Add to To Do List

“Why aren’t there more hours in the day?!”, asks every busy adult I have ever talked to.
There’s so much to get done. Family. Work. Living. How is it possible to fit in a hobby or life callings?!
When you have such a passion for something, you just have to figure it out. This is where I am. Hello!

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I have work. Which can drive me crazy, but ultimately I love it. I have been there forever and always want it to be successful, help it grow, help the staff learn everything they can! Although, to be honest, it gets tiring. Hellooooo burnout! Dealing with turnover is a sad and disappointing experience…
Then there’s nonprofit. Oh, how I wish I could just do this all the time! After some difficult times and just kind of floating through life, this work has renewed something within myself. I can do more. I can learn new things. I can learn hard things. I CAN TALK, my absolute biggest hurdle. But I can. (Add to to do: SPEAK) I just have to channel my husband, Joe. Seriously, he is amazing with people…what’s his secret, damnit?! 😂 ..ugh, I know what it is…CONFIDENCE. (Add to to do: build confidence)
And then there’s my own need to teach people everything I know about dogs. I am always working on new ideas, such as occupational dog safety, just never doing them. I just need to focus and get things done already! (Add to to do list: focus and plan, Sam!)

Well, here we go. A serious, honest effort to try and do it all. I can’t keep waiting for the right time. (Duh Sam, there is no right time in life!)

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day that we lose sight of our own bigger picture. Anyone else?
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Accomplishments and Growth!

I feel like I have gotten so much accomplished since last time I posted!

I completed the dog cognition course I was taking. It was very interesting and informative. I really enjoyed it!

I enrolled in a nonprofit professionals course. I have been a lot more interested in nonprofits and starting my own sometime soon, so I need to fill some gaps in my knowledge!

This year, I have taken on a new role with the foundation I volunteer for to promote humane education. I will also get to learn more about the nonprofit world because of this. I am beyond excited and so grateful that I have gotten this opportunity.

We did a donation drive at work in February (which went wonderfully! Our customers are seriously the best.) This donation drive resulted an insane amount of research and blossomed into our own nonprofit organization idea. Right now, I’m planning on working this into the plans I already have.

In April, I aim to promote my be a tree workshops. Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time for that this month, with my new role and also Spring Break prep at work! 

It’s been a little hectic this month but definitely not in a bad way!

The Next Step in Education for Myself

As passionate I am about educating others, I’m just as passionate about educating myself!

Currently, I’m almost done completing a course on dog cognition. I have found it fascinating and am happy I discovered it!

I have been looking more in to becoming a certified dog trainer as well. It’s the next logical step for all the goals I have for the future.

All the while I continue to research and read all I can. To expand my knowledge so I have more to share with others!

The Next Step in Education

​I’ve just become a Be a Tree presenter!!! I’ve been very excited to do this! Another step in my master plan for the future! Mwahaha 😛

Doggone Safe is a non-profit that promotes dog bite prevention through educating children. The Be a Tree program teaches children how to interact with dogs safely.

I’m super passionate about dog education and feel it’s extremely beneficial to any child that comes in contact with dogs!

Being a presenter will be a challenge for me at first but I believe it will be a great first step.

I hope to grow with the Be a Tree program and Doggone Safe. I hope to do presentations through work, as well as in the community. I’ve asked friends if they’d like to set up presentations, as practice for me and fun for their kids as well. I would continue to do home presentations if there is interest. I also would like to do them at schools, maybe local shelters, after school programs and clubs, etc.

Eventually through work, I’d like to do other workshops as well. I’m in the process of creating my own educational programs, based on research of childhood education, others educational programs, and my own knowledge.

The Path to Humane Education 

I planned to do this at some point in my life…not at the moment exactly. There’s never a right time to start a big personal project. You just get that need.

I’ve worked with dogs for the past 10 years now. I always knew my life would be animals. Just wasn’t quite sure how that was going to work out. Friends and family have always said I should be a vet. But you know what guys? I’m extremely lacking in the science department. So I figured I’d go with my strengths and passions.

That led to dog daycare. Working with many dogs, in group settings. Behavior, behavior, behavior! And I love it. I have always been fascinated in animal behavior. This was the ultimate learning experience for dog behavior. It led to years of hands on experience as well as a drive to teach myself everything I can. I pride myself on knowing as much as I can, teaching others and learning new things whenever possible.

This has trickled into my every day life, not just for work. I have started volunteering with a non-profit dedicated to helping a local shelter. And just as exciting…I actually get a handful of questions a year (outside of work) from different friends and acquaintances about dogs! It’s a compliment that means a lot to me. I’m that crazy dog lady that people know. But hey, a knowledgeable, crazy dog lady. And people see that! Hard work and dedication pays off. Boom!

This year has been a big wake up call to me. Seeing my strengths, weaknesses and realizing my goals. Getting a plan together. Working towards something more.

My life is dogs. My life is learning and striving. My life is helping.

My life will be continued education. My life will be educating others. My life will be to better as many animal lives that I possibly can. My life will be hard work. My life will be fulfilling.

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