How I Became a Girl Boss πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸΎ

Pets

It’s hard to really pinpoint when things changed for me. Looking back from where I am now, I can hardly believe what I get to do for a living. I am continually amazed and blessed by all the opportunities that have come my way.

What’s my job, you might ask?

I’m a petsitter.

But I wasn’t always.

I actually used to be a chef. Before that, I scooped ice cream, waited tables and was even a hostess at one point. I basically worked every position in a restaurant…except maybe bar tending or managing. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ When I was a chef, I was used to always being caked in flower, having to clean grease traps and putting up with the public’s every order.

There are parts of kitchens that I miss. The rush. Filling orders. Getting to use really cool knives and carrying them in a fancy knife roll. (You wanna see my knife collection? πŸ˜‚ It’s best if you say that in the accent of The Butcher from Gangs of New York.) There are also parts I didn’t like–like aforementioned grease trap, people who don’t know the difference between medium and medium well—if you say medium, there’s a touch of pink, don’t care if you’re from Minnesota or Arkansas, that is what that term means—and weird hours.

But ANYways, back to the topic at hand. How did I become self employed? How did I get such a cool job of watching pets for people?

Honestly? It was a happy accident.

I’ve always loved animals. I had always grown up with them, taken care of them and just loved being around them. When people didn’t understand those unspoken feelings I had when I was upset, my pets always did. My dogs would always lick my tears off my face, crawl up into bed and lay down next to me until I dozed off and the very next day, they would follow me around, wagging their tails and just wanting to be loved. Isn’t that what we all want? To be loved?

After a few years in restaurants, 5-7, I was burnt out. I had been going to college and…that didn’t pan out either. I just didn’t care about any of it. And when I don’t care about something, there’s no hope.

I quit college, where I was going to get a culinary degree. I quit cooking and started working as a hostess. Still, working in a restaurant, but not having to get burnt by fryer oil or having to crouch behind a cooler to sneak a bite of food because in that business, if you don’t smoke, you don’t get a break.

I went from job to job for a while after that. I tried working in an office. That really wasn’t for me. It was a mold, water, fire and suicide remediation cleanup business. I got a lunch break and I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself.

From there, I worked at a salon as a receptionist and then I was back in restaurants again, working in a bakery and icing cakes and feeling dejected.

I then started up a petsitting page on Facebook. I had been doing it on the side up until that point and had been wanting to get more serious about it. I posted every day or every other day and I started getting calls and messages.

The rest, as they say, is history. Now, I watch people’s pets while they are gone and get paid to do it. I stay in 3,000 square foot homes sometimes, homes with pools, homes with incredible views, and watch pets and take care of them.

This weekend, I got to watch a farm with 6 dogs, 2 cats, 3 burros, 2 miniature ponies and 5 goats! And yes, 2 of them were fainting goats, but they did not faint for me this weekend! πŸ˜‚

I honestly have to pinch myself sometimes. I cannot believe that this is my life and that this is my job. I know it’s cheesy, but now I really know what people mean when they say, “Do what you love.” I love my job.

I am so glad that I get to do something meaningful and not slough off to a job I hate every day! Every day is honestly an adventure—sometimes I don’t know where I’ll be next, who I’ll meet. My job has also given me free time to focus on blogging, YouTube and social media, whatnot. And for that I’m grateful! I generally have more time to spend with my family and my grandparents, which is very important to me.

I have even been able to plan this trip to Italy with my grandfather, going over to his house a lot of days when I have finished checking on pets.

There is such a freedom and a peace now in my heart and I thank God for that. I am so glad that I get to wake up each day and have an actual purpose. Things make sense now.

When I look back at those years that I saw as wasted in restaurants and in college, I guess it makes sense now. It took me going through all of that…to get to where I am now. ✌🏻

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A Musing

I was never an A+ student. I was always one of those kids that people thought was a “straight A” student because…I don’t know. I had both my parents? I wasn’t ever really acting out and I was shy? I don’t know, but it still makes me laugh.

I was a B and C student, average, at best. I never really “succeeded” in school, but from a young age, I remember just not caring. The only reason I found myself wanting to be “better” was because I didn’t want to disappoint someone else.

I was more creatively inclined. I was in band and loved music. I was great at English and Creative Writing, but I sucked at math. There came a time though, when I was in high school that I started to realize…how pointless and dumb some aspects of school were. I liked learning things, but I thought life was a better teacher. Experiences were a better teacher. And I should want to be better for myself, not for everyone else. I needed to break apart from the huge, people-pleasing streak I have in me and start doing things…just for myself.

