This week is my favorite subject to share, as I am sure you know by now I love being pampered even if I have to do it myself. In my house I am known as the king, and the saying goes, “It is good to be king”.

But enough of that, I am a true believer in taking care of you, this does not mean you have to go spend hundreds of dollars on a spa or take a long vacation. Do not get me wrong those things are important and should be done as a way to treat yourself. I recommend at least twice a year if possible.

But you can practice self-care and not break the bank. You like that? My human dad taught me that saying. You have to take time for you, you cannot work all the time and then take care of everything you need to do in your home life and not unwind. You will burn out quickly this way and in the end you will be miserable. Also both your home life and business will suffer.

Take a little time and do something for you every day, even if it is 30 minutes. You will find this will recharge you and gets you back in the groove. Be sure to set boundaries for what is YOUR time. Better yet, put on your calendar and mark the time off. In my human moms’ case, they take a coffee time after lunch during the week. They also have chosen to take a long self –care break on the weekends. They also had to set work boundaries. (Which they say have to be done) But we can talk about those later.

Not sure what you can do in such a short time to recharge, here are some suggestions:
• Read a magazine
• Watch relaxing movie or TV program that does not require brain power
• Take a walk
• Relax, sit and drink a tea or coffee and think about nothing, in others words empty your thoughts, I am GREAT at this by the way.
• Meditate
• Play some music and dance
• Exercise (at home or at the gym)
• Call a friend and share a laugh

These are just a few ideas. You know better than anyone what you need to do to get your groove back. Trust me if you try doing this for one week you will see how different you can cope with your business and life stuff.

Also make sure you plan longer self-care activities when you can. Things like manicures, spa day, getting your hair and makeup done, shopping trip (for you), hiking, family time and date night are just a few that come to mind. (My moms’ send me and my sister to the puppy spa once a week!)
So long story short if you do not take some time for self-care you are not able to give your true best to yourself, your clients, your business or your family.

Well I need to go because sharing all of this has reminded me I need to go self-care and get some sun.

Till next week.Emmy

You may not be able to pick your family but you can pick your clients. And say this as I was laying here taking a short nap and remembering the conversation my human parents were having about who they really want to work with and who is their ideal client.

And that made me think you cannot choose your family. I mean think about it, there are those people in your family that are not your favorite people but you love them because they are family, like in my case I am not crazy about my feathered brothers and sisters but because my parents love them…I guess I do too.

But you do not have to settle in your business or career. Be choosy do not settle!

You know who you want to work with. If not, take the time to sort out WHO do you really want to work with? If you need additional help with choosing your ideal client let my humans help.

Use that knowledge when you speak to those possible clients or when you are thinking about changing careers or companies.
Take a minute and ask yourself these things:
1. Will I enjoy working with them?
2. Will I be happy to go to work every day?
3. Will I love what I do and enjoy my work?
4. Do I think that we can build a lasting relationship that is mutually beneficial for us both? (Hey why the smile, I might be a furry human but I am a smarty.)

If you answer yes to these questions, then you might have found your sweet spot in life. But if there were a few maybes or no’s, then do not settle. In the end it will be a disaster or you will be unhappy and even dread going to work every day.

The other thing you want to do is, if it is a new client do a try me on period. This should usually be no more than 90 days and allow you to learn all of their business and get to know them before you make a longer commitment. At end of trial time, have a talk and find out if it works for you both of you. If it does, awesome! If not, you part on good terms.

So all I am saying is do not settle and say yes to just any client. Find the right fit for you. You would take the extra time if you were searching for shoes. No?

Gotta Run I think my mom might take me for a walk.

Till next week.Emmy