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#exploretocreate

First off, I’d like to thank all of you so much for all the love and support on my post yesterday. Y’all reminded me why I keep showing up here and why I have missed it so much. Your kind words go a long way so thank you. ♥️ Since it’s been a while and I know I have some new faces on here, I figured I would reintroduce my other half @its_rainie_outside 🥰 Rainier is a German Shorthaired Pointer and is about to be 9 months old. He is named after my favorite National Park and somewhere that has always held a special place in my heart since I was a kid. He is a firecracker and has more energy than I know what to do with sometimes but I love him for it and wouldn’t change it for anything. I want another one (or two) so maybe I’m just crazy lol but that’s what you get with a very high energy dog and I am more than here for it. Their energy and personality is what make GSP’s such a special breed. He’s obsessed with birds, balls, and sticks and will play fetch all day if you don’t stop him. His favorite snack is socks with a side of cat taffy. He’s part mountain goat and absolutely loves climbing on anything and everything. He won’t touch any of your belongings or furniture but will obliterate any paper bag or box in his sight. He craves adventure and loves to explore just like his mom and dad. He knows how to shake, roll over, high five, put the ball in the chuck-it, and knows all his toys by name. You tell him what toy you want, and he will go get it for you and I’m not kidding. You can talk to him just like a human and he understands what you’re saying to the point where I have to freaking spell certain things. I know other GSP parents out there can relate lol. I have trained Rainie 100% on my own with no outside help (thank you YouTube) and I don’t think I could have gotten an easier dog to train. He has his moments but overall he is so easy. He has the kindest and most loving soul I’ve ever known and lights up my life in ways I never knew was possible. Im so excited to share our adventures with you all moving forward! 🙃
I am pleased to share that @breadandwalter and I are featured (prominently!!) in @real_simple magazine’s March issue! Holy cannoli! We are part of their Hello, Neighbors piece and it is such an honor and so cool to see our faces and our home as their double page spread. About a year ago, I put out an ad on @nextdoor to reach out to neighbors inviting them to be part of the video Brendan and I were making for my song, Same Sun. This was around the first month or so into the pandemic it was when there was still so much unknown. The response to my ad was overwhelming and we ended up with a sweet little video that features some old friends and new friends alike, masked, unmasked from afar, in their homes, alone and even dancing with each other. We met many kind people on this journey and were able to connect with old friends for the first time since quarantine began. Yes, masked, behind windows or from very far apart, but still this connection was meaningful and so emotional. It was incredibly uplifting to talk with both friends and strangers about the shared experience we were all having. And at that time, we were still so unsure of what the future had in store for us. Having real and honest interactions was healing and important. Now, just a little less than a year later- things don’t seem too different in the world but I am again reminded of how much we are all in this together. I finally feel more confident in saying it does feel like there is finally a light at the end of this long and dark tunnel. (Please continue to wear masks and socially distance, we are going to get through this!) I’m so grateful to everyone who was a part of  this video and song and I am so happy to say I am still friends with many of the neighbors we met via @nextdoor.  What an incredible tool for connection! Link to the article + video in my stories and in my bio.💌 xo