Okay now I know a lot of you are thinking why that title…Well I was confused why it was called Labor  day when nobody was supposed to labor.  I mean it is an honest mistake. So now that I know the real definition of the day and what you SHOULD do or not do, so let’s talk.

Did you know the day was created to celebrate all the hard work that you do the rest of the year? Pretty cool no? So with that in mind,  you should take the day and enjoy it with your family and friends. Have a BBQ or just sit and relax and enjoy the fact that it is a work day you are not having to work on.

For those of you who still will have to work, make sure to do something for yourself to celebrate all you have accomplished over the year,  even if it is just grabbing a Starbuck’s coffee. You do not need to have a grand celebration to enjoy a day meant to honor you.

For me, now that I know there is a day for me to reflect and be happy of my year’s work, I am going to ask for a BBQ , a hot dog and hamburger. I mean I earned it with my nightly patrols for the cat.

I would like to wish you all a HAPPY LABOR DAY for all from me and all of us in my family.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Well my week started out really good when one of my human moms came back after being gone for a week at something called a networking event. Now if you are like me, you had no clue what this is but now I do.

So let me explain it to you this is where you go to sit or meet with people and share ideas and thoughts. In business this is used to meet and share your business knowledge and learn about others. Now for those who are still unsure how this can be of benefit to you in life or business let me explain it to you.

In life you want to be able to meet people who have same interest or like to do the same things will hopefully become friends.

But in business, these events or meetings are a good way to share your business or product in more friendly and personable way. This is also useful to find possible clients, even If those at the event are not the client you are trying to gain. There is always a good chance that they may know somebody who could use your services or products.

For instance I go to Puppy Spa every week. Of course I get my bath, puppy blow out (kind of like a Brazilian blow out) and my manicure. But more than that, while I am there I get to learn about what is happening in the city where I live in. Who’s hot who and who’s not. So mine is more of a personal networking thing,  but I think you get the concept, No?

Speaking of my networking my mom just told me that I get to go tomorrow to Puppy Spa and I cannot wait.

Till next week. Emmy

 

 

Did you notice the World news when taxi’s in America, Canada, UK and Australia made the headlines because they took kittens into the work place. This initiative aimed to help stressed workers and the recipients got to cuddle, play with and stroke these delightful kittens for 15 minutes. Also there is the chance to adopt a kitten if you love these cute felines. Part of the fee charged goes to cat rescue shelters.

What about puppies you ask? They are a possibility too. The fact that we love our pets is endearing. We are a world of animal lovers. They bring us unconditional love and affection (as long as we feed, water and stroke them). We have two dogs called Riley and Gretel who give the most amazing welcome as they hear the door open. A most wonderful way to return from work. Greeted with a waggy tails and nuzzling noses, enough to feel like King or Queen of the World.

Science stuff to back this up:

“Alan Beck of Purdue University, and a psychiatrist, Aaron Katcher of the University of Pennsylvania, actually measured what happens physically when a person pets a friendly and familiar dog. They found that the person’s blood pressure lowered, heart rate slowed, breathing became more regular and muscle tension relaxed-all of which are signs of reduced stress……. A study published recently in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine confirmed these effects, showing changes in blood chemistry demonstrating reduced amounts of stress related hormones. It is interesting to note that these positive psychological effects work a lot faster than many drugs taken for stress, since all of these effects occurred after only 5 to 24 minutes of pleasantly interacting with the dog.”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/200906/health-and-psychological-benefits-bonding-pet-dog

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Joanna Pemberton is a master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Hypnotherapist. She is dedicated to helping people manage their stress and anxieties through a variety of techniques.

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I am just not in the mood to get all heavy today, so let’s talk on one of my favorite things, fun.Now it is summer time and you have to do fun stuff in the summer it is a law, okay maybe not but it should be.

( Note to self check into the steps to make this a law).

Now before you start thinking I would love to do some fun things this suimmer, but most things cost money than I have.  Think outside of the box! For those of you still stumped, that is what I am here for to be your guide to cheap summer fun. As you all know I am not a rich dog so I have to think about budget also, and since I have to include my sister and my humans in my fun, budget becomes very important.

Did you know during the summer a lot of musuems and galleries do specials on entrance fees and some even set aside one day a week usually on the weekends to get in for free?

How about a picnic, everybody loves to go on a picnic? And the cost is a little effort in the food prep, you can even get away with staying close if you go to the local park or playground.

Even setting the sprinkler in the yard can be fun, you are never to old to be a kid again. Be sure to take a minute and play. Life is too short not to play. What do all those things have in common very little or no money investment involved.

