Not gonna lie dog training has been one of the hardest things I have ever done. Lylah is now 7 months old and is still growing and learning every day. With us bonding on the road for ten weeks its been a difficult transition from the go go go life to this life of staying still. Of course, I'm doing my best to make it easier by going on long walks, taking her to the gym with me, hanging out with my client's dogs, and just generally being around her as much as I can and getting her energy out. Of course with this difficulty staying still also means that she has this idea that she can try and challenge me as alpha. Now I know that this will be an ongoing thing for at least three to four years. The breeds she's mixed with all have this age where they will suddenly backtrack on their training to see what they can get away with.
For Lylah she is learning the hard way that I won't allow that. She really does try her hardest to push me and to see how far she can push but with the training I've been putting forward, she hasn't had much success. I'm not afraid to make my stance and to make sure she knows I'm in charge. Not my friends, not my dad, and certainly not my boyfriend.
Now I'm not saying she doesn't listen at all, she does and I'm starting to trust her more but it is a process. Puppies aren't like humans, you have to be on top of them at all times to get them to understand what you want them to know. You have to lay down the law constantly and make sure that nobody is giving any room for them to make the decisions.
So far Lylah is doing well and I'm excited to see how she is down the road and I am considering sending her off with a personal trainer when she is around a year old so that her training can be more refined but for now, I will take what I have. She is growing up to be a wonderful best friend.
While I was on the road I had a lot of time to think about everything in my life. I had time to reset myself mentally, physically, and emotionally. I had time to really consider all possibilities and to think about where I wanted to go next. Ten weeks of freedom and pure bliss do that to people. Of course, not everyone thinks that living in a van for ten weeks is worth the time but for someone who loves to get outside, hike, and explore it's a paradise.
One of the things I thought about was work, I wondered what I would do when I got back and what kind of job I could get being in a touristy area where I had lived most of my life. I really wondered if it was worth going back to Florida at all or if I should consider other options. Then I thought about my boyfriend and realized that I was gonna have to go back no matter what. I did (and do) love him so not going back wasn't an option and yet I really didn't want to go back to the normal 9-5 retail/hostess business. That's all the Destin area really is and I was dreading the idea of having to put myself through that stress.
So I got to looking online for jobs I can do that wouldn't be in those categories. For weeks I searched, applied, waited, and wondered if anything would happen at all. Even when I got back home I got nothing. Not a lick of response from people I had talked to and I was started to feel that I would have to go back to those dreadful jobs. Which would be literal hell on earth.
Yet someone was looking out for me because I got a job with a business that lets you work from home. Now I can't exactly tell you all the details but its great because I can make my own schedule and for a month I get paid training and it's really good money. It's an exciting factor that I wasn't expecting and I am so stoked to get this job started. I have a few weeks left of waiting and I know I will be busy getting things down and learning something new but I am ready to do something other than sit and watch shows all day or go climbing. I need something more than that. Something that makes me get up early instead of sleep in and struggle to get through my day.
I'm ready, and I can't wait for this new chapter to start. I feel like things are really moving in the direction I need and when I get things down at this job I can travel with it. All I need is a headset and a laptop and I'm good to go. SO many adventures and changes are coming.
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Tomorrow night my dad and I will be doing another drunken podcast. We haven't decided on a topic yet but I'm sure we will think of something as we get closer to the podcast itself. After a rough weekend, I feel like I need this and I am pumped about it. Sometimes to let loose you need topics that most people hate talking about and some booze to get you through it. Later on, in the week we will be going outdoor climbing and I'm sure that will refresh my mind.
For now, though, we will go with the booze idea.
While you are waiting for that podcast episode I will let you know that I am working on my next video from my trip. I haven't posted in a bit so it's time to let you guys see more of my amazing 10 weeks on the road. I am pretty excited about it. For now, check out my latest video that I posted.
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All of these are new pieces that are ready to go to homes. It feels really good to be back into the swing of art and to be expressing my creativity again. If your interested in these art pieces then please purchase one today. They are all ready and I must say they are all beautiful. The colors turned out amazing on these sets. I already can't wait to make more for you guys.
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So I made four pieces yesterday, sadly two of those pieces have to be redone due to them settling weird with the topcoat. But the good news is that the two that survived this strange ordeal are ready to go to new homes. They are down below.
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