Today I wanted to talk to you about how my dog changed my life forever, and I don’t mean having fur on my clothes for the next 10-20 years…. Getting a dog was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Apart from how much my dog improved my life, and helped me with my depression. I wanted to share something else I discovered that has kinda blown my mind… My entire life I had wanted a dog, but I could not get one, because of course, I had to be settled down with a family, Right? Even though I wanted a pet dog more than anything, the thought of getting one before I ‘owned a house and had a family’ never once crossed my mind. One day after seeing the huge community of dog owners at my local park, I started to consider fostering a dog. After I (unexpectedly) got approved by my landlord to foster dogs, the reality started to set in that I could soon have a dog in my life. The excitement was pretty overwhelming. Suddenly, I had a eureka moment. “Why CAN’T I get my own dog?” I thought to myself. After sleeping on the idea, I realised that the belief that I could not get a dog until I was ‘settled down with a family’, was not a fact at all. I eventually came to the realisation that this was just some ridiculous preconceived idea of mine, and I should 100% challenge the heck out of it. I then considered pros and cons of getting a dog. Why do I want one? Who will care for the dog if I were to travel overseas? In conclusion, I basically realised the only thing holding me back was the fact that I wanted to travel. The fact that I have plenty of family able to babysit my dog whilst I’m away was a realy exciting realisation. After double-checking with all of my family members, the decision was made. Please remember not everyone can get a dog, and it is not all cuddles and kisses. Raising a puppy is hard work. It is a huge responsibility that you should deeply consider before jumping into anything. My dog turned out to be one of the biggest motivators for my weight-loss. She is very high energy and needs a lot of energy, so there hasn’t been a day we haven’t gone for a walk! Dogs scientifically aide depression and I can tell you from personal experience that my dog truly saved me. I couldn’t imagine my life without her! If I had never taken a step back and challenged my beliefs, I would never have gotten a dog. I want to know, what ridiculous preconceived ideas you held you back from in the past? How did you get over them and how did they change your life? Do you know somebody who has beliefs that are holding them back from their goals? Let me know in the comments below!