It’s taken a while to get to this point in my life. Did I get a college degree? No. But am I happy? Yes. I can truly say that I have a job that I love. I am self-employed and own my own petsitting business and not a day feels like work to me.

I guess I just wanted to write an inspirational post today because I thought someone else out there might need to hear it.

Don’t ever feel like you have to live up to a single letter on a page or report card. Don’t ever do something if your heart isn’t in it. And don’t try to better yourself just because you think that will make someone else happy–you have to want it too.

It hasn’t been but in the last 5-6 years that I have started making deliberate choices for myself and I’ve gotta say, it feels good.

Success is measured, often times, by people who believe the letters they are assigned on a piece of paper, the people who fall in line and do as they’re told.

Even though I got B’s and C’s and sevvvvvveral D’s and F’s, I knew that wasn’t me. I didn’t let it define me.

I know some might say that I didn’t have “work ethic”, but I do. I just genuinely hated algebra. πŸ˜‚

If there’s any advice I can give, having been on this earth for 27 years, it’s don’t sweat the small stuff. College doesn’t define you either. Do what you think you were meant to do. The rest will fall into place. ✌🏻

❀️Petsitting: My Favorite Pictures I’ve Taken On The “Job”❀️

Pets

  I love petsitting. ❀️

I seriously have one of the coolest jobs in the world. I get paid, essentially, to take care of pets. Feed them, play with them and cuddle them, take them for walks and just spend time with them! If you had asked me 2 years ago if I’d thought I would be doing this full time, I probably would have looked at you like you were crazy!

I think that’s how it works most of the time. We see our hobbies as only that: hobbies. Lucky for me, I was able to combine my hobby and passion into a fulltime job that I love. ❀️

I’ve actually been thinking about doing a webinar series on what I do and explaining it more in depth. I don’t know if anyone would be interested in knowing how I do what I do and how I make a fulltime income off of loving on pets, but if I do something like that in the future, I will post a link here on my blog! If you are interested in something like that, drop a comment on this post! πŸ‘‡πŸ»


I wanted to make this entry an appreciation post full of all the cute pictures I’ve accumulated over the last 2 years of pets I’ve watched. I knew I had a lot, but I didn’t realize just how many! πŸ˜‚ I spend a lot of time with pets, so usually, I can catch them doing some pretty cute and funny things!

Here are some more of my favorites!


Elvis and Oscar the pugs!


Bella! She had very good manners, as you can see here. πŸ‘‹πŸ»


Trudy! ❀️ She is adorable!


Callie the pig, just sunbathing. β˜€οΈπŸ˜ŽβœŒπŸ»


Hilde, the giant schnauzer, and Daisy the Australian Shephard mix!


Chin Chin! I got to celebrate his 1st birthday with him! πŸŽ‰


Frank and Jack, the brother kitties! 😽


Rocky and Lola, partners in crime!


Oliver, who’s always up to play fetch!


Patches and Belle! ❀️


Jackson and Cali! They loved jumping in the pool.


Little Miss Leah! She looks like she’s smiling here! 😍


Hazel the Dachshund and Chewie the Boxer!


Leo, the very photogenic cat who is always ready for a closeup. πŸ“·


Max, Ozzy and Darcy! This is a record breaking photo, right here. It’s hard enough getting one pet to look at the camera! Two is difficult and three is unheard of!


Shiloh, my favorite little floof and American Eskimo! ❄️


Doodle! My first pet I ever watched. I started watching her in high school.


Jingles the Boston Terrier! And on the bottom, Lola and Fletchie!

I have so many great memories from petsitting and these are just a few of my favorite pictures. I’ve been to weddings, pet birthday parties, I get to swim in pools and stay in some cool places all around Knoxville—I still can’t believe this is my life.

Anyways, hope these pictures brought a smile to someone’s face! They still make me laugh looking at them sometimes! If you have a pet of your own, give them a hug! We’re the lucky ones they have chosen to call friend. ❀️

Wedding Bells and Puppy Dog Tails πŸ””πŸΆ

Life, Pets

  Wow, this weekend was busy! 😴 Along with several petsitting jobs I had going on, I also helped someone with a wedding! It was a totally new and unfamiliar experience and so cool to be able to do!

