Introduce yourself and tell us what you do!
Hi! My name is Andrew Knapp and I spend most of my time hanging out with dogs and making books about them. I’m always asking myself how we can become better by paying attention to the world around us. Since dogs are always around me, they tend to guide me through life.
What are your non-negotiable morning rituals Before Life Happens?
Coffee, smoothie, meditation, and a walk on the beach or in the forest. I miss my meditation often enough, feel guilty about it, and then practice self-forgiveness because isn’t it all a meditation, really? I also doom scroll for a good while.
Your books and projects often feature your dog Momo. Can you tell us more about him?
Momo was my heart dog. He carried me through some very transformative years, as dogs do. He was present and calm and such an easy dog. The kind of dog that everyone warmed up to.
Travel plays a significant role in your work. How has exploring new places shaped your perspective on life and creativity?
The world feels so accessible, actually, so friendly. The language may change, and the building materials might be different, but everybody needs connection, clean water, food, and shelter – and I’ve been lucky enough to receive the warmth of strangers in many countries.
Tell us about one of your favorite travel destinations. What makes it so special?
Mexico holds such a special place in my heart. As does Portugal. Warm climates are what pull me into a place, and I think it really ignites people’s souls.
What are your top 5 travel essentials?
I just checked and it’s extremely boring: toothpaste, toothbrush, contacts, glasses, floss.
What other self-care practices do you have that support you in feeling your best?
Exercise is at the centre of my physical and mental health. Everything else is built on top of that. When I have the intention to work out and go consistently, I find myself eating better, sleeping better, and overall feeling better.
How do you end your day?
I’ll either read a bit or watch something. I mentioned reading first because it sounds so much better, but I probably choose to watch something 90% of the time.