November 8, 2010 marked the one year anniversary of Clean Paws Mobile Grooming Salon, LLC. It is mind boggling how a year has moved past so quickly. I am truly thankful for event that set my feet on this path!
I have met some wonderful people along the way. I have enjoyed and endured snow falls, slippery roads, beautiful gardens, relaxing grooming sessions by the beach. Proud Mary has the been the star of 2 videos, 1 commercial, and feature article (coming 12/11/11) in the local newspaper!
I can honestly say, that I don't think that I have ever enjoyed grooming as much as I do now. Even while I am picking dog hair out of my eyeballs from doing a DeShedd treatment on a big hairy dog, or doing the water tango with an older cat that has never been groomed before. More or less what I have enjoyed the most is the balance that is starting to re-emerge back into my life. From time to time I still have to work a long day, because a pet needs more time, but it is truly a different life now from what I had experienced before. It's like everything that I have done in my life time, all the other jobs and experiences have led me to this point. It is very liberating! I feel like I can breath again.
What I enjoy the most is the time I get to spend with each customer. We share information, pictures, gardening tips, new ideas, and even tears. I have to laugh because my first tip from a customer came the day before Thanksgiving, I received a fresh baked sweet potato pie! Who said groomers don't work for food?
I am appreciative for potential customers who have called, and discovered that Mobile Grooming is a great idea, but a little bit out of their budget. Yet they refer new people to me, because I gave them tips and shared tricks to help them with their pets, or even referred them to someone that could help them with vet or grooming needs. Things like that are priceless.
Since I started in the winter, I feel like I have been through the most challenging part. The spring and summer flew past with my own garden being a casualty. I get to come home have lunch and spend some outdoor playtime with my dogs. I haven't started partying like it was 1999, but I have been seen tapping my foot to some music more often. Spending time with my family has been awesome! To have prepare Sunday dinner and enjoy Football all day makes my heart sing!
I am preparing for my second winter season, and loving every minute of it! Can't wait to see what new adventures are waiting for my second year! If we haven't met yet, I hope to meet you soon! Until then, Proud Mary and I will keep rollin...rollin....rollin...down the highway!
I hope that you find your passion in life, and pursuit it with all your heart!
Thank you for a wonderful year, and many more to come!
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!