LOL! After writing about how much I love side gigs, the only downside is that we are even more non-stop than we were in the past. Dog sitting requests are pouring in and each visitor we host captures our hearts. This week, our beloved German Shorthaired Pointer went home. She ended up staying a week longer because her owner was flying standby from Europe. Each day I got a text saying “maybe tomorrow?” And I was always happy to hear that she was delayed yet another day.
My little old lady, La Vieille Dame, had so many endearing quirks. She would bark at her food every time she ate. I had to remind her to eat it and not talk to it so much. She would dig into my carpet every night and turn a thousand circles before settling down to sleep. She didn’t like my yard, but preferred to go for walks and watch the kids play at the nearby park. Through this business I also find more and more that dogs and owners resemble each other. Her owner, though I wouldn’t consider her old as she is probably only 15 years older than me, is a graceful and beautiful woman. When I interact with her in person, I feel like I am seeing her through a filter, she literally glows and flows softly around the environment. Her dog, though not as graceful, is equally captivating with her personality.
We have received four sitting requests for future dates this week alone and visited with three of the dogs over the past week to see if we were all a good fit. Two of the four have booked so far and we will know at the end of this week about the other two. The kids are used to frequent “meet and greets” with prospective clients. I am thankful for our busy-ness and love meeting so many new people and the canine members of their families.
Our skincare work also keeps momma very busy, up late at night dreaming up social media posts (besides using the product, this is probably one of my favorite activities), and chatting with partners in crime and potential clients. I am grateful that I love the masks, toners, moisturizers, eye creams, etc. so much that I have no trouble talking to people about the products and business itself when people ask. Sharing with people and seeing them get excited about how the products have made them feel has been good for my soul.
With all the extra activities, day job and school, we still somehow manage to get lunches made, baths taken (although I’m encouraging more showers as they are quicker), dinners made, stories read, days shared, cuddles had, dishes done, laundry washed, house straightened, groceries bought, and dogs walked and cared for when they are visiting. ❤️💯
Non-stop, content and thankful.