Dogs are amazing at teaching us the finer things in life! Their version of Stop to smell the roses.
Since I moved into Tootling Tranquility 2 weeks ago for full time living, its been CRAZY busy! Unpacking and organizing. In a tiny house organization is KEY. I have always been that person that can’t take time off to enjoy until I am organized, so my carrot at the end is hiking. My kitchen, where I get so much of my self love, creating healthy and nurturing samplings to keep my health on track, my finances, my clothes, my workout stuff all needs to have its own spot, now in our tiny. OMG there is so much in 233 square feet!
It has now been 2 weeks, with school and stress and with internet connectivity problems I have made some improvements. This was all all resolved this week. I will be able to study now and take the big test #2 with IIN (my school for health coaching). With progress, its about time we hit the trails for a much needed hike.
My pups have been equally exhausted and getting use to the change. Today we have fun! Off to Devils Backbone! Getting their early, before the crowds, we were on the trail. SNIFFING AND SMELLING AS dogs do. I felt increased anxiety, me being the type that needs to get work done before play 🙁 Balance. YUP I have heard of that but how do I achieve that? The hike was beautiful, but the anxiety was growing! I have to get back and we have so much to do. I was then sent a message a sign! Stop and smell the poo…dog language. OK Message received! Gracie and Humph were sniffing taking their time enjoying the smell, as Mom’s anxiety grew. WOW, I need to just take a step back and Stop and smell the poo (well maybe not) like they do. Dogs don’t seem to have the anxiety people do…GOT TO GET IT ALL DONE NOW! Lesson for today!
I was so excited with this message and checking in with my own feelings, I had to share this message, and my AH HA MOMENT, with this sweet man coming down the trail. You see, with the bad relapse it seems like I DON’T always have a filter on my thoughts when expressing them. Here I was, excited about the message, I received. I tried to convey my AH HA moment as shown to me by my pups! The man chuckled politely and we exchanged a few words about how pretty this area was. We both parted continuing on our paths. The clouds were
forming and barometric pressure was dropping, playing havoc, on my body which was now on fire! My legs burning and I had the dizziness. MS monster’s (as I refer to them but symptoms that come and go) were coming out with the weather change, but we had a hike to enjoy! I got the message and we enjoyed our hike and threw the anxiety to the WIND! We arrived at the keyhole and , oops, battery died on my cell. Another message. Put the phone down! Enjoy the moment. I realized how many times I stop to take pictures. I am so dependent on my phone. I couldn’t be now. Enjoying the key hole, a hawk was announcing its presence.
Beautiful!!! With curiosity I watched while she was in her nest behind the key hole hidden from sight for most. I noticed and watched. We continued on the path enjoying the moments, the scenery without the distraction of taking pictures, and encounters of people along the way. It was actually very empowering. No phone, and enjoying my first message, enjoy the journey, Stop and smell the….well you know….
We came up upon a couple, the man I met before and his wife enjoying the view from a well placed bench. This time we spoke and had a long conversation about food, diet, health, inspirations. I was so inspired by this couple. They have been on a plant based whole foods (not processed diet) for what I remembered as 55 years but not sure I remember correctly now, but many many years. This couple Paul and Louise were beautiful, vibrant and hiking!!! I want to be just like them when I am their age. A affirmation diet is huge!!!
I was so inspired by them. So grateful for our chat on the trail, I left running down the trail then skipping , when I passed a man younger then I, smiled at us and giggled, “wow cool”! Maybe he was inspired by me and my pups older then him, skipping down the path. Me remarking, “its more fun to skip”. Exercise really helps with the burning pain in my leg. As we approached the end, I met a volunteer of the park. We spoke and he was asking if I come here often? I told him briefly about moving and Tootling Tranquility, and my future plans to support other people as a health coach. He was so curious about tiny houses. He asked a lot of questions. He then shared that his wife was in hospice. I LISTENED. HOSPICE IS HARD for everyone. My mom was in hospice in her final days. I listened to his story. Another amazing person with a story to tell. Up the hill to the parking lot on we went! I don’t even remember how, but Mary and I met, yet another angel with a story to tell. She was a jogger with a brightly colored outfit. So bright and such a pretty women! She shared her story, as I did about our tiny and transition that we are going through, and about all the amazing people we had met on the trail today! She too had a amazing story of her husband passing and her being his caretaker for 7 years with a disease that steals your ability to remember. She shared her story. We laughed and joked and understood each other thru our past experiences, me with ms and her with her husband. We wondered, when people say your so strong what does that mean? What is strength? Really?
After quite awhile, my pups, being so patient with their mom, talking to all the angels that shared our space today, we drove home to Tootling Tranquility. Anxiety turned into feeling so blessed ! So many amazing stories, so many inspiring people. LESSON LEARNED TODAY! I just have to stop and smell the poop! Thanks Gracie for pointing out that message. If I hadn’t taken the time to stop and notice, I would have missed the miracles of this beautiful hike and all the inspiring stories told by truly amazing people♡♡♡
What a great day! The pups and I slept well. All is as it should be♡♡♡.