Re-Release

Yesterday, our Rescue group was part of a rare event.  Nellie was adopted just 19 days after her rescue!

Her finder reached out to us in early March after seeing Nellie and her bunny friend Scooter around his neighborhood for a month.  Our team brought both Nellie and Scooter to safety on March 6, 2017.  Less than 3 weeks later, Nellie found her forever home, a home where she will be safe and loved for all of her days.  Abandoned rabbits, like Nellie was just days ago, rarely have such a happy ending, as they are abandoned and neglected in such staggering numbers.

So, as we celebrate this rare and wonderful event, I decided to re-release the message I shared with you one year ago today, as we remember and work to care for the hundreds more who are not as lucky as Nellie.

Found but still Lost

I am the initial point of contact when someone emails information@longislandrabbitrescue.org.  This month, the number of “finder” emails we have received is more than double the number we receive in a typical month. We define a “finder” as someone who has either spotted a stray domestic rabbit or has rescued an abandoned domestic rabbit and is reaching out to our group for resources and recourses.  I have typed the following sentences an alarming number of times this month: “We don’t have a shelter facility; all of our rabbits are fostered in private homes. If you or someone you know can provide an indoor foster home, we can…”  And it’s not even Easter yet.

We get at least a hundred emails to the aforementioned address per month—only three times in my almost three years of being at the email helm has someone reached out because their rabbit had actually gone missing. So I can safely conclude that these “found” rabbits are abandoned, dumped, neglected.

Abandonment happens one of two ways, from my perspective.  There are the scarily misinformed, who think their rabbit, who no longer serves a purpose in their family, will survive in the woods or in a park because other rabbits live in the wild.  Yeah… those are wild rabbits.  Not domestic rabbits.  Domestic rabbits will not survive and will face the harsh elements of the seasons and starvation, and predators.  A horrible fate.

Then, there are the heartless, who just don’t care, who need this “thing” out of their house.  Sometimes these people try to seek help before abandoning their rabbit, but most town shelters aren’t equipped to handle rabbits and most rescue groups are overloaded, no matter the animal on which they focus.  For these, about whom “careless” is the nicest word I can muster, the living being they once chose to care for has passed his/her expiration date and must be tossed out.  Just a note—if caught abandoning an animal, one faces $1,000 fine and other legal consequences.  If you see something, take pictures. Send them to me.  I’ll turn them in for you.  I’m not shy.

We need:

  • Stores and breeders to stop selling rabbits.
  • People to make more informed decisions before adding any living being into their families.
  • Foster homes, donations and volunteers to save the abandoned animals.
  • You to speak up, if you know someone has dumped an animal.
  • Compassion for all things living.

As a rescue group, our resources are limited but trust that we use them to their maximum potential!  Thank you for being one of our resources.  Spread the reality about rabbits as pets—10-12 year commitment, specialized veterinary care, bunny-proofing (As I hear my chief destruction worker bunny Tater Tot tearing in to what I hope is his cardboard tunnel in the next room…).  As awareness is heightened, I hope there are far fewer rabbits out there to save.  But for now, many rabbits are found but still lost, as the number abandoned far surpasses the number of foster homes and adopters.

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Do What you Dream

I don’t hate Mondays, not one bit.  There’s not one day of the week that I dislike, dread or groan about.  It wasn’t always like that for me, but I found some ways to make all 365 magical and I’m sharing the groundwork of that with you today.  Some of you are groaning at reading that, but drop the judgement and follow me for a few minutes here.

It crumbles my heart to see posts on social media from people I know and love bitching about what day it is, counting down to the weekend or to some other day, event, whatever that they label as “better” in some way than what they are currently doing.  Are you seriously miserable five days a week?  How is that worth it?

And I can hear you through the screen right now with your objections of “I have to work at this job because (insert reason here)” and stories of bills, debt, responsibilities, etc. abound.  I get it, but your reasons are perceptions.  And I’m here to help you perceive something different, something better.

To start, I’ll paraphrase one of my gurus Gabby Bernstein: Find a way to bring more joy into that day job!  That goes beyond hanging pictures in your cubicle.  If your lunch time crew makes you anxious, uncomfortable and anything less than energized for the second half of the day, STOP HANGING WITH THEM.  I did that two years ago and that simple change, as awkward as it was to start, was the beginning of a better journey for me.  I no longer felt angry at things that were said to me or in front of me.  I no longer felt depleted by the negativity that swirled as I just tried to eat my pasta and drink my afternoon coffee.

Once I created that space for myself, took a bold step in walking away from 45 minutes that eroded at my spirit, the space opened up for positivity to enter my day-job-life.  I shed the parts that didn’t feel right to the best of my ability.  There were certainly parts of the day that weren’t bringing me joy but that I couldn’t change on my own.  Yet, as that aforementioned space opened up, those other things shifted into place.  My work space was moved far away from people and situations that were causing me distress.  I didn’t complain, didn’t ask to be moved, didn’t even know moving was a possibility.  But the opportunity presented itself right after I did my part in separating from the “bad energies.”

Each of these small shifts has opened up opportunities in my life to do what I dream, to do more of what makes me energized and all sorts of fired up.  When my head and heart aren’t consumed with the negativity from others, I can get my work done with more focus and purpose.  Now that my time is spent with more intention, I bring a greater passion to my work, which translates to the young people with whom I work.

