I got reflection here.
Every year about this time, I like to do reflection time. I love to focus on errors in the past year and see if maybe I learned anything from those errors, therefore making me a more rounded person. Sounds good doesn’t it? Yeah, sometimes it takes a few times slamming your hand in the metaphorical car door before you get the idea.
I figured the double rainbow was a sign.
This year has been one of happiness and stress. We spent over a year looking for the perfect home, not just a house that would “work” but a house that we could make a home for our entire family (cats, birds and dogs). If you have never house hunted before, let me just explain the amount of stress that one incurs. The constant hustle and bustle of firstly finding said house, then the competition to buy said house can be utterly horrific. There are constant ups and downs, the excitement of getting the offer accepted is like winning big at the casino. However the realization that there may potentially be over $100,000 in repairs is enough to make you feel like Mike Tyson just punched you in the gut. Yep, we had that happen and we were smart enough to walk away and wait for the house that was truly indeed “ours”. In the end we ended up with an acre of land and the birds have their own room. My husband and I also got separate bathrooms and offices, which I truly believe is the key to a happy marriage.
I wrote some great articles and even had some published overseas in various publications. I did some freelance writing here and there which made me grin from ear to ear. There is nothing quite like putting it all out there on the page and it be appreciated by the reader.
Parrot Earth grew on Facebook “Likes” and blog subscribers, not to mention daily views and emails thanking me for starting the website and blog, which of course, at times brought tears to my eyes. It’s nice to know that what I am doing with birds is making a difference.
This year has also been a learning experience for people running rescues and people working in them. One rescue in particular was written about by a guest writer who later asked to be anonymous, it was such an amazingly emotional story, it had to be broken up into a series of three chapters. 1 2 3 There was another article “When Parrot Adoptions Go Wrong” written about a rescue who “repossessed” a bird that was allegedly being neglected in the house she was adopted into. This brought on a legal battle that is currently going on and charges of assault and theft. However the bird was relinquished back to the rescue and had various infections and was very ill from the alleged abuse. This story is still unfolding and I will try to keep you updated as much as it develops.
Myself and Barbara Heidenreich
I got the chance to get to know some of my hero’s and “movers and shakers” in the bird world and I happy to say that some have become good friends.
I also learned some things about myself this year, especially being active in the avian community. It is incredibly important that going into any diverse niche group of people, you have the ability to develop survival skills and a thick skin. There can be some venom spewed and those keyboard vipers (as I like to call them) can really force you into a retreat. It really can get to a person. Personally I have seen a lot of great aviculturists go into retirement over being bullied via social media and the internet (yeah, that thing that was supposed to bring us all together). In fact I lost an amazing writer over the scrutiny of social media and it’s a damned shame.
Friends have come and gone this year, over various things, I believe that people are meant to come into our lives for a reason, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it. It stings at first, but accepting the fact is almost inevitable.
My charity foundation raised another $12,000 for local charities and that is something I will scream from the rooftops. There is one thing to do what you love, but when you can do everything that you love it’s the best feeling in the world.
I got my scathing email of the year from someone who didn’t appreciate me expressing my opinion on MY BLOG, because I don’t like to let my parrots run all over my house and chew on baseboards or kitchen cupboards or my new furniture. I politely responded with an appreciation for taking the time to contact me, for the occasional four letter word(I’ll let you use your imagination), misspelled word, grammar and a link to the poisonous ingredient fact sheets for varnish, paint and other toxic household chemicals. Surprisingly,I never received a response.
This kid is still learning….
Overall 2014 has been a year of successes, wisdom, more gray hair and understanding of myself. I don’t have to be the best and most knowledgeable parrot owner in the world, but try my best. I also don’t have to be the best writer either, just the best writer I can be. “When you know better, you do better”. I also don’t always(I’m working on it) have to be the “last word person” because 95% percent of the time, you can’t change anything by having the last word, you’re just sucking up more oxygen (and I learned the last word person usually has a problem with control and self-esteem).
I know I have been a bit vague about what 2015 holds….
Parrot Earth is expanding into rescue work and foster placement. I believe that writing about parrots is good but I want to do more. Very soon the applications go in for our 501 (c)(3) and the next chapter begins. Thank you for supporting another year with my baby “Parrot Earth” and my crazy journey in aviculture, keep reading and we will see you next year.
Happy New Year!
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