Starting something new is never easy. It could be a new job, a new city, a new relationship or even a new pet. At some point, good ‘ol self-doubt is sure to set in questioning “is this the path I am supposed to be on?” At times, it would be easier just to quit. Doing something that you know well is definitely the easier choice. If you are someone who takes pride in what you do, it makes it all that much harder. As a “recovering perfectionist,” I know all too well the pressure we can place on ourselves. How about starting a charity?! I will be the first to admit, there is so much I don’t know… Including not knowing what I don’t know. Read that again!
Last summer when I brought home a puppy, it had been 15 years. I underestimated how much I would be starting all over again. In one of the puppy support groups on social media, I posted his photo & encouraged advice. To no surprise, there were many basic responses about pet insurance, crate training, house breaking tips, and all the puppy “must haves.” Among all the messages (and there were a lot), one comment really stood out to me, it simply read: “love & patience.”
For those of you who know Teddy, you know he plays hard, and he sleeps hard. He fights a nap like a two-year-old toddler. He. Is. Exhausting. Side note… we love him anyway! Throughout the journey of puppyhood, at times, I found myself frustrated, discouraged, or just plain tired. During those moments, those wise words would slip into my head…Love and patience.
I find myself reaching for those words of advice more than ever as I grow The Izzie Fund. It’s easy to get discourage or disappointed. As I build awareness and focus on growing the charity’s brand and following, patience is truly a virtue. It is no easy task, and I have gained such a respect for all of those working in the nonprofit world.
And as for love… well, there is no greater love than a girl and her dog! As the poem reads, “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever!” My sweet little Izabela! You provided me all the love I need to keep going in your namesake till my last breath. For all of you reading this right now, thank you for going along on this journey with me. If you are trying something new yourself, keep going & give yourself some love and patience. You will get there!