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30 day Blog Challenge #Day6

OK, I fell behind with my blogs and as mentioned in my #Day5 and didn’t have enough time to truly write down my ideal day.  What I did was copy some content from a similar exercise that I did when I first launched my business three years ago.

This was the first time for a while that I’d read what I’d written and do you know what?  I’ve achieved a fair amount of those goals as many of my days actually follow the format that I wrote about!

I do now work virtually most of the time and have regular clients; I network locally to connect with business owners and potential new customers; I’m much more active online with social media and blogging (including certain challenges) and have obtained clients in this way.  I have the freedom to work with the clients that I want to and to refuse anything that doesn’t fit with my dreams – declining a job offer for example.  It felt so liberating and right to be able to say “No!”.

So onto the next stage of living my life on my own terms as my dream has changed.  Instead of owning a lovely house and garden, I want to dogs-112519_150travel, visit beautiful places, gain new experiences and form friendships.  I identified that pet sitting was one way of achieving this without launching into a round the world backpacking trip, so I’m registered with a couple of websites.

To begin with I’ve taken on assignments within a couple of hours from my current home, but by next year I’ll be in a position to travel abroad and for longer periods of time – living my dream life 🙂

Post #16 Before & After

Look at Max!  Here’s before & after pictures:


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I’ve had pets & dogs since childhood & more recently, well for nigh-on the last 30 years, they’ve been Labradors.  Notorious for shedding their short hair, in fact my ex-husband mentioned that when our golden lab Amber moved forward quickly, she left an outline in discarded fur behind her!  It gets everywhere & no matter how clean the kitchen is kept, someone still usually ends up pulling a dog hair from their food – should I have really mentioned that!?

Then came along Max, a six month old Cocker Spaniel needing a home.  A beautiful blue roan with a placid temperament, we just had to rescue him.  He moults too, but we hadn’t realised that this didn’t stop his fur from growing!  Like human hair, his fur grows longer very quickly with big tufts on his paws & curls on his forehead almost needing a bow to keep it from flopping in his eyes 🙂

Very soon he became shaggy which took an age to dry off when he came back from a walk in the wet, which is most days here in the UK.  Surprisingly he also has two types of fur which grow at different speeds.  The white is coarse, straighter & longer, whilst the black is soft & downy, absorbing water like cotton wool – impossible to dry completely & remaining damp for ages.  It’s a real wonder that he doesn’t get a headache from the weight of his ears & as these tend to dangle in whatever he eats & drinks, dreadlocks soon form.  He makes us laugh, turning his head to try & obtain the food he can obviously smell on the ends of his ears – time to get the wet wipes out.

My husband Rob thinks he has more character when he’s shaggy & that’s why he doesn’t go to be clipped as often as he aught, but I love him when he’s a short & smart boy.

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