While this year has been a whirlwind of life diversions and distractions, October was particularly great at throwing detours at me. That's not to say that these detours were negative in any way. I have realized it's important to delight in the detours, too.
With that being said, while I build my blog, gain small business coaching and digital marketing skills, credentials, and certifications, as one grand detour, I decided to open a side hustle that's been on my mind for awhile, Canines + Felines North Carolina. Mainly, I will providing more white glove pet care in the East Raleigh areas: Downtown Raleigh, Knightdale, Wendell, Clayton, and Zebulon. Services include: dog walking + activity sessions, in house pet sitting, and cat check ins. If you love animals, mainly furbabies, I invite you to follow me on Facebook and Instagram! I'm hoping to launch a shop in the coming month, too, with some really fun, trendy #catmom and #dogmom swag!
My second main diversion this month was that of my husband departing for a six month contract to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Pick up your jaw off the floor! Yes, he will be gone for awhile, but this isn't the first time we've done this. This contract, in fact, will be our sixth in the course of our ten years together. Michael and I are both extremely independent, and while I miss him dearly, some times it's good to reflect on your solitude. The first two weeks of October were spent helping him prepare to leave, spending time with one another, and surrounding ourselves with things we love, including stargazing, nature, Sox, and margaritas and Mexican food. Below is the little blip he will be living on. He's hating life being on the beach, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, you get the idea. (and I'm jealous because he's got a great tan!)
Enter the third detour of October: Lucy. Lucy is a gentle, eight year old Whippet Mix, who my brother has to unfortunately re-home. I offered to take Lucy on to help, plus, I have many more connections in the rescue/foster area than my brother does. Not to mention, they live in Austin and all of the shelters are inundated with Hurricane Harvey dogs. Isn't she a sweet, beautiful girl? Lucy will be available for adoption through Fine Whines + Lickers Rescue. If you adopt her and keep her close to Raleigh, I would love you forever.
So, October brought with it a lot of things, but I'm happy to say, many wonderful secondary roads, experiences, and opportunities. In the very least, I can say that I'm grateful life isn't boring.
In my other news segment for October reflections, here are a few other things that happened this month:
1. The blog reached more than four hundred and fifty unique visitors! So, for whatever the reason you were driven to the content I share here, I hope some small bit of it has left you inspired and encouraged! Thank you so much for your support.
2. I became trained in PetSaver through Serenity Pet Massage in Cary. (Yes, and I didn't know this, pet massage is totally a thing!) In other words, I can give your dog or cat CPR.
3. Being the nerd I am, I started a book club. Raleigh Book Chicks is for those ladies who love to read, drink wine, connect with other amazing women, and take time for themselves. I invite you to join us!
4. I've finally reconnected with my yoga mat after a few weeks away. I am forever grateful to Fightmaster Yoga for their endless array of classes. My Chaturanga is the best it's ever been!
5. I celebrated Michael's cousins, Danielle and Brad, on tying the knot in Pennsylvania the end of the month (they are also expecting, how exciting!). Time with these guys is always something I truly look forward to.