An Unexpected Spark

Friday, August 02, 2013

I haven't written a blog in a long time, but I thought it was time to share what has happened along my journey. I started with SparkPeople, like most of us, with the goal of losing weight and becoming healthy. Well, unfortunately, I haven't completely achieved that goal yet. I have become healthier, eating a lot less junk, a very good thing, but the weight is very slow coming off.

However, I discovered there is a lot more to this "spark" thing than I originally thought. Last year I read "The Spark", hoping to become inspired to create a food and exercise program, but the book also talks about striving to live a happy and full life, not when you lose weight but right now. The idea is that if you're happy in your life, the weight issue will take care of itself. Many people are overweight as a symptom of being unhappy with other things in their life. So
I began thinking about what might be missing in my life and realized, many years ago, I had missed my calling. I have always loved animals, but my parents never supported me to pursue a career working in that field. A light bulb came on and I was "sparked" to follow my passion. At 50 years old, I decided it's not too late to do what I've always wanted to, so I registered for the Dog Obedience Trainer course at Animal Behavior College. I'm very excited, I'll receive my certification by the end of the month and I'm already working with clients. I also volunteer at an Animal Shelter, working with the dogs to help them get adopted. Training with the dogs, is very gratifying and as a bonus, it also requires a lot of physical activity. Everyone always says, find an activity you like and it won't feel like exercise. I do miles of walking without even thinking about it, and along the way the dogs are learning to be good walkers.

As I'm typing this a smile comes to my face, because for the first time in a long time, I'm doing something I'm really passionate about. I've decided to start my own business and would like for input from my SparkPeople friends. Does anyone have a creative name for my dog training company? I'm open to all suggestions.

Thank you, SparkPeople, for inspired me to have a life I never thought I would.
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