I am a bit obsessed with my dog Cooper. And I’m sure if he was your dog, you’d be obsessed with him too. He is well-behaved, very social and has so much personality. One of my favorite moments recently was when one of my neighbors saw him and shouted, “that’s my dawg!” Cooper is very popular in the neighborhood and that is a prime example of his celebrity. Many pet parents (or any parent) hate leaving their children when it is time to go to work and I was definitely one of them. Many mornings I would think, I just want to be a stay at home dog mom.
I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great people, but cubicle life didn’t seem to fit me anymore. I felt the work I was doing could be done from a home. I would take a vacation and feel refreshed for a few days and then burnout would come back. In the back of my mind I always thought how nice it would be to be my own boss. Being able to occasionally come home for lunch and walk Cooper kept me going on bad days.
It became harder and harder to go back to work.
He did a great job of making me feel guilty whenever I would leave, whether it was in the morning or during a lunch visit. I knew one day I would find the right situation to make a change, I just didn’t realize how soon. The corporate mentality of being a number on a spreadsheet and a body to fill a job was getting pretty old. There was enough of that to make me turn in my resignation.
Once that letter was sent I felt completely elated. I started counting down the days until I was free. Every morning I told Cooper, I won’t have to leave home to go to work every morning very soon. Only 5 more days, 4 more days, 3 more days, etc.
During my last week, I put my office together. One of the most important pieces was Cooper’s dog bed. The only challenge I’m finding right now is that he wants to sit on my lap as I’m working. I allow it sometimes, how could I not.
It’s a tough transition to make, but I have absolutely no regrets. The happiness and freedom I feel outweighs any fear and working in an office where my furry children run around is my kind of job!