Trust Yourself Always

Many years ago, I traveled to Utah from Washington DC to go on a hiking and camping adventure with a good friend of mine.

We went backcountry camping and had all the accoutrements needed for a successful trip.

We set up camp, found some water (that was another story and it derailed the rest of the trip for my friend) and discussed the next day’s hike.

We shared dreams about our futures and what we wanted to bring more into our lives. We envisioned big and we were unwavering about our future. Pure excitement and joy.

The next day, ready to experience the wonders of the mountains, we followed our map to our designated hike through a canyon.

We winded our way through the narrow slots, sucked in our breath to squeeze through tight fitting rock walls and took in the beauty of nature that created this place.

We were feeling the awe of all that nature offers.

After one last turn through the desert floor, the canyon dumped us out into an open valley and the trail was no more. Only a Jeep trail existed.

Either our map was wrong or we missed a turn somewhere along the way. Whatever the case, we already hiked several miles, the afternoon light was waning and we were like huh?!

Now, the choice of where to go next rested in us.

For others, this would be a frightening experience. In the middle of a huge valley, having no idea of where the trailhead is to get us back to our base camp and no one else around.

My friend was doubtful and expressed her fear about being lost in the middle of a giant national park.

Me, on the other hand, I had faith. I wholeheartedly believed and said out loud to my friend, someone is going to drive down this path, we just have to get going.

I trusted my intuition that we will be ok and someone will come along and I fully surrendered.

This deep knowing drowned out any overwhelming sense of fear my friend was experiencing, but I didn’t take on.

Some time later, an electric blue Jeep pulled up and the driver asked us if we needed a lift.

We climbed into the back seat behind the guy’s mother and his wife while my friend and I shared the story about what happened.

He dropped us off at the trailhead and told us we had about another 5 miles to hike to get back to our camp. We jetted off and landed back at our tent before nightfall.

This moment seared into my brain how important it is to let go of the chatter that clouds your inner wisdom and let go of resisting of what is happening right here and now.

When other’s doubt or question you, you don’t have to take on other’s limiting beliefs.

When you do take on other people’s fear, you will be led down the path where you lose your way.

Allow your ideas to unfold regardless of what others say. This will lead you in the right direction.

The slot canyon we hiked through
Our campsite in Canyonlands National Park

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Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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