Dolly sitA career in public relations can be daunting. It’s long hours, an unpredictable schedule, and an email inbox that never seems to turn off. If you’re lucky and you have clients that you love like I do, none of this will detour you from a successful path. But what I’ve come to realize lately is that there is something to be gained from turning your brain off for a bit and finding a balance in life.

Meet my balance: Miss Dolly Parton Monaghan.

I have debated the investment of a puppy for many years. I have always had a family dog throughout my entire life, from our beloved collie Katie that we picked up on a “road trip” when I was six without my dad’s knowledge; to the best dog ever created, our sheltie Molly who joined the family when I was 16 and was just laid to rest after this past Thanksgiving; to the two puppies she delivered when I was in college, Ruben and Rza (named by my brother after his love for the Wu Tang Clan, of course) who still live with my mom today.

I had heard it all. “You don’t have time for a dog.” “Do you know what you’re getting yourself into?” “That’s the worst idea ever for someone with your schedule.” “Just wait until [insert event, any event] is over.”

But I needed to find a balance. Turning off and tuning out for a bit can make your ideas more fresh, your thoughts more focused and your time more valuable.

So, on January 14, I met this little pup, we fell in love, and she came home with me. It’s only been a little over a week, and it has already been one of the best decisions of my life. She can frustrate me (please stop biting everything EXCEPT your toys!). She can be rowdy (sprints from the living room through the kitchen on repeat). But after a tough day, coming home to this snuggle monster makes all things in life a tad bit easier. Or even a LOT easier.

So why Dolly Parton? Thank you to photographer Al Powers who passed this quote on to me from our very own KDC client, Judy Stone:

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton.

Well said, Dolly. Well said, indeed.

Keep up with the pup on Instagram under #theadventuresofdollyparton.

˜Alison Monaghan

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