National Pet Day
Happy Tuesday to anyone that has landed on my blog. My goal for any random reader or loyal friend that happened to lay their eyes on my dear, H-A-L-E.com, is to bring a smile to their face, make them think, inspire them, motivate them, and allow their minds to drift off into a world where women's voices are heard and their creative expression is honored. Such a mission is something I plan to dedicate the rest of my life to doing. If you go back and read my very first post about my late grandmother, you will understand the inspiration behind this blog as well as my journey to find strength after a year of sudden surprises and heartbreak.
I have a funny relationship with social media as there are so many things I absolutely love about it and others that I feel are just so invasive. Finding that perfect balance of wanting to express myself, inspire others, and share my personal thoughts has been a fine dance.
Today is #NationalPetDay which is one of my favorite social days because it is all about unconditional love and happiness that comes with having a pet. Lola, this gorgeous feline of a kitty has pawed her way to my heart since the day I met her. Last year, I went through a rocky time with family deaths and the daily challenges of being an entrepreneur. However, through it all, I found the unconditional comfort from Lola. She always knows exactly when to curl up on my lap whenever I am needing that extra dose of love.
The presence of an animal has the ability to increase positivity in a person's life and much more. Research has shown that the presence of a pet in one's life can help with depression, anxiety, loss of a loved one, and even children with autism. Some studies have venn shown that terminally ill patients, like those with cancer, have lived longer because of the responsibility they feel to nature and care for their pet.Our furry friends provide unconditional love and affection. And pets can shift our narrow focus beyond ourselves, helping us to feel connected to a larger world.
Today, I encourage you to not just post a cute picture of your furry friend, but to also take a few minutes to to let them know you are deeply grateful for their unconditional friendship.