Making the time I spend at the day job pleasant and purposeful is the foundation.  From there, the tower of great days, days doing what I dream of, has built itself.  That tower is a high-rise for sure and I envision more floors built every day, ever-expanding.  The mindset shift and the physical shifts that go along with it make what I “have to do” no longer feel like a burden AND those shifts have created space in the realms of time and energy for me to spend with Rescue and with sharing wellness, abundance and purpose with others.

You can absolutely, unequivocally do what you dream—but it takes belief and action.  If you chose complaining and complacency over belief and action, you will stay stuck.  Of course, my way is not the only way, but I’ve shared with  you today how I first cracked the door open that seemed bolted shut.  When you’re ready to know more about how I busted that door down, those parts of the story will come your way.  Much Love.

Take Action

People sure seem to find a lot to complain about.  Now, I can get all cliché-crazy here (You can’t have a positive life with a negative mind!) but I’ll try to keep it my voice, as much as possible, today.  Through Rescue, I don’t hear many complaints from the volunteer team, but when I do (or when I’ve made them myself in the past!), those complaints generally center around the perception that someone wasn’t contributing as much as the others were contributing.  But I’ve been able to shift my own focus and the focus of the team as necessary, reminding myself and reminding them that we all play different roles.  Some roles are more public, more obvious time working with foster rabbits or educating the community.  Some other roles, the behind-the-scenes roles and even the sending of positive, supportive vibes and spreading our Rescue message, may not be as obvious but are just as important as the physical tasks.  We treasure help in all its forms, from all givers.  We are all taking action, whether you can see it or count it or not.

Also through Rescue, I’ll have the occasional “dumper” (someone who is trying to “dump” his/her rabbit on us) complain that we aren’t helping them.  No, I can’t just take your rabbit.  We do offer help, to anyone who asks—just not necessarily the kind help they anticipated or wanted.  I’ve found that posture is huge with handling and even avoiding these complaints entirely.  I’ve taken what I’ve learned about posture from my entrepreneurial reading and mentors and applied it to Rescue.  I never tell anyone we can’t help them.  I clearly and firmly show them how we can help.  Then, if they still complain, that’s on them.  I can’t control that crap.

So, let’s shift this idea into our lives, our experiences in general.  Are you complaining?  About what?  Why?  Or, perhaps the better question: Why aren’t you doing anything about it?

You can wish, want and whine forever.  But change comes through action.

Are you surrounded by complainers?  At work?  Walk away.  On social media?  Unfollow.  At home?  Well, spray some White Angelica and do something uplifting for yourself.  That positivity will spread, but even if it doesn’t, you’ll be in a good space.  In Miracles Now, Gabby Bernstein writes, “Say to yourself, ‘I choose to remove any negative energy I’ve been holding onto.  I choose to retrieve all the positive energy around me and within me.  My intention is to share my positive energy with the world.’”  So start there.  Take action through your intention.  Speak it into existence.  Keep it as positive as possible.  There is nothing, seriously NOTHING, about you and your circumstances that cannot be met and overcome with action.  Much Love.

Now Ang

Find your Tribe

Every personal development book, lecture, course or coaching session deals with relationships in some form: the relationship with have with ourselves, with our environment and with other people.  Even the supreme introverts have interaction with others in some capacity.  JD Salinger had to walk to the Post Office to collect his mail in Cornish, N.H.  Now I’m wondering why he even cared what was in the mail, if he disconnected so thoroughly from relationships with his environment and with others… Digression!

Yesterday, I co-hosted my first Make & Take party.  18 women gathered in our Great Room and spent a few hours creating.  We made roller ball essential oil blends that smell delicious and either offer relief from temporary head tension or help support happy, uplifting feelings (some chose to make both!) and lava stone and gem stone essential oil diffuser bracelets.  My friend and colleague Jill, a talented art professor at a local college, lead the jewelry making.  We also talked oils, supporting the health of our family members, and seeking out safe and natural cleaning methods—a truly fun and grown-up afternoon.

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I realized, with 2 exceptions, that I was able to introduce each woman as “Eddie & Bailey’s mom” or “Callie’s aunt” and so on.  My 2 exceptions are straight from the YL essential oil family.  Talk about a gathering of like-minded people, a room filled with women who love their fur babies and who are making positive choices for their health and the health of their family members.

“They” say that you become the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with.  “They” say, “Show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are.”  “They” say there’s guilt by association, that you are judged by the company you keep.  Caroline Manzo, in an early season of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” said, “If you hang around with garbage, you start to stink.”  Now I’ll remix that and say, “If you hang around with oilers and bunny moms, you’ll stink of positivity.”  Ok… it’s a work in progress.  Don’t embroider it on a pillow yet.

I’m inspired and invigorated by the relationships I’ve built through Rescue and now through Young Living Essential Oils.  I’m even more pumped that the worlds have merged for me.  I knew our bunny boys changed my life; they opened my journey to Rescue and to Animal Reiki.  My personal development and wellness journey brought me to Young Living and to incorporating oils into Reiki.  The paths merged and now I spend my time sharing and supporting the wellness journeys of those around me, my tribe, people by whom and alongside whom I’d gladly be judged.  Find your Tribe—just do what you love, open your heart and they will appear.  Much Love.