I support the World Wildlife fund 💕

@world_wildlife 🐋

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My grandparents have been donating to the World wildlife fund for as long as I can remember. We get all our new calendars from the collection my grandma receives every year 😊

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🐯 As for me, I’ve been donating to them and signing petitions since my very first job. The most satisfying place I spend my money (besides the book store 😂).

I like knowing I’m helping and making a difference in the world.

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Normally, I stick to maximising my donation as much as possible and always opt out of the additional “Thank You” gifts. But I’m human, and I love stuffed animals, so every now and then I select a few to receive.

But Bruiser likes a soft plush as much as his mommy does, so I opted to share my April donation with him this time😊

The The World Wildlife Fund is still looking for a few more donations by tomorrow April 22- Earth Day.

If your feeling giving today, help us reach our goal of $3,200 members.

We’re only 38 members away!

Even if you don’t join by tomorrow, give donating a little thought.

We only have one world.

And these animals don’t have a voice.

We’re the only ones who can make a difference

Jen

Traveling with pets

Always Call AHEAD!

I think that is the biggest piece of advice I can give you and I cannot stress it enough.

Even if the website says “Pets accepted/allowed”, it’s always safe to call ahead and verify their statements.  9/10 there are restrictions or hidden fees involved when you travel with your furry (or feathery, scally ) pets 🙂 So don’t let yourself be blindsided.

When you call to inquire to about their pet policy, always be sure to ask about breed restrictions and any hidden fees. Be specific!  Don’t shy away from asking to many questions, these are your kiddo’s, your companions, and best friends so ask even the smallest questions that come to mind.

I’ve dealt with some places that are very upfront with their pet policy’s, including breed/species restrictions and weight limits. But I’ve also dealt with the more shady sided places who won’t tell you all the fees involved with having your pet stay with them or won’t be as upfront with you about their breed/ species and weight restrictions.  And that can mean extra charges that you’re not budgeted for.

And just because the website doesn’t mention a pet policy, it does not mean they don’t have one. So again, Don’t forget to ask.

 

And that’s something else to be mindful of, independently owned establishments who can set (and change) their own rules at a whim.

Yes, it happens.

I’ve stayed in places that swear up and down a specific breed is not allowed and will fight you about allowing your pet to stay,  but when you walk around and look, you’ll see plenty of other owners out walking that very breed.  And they don’t always have that service pet stamp of approval.  Sometime’s they just drew the long straw when they signed in.

I have even had hotels begin to deny a service pet on grounds that they didn’t want to deal with the room cleaning that “most pets leave when you check out”…. Yup…  And boy did I have a lengthy conversation with that owner.

But not all places are out to get you or make it twice as hard for you to travel with your pets.

I’ve stayed in a few places that actually allowed a pet that they would normally deem “restricted” because they saw how obedient and well-mannered they were.   And a couple of hotels even allowed me to stay with my pet for no fee do to his smallness and lack of messy behavior. These people are the real MVP’s in my eyes.   They don’t judge a book by its cover and they allow for loopholes in their policies so they can better accommodate their guests and renters.

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I wish more places would be that way and more open-minded to certain breeds and pets. Some really don’t deserve the bad reputation they have acquired.

Be sure to be polite about you inquiries 

When you call up a hotel or an apartments leasing office, don’t jump down their throats the second they start steering you away from bringing your pet.  Some of the people you’re talking to are simply doing their job and following the procedures set by their employers.  

While I know some places are rude from the moment they answer the phone to the time you check out, you just have to take the higher road and keep a professional tone and outlook for the sake of your pets.  Sometimes you just may be catching someone on a bad day, or they may have just spoken to someone before you who screamed and cursed them when they were denied permission to keep a loose pet snake in one of their rooms.   

I’ve listened to this phone call, it happens lol

So keep it cool and collect. And remember the old phrase ” You catch more fly’s with honey than you do with vinegar“.

Be honest about your pet

The second most important thing I can stress while you look at traveling with your pets.

Don’t tell them spike is well potty trained if in fact, he messes on the floor when he’s left alone.  Or he has separation anxiety and may tear up the furniture or chew chair legs when you run out to get groceries or have dinner.

Don’t promise them that the pet stays in his cage unless supervised, when your normal is letting them have free run of the bathroom while you’re at work.

