When I expressed interest in getting a dog, I got a lot of discouragement from friends and family. They said "it's a big commitment," "pets are really expensive," "you'll have to change your life around them."
I promptly ignored them and went to adopt a dog! I went with my friend Lauren (who I consider a pet expert) to Animal Haven to look at their dogs. I saw one dog that was a tiny Pointer. He was very cute, but I didn't feel a deep connection. Then I asked to see their pit bull. I had a pit bull growing up so I know they are smart, super lazy, cuddle monsters. When they brought out Blair (formerly Amy) she was pulling on her leash and had a toy in her mouth. Her face was messed up and her nipples looked as if she were pregnant, yet I fell instantly in love. I asked if I could adopt her and within 3 days, Lauren and I brought Blair, to my apartment!
People were right, though! Having a pet was a huge commitment. It was expensive. And my life changed drastically. Blair was a holy terror the first 4 months because she tugged on her leash! On top of that my schedule changed to revolve around her. I woke up everyday at 4:30 am to walk her 3 miles, then came home right after work to let her out to pee. After the first month, I was worried I made a huge mistake. Luckily I bought great toys like the ones below that distracted her from the leash. Buying her toys that last longer than one day, and her food (she's 60 pounds, so she eats a lot), and recently an automatic dog feeder was expensive (not including vet bills- $300 each time), but it was worth it to see her happy and healthy and at home with me.
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Adopting Blair has been the best decision of my life. I wouldn't change any second of it. When people ask if they should get a dog, I say unequivocally: YES! It is challenging, and time consuming, and expensive, but Blair is my best friend, my confidant, and my baby.
P.S. She's also my muse! Listen to the song I wrote about her. It has some hilarious photos too!
I recently got blue light glasses from Warby Parker because my job as a technology teacher requires me to stare at a computer all day long. Don't get me wrong, I still have perfect eyesight, but I wanted to keep it that way.
Now anytime I look at a computer screen or phone, I have to put on these glasses. The first day I wore them, I was constantly putting on my glasses and taking them off. I would put on my glasses to scroll Instagram then promptly take them off. Then I would put my glasses back on to check my email, and take them off again.
After a week of putting them on and taking them off, I decided to just wear them the entire day. I spent far too much time looking at screens! You could argue that I look at screens for my job, but I was having to put on the glasses before I went to the bathroom because I would look at my phone for a few minutes!
The worst (most hypocritical) part was that I was teaching my students about media balance and telling them to minimize their screen time. Yet I couldn't practice what I preached! Because of that, I decided to do a Content Cleanse to fix my mindless computer usage and media consumption. I spent lunch breaks meditating, stopped listening to as many podcasts, and started writing in a notebook instead of scrolling Instagram.
I don't think I gained any insight other than minimizing screen time gives you so much more time for other things. I started a blog (albeit online), I walked my dog more, and I even had dinners with my fiance without the tv on!
I want to continue this trend and hope you join me too. We can't complain about kids these days on their phones if we are doing the same.