Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Freedom Failure: Starting a new J.O.B.

Here I am. My second week of living the dream. Owning my own business and working from home. For myself.

Until.... I was hired for my second part time job. This morning was filled with paperwork, physical testing and drug tests.  I am not complaining. It was actually fun. I just remembered that this is another part of my adventure. It's all exciting!

I will start my orientation next Monday.

Until then.. I'm glued to Netflix watching Christmas movies!

Two down, five hundred left to go!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

So Much to be Thankful for Day: Thanksgiving 2015

I have a little break in the doggie arrivals so I thought I'd share my news.

The job that I didn't think I got due to my being "me" thing... I GOT IT!!!  Contrary to what some people might think, I guess "Me" isn't so bad all the time!

Some people think I'm insane.  I have never felt better in my adult life! 

Today I will not be on my electronics much.  I'm going to spend my day reflecting on the happenings of this last year.  The changes, good and bad, that have happened to make my life what it is at this minute.

I'm going to play with dogs, visit with my husband and any stray friends that might pop over and let my heart be open to happiness!

I wish the same for you all.

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Livin' the Dream: Days 2 & 3

Yesterday (Tuesday) was my second full day of being a full time stay at home dog sitter. 

That lasted until mid morning.  I went for job interview number one.  I found it difficult to not be "myself".  If you know me, this can be a love / hate thing.  So, I just decided to be myself and if they choose to call me, they can.  I haven't been interviewed for a job in about 15 years so I felt a little under the spotlight, but they were very nice.  Whether they liked me or not, or found me to be a good fit, I still liked them and it also gave me an interview experience!  So nothing is lost even if they don't call me back.

I did pick up another fill in position on my way out of my shopping trip afterwards, so I'll go with that for increasing my success rate.  I guess that big box store really IS your one stop shop!

Amongst all of this two other employers contacted me with in a couple of hours, so I would say that yesterday was productive!

Today, Day 3,  is dedicated to incoming furguests for Wiggles and tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  BOY!!  Do I have a LOT to be thankful for!

I already hosted a "Fake Thanksgiving" last weekend since I knew I would have a lot of furguests around on the actual day.  We are STILL eating leftovers.  I'll probably make pigs in a blanket for Thanksgiving Day.  For some reason that just sounds like an appropriate meal for us.

Here's to a happy Thanksgiving to you all and a reminder to be thankful every day for everything you are blessed with. 

Life is what you make it. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Freedom: Day One

Yesterday was my first day of being a stay at home dog sitter.

I woke up at 5:30, which is my normal wake up time.  The dogs don't know that I thought I was able to sleep in from now on.  I tried to tell them and they stuck their tails in my face and gave me my Good Morning! Kisses... How is a girl supposed to ignore that for a pillow and Netflix in bed? 

So, I decided this is a good thing, so I can have a routine.

I made myself coffee, took care of the dog chores and the dogs and by 6:30, we were all snuggled in on the living room couch.  I sipped on my coffee and kept up with my Facebook Friends who are just waking up for the day.  I turned on my Netflix.  I'm on a CSI:Miami Binge-a-Thon at this point in my life.  I'm not the hugest fan, but I do like it.  I already burned through CSI:NY, so this is the next logical step.

I am feeling VERY good about  my decision and enjoying this home thing. 

I think of the many projects that I've been putting off until this time in my life, and I decide that it's my first day of freedom, so I will just ignore them for now.  I have plenty of time to do them.

At about noon, I found myself getting irritated by some Facebook activities.  One day I'll have to do myself a favor and get rid of some of those Negative Nellies.  But... Not today.. I have all the time in the world to do that.

I putzed (that may be a MN word for screwed around) the kitchen, did some laundry, took a hot bubble bath, thought about starting to unpack my spare room since I've put it off for a year, but no.  I have several days to get this task done.

By about 3:30, I was about ready to pull my hair out from "relaxing".  I have decided that I am not 100% proficient at this task.  Even though I feel better already, I took myself from "Yay!!" to "What am I doing??" in a matter of part of one day!  I will work on this... After all, I have the rest of  my life to figure it out.