Be honest about their vaccine history.  Like taking your pet to a daycare, you want him/her to be protected from anything they may come in contact with.  So be sure to keep up to date on your vaccines , flea/tick prevention and heartworm medications. 

And it doesn’t hurt ( I recommend it actually) to check out the area you will be in and talk with your Vet about any issues that may be more common in that region VS your home town.    A city pet may not need to worry about ticks as much as a country pet would. So keep that in some cases your pet may need a little extra protection.

I could go into so much more detail, but I think this a good start.

I’m all for traveling and being able to take your pets with you, I don’t know how some people can go without the comfort of a pet.? For me, its truly a challenge. And I would much rather pay a little extra or look a little harder to find the right place for me and my kiddo’s 🙂

Boys are such a pain 😛

So, I’ve potty trained pets before. A lot of them actually and I’ve never had as much of an issue as I have with this little man.

Ugh!!!

Why are boys so much more difficult?

My female dogs have all figured out the puppy pad thing in 3 weeks, then alerting me by going to the door by 5 weeks.

But this guy, my little Bruiser man… is going on month 2…3🤔 and we’re still playing the “Don’t pee on my carpet!” game 🤦🏻‍♀️

He’s to the point where he knows and understands he has done wrong. But he just hasn’t gotten a handle on using his pad on a regular basis. Yet. Ughh….

We will have this mastered by the end of the month, I’m determined.

Just me, feeling like crap but making the most of it.

I feel like I haven’t left my house for anything besides work in over two weeks.

Can I just say being sick is a pain in the arse?

I hate it. Like a 3yr old hates nap time.

So, while my energy levels are slowly working on rising themselves back up, this bug has made me miss a deadline this week, made me need to push out the deadline for a few mini projects I’m working on, and I  had to turn down a week of covering for another safety rep on another job site due to being half me and feeling like I had half brain function. And let’s not talk about my stomach… it’s still a sensitive topic…

On the plus side of it all, I was able to catch up on a little light reading, dive head first into a new Netflix series and pin-up a few story ideas for future projects. Win, Win right? lol

So even with being sick and feeling like I should be picking out a headstone, I’m still keeping busy and trying to balance health and life.

Part of being a freelance writer is the ability to still support yourself even when you’re unable to work your regular “muggle job” hours and bring in that comforable check.  And so, sick or not sick,  I write.  Maybe only for a few hours or minutes at a time, depending on how I feel.

But it’s better than sitting around doing nothing all day.

I’m a firm believer that hard work is the magic ingredient to everything. It’s not always the quickest way to get what you want, but it’s the most fulfilling. At least, to me it is.

They say, Dress for the job you want, not the one you have”. So, in the writing world, that means “write like you’re already contracted to publish.” and write like you’re every word is reaching millions of people and making an impact.

And that is what I’m trying to do.

Don’t get me wrong, I like my muggle job, it’s challenging, keeps me busy, and allows me to travel and see parts of the states that I probably wouldn’t have decided to stick around in and explore. There are days, or even weeks, where I’m tired and miss being home in my own bed, my own kitchen and on a regular schedule.

But all in all, it’s an exciting learning experience and I would suggest it to anyone.

Even when I have weeks when I’m living off apples and yogurt, or pinching pennies to fill my gas tank up… Sometimes because I spent to much on books… the whole experience is eye-opening and rather intriguing to a mind like mine. It’s not as extreme as backpacking around the world, but it’s a close second in my book.

So, what are my plan once I’m feeling better?

Well, besides cleaning my house and giving everything a thorough disinfecting, I have full intent on revisiting this dam we found around here and spending a long afternoon (weather permitting) revising a manuscript while I soak up some Vitamin D and fresh air.

After all this, I feel in desperate need of a vacation and my current w.i.p could use a fresh set of eyes.

So how do you deal with being sick?

Any remedies and/ or cure all’s you can share?

New places bring new experiences and the good old fashion cold

Like waiting a month for permits to be approved so we can have heat and power in our office trailer…

Currently we spend our days playing power roulette with our electronics so we can make it through an 8hr day still “connecting” with the outside world (AKA- phone calls and emails with anyone related to this job and our SC site).

No power also means no main Wi-Fi either… meaning our hotspots run like crazy and I’m just waiting for the phone call telling me I have run over my allotted usage,  any day now.  Sooooo glad I only see and deal with the bill my personal phone accumulates in a month and not the bill the business line receives, because both have been running so much, I’m surprised I haven’t seen smoke. lol

So besides not having power, we also don’t have heat and it’s been around the 40’s lately, raining off and on and rather windy from time to time.

