Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog

Oh my goodness everyone.  It’s been a tough three months at our house.  As you know, our sweet baby girl Boink was diagnosed with lymphoma in April and went to heaven to be with her Opa last week.

So many of you have been through this pain yourselves and the outpouring of condolences, beautiful poems and your own personal memories of our girl is something we will always treasure.

I learned so much about life from our perfect little baby dog.

She taught me to –

Eat the treats!

Take long walks.

Remember to greet loved ones with enthusiasm, even when you have no idea where they were for less than 30 seconds.

It’s okay to have more than one nap a day.

Give love and kisses to the special people.

If your first instinct is to grumble at a person, they’re probably not very nice.

Bedtime is snuggle time.

The most important thing that Boink taught me is to slow down.  Choose to spend time on the things that are important.  This kid could dig a hole for hours or stare at a corner in a woodpile just waiting for a chipmunk to come out.  Boink had select things in her life that she wanted to spend time on.

Over the past 18 months I’ve done the same.  I’ve made time to do things that are new and different and set my soul on fire.

I’ve decided to take the summer to rest and really think about those things, I’ll still be working on some new designs of course, you know me, I love to always be creating julz!

But there are other things I want to do, even better than before.

I’m excited to announce the “Get To Know Her” show will start up again in September for Season Two!  With brand new episodes featuring even more inspiring kick ass women.

I’ll also be working on a new look for my website and partnering with more incredible Wonder Women to create julz that will help support communities all over the globe.

I’m excited for change and for new beginnings in the fall.

Thank you so much for believing in me and all of my dreams.  I hope that in some small way my new projects will also serve as a way to help you make your dreams come true.  Gosh, I just love you all so much.

I am missing my baby girl terribly but I am living life with all of the great lessons she taught me.

Have a wonderful summer and remember to take a breather.  That’s when the magic happens.

Monica XO

HERE is a smoochy memory I wanted to share with you!  Anytime you need extra love you can watch it and take some free kisses XOXO


Lisa Q

I loved teading this tribute to Boink Monica. It made me nod, get a little tear in my eye and laugh out too.
Good luck with your great ideas for fall.

Monica Graves

Lisa! Thank you so much! This means the world to me, writing is so therapeutic it sometimes feels like I’m just doing it for me and hoping someone else will get some kind of benefit. You made my day XO


OMG what wonderful life lessons to live by! It’s amazing the clarity that can be found in the stillness. Enjoy your stillness Monica. We can’t wait to see all your amazing ideas in the Fall.

Jamie Paul-Galipeau

Such an amazing tribute! Her lessons have taught many of us the same things


Dear Monica – Our pups are so wise and such bundles of joy, love and loyalty. We can all learn so much from them.
Peaches and I are sending you comfort.


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