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"Live The Life You've Imagined." ~Thoreau

Archive for the month “August, 2014”

Rescue On The Road: “Skippy Frito”

Some of the hardest things I had to “give up” when I made the decision to become a full-time RVer were:

  • The spare bedrooms
  • The guest bathroom
  • The utility room
  • The garage & backyard

However, it’s probably not for the reasons you might expect!

You see, when I was doing animal rescue work in Waco, my charming 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with 1,375 square feet was usually occupied by numerous foster pets who rotated in and out on their way to a Forever Home of their very own.

TipoftheIceberg(Pictured: Tip of the iceberg of the pets who came through my home.)

My guest bedrooms were turned into a “recovery wards” for rescued shelter cats & kittens; the guest bathroom and utility room were great for ringworm kitties; the garage and backyard were great holding areas for lost dogs waiting to be reunited with their families.

Literally HUNDREDS of foster/rescue/found pets came through my home on a temporary basis.

I knew that being in a 31-foot Puma, rescue would be a little more challenging, and on an as-needed/emergency basis only!

As it happened, on Thurs., Aug. 14, I met this little puppy at the RV park’s swimming pool. We was a tail-wagging, belly crawling love bug.

08152014_SkippyTravisTeddyBlockPhotoHe looked well cared-for and was already neutered, so I was *really* hopeful that an owner would be looking for him.

Found Dog notices were posted, I took him to the local SPCA for a microchip scan (no chip), and a neighbor posted to an online community site.

Sadly, as it often happens, no owner ever came looking…

SkippyFrito1Luckily, I heard about a lady who lives nearby who said she might be interested in adopting him, after she returned from an out-of-town trip. So, I decided to hold on to the puppy – who was given the name “Skippy Frito” – instead of surrendering him up to the already-overcrowded SPCA.

Necessary adjustments were made to keep him cool, comfortable and safe here in my RV for about 6 days. He was a fabulous dog, hardly ever barked, slept all night, and was curious and gentle around my cats.

Since he was already neutered (yay!), I ran Skippy Frito up to the local vet for a full set of vaccinations, including a current rabies shot.

(Pictured: “Skippy Frito” sporting a new collar and new rabies tag. Who wouldn’t come looking for this handsome spud?!)

Last Thursday, Aug. 21, the lady and Skippy Frito met. ((LOVE)) It was an instant match! Skippy Frito (aka “Skip”) got his very own loving Forever Home! And, as a bonus, he’s close enough to visit! At least until I head on down the road to the next place…

SkipAs a side note, people keep asking, “What kind of dog is he?” We think he’s got some Lab, some Terrier, and short little Corgi or Basset legs. What would be your guess as to his breed(s)?

Happy Forever, Skippy Frito. ♥

Make it happen, Amy O.

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Amy O’s “2014 Rescue Stats”

  • Rescued Dogs: 2 – Beaux (Floyd), Skippy Frito
  • Rescued Kitten: 1 – Sweet Pea
  • TNR Cats: 1 – Calico
  • Transport To Wildlife Rescue: 2 baby rabbits

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Goal-Setting to Achieve Dreams

Goals2Q2014My personal 5-Step Plan To Achieving A Goal:
1) Dream/Visualize it.
2) Write it down, with a deadline.
3) Work towards the goal a little bit every day.
4) Savor the moment when the goal is achieved.
5) Repeat.

Those who know me well know that goal-setting is as much of my core as are writing, rescue and adventuring.

I’m a firm believer in visualization, writing goals down on paper, and mapping out milestones (baby steps!) needed to achieve the goal.

Sometimes, all my hard work may not produce the results in the order in which I envisioned, but oftentimes, the reward is far better than I could have possibly imagined.

For me, setting these personal goals is a liberating experience. It’s as if I’m a captain on a very important ship at sea. As long as I know the course I need to be going, and moving in a forward direction, I can relax and enjoy the journey.

Additionally, I am blessed that my best friend Suzan is also my Goal Buddy. This amazing lady has been an anchor in my whirlwind life for more than 10 years!

Even though she’s in California and I’m *roaming*, we support each other thanks to phone calls, text and emails.

In the spirit of friendship, we hold each other accountable for goals dare to set, and celebrate – via long distance – each others’ success.

At the start of every year, Suzan and I block out a couple of hours to review the previous year’s goals, reflect on the accomplishments, and explore perhaps why a particular goal wasn’t met.

We then turn our attention to the promise of the year ahead:

  • Personal goals
  • Professional goals
  • Writing goals
  • Financial goals
  • Health goals
  • And so on…

Ultimately, we seek new ways to be challenged, new learning opportunities, bigger dreams to work towards, and, for the past few years, assigning a “yearly theme” or mantra.

We genuinely rejoice in the successes of one another… there is no competition, no envy, no jealously. There is absolute honesty and trust. My friendship soul mate!

As we prepare to enter the final month of the 3rd Quarter of 2014, I find myself scanning my Quarterly and Yearly goals… the end of 2014 is getting closer! Am I on track? Am I hitting my mark? Am I at least moving in the right direction to where I want to be?