Cue my new found Cold …. Ugh.

 

So, like most new sites, ours is currently a dirt city. But instead of cars, we have thousand-ton equipment driving around. And instead of paved roadways to travel on, we have ruts so deep you could hide in them.

And with the recent weather we’ve had, you might be faster swimming around the site instead of walking or attempting to maneuver an ATV.

I did know a little bit about the construction business before I took this job, but there is such a big difference between knowing what goes on out on a construction site and physically working out on a construction site.  Things change so often from site to site, so you can’t ever assume things will go one way or the other and constant continued education is almost a must.

There is so much more to think about while on site besides just your specific job task. I’ve got to give props to the tradesman and women that work out in the elements and these types of conditions on a day-to-day basis and still manage to get the job done and go home safely every night.

Some of they’re task may be simple, but they can’t just think of themselves out there. Team work is a must for success.

It’s actually quite amazing to watch and see first hand what all goes into some of these structures and designs.

It takes a lot of talent, hard work and a lot of long hours.

And some of these guys really don’t know what they’re getting into when they sign up for a traveling gig like this one.  Some come well prepared , while others… well struggle with the change and new lifestyle.

One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is a lot of these guys end up eating like utter crap and have the worst immune systems I’ve ever seen (kind of like mine at this moment). At first they don’t mind eating out and ditching the time consuming task of cooking and cleaning up after themselves, but it gets old quick… and expensive.   

Really thinking about showing off my weird side and making little hotel food lists for things that are easy to make and cover all the food groups evenly.  I’m sure that’ll brighten the day up for a few people lol either they’ll like it and use it or get a laugh out of me for taking the time to make them.  Win, Win either way right? 🙂 

We’ll see I suppose 

Taking the Reins…part 2

I’m going to start this one out by saying… UGHHHHHH!…..

Ok, I feel better now lol

Recap of the last few weeks…

I’ve packed and officially moved from SC to NC!   There’s still a few things work wise to get packed up and moved over here, but for the most part, I am settled.  I’ve set myself up in a cute (I’m quit taken by it) one bedroom apartment, and I’ve already roamed around one of the local libraries and made myself  home 🙂

My mind is significantly full and my apartment… is not.  Currently my furniture consists of a bed, inversion table, one book shelf, and a stool.  Luckily, the place came with a fridge, microwave and a dish washer otherwise I would be completely lost and probably a bit stressed. They also have laundry service area on site, which buys me time to get adjusted and purchase a washer and dryer for myself. (Thank you Lord for these blessings)

My counter top has been dubbed my desk top, it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s the most convenient for me right now.  My head has been working over time since mid January, and honestly I’m eating more in the way of soul food than real food right now anyway 🙂  (Don’t worry, I’m not starving) So it makes more sense to take over my kitchen as my work space, so I’m not stuck sitting on my bed all the time. lol

I started to think my inner Carrie Bradshaw was coming out. But instead of devouring Vogue and living for fashion, I’m working my way down my list of Authors and Writers I’m determined to learn something from, And running wild with idea’s and story lines for my own work.  Hashtag #Inspired 😀 

I think I’m more of a Gilmore Girl than a Carrie Bradshaw anyway 😉   Fashion and I don’t know each other very well, and I live in steal toe boots and hoodies most of the day. So I think Carrie would cry at the site of me lol

Speaking of which, the new job site is huge. A lot bigger than the last few I’ve been on. And I’m really looking forward to watching it slowly build from the ground up.  I’m trying to keep a better photo file on this job than I did on the last one too, It was well underway before I had my Ipad set up and was able to store photos properly. This site one on the other hand, I’m well prepared for. Despite the few snags that have been intentionally tossed in my path… Good thing I played hopscotch as a kid, who knew those skills would come in handy own the road 😉

 

~Jen

A writers time is now

“We’re not meant to be normal”

I’ve heard that so many times in the last week, in regards to writers and the overly creative hearts.

We really aren’t meant to be normal, not even a little bit. We can pretend we enjoy the nitty gritty of the real world and work right along with the best of them, building our name, climbing the ladder of success.

But are we truly happy doing it?

