Dog Walking For the Soul

|||Dog Walking For the Soul

Dog Walking For the Soul

By |2018-08-29T10:34:50+00:00March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Personal|1 Comment
Dogs at a park

© Nicole S. Young —

Being a solopreneur takes a lot of work. Maybe one day I’ll add a team of people to my business setup, but until then it’s just me … and I love it! One thing I do to balance out my work is to put “life” time into my routine. My work is very important to me, but I would not be able to teach, create, and run my business if was burned out.

One of the many reasons we moved back to Portland a few years ago was to be in a dog-friendly environment. Just this month, Brian and I started a new ritual of taking the dogs to our favorite dog park once a week. We already give our dogs regular walks around our neighborhood, but when we take them to this park they have such a wonderful time (and they’re zonked out for about 24 hours afterwards!). It also gives us the chance to breathe in some fresh air, clear our heads, get a little bit of exercise, and watch our pups splash in the mud puddles.

These moments are what life is all about. I always make sure to pull myself away from my desk after a productive day of working and do something else—something enjoyable—before the sun starts to set. I also tend to push aside work on the weekends and give myself some time off. It’s all about finding balance; I need to work just hard enough to make enough money to pay the bills and get to do the things I enjoy, like traveling, or supporting my knitting habit.

I wouldn’t be lying if I didn’t admit how tempting it can be to want to chain myself to my desk and work all day. After all, the more I work the more I could potentially earn, but what’s the point of having lots of money if I don’t enjoy my life?

I’m very thankful that the path I have chosen so far has proven to be successful for me. I get to serve my audience and have a profitable business; were it not profitable then I would not be able to serve my audience. So far 2016 is off to a great start. I had a successful product launch last week, and I have big plans for the future, including some epic scuba diving trips where I’ll try my hand at underwater photography. I hope you’ll tag along and see where life takes me!

About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website,

One Comment

  1. Sally March 29, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    So relate to this. It’s all about balance. My daily dog walk is a joy.

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