I’ve dealt with a lot of criticism and feedback during my journey. From loved ones and also strangers. Both negative and positive. I am always open to hearing and learning from a new perspective.

It’s just that criticism can really hurt. Especially when it’s coming from someone close to you. I know it typically comes from a loving place of wanting to help but it still stings sometimes.

My biggest take away in order to protect myself is this: everyone is living in their own personal reality.

This allows me to hear them out but also remove myself from the…


Setting goals can be intimidating.

I never set goals for myself until I became a life coach. I never knew where to start. I was unsure of what exactly I wanted to do. I had tons of ideas but could never narrow it down to one and create action around it.

Coming up with ideas isn’t the hard part. It’s deciding which idea to act on. Which one is so important to you that you want to make a reality? Once you get to this point, things just become harder.

It’s hard to narrow down and decide on ONE thing.
It’s…


I took a trip to Austin, TX, in October with my boyfriend, Rick, and my dog, Noodle, during the pandemic and this is what we did.

Tuesday

We flew out of Atlanta into Austin on a direct flight with Southwest. It was my first time flying southwest with Noodle, my emotional support animal. It was also my first time flying Southwest during the pandemic. I’ve flown with Delta since.

Noodle, my emotional support animal (ESA), curled up at my feet.

Southwest only requires a letter from your doctor that prescribes you an ESA. Other airlines, like Delta, require additional paperwork such as vet records and acknowledging that your dog is well…


The key to bonding with your dog is doing activities you both enjoy doing together.

Here are 5 ways to bond with your dog:

1. Adventures

Plan an activity where you can bring your dog along. Whether it’s hiking a new trail, visiting a pet friendly store, walking around the park, going out for lunch or dinner, taking a car ride, planing a photoshoot, or taking a day trip somewhere. Get creative on the ways you can include your dog on the adventures you like to do.

2. Training

Go somewhere different other than your house. Take a trip to…


Standard poodle with an e-collar on by Ecollar Technologies.
Noodle wearing the Mini Educator e-collar by E-collar Technologies.

An e-collar and shock collar are both remote controlled training collars. The main difference between an e-collar and shock collar are the different uses of electricity. The e-collar uses electronic stimulation where as shock collars use an electronic shock.

E-collars are the most technologically advanced dog training tool on the market. The e-collar uses Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Simulation (TENS) opposed to an actual shock. TENS create a buzz, tingle or muscle contraction similar to the muscle treatment used in physical therapy. E-collars stimulate nerves and sensory receptors through vibrations.

E-collars are a modern training tool that can be used for…


My dog, Noodle, was attacked unexpectedly on the leash while my back was turned. Here are three things I learned and hope that you can learn from my horrible experience.

1. Practice being prepared.

Prior to the attack, I’ve done a lot of research on what to do if I ever experienced my dog in an attack. Nothing I learned was helpful at the time of the attack. It caught me so off guard. The best way to describe it is, at the time of the attack, my brain only allowed me to use 10% of it. I stood there…


Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Sheepadoodle, Bernadoodle, Aussiedoodle…what do all these Doodles have in common? A Poodle. A Doodle is a cross breed between a Poodle and another dog breed. The Poodle is the reason that makes Doodles so popular. Poodles are smart, loyal, playful, and hypoallergenic. Who wouldn’t want these qualities in a dog?

Why cross breed if the Poodle has all of these great qualities. Poodles are one of the smartest and most loyal breeds I have interacted with.

Photo credit: IG @Tradfisk

TRAINING
Training a dog can be frustrating, time consuming and can also be costly. It makes such a big difference having a smart…


I asked my Instagram community this question. I urged dog owners to go deeper than, “I’ve always wanted one…” I wanted to know WHY have you always wanted one and why is it important to you to have a dog.

Of the responses I received, each one touched on companionship, purpose and unconditional love. My findings are summarized below.

Owning a dog means companionship beyond a cat. Having a dog means never being alone. My dog gives me a peace of mind knowing I am safe. …


You can find out by checking the temperature and doing the 5 second rule: press fingers to the asphalt for 5 seconds…if it’s too hot for you to keep your fingers down, it will be too hot for your dog’s paws.

Temperatures above 85 degrees are dangerous dog walking conditions and temperatures above 90 are potentially life-threatening for dogs. It only takes 15 minutes for a dog to die of a heat stroke.

Prevent a heat stroke and check the weather before walking your dog. If its too hot outside, here are a few different ways to exercise your dog:


I had a meltdown last week because I was overwhelmed by life during this pandemic. Overwhelmed working my full-time graphic design job and drowning in doubt with my personal business.

I took my problem to two different people: my life coach and my therapist. Same problem of feeling overwhelmed, but two different outcomes came from each conversation.

My life coach was there to support me in the moment with my struggle of doubt and encouraged me to not give up on my overall goal.

My therapist questioned the capacity I was working at. …

Hailey Curtis

Certified Life Coach

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