work.

I’ll let you know once the garden is done. Not to spoil it but there may not be a man cave…