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Do something for someone who can never repay you.

Lya Battle

Lya Battle's Dog Paradise

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Territorio de Zaguates (Territory of Strays) is a non-profit organization founded by Lya Battle and Alvaro Saumet. It’s home to more than 1,300 dogs. It’s a dog sanctuary located in the mountains of Costa Rica.

I can only imagine the amount of work they face each day, both physically and mentally. I am so grateful for all that Territorio de Zaguates has done and continues to do. I really want to help them in any way I can. If you can to help too — that would be so great! Thank you, thank you.

Their website is posted below, and I’ve included videos so you can see what they are about. It’s pretty amazing.

Territorio de Zaguates website:
https://info.territoriodezaguates.com/index/

 

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I’ve Pet That Dog

I had to share it. The photos and captions below are from Gideon’s “I’ve Pet That Dog!” account on Instagram. You can find him on Twitter too (with over 206,000 followers). He’s 10 years old. I’m jealous.

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“I pet Oscar. He is a 5 year old Maltichon. Oscar gets frustrated when he doesn’t get attention, so he plops down on the laptop. He likes to give kisses. Oscar goes to doggy daycare to get out his energy and play. Oscar’s caregiver says he is the friendliest dog she has ever met.‬”

adopt dont shop

“I pet Roxy and Miya. Roxy, on the left, is 6 and Miya, on the right, is 10 months old. Roxy was adopted from the Humane Society. She was one of the dogs who had been there the longest. Her caregivers were told she would never like other dogs. Now she and Miya are best friends.‬ Miya is an adventurous dog. She and Roxy have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Miya once jumped into a fast moving creek. Her caregiver had to run downstream and jump into the creek to rescue her. He said the water was so cold, he couldn’t feel his legs.”

cooper - ive pet that dog

“I pet Cooper. He is a 7 year old Lab and is littermates with Dutch. Cooper is a busybody. He wants to see what everyone is doing and be a part of it. He loves to chew on bones. Cooper also likes to protect his yard by chasing out the rabbits and deer.”

adopt a rescue

“I pet Millie. She is a 6 year old dog who was rescued in KY. She was brought north for adoption by @mobilemuttsrescue. Millie was pregnant and gave birth in her foster home before her caregiver adopted her. Millie has a maternal instinct and is very good with her family’s 3 year old.”

zoe - i pet this dog

“I pet Zoe. She is a 12 year old Yorkie. She is playful and loves kids. Zoe is very daring. She will chase rabbits, even though they are bigger than she is. She will even chase much larger dogs. Zoe likes to ride on her caregiver’s shoulder, like a parrot.”

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“I pet Huxley. He is a 2 year old pound special. He is a mix of many breeds. He is a laid-back, happy dog. His caregiver teaches at a university and often brings Huxley to class. Huxley seems to know when students are stressed and goes to them so they can pet him.”

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A Million Really Exciting Things

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Patti Smith Crawling on Stage

“For everything bad, there’s a million really exciting things, whether it’s someone puts out a really great book, there’s a new movie, there’s a new detective, the sky is unbelievably golden, or you have the best cup of coffee you ever had in your life.”

“If I’ve learned one thing in life, it’s not to be so judgmental of other people.”

“An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn’t know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch.”

“Nothing is a hobby – each discipline is its own world with its own high standards. Of course, every artist has ‘minor works’ that they do, but I don’t think I have any ‘minor disciplines.'”

“I think we have a creative impulse where suffering can magnify our work, but so can joy. You can be in love and write the greatest love song ever. Sometimes I think too much suffering makes it difficult to do one’s work.”

“I never felt oppressed because of my gender. When I’m writing a poem or drawing, I’m not a female; I’m an artist.”

All quotes by Patti Smith

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Rich Roll: Just Begin

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Rich Roll 2017

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You Are Amazing

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Today I sent my mom an email, thanking her for the great idea/helpful tip she had a few days ago. The subject line of the email read; You Are Amazing. After I sent it, I thought of the other people I spoke to or emailed with over the last few days. Then I thought of my Sunday blog, and the readers/friends I connect with there. I thought to myself… everyone should know that they are amazing. I should tell them too! So here I am. I’m here to tell you that… YOU ARE AMAZING.

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3 Amazing Photographers …that happen to be women

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I know I am late to whole app scene, but I’m just recently checking out all of the wonderfulness on Instagram. Wow, so much talent & fun there! I’m just soaking it up. Below I will list only a tiny few of the Instagram accounts I really enjoy. My favorites right now are predominately professional photographers. I have so many that I’m really loving, but I’ll share just three. And I’m not sharing their photography here! I want you to troll their lives and their work, check it out for yourself first hand. You’ll be glad you did.

Jillian Lukiwski

1. Jillian Lukiwski, a silversmith and writer who goes by the pseudonym The Noisy Plume.

Emily Nathan

2. Emily Nathan, the founder of an inspiring creative collective called Tiny Atlas Quarterly.

Andrea Gentl

3. Andrea Gentl, a food and travel aficionado, as well as the other half of Gentl and Hyers.

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No More Yes

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I snagged today’s blog post from Derek Sivers’ website. Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998. In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22 million, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education. He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.

No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.

Those of you who often over-commit or feel too scattered may appreciate a new philosophy I’m trying: If I’m not saying “HELL YEAH!” about something, then I say no.

Meaning: When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no.

When you say no to most things, you leave room in your life to really throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!”

We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.

Examples:

I was hiring someone for a long-term project. There were many candidates. I compared pros-and-cons. Nobody blew me away, but I felt I had to choose one of them. Instead, I said no to all, and began the search again in a different way. That turned up someone absolutely amazing who is ideal and I’m psyched to be working with.

I was supposed to go to three music conferences in the next few months. They were spread out around the world and would have taken many expensive days in planes and hotels to be there. I had said yes to all of them out of habit or obligation. But I realized I wasn’t feeling “HELL YEAH!” about them, so I cancelled all three. They’re a little disappointed but I was able to clear off 12 days in my calendar! 12 days!! Do you know how much I can do with 12 free days? Maybe I could get Muckwork launched! Now that is a “HELL YEAH!”

I was deciding where to live. I had heard good things about Vancouver and Sydney. I was interested in Hong Kong and Florianópolis. But when I got to New York City I felt such an instant “HELL YEAH!” that I stayed.

9, 10 or 1

The surprisingly great book “Personal Development for Smart People” asks you to think about the different areas of your life (career, relationships, spiritual, health, etc.) – and rate your satisfaction in each area from 1 to 10.

But after doing that, the next suggestion impressed me: it said to go through every area you rated a 5, 6, 7, or 8 – and replace it with a 1! That we should never settle for “it’s not so bad” – and instead face up to what you really want.

In other words: No more “yes”. It’s either “HELL YEAH!” or “no”.

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