Now for a little money you can take advantage of movie specials, like two for one tickets or the matinee.

The point is, there are ways to enjoy your summer and have fun without breaking the bank. Summer does not always mean expensive vacation. Check in your area and find out but you might be surprised at all the things you can do to have fun and enjoy your summer.

Speaking of summer enjoyment, I am going to run around and roll in my soft green grass and play with one of my bones.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Let’s talk about risks and when to take them and when to play it safe. If you are like my sister she is not a big risks taker, which works for her. She is happy and comfortable with her life. But me on the other hand I like to push the limits. When I do I learn, grow and sometimes I even gain some cool new stuff.

But how do you know when to take the risk and when to say no thanks?  Trust me, this is something you need to make sure to think about. Now I do not mean that you need to have a brain racking session every time you need to decide to do something. But on the big decisions, and especially those which involve a risk, take a minute and weigh it out. Take it from me, the time spent can mean all the difference. I will share a story with you, even though I am kind of ashamed to say, I did not stop and weigh the consequences of one of my decisions, and I man did I paid. I was doing my nightly yard patrol when I saw a skunk in my yard.  He was minding his own business, so I could have just walked away, but without a second of thought I went running after him.  Let’s just say my human parents could smell me coming to the door long before I arrived. And the bath that followed was not at all fun. So now I try to be smart and think about things first. And when it comes to my safety and risks my human parents are pretty smart.

Now I am not saying all decisions can end badly. Just remember that in life or business you need to take a moment and weigh the Pros (how will this help me in my business or life, what will I gain form this choice) and the Cons (what will this cost me, how much time and effort will this involve, will this hurt others) I mean let’s be real, there is ALWAYS two side to everything: the good and not so good (or bad). You cannot live your life without risks. Even my sister knows that, just be smart with them. Make sure the benefits outweigh the bad.

That is all for now I am going to go risk bugging my mom at her desk and see if it gets me a puppy cookie, I have weighed the pros and cons and I think the risk is worth taking.

Till next week. Emmy

 

We have a holiday coming up this weekend. It is one of my favorites because my humans take  time off from work  and I get extra attention( and yes of course I know they work from home but when they work it is not all about me and as most of you know I think it should always be about me). But I do know that the holiday is a celebration of independence, do you know what that really means?

In my case I do a lot of delegating tasks to my humans and my sister so I can be free to enjoy the things I enjoy doing. Do you know how to delegate tasks to gain your independence and get more freedom? If you are not sure then chances are you are not doing this at all or not enough. If you whole day is filled with things that you have to do or you are sure they will not get done then you have not truly learned to embrace your independence yet.

So listen up let me explain how this works for you:

First look at all the things you do in a day, week or even in the month, Does it all need to be done by you and you alone? Or are there some things that can really be handed off to another to complete with little or no effort on your part.

If the answer to that was yes then you are walking down the path to accomplish this in your life. But just knowing it is not doing it. Take me for instance I always thought only I could keep my yard safe then one day I really wanted a nap and I could not do yard patrol and a nap so I delegated yard duty to my sister and got the freedom to nap in peace.

You next step should be then to hand over the things you can assign to another, I know letting go not easy to do but in the end you will be happier for it, trust me.

Once you have done this step back take, breathe and decide what you WANT to do with the time you have just gained in your life.

Now if you will excuse me my humans are discussing 4th of July and food and I have to be present for the conversation.

I wish you all a HAPPY and SAFE 4TH OF JULY!

 

Till next week. Emmy

 

I am assuming that my title this week has gotten your attention, so let me explain. When we are little and still growing we get leg cramps some so bad you could not sleep, or was that just me? And before you know it you are all grown up and those pains go away. But just when you think that you are all done with growing pains, new ones appear…..The grown up kind.

You all know the ones I am talking about the ones that either come on because of a growing family or even a growing business. They make you stop and think about how to make the changes or adjustments that are needed to continue on the smooth and successful road in your business.

For me, I had to stop and really think if I was willing to share my house and life with my feathered brothers and sisters when my humans first added them to our house. And trust me I had some growing pains, I had to learn to share the attention and to deal with my parrot brothers and their loud broadcasting of the thoughts of the day. But in the end, I decided that my family growing was okay and worth it even if there was a little discomfort and pain that came with it. Now do not get me wrong it is not always fun and games in my house but after the growing pains stopped, our house is better for the changes.

Now you may be experiencing a similar thing in your life or business. Do you know what you need to do? One tip is just to face the discomfort of those growing pains. Then take a breath and make a plan.

