How I Became a Girl Boss 👊🏻💁🏼‍♀️🐾

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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. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 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? 😂 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! 😂

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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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. 😂

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. ✌🏻

Hooray for Berets!

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I realize this picture was taken in a bathroom. It has been a crazy month. I haven’t felt like writing in a while or haven’t had the time.

This is the outfit I wore to my aunt’s funeral. The last few weeks have been…surreal. I had to write my aunt’s obituary. Sitting at her bedside and asking her while she was still alive the things she wanted written most about her after she was gone was…hard. By that point, her brain cancer had really taken over and she couldn’t remember much.

I really didn’t care much what I wore the day this was taken. I chose the beret because typically, I like to wear hats when I don’t want to be seen. Same for the turtleneck. It made me feel secure and comfortable in my own skin.

One of the last things my aunt told me, her remaining two sisters and my mom was, “You broads better get your funeral attire ready, you need to look like a million bucks!” 😂

My aunt was a blunt lady. I don’t think I looked like a million anything, but I just wanted to be comfortable.

Valentine’s Day also came and went and barely registered on my radar. I was watching so many pets and trying to get sleep and couldn’t…it was a mess. I think Valentine’s night, my husband and I ended up splitting some cheese fries and I went to a house I was staying at, took some sleeping pills and called it a night.

I also had a terrifying scare the other day when a guy started following me when I was out on a walk. 😤 It really annoyed me that this guy kept hitting on me—and had to call for help. It makes me mad that there are sick pervs in the world and that a woman can’t just go for a walk and mind her own business and not be harassed. 🙄

So, yeah. This has been one of the weirdest months of my life. I am so ready to escape for a while and write on my experiences in Italy for you guys! It would be nice to have something positive to channel my energy into!

So, anyways, wanted to let you all know I’m alive and well, life has just been treating me not so nicely lately. I think I’m going to have to take a defense class and show it who’s boss. 😂👊🏻

Hope you guys have had a better month than me!

See the World 🌎

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I think everyone should see the world, while they’re relatively young. I wouldn’t say I’m “young”—I know people who are younger than me who have been many more places, but that is not the point. When you want to see the world, it isn’t a race, it’s a journey.

Over the last few days, we have made so much progress on our trip planning to Italy. 🇮🇹 It makes me so happy! We’ve figured out places to stay in Venice, Rome, Florence and Lucca. We only have 3 more days to figure out and then the really, really fun things begin—searching and booking tours! ✔️🤩

It is finally starting to feel real to me, that I will soon be walking around Italy, soaking up the history and sights, tasting gelato and pasta, seeing monuments, watching people go by on Vespas and venturing down wandering, winding streets. 😍

It’s amazing to be able to look back and say, We made this happen. We never gave up.
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s on how I’ve been packing for this trip (mostly, I’ve been hoarding tiny toiletries and picking out my favorite clothing from my closet…not an easy task) and maybe some other practical tips. Once we’ve gone and come back, I’ll definitely write some travel guides on the individual cities we went to! 🌎

I can tell you this though—we have a lot in mind that we want to see! Since Venice is the first city we’re going to, we’ll mostly wander and take in the sights and we definitely want to tour Murano and Burano.

In Lucca, we also want to go and see Cinque Terre and Pisa. We want to see the Duomo, Pitti Palace and The Statue of David in Florence. In Rome, we’ll see the Colosseum, of course, The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and more…and on the Amalfi Coast, we’ll check out the beaches and Pompeii, a place that always fascinated me as a kid when I read about it in school.

I can’t wait to do this. 🇮🇹❤️

I’ve been wanting to do something like this as long as I can remember, I just didn’t know how. My mom actually got her passport for the first time for this trip and she is 50.

I am so glad we’re doing this. You have to prioritize what you want out of life. Prioritize isn’t as fun of a word as “Dream”, but it’s so true. Get out there and do what you want TODAY. Make steps towards something and do it. 💯

Follow Your Own Path

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 Autumn aesthetics, am I right?! Anyways, it’s been another busy week. I’ve been petsitting and getting ready for Halloween and Tim has been doing a lot of magic shows. ⚡️I’m hoping to go to a farm and explore a corn maze and get a pumpkin to carve before this month is over! I’ve also really been wanting to play around with some vlogging with our new equipment we just got (in prep for our Italy trip next year 🇮🇹), so if we do some extra fall stuff, I may do it to get some practice in! I’ll let you guys know!

 

  Anyways…journeys have been on my mind today, so forgive the philosophical post. I just…think it’s hard, in this day and age, to be on social media as often as we are. It’s all comparison, cool photography skills for sure, but a lot of posing and pretending.

