Be yourself.

Be yourself.

Elliot and me

“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” –Henry David Thoreau

I was both inspired and encouraged to blog about an article that Carol sent to me this week. She told me that I had to read this article and see the video attached. After seeing the title, I knew exactly why. It was called, “This Man Quit Finance To Walk Dogs In The Norwegian Woods”. I immediately thought, “Wow, I’m not the only crazy person in this world that just decided to quit the corporate world and do something completely unorthodox and hope for the best”. I had to see his story.

After about five years of working in finance, Matt Hein left his traditional job and began working in the dog service industry. In the video, Matt explains how taxing it was to wake up before the sun and start his commute into London every day of the week to a job that he felt like he was just wasting his life away at. He says, “You have to get in in the morning before your boss, and you have to leave after your boss because that way your boss think you’re working much harder than you are”. He asked himself “what would I do if money were no object, what is my passion, what do I want to do? “ So he did it. Today, Matt walks dogs in the Norwegian woods and is happier than ever that he took a chance on doing something he enjoys.

Matt poses an important question that I began asking myself every day around the same age, is this all there is to life? Now I know it’s not just Matt and I that have felt or thought this, but how sad is it that at the age of 26 or 27 someone is already asking themselves if this is it? How miserable is that? In my opinion this just shouldn’t be happening. Why are we doing this to ourselves?

I did everything I was “supposed to do”. I went to school, got my education, graduated with my masters in Psychology and set out into the world as a therapist eager to help others and make a difference. I learned very quickly that this exciting dream I had hoped would come to fruition, just wasn’t ever going to be the case in this restrictive, redundant, crazy, close minded world we succumb to. When I graduated from grad school and began my journey as a therapist, I worked two jobs, about 60-75 hours a week, commuted my life away, and was completely consumed by my hectic corporate life that I lost track of myself. And by lost track….I won’t bore you with gruesome details of my misery, but you can just marinate with that for a bit and use your imagination about how messy things got. Let’s just say my life was wasting away and it just didn’t feel right for me before I began my journey with Elliot’s House.

Today I cannot even begin to express how my life has changed for the better. I wake up everyday thankful that my life is different. I love my job and everyday I’m excited to get outside with the dogs, get out there, and make my ideas and dreams a reality. Isn’t that how it is supposed to be? Aren’t we supposed to feel capable and in control of our lives? Live it as you may, but as Matt so perfectly put it, “you might as well fail at something you like than failing at something you hate”. Take a chance. To me life is supposed to be for living.

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

–Henry David Thoreau



Holidays, Social Media, and the Presentation of Joy

Holidays, Social Media, and the Presentation of Joy

There’s a line from a Portlandia episode that I find myself quoting a lot: “Everybody on the Internet, they’re not having as great a time as you think they are.”  I feel that this is never more true than at the holidays.  Pictures of beautiful trees and perfectly foamed lattes and boots in the fresh snow may make you feel as though you’re inadequate, but they are poised vignettes.  Instagram and Pinterest and Twitter are all true and false at the same time; social media is the cat in Schrodinger’s box.  Everything is nothing.  Nothing is everything.  We present and represent ourselves in a way that we want to be viewed.  We show you the best parts of ourselves and our lives.  But there are things we don’t talk about.

This was the post I was going to write today.  I even had pictures.  Behold: my beautiful tree.




Behold: what happens from the dog’s tail wagging, even if I sweep every day (I don’t sweep every day.  I’m lazy.  I’m getting truthful here.  Watch out, there’s more of that to come.)




And literally as I sat down to write this post, to analyze pets and family-time and holiday expectations and our role as social media users and creators there was a pretty serious accident in my house.  I don’t really want to get into the specifics (I’m vague booking on a blog) but the end result is that we do not have Albie in our lives anymore.


Loss of any loved one is hard, but at the holidays it’s harder.  How do we celebrate the good times (come on) when we feel like something or someone is missing?  How do we see others’ joy and not let our own sadness overwhelm everyone?  There’s a saying, “be kind for everyone is fighting a battle you don’t know” and I think that’s probably true.  The holidays are about more than gifts and food (although those are awesome), and now more than ever- not just because of the holidays, but also because of the political state of the world- we should remember to be kind.  Hug your kids and dogs a little tighter.  Smile at the people on the street.  Whatever joy and love you have in your world, pay that forward.  And remember not to let other people make you feel like what you have and what you offer is not enough.  You are enough.  You are more than enough, on the internet and in real life.


Happy Holidays to you all.



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