2020 has been challenging enough as it is. But as a business owner, dog walker, dog trainer, mom and someone recently diagnosed with a chronic illness, 2020 has been one hell of a doozey.
At the beginning of the year I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I barely had the diagnosis long enough to process before the state was in lockdown. I talk a lot more about that on my personal blog. But because of the difficulties I had started experiencing at the end of late year, I hired my first employee. Then before lockdown, a second.
Once we were all in lockdown, we had to pivot. Hard. All the in-home training clients had to be put on hold. Board and Trains became harder because I couldn't allow people into the facility. Day training was unnecessary because everyone was staying home. And because everyone stayed home, dog walks were all put on hold. And because no one was going anywhere, there was no need for pet sitters. It was a frantic time. And I'd be lying if I said I hadn't panicked a little. But I was able to take time, perfect my programs and start thinking ahead, of life after Covid. One employee left, so I hired another. Things were beginning to look up.