My granddaughter, Lilly, at the Columbus Zoo. 

This is not going to be easy.

I have told my family and friends of my plans and can see the concern in many of their faces. After 30 years of being a big bread winner, I have opted to follow my passions and become a pet and plant sitter. For many years, I have demonstrated the qualities that will make for a successful business owner. I am conscientious, intelligent, diligent, focused, and resourceful. I also have dreams. Long hours and hard work don’t scare me.  

THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE EASY BUT, I HAVE FAITH IN MY ABILITY TO WEATHER ANY STORM.  

After all, life has been tough in the last five years (my fifties were supposed to be easy, or so I thought). My dad died, my Mom had a serious brain injury, menopause transpired, my marriage sputtered, I moved into my own home when it wasn’t fit for human habitation, my only daughter had a couple of scary breakups and a baby. I became a Grandma. I lost 40 pounds.

My world was turned upside down so I sought therapy. I began taking care of myself and realized I had value other than being a money mill. I started thinking about what was really important to me and what would help me enjoy my life. I decided to love and honor myself.

Corporate sales was not satisfying anymore. Being successful meant making money for many years and I did that the way I thought it should be done. Early retirement seemed like a bore so, I began considering business ventures that would incorporate my passions, anticipating a business that could sustain me past “normal” retirement. I quit my corporate job and took the leap. 

Thus, Sit. Stay. Grow. materialized through soul-searching and perseverance. This business combines my lifelong love of animals and plants. Truth be told, I wish I had realized my “calling” and acted on it much earlier in life but, better late than never! 

Today, I welcome a bright future. I may not make “big bucks” but I will be much more fulfilled by my work, helping people to love their animals and plants, like I do. Immersed in nature, I will become the person I was always meant to be.  

My family and friends need not be concerned about me. I am doing what will make me healthy and happy. That is what they really wish for me and all I have ever wished for them.

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