Things I love – A plan of attack

‘Where did that time go?!’

I’ve had multiple conversations about how quickly 2017 is flying past. It really is, we’re nearly at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

Time to look at the plan for the rest of the year to make sure I am where I want to be at the end of it.

I do love a plan. I like to break down my goals into little bits and chase after them.

I’ve moved forward on some of my goals for 2017, some I’m behind on. To get me back on track I’ll be moving some things in my schedule, adding some other things and removing others entirely.

I was listening to a Gary Vee podcast the other day and he spoke about ruthless prioritising. That is what I shall be doing. Trying to live as intentionally as possible.

This quote has been speaking to me over the last few days:

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” 

― Leonardo da Vinci

I shall be attempting to happen to things.

Part of this is to try blogging every day in March. To do this I will be chopping the next 5 weeks into themes which I will blog about Monday to Friday and then freestyle Saturday and Sunday (choose any theme, not actually freestyle rapping. Maybe that could be week 2 theme…no? Ok).

Week 1 – Things I love

I consider this the start of my blogging week. I do love a plan.

A Nala update (a pupdate if you will…)

First and foremost, sorry for the pupdate title. I tried to resist but…well here we are.

Moving on to the update. Nala!

Nala is now 7 months old and is still my dream puppy, even more so today than on the first day (did I cry occasionally in the first few weeks because I was so happy? Yes, yes I did).

​We go on long walks together in the forest and on the beach. I should add that whilst she is perfect to me lead walking is still a challenge. You can’t have it all can you!

I am so grateful that the universe lined up perfectly to deliver Nala to us (I’ll post later about this).

The question remains the same as it did at the start – why did I wait so long to get a dog?

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 💪🏻😎