If I find that I’ve diverted off-course, it’s as easy as (1) readjusting my goal timetable, or (2) taking time to reevaluate/re-prioritize the goal. Nothing is set in stone that I can’t change my mind. That is the beauty of living the life of *my* dreams, *my* bliss. It allows me the freedom to change and grow as a person, and have my goals reflect this development.

CNS_LivingDreamsFor those who currently are not big goal setters, or maybe don’t know where to being, I highly recommend the following:

  • “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living Your Dreams” (Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson, pictured)
  • “The Success Principles: How To Get From Where You Are to Where You Want To Be” (Jack Canfield)
  • “Think and Grow Rich” (Napoleon Hill)
  • “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” (Stephen R. Covey)

I know there are thousands of goal-setting books out there, but if you’ve had one that impacted you, or if you have other goal setting tips or advice that’s helped keep you on track with your goals, I’d be grateful for you to share them in the comments.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

http://www.AmyOakley.com

 

 

RIP Robin Williams

My heart is absolutely broken and the tears tonight just won’t stop.

MorkRobinWilliamsMy first thought when I heard the news was, “Why? With all these horrible things going on the world right now, we needed you more than ever!”

Then, a touch of clarity. Your pain was obviously unbearable. The darkness of your depression unlike anything I could ever imagine.

While we needed you here, you needed to be free.

A moment of gratitude in the middle of this sorrowful heartbreak: Thank you, Mr. Williams. You made us laugh. You made us think. You blessed our lives.

We will miss you more than words can ever describe.

Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.

Na-nu, na-nu.

Amy O.

Rain Chasing!

For the past couple of weeks, rain has eluded me.

I’ve watched it on weather radar tracking closer, closer… only to skirt around me at the last minute, or rain itself out before it gets here.

So today, for the third day in a row, there were some pop-up rain showers in the area.

08102014_RainChasing_1027Was this rain headed my way? Of course not!

So I loaded up my 9-year-old rescue dog Sofie-Darla, and hit the road.

If rain won’t come to me, I’ll go to it!

Thirty minutes later, I pulled over on the shoulder of a wooded back road, listening to the melodic patter of light rain on the hood of my vehicle. I could smell the fresh hydration of summer green leaves on nearby trees.

Overjoyed, I stood in the rain, letting the raindrops dampen my hair, arms and dress.

It was heavenly!

Shortly thereafter, I got back in my car and drove away… happy, smiling, content.

On the way back to my RV some 30 miles away, I realized it didn’t bother me one bit that I was returning to a blistering sun, with no breeze, and a heat index of 104.

I chased rain today… and caught it!

I’m a happy girl.

Make it happen,

Amy O.

 

 

My Muse, A True Story!

Good morning, world.

On a productive “early morning writing session” like today, it seems fitting to retell this true story.

My Muse sure can be a little stinker, but I am so blessed to have her!

Make it happen,

Amy O.


A TRUE STORY! Early Morning, 4am.

MUSE: Psst! Wake up.

ME: *grumble*

MUSE: You just dreamed the last half of your script. Get up!

ME: I’m sleeping.

MUSE: Bacon. Do you smell bacon?

ME: *sniff sniff* Bacon. Bacon?! I’m vegetarian.
(turns over and snuggles in the covers)

MUSE: Did you leave the dog out last night?

ME: What? Sofie-Darla is right there.

MUSE: Psst.

ME: Go away.

MUSE: Psst.

(Pause)

MUSE: Psst.

(Pause)

MUSE: Psst.

ME: Fine! I’m up!

3 hours later: Completed Story Board for final half of the script.

Thank you for your persistence, Muse.”

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*Originally posted on my Facebook page, May 2014.

Today, I fired a Main Character…

From my Twitter account:

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For the past five days, I’ve *really* struggled with my Romantic/Comedy script.

The problem: The lead female character, Layne. While all the other characters are energized and ready for action, conflict, and humor, Layne drops the ball in every scene. There’s no chemistry between Layne and her romantic suitors.  She’s bland. She’s wimpy. She’s B-O-R-I-N-G!

So this morning, Layne got her pink slip. (Don’t feel sorry for her. Layne wasn’t right for this story, but perhaps there will be another opportunity for her in a future script.)

As it turns out, I have a character chomping at the bit to take over this lead female role. She auditioned for the part early on, and luckily was still on stand-by.

This new character is feisty, rebellious, outspoken, angry… a real firecracker!

It’s going to be really fun to write her in with the rest of the cast.

Make it happen!

Amy O.

 

 

Making a Dream Happen

 

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I believe it!

I’ve had a life-long dream to do this:

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So after two years of planning, I sold my Waco house:

SOLD

 

Bought this:

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So I can do this:

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Of course, I still do a little of this:

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Mixed in with a little of this:

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Mostly, I do a lot of this:

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Because this is what it’s all about:

LifeIsAJourney

 

Make it happen!

Amy O.

 

 

First Blog Post!

Wed., Aug. 7, 2014

 

My first blog post for “On The Go With Amy O”!

Thanks for checking out my Life Adventure blog.

So… this is me:

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This is what I do:

I write. I rescue. I roam.

 

This is why:

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This blog will highlight my adventures in all three areas.

I invite you to join me!

Amy O.

 

 

 

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