Today, the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the dogs are ready to play, and I'm writing this blog. It is Monday. And I am not employed. But you know what else? I'm happy!
Last Tuesday, I was let go from my then-day job in corporate America. I had meant to blog about it last week, but then it started to sink in. It's taken me almost a full week to just absorb the news and attempt to process everything. Today is the first day that I've woken up positive and happy and looking forward to the day. I think you have to go through all of the emotions -- disbelief, denial, anger, sadness -- to be able to move forward. It was a surprise but not unexpected. Thankfully, I was financially prepared for this eventuality. At least I didn't have to experience the panic that usually accompanies being laid off. I know I can pay rent and buy groceries (and dog food!).
Enough about the sad stuff. On to the good things! I announced last week that I am now a Full Time Professional Dog Trainer, and I meant it. It feels amazing! I'm really glad that I had a nice full calendar for March in terms of dog training when I was let go because it allowed me to stay busy and transition smoothly into my new schedule. This morning, I opened up the Adventure Puppy Club for April enrollment. I'm hoping for 20 members next month. Each adventure is so amazing; it feels like what I was meant to do. Being outdoors, helping individuals in a small group, being a teacher, and adding value for others.
Teaching in the Adventure Puppy Club. Photo Credit: Hailey Sobania Photography
Another reason why this is so much easier than it should be is that I have been working with a life coach since January 1. Laura Berman Fortang of Now What? Coaching has helped me change my life. There's a distinction there that I don't want you to miss. 'She has helped me change my life', not 'she has chan