At about 6:30, I was ready to call it a day and go to bed.  I didn't.  I waited until 8:00. 

I went to bed lastnight and this morning (Day 2) I was up at 5:30 ready and raring to go!!

This stay at home thing is going to be GREAT!!

PS.  I have my first part time job interview this morning (Day 2).    Wish me luck!!

Freedom Flight

Hello All!

I'm recently jobless, so I thought I'd do what every other jobless 40 something woman does while they sip their coffee and plant themselves in front of their laptops.  I'm going to start a blog!  I'm not a horrible writer, but I am horrible at staying on task.  We'll see how it goes.  No promises, but I do vow to make you laugh, inspire you, make you cry and, for sure, piss you off at some point.

Here's my story.

My name is Jules.  I'm a mid 40's, childless woman.  I considered having them so I could stay home with them in my 20's, but figured dogs were easier to cook for. 

I live in Rural Minnesota on a small acreage.  This shall be referred to as "My Heaven on Earth" time and time again.  It is my idea of "It can't get any better than this". 

Recently, July 18th, 2015, (which I'll document here so I can reference later in life) I got married, for the second time, to my long time companion.  He also is childless and likes dogs.  We were meant to be.  He is also a few years older than I am so I have to factor that in to my grand plan that you will follow me through. 

I am realistic, but I also am a dreamer!  I follow my dreams, but I do it with a plan.  That will make sense later too.

I own a Pet Boarding and Daycare Business that has been successful for over 5 years now.  Wiggles and Wags (Wiggles)  will be referred to a lot as this goes on. 

I also make Engraved Pet Tags and fun little things that I sell on Ebay and at various Farmer's Markets and Festivals.

By trade I am an Insurance Agent.  I'm not your typical pushy sales person, which is why I do better as a glorified secretary, but I have been in the business for over 20 years.  I know it and I love it. 


Sometimes you need to look at where you are in life and where you want to be in life. 

Over the last 40 some years, I have been ill.  I'm not dying tomorrow.  I don't have something that you can see, but I have various little things that work together to make me miserable sometimes.  I try my best to ignore it all, but sometimes I can't.  For the last two years a new thing happened.  I was unable to function as far as walking well, sitting for too long, going up and down stairs, breathing.... all of that was miserable and I gained a lot of weight as a result.  Thank goodness for Google, because I was able to diagnose myself as low on magnesium.  Yes!!  A $10 a bottle pill.  It saved me!  Now I'm back to loving life and I've lost a whole 2 pounds.  Only 70 more to go!

I didn't say that for a pity party.  I do NOT accept pity parties.  Not for myself, from myself or for others. 

I say this because it made me think about where I wanted my life to be.  It was not sitting in an office from 8-5 working for someone else. 

So here is where our blog begins:

Last Friday, I quit my 8-5 job!  I did it with no notice for various reasons.  Mostly because I just couldn't do it for one more minute.   I am not a person to sugar coat things to make people feel better and I'm not one to simply be "all talk and no action".  When I say something I mean it and when I decide something, I do it. 

I live by the Mantra: Treat others how they Treat you. 

I am not always successful on my leaps of faith, but for the most part, I make things work.  I work hard and I put my whole heart and soul into making myself not look like a failure. 

I decided that I was sick of turning down customers for Wiggles because I was too busy working for someone else.  So, I have been saving and pre-paying and planning for quite some time so I was able to follow my dream!  While my husband works a full time job for salary and our health insurance, I am now a stay at home, self employed Dog Babysitter. 

I have stocked up on my necessity items, made sure we have money for fuel oil, gas in the mower next summer, these kind of things... I have a one year limit.  If in one year I haven't built Wiggles up enough to support the household, then I will pursue a new full time job.. or several part time jobs.  I LOVE variety!!

I do have a few part time and substitute positions lined up so I won't be at home 24/7.  As much as I complain about the public, I am actually a people person.  I need to be out with humans here and there.

So it begins... My Flight to Freedom: Living out my Midlife Crisis with a Tish of Crazy.

I hope you enjoy the ride!