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Author: Brandi Barker

What Matters Most

What Matters Most

This time of year, I’m infatuated with cheesy holiday movies. Even when I can predict the ending in the first five minutes or the writing and acting are terrible, I love the underlying themes. Whether it’s love always prevails, believe in the power of magic, or when your intentions are pure, dreams do come true,… View more

Strength & Softness

Strength & Softness

When I started my first job at 14-years old, my grandfather said, “Brandi Kay, no matter what you feel like or have going on in your personal life, you go to work. And, you do your best while you’re there.” His words stuck with me. I’ve always valued hard work, perseverance, tenacity, honesty, and integrity. So… View more

Acts of Love

Acts of Love

After Finn passed, I reflected a lot on our last year together while I mourned. I remember being grateful that I stayed present throughout the entire process, even though it was difficult. I thought a lot about my indebtedness to my friend Kate who gave me the whole basement of her home, so Finn didn’t have… View more

Happy Lights

Happy Lights

When I still lived in Chicago a few years ago, I attended a yoga class in February. The instructor started class by offering gratitude for being on our mats. Then, she gave thanks for the gray day we had, saying that rather than grumble about the wet, cold, dark day, to look at the dreary clouds… View more

Grace & Ease

Grace & Ease

When problems arise, my natural tendency is to will and grit my way through a resolution, but I’ve been trying to approach life with more ease and grace this year, stumbling along the way, of course. It’s taken some time to get into a groove in our new kitchen, so our production has been lower… View more

The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

One of the things I miss about training dogs or attending in-person events is meeting people who adore their dogs. There’s something so beautiful about connecting with a human being who I know, by looking in their eyes, even after only chatted for a few moments, that they’d bend over backward to give their dog(s)… View more

Gratitude for the Unsavory

Gratitude for the Unsavory

Last Friday, Gavin had his big quarterly appointment with his oncologist. I know I’m lucky that he loves people so much. It makes it easier for him to spend the day with kind, animal-loving people who want the same thing I want, to keep him as healthy as possible, given he’s had three surgeries to remove multiple mast… View more

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