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!