 I took a break from Instagram for a few days and Facebook this week. Sometimes it’s nice to do that. Lately, I’ve found myself comparing myself to other travel bloggers, namely people who travel more often than I do.


 It’s hard to see people who are constantly doing the things you want to do. We forget a lot of times though that people have had a journey in getting to where they are. It’s easy to sit back and want what they have and wish you were at that point, whether it’s with fitness goals, traveling, having a house or family, whatever.

 I just want to say…I’ve been there too, on the daily. I just always want to be real and upfront with my readers. I admire the Instagrammers who are famous and can make that their lifestyle. I know that sometimes, people might envy my petsitting lifestyle and how I’m my own boss, but it’s not always a walk in the park, and I know it’s not for the people I compare myself to either.

 That’s why I’m following my own path. Trying not to look sideways, just forward. ✌🏻 Hope you all are having a great weekend!

| Coffee, Pets, Estate Sales & Exploring |

A Musing

  Hello, all! 🤗

  It’s been a few days since I last posted. Honestly, I’ve just been enjoying my time at home since not long ago, I had been away petsitting for 2 weeks. It doesn’t sound exhausting, but it can be mentally. 

  I also cleaned my entire house, excluding the basement because, let’s face it, no one goes down there. I even lit some pumpkin scented candles; I love lighting candles while I clean, it’s so relaxing. I have been embracing all things fall; maybe I’ll do some posts for fall coming up soon! 👍🏻🍂


 Today has mostly been some petsitting+a coffee date with my husband to Kbrew. I feel like my signature drink has become an iced chai latte. ☕️ They’re the best. Also, kittens are pretty adorable, like the one in the picture there.


And puppies. Puppies are cute. 🐶

  We also went to one estate sale today, where I found a vintage makeup compact. Max Factor Creme Puff in Frolic. Completely unused. 


  I’m a sucker for vintage packaging. It will probably be going up on our Etsy soon!👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻https://www.etsy.com/shop/EdisonsPlace?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

 The yellow tile in this picture is actually one of our bathrooms. Tim doesn’t like it, but it’s grown on me. Actually, one thing that makes me insanely happy is when I show up at an estate sale and they have a totally untouched, retro monochromatic bathroom, with all pink tile and fixtures, or blue, yellow, green…they always picked some wild colors!

  Anyways, just a brief update on what I’ve been doing and where I’ve been. 👀 

 Look for some new posts soon! Possibly some OOTD posts since I’ve found some clothes I want to alter (aka take some scissors to) and some traveling posts! 🌎

 Have a great weekend!

Houdini the Hamster 

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  I’m really sad today. 😥 Houdini our hamster passed away last night. This blog post is for him.

  He was a sweet little guy. 🐹 We got him a little over 2 years ago from a pet store. At first, he really didn’t trust us. It took about a month to get him used to us by putting treats in our hands until he would take them from us. He went from craning his neck out as far as he could to get it, then eventually he would put his paws on my hand and take the treat, then he got to where he would let us pick him up. ❤️


 This picture makes me laugh! 😂 Houdini was out early in the morning and I snapped the lamp on and he froze! He would always be out early in the morning and late at night and I would get him out and hold him.

  Hamsters don’t live very long, but just like any other pet, you love them. So don’t ever let anyone make you feel silly for mourning the loss of a pet. They are a part of your family. 

  Houdini made us laugh, cuddled with us and was so sweet and tame. He was the first hamster I’d ever had—my husband Tim had one as a kid and he convinced me to get one. Houdini was also a part of Tim’s magic show. 🐹

  I cried a little today, but Twix, our rabbit, helped me cheer up, and I’m sure the pets I watch this week will help me too. 

  We have been so lucky to have such sweet pets. 💕 I think sometimes, they find us. I’m also grateful that I had some time with Houdini the day before he passed away. He hadn’t been acting like his normal self—really, it had been a few months that he had seemed just slower and shaky in his movements. He came out less and just seemed to age overnight. 

  The other day, I got him out and just held him and he snuggled up in my hand. He actually fell asleep, which he had never done before. ❤️ I think he knew he was loved. When we found him the next day, he just looked like he had fallen asleep, so I know he went peacefully. 


 Houdini, you will be missed. You made us smile and laugh and you were such a good little hamster, even the couple of times you escaped, you came back to us and climbed into our hands instead of running away. 😂 You will always be my first and favorite hamster and you made me really appreciate that every living thing is important, from the biggest animals to the very smallest. Love you, Dini. ❤️