If you follow along on IG you will know that I spent most of July naturegasming in Takapuna while house and puppy sitting for my friend Emma. What most of you don’t know is that I actually lost Luna. Ha, I bet you’re thinking, gee Bids you kept that one well under wraps.
I know right. Like worst case fucking scenario ever. Losing the dog that you’ve flown to Auckland to look after. Not to mention Em loves her like nothing else on this planet. As horrendous as the whole experience was, there were a few lessons learnt from the palava that I want to share with you all, because I think they’re bloody gems. I’m going to take one for the team and relive the day for you so the context is set and the lessons are wildy powerful.
One of my favourite people and amazing friend Soph was up for the weekend. It was Sunday. We had just gotten back from crystal shopping if I remember correctly, hello angel phantom and we were having a quick tidy up before we headed off to some delicious yin yoga to finish off the weekend with those chill and zen vibes. To be completely honest I was having a bit of a shit weekend – I’m not sure what it was but it was one of the weekends where nothing was flowing, nothing was going smoothly, negative nancy was hanging around like a stage 5 clinger and no matter how hard I tired couldn’t shake her – I’d actually nearly killed us (slight exaggeration, only slight though) on the motorway earlier that day – oh Auckland traffic, I’m not sure if you and I will ever be friends. We had gotten home and I’d had the front door open while putting some rubbish out the in the wheelie bin. And that was all it bloody took (Lesson #1 always shut the front door). Soph came to me and asked if Luna was with me? At first I was sure she would be out the back chewing a bone, digging a hole, or inside sleeping on one of the beds, I didn’t believe she would have left the building, especially in that short amount of time. Once we had checked the backyard, under the bush, one of her favourites places to sleep, in all the rooms inside and we couldn’t find her, I instantly wanted to be sick. I had to try my hardest not to burst into tears right there – worst case scenario instantly came to mind, as it usually does – OMG she’s been hit by a car and she’s dead. I’ve killed Emma’s dog. But in that moment I quickly had to suck that up, I wasn’t going to find the beautiful girl by crying about it.
Soph and I headed off straight to the beach – as you’ll all know, one of Luna’s favourite places. We had been going everyday and thought she might have been trying to make her way down there. Nope. We drove back to the house. Soph jumped out and started a walking searching party over at the school across the road while I went inside and called Erin, Em’s friend, Luna’s Aunty, who walks Luna everyday – no answer, ahhh. I called the council who directed me to fill out the missing dog form on the website. Erin joined in on the search party and I jumped back in the car to driving around calling her name, asking everyone that was out walking or running if they had seen her, for about 3 hours.
At about 7.30pm we decided to call it a night. We all agreed that someone had to have picked her up, she had to be with someone because a) she loves people and other dogs, she isn’t much of a solo adventurer and b) we had driven the neighbourhood for 3 hours straight, calling her name, and asking everyone if they’d seen her.
Not long after we had decided to call it a night we had a breakthrough – the neighbour had seen a Facebook post of Luna, a lady had her at her home. Luna had been hit by a car and this lady that had her had seen it all unfold and had taken Luna home. She had been ringing Em’s number of the back of Luna’s tag – but Em was in America, asleep. The power of social media. Erin and I went and picked her up, turns out she was only 800m down the road, and when the lady found her she was literally right outside our house trying to cross the road to head over to the school. Thankfully the universe had my back, and Luna was fine. The lady had seen her be clipped by a car but Luna had no obvious physical injuries, marks or pain. I took her to the vet the next day for an overall check up and thankfully didn’t have a scratch, bruise or mark on her.
So apart from learning to always keep the front door shut, what else did I learn from losing Luna?
LIFE LESSON #1 YOUR THOUGHTS, WORDS AND ENERGY CREATE YOUR REALITY
I can 100% confirm that I manifested that situation. It was almost as if I had said, universe what else can go wrong this weekend? And old mate happily provided because he’s good like that. He’ll always give you what you want when you’re clear about what it is plus add a bit of emotion to it to really fuel the fire.
