Time To Look Ahead

by Houndstooth on

As we find ourselves at the beginning of another year, I think we all find ourselves thinking about where it will go, what we’ll do and how we’ll end up after another trip around the sun.  Some people like to make resolutions, others prefer to set goals and some don’t acknowledge it at all.  While I was thinking things over, the one thing that struck me is that no matter what you like to do, it’s a time to look ahead.

Resolutions For A New Year -- Tales and Tails

Resolutions For A New Year

This year, I know that I want to live more in the moment with my loved ones, and that includes my husband and the dogs.  I see Bunny aging faster than I’d like to admit and it’s a little scary.  But life with Lilac and Treat taught me that you never know what the future is going to hold.  I had Treat, who I thought was going to live to be an old lady and was gone at barely ten years old and Lilac didn’t retire until she was almost eight years old and loved it so much here that she lived to be over sixteen.  You can’t know what’s going to happen in the future of any of your loved ones, and if you spend that quality time worrying about what’s going to be, you miss out on a lot of moments.

So, I’m thinking that instead of setting goals and distracting myself with other things, this year I just want to enjoy life with them.  That’s not to say that I don’t have things that I want to accomplish this year.  I do have some goals, but I want to focus on enjoying life and those quiet moments that we often miss.  We had a dream about hiking to the frozen waterfalls again this year on New Year’s Day, but the dangerous weather put an end to that.  That doesn’t mean we can’t do it later when it’s safe to be outside, it just means we decided to start the year off with a healthy dose of wisdom.  The girls and I may find ourselves visiting some dog friendly establishments if we don’t get a break soon, but for now, we’re choosing to appreciate a reason to stay in, curl up together and dream about what we’ll do when warmer weather comes.

Bunny's Resolutions -- Tales and Tails

Bunny’s Resolutions

I know that we humans need to focus on living healthier and that will undoubtedly benefit the dogs.  I’m pretty sure they won’t mind helping us get into some better habits as long as they don’t have to brave the arctic to do it.  I just want to get to the end of 2018 and say that we enjoyed it, had fun and are happier than we were at the beginning.  I’ll consider that a success at the end of the year.

What are some of your goals, hopes and dreams for the coming year?  We’d love to hear what you’re up to!

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  • Sue Dyer

    Like you we are looking forward to the nicer warmer weather. At the moment we are in a cold and wet spell. We want longer walks at places Polly finds it easier, like the beach. We want the longer days, not these short dismal ones. Most of all, we want to make every second count. Like Bunny, Polly is aging fast, so we can’t miss a second.

    We hope you accomplish all your goals and have fun doing them. Sue, Polly & Honey

    • Trisha L.

      Hi Sue,
      It is very cold here too….Brrr.
      I hope that we all have a healthier & happy New Year ❤

      • Sue Dyer

        Hi Trisha, You have it much colder than we do.

        Hope all your dreams come true in 2018. Sue

        • Trisha L.

          Same for you Sue❤

  • SGilbert

    With this -30 wind chill and more days that are below freezing…it is fun just staying in and playing and snuggling with our dogs plus our granddogs this long weekend. It nice to just look out the window and be thankful for our nice warm home. Have a very happy 2018 year!

  • Vicky

    I love Bunny’s resolutions and your goals. Living in the moment is a lofty goal for us all. I find myself being extra busy taking care of others, so one of my goals is to take more days for myself and Tippy. Does sound a little selfish, I guess, but in order to keep going, I just need a break every once in a while. The others are the normal – eat less, exercise more, lose weight, etc. Hope you all have a happy and healthy 2018!

    • Trisha L.

      Vicky, that’s not selfish at all!! If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for others.
      Happy New Year ❤

      • Vicky

        Thank you!

        • Trisha L.


  • Trisha L.

    Here is to a healthier & happy New Year for everyone🎉❤🎉
    I Love spending time with Snapshot & Frankie!! Snapshot, our Greyhound will be (9) Jan. 15th and Frankie is (13), so I want them to be happy and every moment counts❤🐶🐶❤

  • ShineJake

    Yes, I whole heartedly agree with everything that was said! 2017 was a bust in so many ways, although as far as personal goals go I’ve actually not done so bad myself. I’m gonna keep eating healthy, despite the many urges to fall off the wagon and continue to exercise. It’s difficult to stay motivated, but I often remind myself that I can’t rely on motivation alone all the time and that I just gotta persevere through sheer force of will most of the time.

    Happy New Year!