Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Hello, friends! Happy Monday!

I experienced a bit of blog writing block for awhile. In January I started to put a lot of pressure on myself about blogging and in February I said goodbye to a relative who became ill and passed away, so I felt pretty unsettled and wasn’t able to focus on much other than work during that time.

So finally last week I just told myself to stop putting pressure on myself and just have fun with blogging… so that’s what we’re doing. I wanted to share some photos from the last few months and look back at the little things. They’re the things that got me through February. There aren’t that many for two months. They were what they were.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

The year started with tummy rubs and a photo of Mina.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And Tino. The look on his face. 😂

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

My family spent time at my sister’s and she made homemade peanut butter cups, that were really good.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I had my first coaching session and had to take a photo of the mess that was beside me. I felt behind and unorganized for most of January and this is just a visual representation of that. The suitcase was actually closed until about five minutes before my coaching call when I realized that the notebook I wanted to use for it was in the suitcase. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

A friend and I spent an afternoon at the University of Minnesota to film a video… which you should be seeing soon.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Any time cuddling with this pup is the best. And a good book to go with it.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Took a moment to look up on an early morning.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

💙💙💙

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

A friend of mine was in a rodeo at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul (she’s a barrel racer), so I met up with her outside the city so that I could ride in with her. Here’s a view of St. Paul.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I saw this quote backstage and loved it.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

It was so good to see my friend… and to see Lily again. Look at that face! 😍

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

It was also a really, really cold night.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Spent a weekend with this sweet pup and those sweet little forehead creases.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Had my second coaching call and felt much more with it this time. Instead of racing to find my notebook right before the call I had a chance to set up the diffuser with an uplifting oil blend.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

These brussels sprouts tacos were 👌🏼.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

A cozy pup on a bitterly cold night.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

She’s not a fan of boots, but I made her wear them on some of the coldest days we had this year.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I always love hearing my niece play the piano.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I had grand reading plans one week, but my uncle was put in ICU and I made a trip out to visit my family and see him instead. I took them with me, but wasn’t into reading that week.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Wishin’ and hopin’ for tummy rubs.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I thought of all the reminders on Instagram to look up while on my way to visit my uncle.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com
Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

While there I got to spend time with Charlie and Chip.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And enjoyed seeing how this view changed each day.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Squirrel watch.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

Grabbed a churro latte on my way out of town and it was delicious.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

I welcomed Morticia to the plant family. We’ll see if I can keep her alive. 🤞🏼

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And I took my niece out for the Valentine’s Day date I had to reschedule (spent Valentine’s Day with my aunt instead). We went to see Happy Day 2U.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

And we had snow.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

So much that even the snow dog wasn’t sure what to do with it.

Looking back at the little things that help us get through stressful months. // dreams-etc.com

There’s a lot of it.

So, that was the beginning of my year. I’d love love love to hear more about yours. What happened in your life? What were some of the highlights? What were some of the lows, if you’ve had some of those too? I’d love to hear more about what got you through.

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  • Met this handsome fella today. His name is Chauncey. When he blooms he’ll smell like eau de rotting meat and will make everyone swoon. 😍🥴😷 (If you live in the Twin Cities and visit him on Tuesday you might be able to see/smell him in all his glory.)
  • “Spread love wherever you go.” [Mother Theresa]
  • Whether you had a case of the Mondays or you had a great Monday, a photo of a cute dog is always in order.

PS - There’s a new post on the blog featuring this guy and a few other cute dogs. 🐶
  • If you’re looking for me, I am probably buried in the snow someplace, waiting for mail that never gets delivered and wondering if the only greenery I’ll ever see again are the plants that fill my room. What colors do you see when you look outside?
  • Just booked tickets to head back to a city that captured my heart last year. And I’ll be there a little longer this time! Tell me your NYC faves! What should I do? Where should I eat? Where should I get coffee? And any tips for being social while at @vox_con? I can be an awkward one sometimes. 😂
  • Happy #nationalloveyourpetday to my sweet little sidekick. She was a little bewildered by all the snow we got today, but by the end of the day she was frolicking through it. I so appreciate this little girl and all the joy, laughter, and comfort she brings. Tell me about your pet.
  • Let’s see if I can make it through this without crying. If you’ve been following my Stories, you’ll know that I left town on Wednesday. I mentioned that this isn’t a fun trip, but I followed that up with images of cute dogs and a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. What I didn’t show was a day spent at the hospital as I visit people I love dearly, one of whom is in ICU and may not get better. This would actually be a great segue into “Instagram is curated,” but not today.

Yesterday was a hard day. It was filled with this view, that brought some peace. It was filled with cute dogs, who brought some comfort. It was also filled with a lot of anxiety and tension and sadness. We ended the day in a group and our conversation was filled with tears as we talked about what’s happening right now and how we feel.

And then the tears turned to laughter as we reminisced about the past and talked about dogs.

It brought to mind that quote by the wise Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” The day I left, a friend and I were chatting and he said, “Your heart must be aching.” And it is. I wouldn’t necessarily describe anything I’ve felt as happiness, but yesterday I was reminded (because I’ve always known this, sometimes it’s just harder to remember) that the heartache and sadness can coexist with easier moments, too.

I can enjoy this view and accept the peace that it brings as I wonder what the outcome of this will be. I can feel the heaviness that I might not see this person again and accept the comfort that these dogs bring me. I can band together with people that I love to live through a rough day, but also enjoy the good moments that we share in the midst of it.

Laughter can accompany tears.

And when I live through days like today, I wonder if it’s exactly what we need in order to get through them.
  • Happy birthday, Valentino! You have the ability to make me roll my eyes, then melt my heart, all within a matter of seconds. You’re such a delight of a Canine Nephew and the best reason for celebration on Valentine’s Day. 😘

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