Making Choices – sometimes we go with the obvious. But is the obvious always the best route?

Making Choices – Plan A – Plan B and more!

In this video, we talk about the idea that the choices we make don’t have to be obvious. That’s in the area of regular, mundane choices – things that happen every day, week or even year. Taking the obvious route might be the easiest, but sometimes the easiest choice isn’t the best. If it’s a routine, change it up a bit – see what happens!

And when there’s a serious issue – do we go with the obvious, or do we have more than one plan to move past the issue?

In our family circle we have a serious situation – it’s with our son and daughter-in-love’s dog, Pixel. Alex and Alisane needed to make some decisions. The obvious wasn’t going to happen… 

Making choices for Pixel and her family…

Pixel is four years old. She’s a mixed breed – boxer, pitt and hound. Alex and Alisane adopted her as a puppy. She visited us regularly before we left on our travels. Here are a few pictures of puppy-Pixel:

Making choices about pixel - puppy

And then Alex and Alisane added a new member to the family – and Pixel had to adjust.

Pixel has done so well! She’s very patient with the grandboy.

making choices - pixel in the family

And a full part of the family.

Pixel and Theo Making Choices

Pixel’s Family Making Choices as a Family with Pixel

Making choices for Pixel – what to do?

One day Pixel came in from outside – limping. And her limp didn’t get any better. So Alex and Alisane took Pixel to the vet.

… it turns out that because of a genetic malformation in the bones of her legs, she ended up rupturing both of her ACL’s and needs her first knee surgery in June and her second knee surgery in September.

Surgery for a dog’s ruptured ACL is not cheap.  Can you imagine what it costs for two knees to be repaired?

Thousands of dollars!

What choices did Alex and Alisane have? 

  • end Pixel’s life – this might be some people’s response – it wasn’t for Alex and Alisane
  • take out a loan (that’s tough for a young couple)
  • reach out for help from friends and family – they’ve done 2 garage sales with donated items
  • create a go-fund-me page
  • use Alex’s business for raising money. Pixel is an official member of the Team at Your Local Studio. Her title is “Director of Happiness”
  • a combination of some of them!

Here’s what they’ve done so far…

Go Fund Me and Garage Sales

Alisane created a Go-Fund-Me page for Pixel! And they’ve had two garage sales.

making choices - pixels go fund me page

Exercising that choice has brought them almost half-way to their goal!

If you’d like to contribute, I know they’d appreciate it! Click to learn more!

HELP Pixel!

Using YourLocalStudio

Alex is also using his business to raise funds – in JUNE 10% from videos made at the studio will go toward Pixel’s surgery.

 

Avoiding the obvious when making choices…

What about situations in your life?

Do you take the time to find options other than the obvious when you’re making decisions?

And about the routines…  

Everyday life can be so much more interesting when you don’t go with the obvious! If you find yourself saying, “… is this all there is…?” try changing up your routines!

Where can you change your routines this week?