We can justify the money, the acknowledgment and the sense of achievement we get from moving on up in the real world…. but are we really truly happy and fulfilled?

I feel, in most cases, we are not.

Not unless that ladder and those achievements revolve around our need to be creative. Because that is our real world.

Some of us are not meant to feel fulfilled working the 9-5 gimmick.

I honestly end up feeling so stifled and hushed once I reach the point in my muggle job where things are running in an autopilot mode and I no longer feel challenged.

In some cases, I like it. The more I run on auto at work, the faster I get things done and (in reality) the sooner I am released to focus on my writing.

But In most cases, that isn’t how things play out.

I usually end up with more on my plate simply because I’ve proven myself to be a reliable asset and dedicated worker .

If only they knew I really just wanted to leave , sip on some tea and get lost in a few far away worlds.

I know this started off as smart and turned into a ramble rant lol but heck, that’s how my mind has been running lately.

Might as well just go with it

Jen

Traveling thoughts/Ramble

Do you ever have those moments where you are driving down the road and suddenly feel extreamly small and overwhelmed by either the scenery or the traffic?

If the highway goes from 2 or 3 lanes to 6 … I become stressed out and my anxiety is on high gear.  Even if I’m only a passenger and not the one currently in control of the car 😳….🤦🏻‍♀️

But take me to the country side (or mountains for this matter) and the feeling is quite different. I don’t feel overwhelmed in a way that scares me, but in a way that leaves me completely at awe.

0739CEA4-E1E1-45EC-B8FB-F60993EDF3FBI’ve promised myself that I will take few epic sunrise shots during my travels, but so far I’ve just enjoyed them vs fighting the camera filters. 

I’ve driven through this section of Tennessee / Kentucky twice now , and both times I was left completely jaw dropped at its beauty.

The first trip the colours of fall were still very vivid and mesmerising 😍 This trip the green of spring has finally settled in.

Watching the mountains roll along and listening to the breeze and sounds of nature always leave me feeling calm and inspired ✨

I’m not the preachy type, or churchy type for that matter. Over the years I found that I feel the closet to God simply sitting out in the world he created.

Something about the breeze, the chirping birds (and the occasionally bug bite) make me feel like he’s taken the time to sit down and enjoy the view right along with me.

🤔 Now that I’ve rambled on a bit and seem to have lost my original train of thought 😅

Here’s a short video I took with my phone while we drove through ☺️

It’s been a while….

So, I’m no longer in Georgia with access to a lovely poolside view 😔…

Nope, I’m currently in South Carolina! 🙌🏼 After staying for a month in a “ok” hotel, I’m now set up in a cute little farm house out in the boonies lol.

(Seriously, cell service and internet connection vary depending on the weather).

And speaking of weather.

For about 2 minutes it snowed down here yesterday! 😳 Yes, snowed.

Only after it rained all morning though and then when that brief 2 minutes of snow ended… the ice pellets began to fall and the roads became slip-n-slides.

Gotta love the south for their random weather 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

Here’s a little peak out my upstairs window.

More pictures to come as soon as I remove the work related photos from my SD card 👌🏼

Jen

Life update: Would you lie about your dogs breed?


Again, long time no update 😞

Life has indeed been one heck of a busy train ride the past month. 

I quit my job at the vets office and took a position as a job site administrator/ secretary, which involves me traveling through the southern states and hanging out on construction sites. ✌🏼 

Big change from my comfy northern living and consistently scheduled life. 

I am creature of habit, and uprooting myself took a lot of “don’t think about” and “Just do it”  mantras to get me packed. Lol 

Unfortunately, my Bella girl and her feline siblings had to stay at home vs traveling with me 😞  I had hoped (and planned) to bring Bella along with me but, unfortunately, the world is harsh towards girls like her and she’s not allowed in the apartments the company rented for us…

I do understand the way some people look at certain breeds… but I will never understand why they assume they know them all. 

And to make things better, I’ve seen 2 of them here already. So I’m sure people lied on the application and said they had a mix breed or picked some other breed to label they’re dog as 😒 

Personally, I care to much about myself and my baby girl to say she’s something she’s not. 

Take us as we are or don’t take us at all

She may not be with me but at least she’s in the comfort of her own home, with people she knows and getting lots of love 💜

My sister has pretty much sent me a Bella selfie every other day 😊🐶

So, would you lie about your dogs breed just to have them with you Or would you find another way?
Jen