These are days – you’ll remember. Days you’ll look back on.

Here we go. Another year begins, and many of us look back on our 2014 resolutions – those we kept and those that we weren’t so successful keeping.

These are also the days where we find ourselves thinking about what it is we want to accomplish as we kick off this year. And like many of you, I’m still trying to decide just what that will be.

Just recently, someone shared with me how he’d been challenged last year to choose just one word. And much to his surprise he found it surprisingly successful across many areas in his life – finances, work, relationships and much more. After learning his story and how happy he was in taking the challenge, and that his plan was to choose one word again this year, I’ve decided to take the challenge myself. I’m also challenging others to join me.

When I shared this idea with my friend Melissa, she decided to join me in choosing the one word for her this year.

The word I’m choosing to focus on for 2015 is…..inspire. Inspire - Robyn-2

One of my favorite songs by 10,000 Maniacs is: These Are Days.

And as we begin this new year, these are days where I will be seeking to inspire myself and others in a variety of ways.

How ’bout you? Any chance can we inspire you to join us in this challenge? What’s your one word going to be?



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As many of you know, I believe my local PetSmart is a unique place, and I happen to know that many others share my view. Consistently, they will reach out and into our community. And for all of us pet parents, they refuse to treat us as mere customers…we are treated as friends. I could actually go on and on about how just plain wonderful they have been to me, and continue to be. But I will save that for another time – and soon!

Last week as I was heading in to pick up my pup from camp (yes he goes to camp from time to time), I was greeted by the store manager at the door. My first thought was – yikes, oh no, what is up with Rainier? As it turns out, she greeted me because she wanted to invite me to a little event they were having the next morning.

photo-42This little event however was by no means little. Now, while there were few invitees, I would submit it was a big event. You see they were presenting a check to one of our community rescue organizations, Healthy Paws for a Cause. By no means was it a small check. You see, it was for $14,000 and the impact it will have on Healthy Paws is huge – so that in turn, Healthy Paws can help the community in a might way. And it was gift from our local PetSmart, a gift directly from their hearts and an ongoing commitment to our community. They see this as a small act. I believe this small act will have great impact.

The PetSmart tagline is: Inspired by pets. And while I believe they are indeed inspired by pets, I think there’s more to it.

Inspired by pets, to unleash goodness in the community!



Thankful for all the pawprints on my floor…so thankful

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Park one, park all?

Last time I checked car parks are for everyone not just one or two. It’s called a public car park for a reason, if it was a private car park there would be a gate on it. Car park is the term my dear friend from the UK uses to refer to parking lots, and […]

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