Trust me and take the plunge and make the right adjustments to grow. Once the change is done and the plan is in motion you will find out that it is not so bad. Now you, your family or business will be better off and stronger for it.

Ready to move to the next level and tackle what comes next?

Just take a deep breath and maybe an aspirin or two for the pains and make the steps that are needed to grow and expand and make it happen. Take it from me, it really can be a great thing when it happens.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Okay, so here is the deal, I was asleep last night and woke up in a great mood ready  to take my 2 AM yard patrol (this is one of my favorite night time activities, usually it is quite and just me and my mom and my sister. And my mom will sit patiently until we patrol the yard in enjoy the cool night air). But last night turned out to be a drag because when we got to the door and it was raining. I do not mean drizzle, which my sister and I will still usually deal with, but I mean a down pour. So we had to give up our plans and just return to bed.

So as I lay there kind of sad and disappointed, I came to the conclusion that I could let it get me down or I could just accept it as it is and wait for the next go round.

Now I am sure that all of you at one time or another have had this happen to you, you had a wonderful day and all is running smooth, then bam something goes wrong or does not happen like you would like it to have. You are now presented with something you just have to accept.

As I see it you have two choices, you can either continue to be upset about the situation; which let’s face it will not solve the issue, or fix the problem. You can make a conscience effort to accept the thing you cannot change and not let it ruin your great day or if it is something you can fix then do that and salvage what I am sure was a great day for you.

But the truth be told, life is not always smooth sailing ( I am told this because I do not own a boat…but I think I should ask for one. I would look so cool steering one don’t you think?) There are bumps and hiccups along the way, how you decide to deal with them is totally up to you.

In business, things happen just like in life. You have to be able to pick up the mess and accept the responsibly of fixing the issue, whatever that may be.

Okay, well I have to go as it is sunny and bright here and I need to go patrol my yard.

Till next week. Emmy

 

I was just listening to my moms talk the other day about loyalty and trust, and that got me to thinking. Do I have loyalty? Have I built up a trust factor with all those in my life?  Do they know they can count on me to always have their back and stand beside them even if it is not always the best thing for me?

And if so, can I count on the same thing from them?

Have I taken the time to show them that I am thankful to them for standing with me and allowing me to stand with them? After a little pondering on this thought, (of course after my nap, because you know I always think better on a rested brain) I came to the conclusion that I do have those loyalty relationships with my family. As a token of my appreciation, I even took one of my many bones and gave it to my sister (now just so you know this was a big deal for me). And I gave extra snuggles to my humans.

Now take a second a think, do you have this in your life or business? And if so, how do you show those people that you appreciate them. In life it is the little gestures that mean the most. I am not saying give up your bones, but I am sure you can think of something.

Now in your business there are many ways to show your gratitude for the loyalty your clients or customers show you, take the Hilton for instance they reward you with points that you can use for free stays. In today’s world, there are many companies that know the importance of showing your gratitude for loyalty offer something like this to their customers.

Even my moms do this. They show their loyal clients the appreciation for the continued working relationship and loyalty but giving a yearly credit of free hours of work. Now they do this on a sliding type scale to be fair. The longer the client has been with them, the more free hours they receive.

Now this may not be right for you or your business, but you should think about showing your loyal clients some love. And it should go without saying that this should be practiced in your personal life.

I think it is time for me to get my afternoon brushing, this is one way my moms show that they are grateful for my love and loyalty to them.

Till next week. Emmy

 

Okay so let’s talk, I mean really have a chat. I have been watching people and learning a lot of those in my life (and just so you know people watching is a thing I like to share with my grandfather when he is home). And I have come to the conclusion that people try to be something they are not in life. They will either do this or that to impress others or to make others happy. They pretend to like something or be comfortable in a situation that they truly are not, or they just are not true to themselves. Or some even pretend they are happy in their personal or business life and except things that are not good for them, I call this: I am a door mat.

Now I know we are all guilty of this, even me.  I know it is hard to believe, but I have been known to act a different way to impress. But in the end either you become unhappy or the truth comes out and everyone loses.

I have found out that you need to be you in both life and business, if you spend the whole time trying to be what you think that somebody wants or needs, then you truly have no time for you to shine in what you do and who you are. You cannot please everyone in this life. The best you can do is be you and highlight your talents and gifts. Be kind and considerate and hope the others in your life will do so also.

Your challenge for this week is to be you and share all who you are with those in your life or business. Share your assets and stop letting those close to you dictate how you should feel, what you should do or what you should have to accept to make them happy. And if you are the door mat stop that, if they need a door mat they sell them at Walmart.

Till next week. Emmy

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