The lesson here is to keep you thoughts, words and energy in alignment with what you want. You create your reality. The power of your thoughts, words and energy are indescribably powerful. Gratitude journaling, vision board, visualisations, meditation and dance parties are … for a reason. Check in with what you’re putting out to the universe regularly – are you putting out what you want? Are you seeking abundance, or are you thoughts and words driven by lack, scarcity and fear?
Journaling in the morning is a very powerful ritual that can set the intention and tone for the day. I’ve been doing it every morning for five months now and it’s changed my life. And surprise surprise, guess what was missing from my morning routine the weekend Luna went missing. You totally set yourself up Bids. LESSON LEARNT UNI!
LIFE LESSON #2 WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING BAD ENOUGH, YOU WILL DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Holy shit. There was no limit to what I would have done to get Luna back on that Sunday night. This included running the length of Takapuna beach four times, driving around at about 10km/h shouting out ‘Luna’ every 20 metres, slyly driving up to anyone walking down the street and asking them if they had seen a white german shepherd. Visualising Luna being home with us. Calling anyone that could help. Driving, driving, driving with a whole bucket load of determination, not willing to give up. I was about to take it to social media before she found us first.
When you want something bad enough – you’ll do everything in your power to make it happen. I’m talking all goals. Relationship goals. Holistic health goals. Morning routine goals. Personal development goals. Business goals. Financial goals. #cantstopwontstop
Say you want to save $3000 for a holiday. Tell me, how bad do you want it? How invested are you in that target? What would it mean for you to go on that holiday? How would you feel when you’ve achieved that goal and you’re on your way to Tahiti? Convince yourself just how badly you want it, tell the universe and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to bring it to fruition. Look at your expenses, what is one spending habit you can give up for the time of saving (or for good? See you later takeaway coffee + takeaway coffee cup, save for a holiday and the save the planet!) What do you have around the house that you could sell? Even if it’s only an extra $50 or $200, it’s all going to add up! Is there an untapped source of income that you could bring to life for the next couple of months to help boost your savings? The potential is limitless.
Mate, if there’s a will there’s a way – an old chestnut, but a bloody brilliant one.
LIFE LESSON #3 SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO RELY ON YOURSELF FOR A PEP TALK
At one point on that Sunday night, I broke down hysterically crying. Yep, red face, tears streaming down my face, snotty sniffles, the whole shabang. I was beside myself. I just needed someone to tell me that of course we were going to find Luna, dogs go for a walk around the neighbourhood all the time and come home safe and sound. I called Will, I knew he would calm me down and make me feel better, but there was no answer. I then called my friend Fi, who lives in Auckland. Fi is the epitome of the three c’s, very cool, calm and collected but again no answer. (I later found out that she was drinking celebratory champagne on her balcony haha probably for the best that she didn’t answer the phone to a blubbering mess.)
Anyway, in that moment all I had, was me. Bids. So I had to step up and calm my own farm. I had to give myself my own fucking pep talk. I was also aware that I needed to be putting out positive vibes, at that point I’d already started reflecting on how I’d conjured up this palava so I knew I needed to sort my thoughts, words and feelings out! STAT!
The pep talk went something like this, feel free to borrow it…
Bridget Natalie Paddon, right now you are learning what you need to know, you are exactly where you are meant to be. This moment is imperfectly perfect. Take a deep breath. The universe has your back girlfriend! So start believing it. Repeat after me, I am calm. I am supported. Everything that I desire is coming to me now. Luna is coming home safe and sound. Bids, dogs run away all the time, this is not the first time a dog has gone missing, you know the most likely situation is that someone is looking after that beautiful girl. No matter what the outcome, I promise, everything will be okay – because it always is.
No matter what you’re going through, there is always always something to learn. You get to choose whether you grow and learn from it, or you can choose to resist the lesson which will ultimately cause you pain. What are you growing through right now? I would love to know! Comment below!
Remember you can create and live a kick ass fulfilling live while you do, see and be everything that you desire! You have a choice!
Moon and back love,
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