Now, before you ask me if I used my 9+ years of cooking in restaurants and became a caterer overnight or I just decided to become a wedding planner on a whim, I’ll stop you right there! βœ‹ I actually helped out by watching and keeping track of someone’s pet on their big day! They wanted their dog to be a part of their wedding as a groomsman, so I was able to use my skills and help out! It was so awesome!


I showed up early and got to watch the bride and groom do their first look and Patches, their sweet Staffordshire Terrier, got to be in a bunch of pictures as well!

This was such a cool, unique experience–and I got paid to do it! 😍 That’s a win/win in my book! The weather was also perfect for their wedding, which had gorgeous mountain scenery as a backdrop.

I have never even been a bridesmaid in anyone’s wedding, so this was so different! Maybe because most of my friends aren’t human. πŸ€— (I’m pretty sure Newt Scamander from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is a long lost cousin of mine. πŸ˜‚ I can relate so much. Hopefully, I don’t come off quite so awkward though..)

I never would have thought, a year and a half ago, that I would be helping with a pet at a wedding and getting paid to do it. I think there’s a whole ‘nother market out there that I hadn’t even been considering! Pet weddings, pet birthdays…endless possibilities!

What makes it even better is that I have fun doing it. My job. I never thought that I would be saying that!

If you’re out there struggling to find what you love, your passion, I just want to say think back. It’s something you’ve probably done your entire life, something there may not even be a market for yet, but maybe there will be once you create one. Hint: If you have a ton of fun doing this thing and it doesn’t ever feel like work, you could have struck upon what you’re supposed to be doing.

I’ve also been reading this book Business Boutique by Christy Wright, one of Dave Ramsey’s protΓ©gΓ©s. It’s worth a look, especially if you’re a business minded woman who wants to set out and go at it on her own! I’m on only Chapter 5 or so, but it has really made me question why I do the things I do. And the only way to answer what you should be doing is by also answering the why. If you get excited just talking about something, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s your passion!

So, to all my readers who want to be entrepreneurs and your own bosses—I do not have an easily transferrable web file that I can email you, nor an easy 20 Step Formula that will only cost you 3 payments of $19.95—has anyone else noticed how everyone wants to sell you something?! For real.—but I do have those pieces of advice and this one: Ignore. Your. Critics.

If I had listened to mine, I wouldn’t be doing what I love today. ✌🏻

Petsitting News! 🐾

Life, Pets

A late Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all of that to everyone! Here’s a cute picture of my adopted rabbit, Twix! ❀ She loved running and hiding under the tree this year for her first Christmas indoors.

Quite a bit has been going on, actually. Now that the holidays are over, I can focus a little more. I went live on Facebook today and announced that I have written another book! πŸŽ‰ (My first book was a fictional murder mystery set in Boston in the 1890’s. Think Sherlock Holmes, but set in America. A Toast of Malice. https://www.amazon.com/Toast-Malice-Alexander-Baines-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00D8KKOC8)

This book is all about my petsitting business! I have never been that much into “how to” books, but Tim was the one who encouraged me to write it. So, in between watching dogs and cats, I wrote this book in a month! Tim helped me to format it, and here we are today!

A lot of people have expressed curiosity over what it is that I do, so I thought, what better way to explain it than in a book?! I like writing too, so why not combine those two talents?

In my book, I give some background on how I got started and all the courage THAT took to quit my part time job and go at petsitting full time. I also talk about some cute stories and things that have happened while I’ve been petsitting, and more importantly, how to be your own boss.

It may seem like an easy thing, but it takes just as much time to get your brain to grasp the concept as it does to put it into motion! 😜

This last year has been an insane ride. I’ve doubled my clients, doubled my income and had a lot of fun with all the animals I watch in the process! And I haven’t spent a dime on advertising! 😱

So, if you like a good inspirational short story/how to book, check out my book “Start Making Money Petsitting” by Avery Pressley on Amazon! Or, if fiction is more your thing, you can check out my murder mystery, A Toast of Malice: An Alexander Baines Mystery by Avery Pressley.

Also, since we’re sharing so many links here, my husband just started an awesome Etsy account for the homemade and unique lamps he makes and the Knoxville Trolley token bracelets and jewelry that I make! πŸŽ‰

https://www.etsy.com/listing/490225938/knoxville-trolley-bracelet?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=knoxville%20trolley%20bracelet&ref=sr_gallery_1

He will probably have lamps up on there as soon as he completes some more, and I may venture into selling some vintage clothing online, which I ❀. So, stay tuned!