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20. Kitties!

Okay, I have waited long enough to introduce you to some of the loves of my life: my kitties!

Here is Tiger:

And here is Rambo:

Aren’t they the cutest? Cats are awesome. I grew up with tons of barn cats, and one even followed me while I hiked to nearby places. I loooove cats. There is a reason cats have taken over the Internet people!

Tiger likes to go on walks sometimes, and I take him out on a leash (just short walks in the front or backyard). We found him abandoned in our boat when we moved into our current house. He was sooo tiny his eyes still weren’t opened, and I bottle fed him until he was able to eat regular cat food. Now he likes to follow me around when I do stuff around the house, investigates everything I do, and always demands to sit in any new box.

We got Rambo a year later from a neighbor a few streets down. He had parasites in his stool, and I took him to the vet and got him squared away. I put him in a large cage so Tiger could get used to him (Rambo was tiny, but older than when we first got Tiger), and Rambo had so much energy he practically climbed the sides of the cage!

Soon the kitties were allowed to play with each other, and now they wrestle and snuggle and are great brothers. Cats are the best 😊.

Oh, and by the way, my husband is a dog lover. Here are his dogs, Emma and Sammy:

We can talk about them some other time.

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16. Hustle

Photo by Lost Co; Quote found on Pinterest

As you know, dear readers, my entrepreneur stuff is my side hustle. One of my teaching jobs starts up tomorrow, and the other the following week. This is my last day of summer, and I’m spending it working on my hustles and helping my husband out with a house project. No matter where you are in life, don’t give up. Hustling now will get you further ahead for the future.

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15. My new book, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is now available for purchase!

So, dear readers, the moment has come for me to finally announce my new horror story collection, Black Cat Scribbles Vol. 1, is officially on the market!

Why horror, you may ask? Well, many years ago I picked up a horror story book, started reading it, and thought I could do better. Thus began my journey into the dark, to bring you back startling stories designed to make you think and wonder if you are truly alone while you read.

I am have some general fiction for sale as well, and even a little poetry, but with Halloween a few months away, why not push the horror to gear you up for the season.

Check it out, and enjoy, dear readers. May the unsettling be with you.

You can find Vol. 1 and the individual stories on:

Vol. 1 is also available on Amazon Kindle:

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12. Build on your strengths

Photo by Jungwoo Hong; quote by Arnold H. Glasow

I know nothing about cars. I am not as bad as the chick who splashes oil onto the engine to “put oil in the car,” but I can’t tell you how to fix a car. I can help you change a tire, but that’s about it.

My husband, on the other hand, knows tons of stuff about cars, and how to fix them. He does most of the maintenance work for our vehicles, and people even call him for advice on their cars. Did I mention he is badass at fixing cars?

Everyone has their forte—most people aren’t good at everything. Find your niche and run with it—build off your strengths.

 I am a tea fanatic. I drink a lot of tea daily, and I have gotten into blending my own flavors (that hopefully one day I will sell on Teazzed). I wanted brewed tea instantly and in bottles that I could reuse over and over throughout the day, so I invented something to fill my need. I combined my love of tea with my love for inventing and ran with it. The business is still a work in progress, but I am having fun with the process.

I also like writing, which is one of the reasons I started this blog. It’s still going well, I think, and hopefully it will continue on.

Have fun with whatever you decide to pursue. Make the journey just as fun as seeing the end result.

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11. Slow times

Photo by Miguel Bruna; quote by Edwin Louis Cole

Sometimes things are just sloooow.

This is where patience comes in. This is why I have side projects going on with my main experiments. I haven’t found anything to be full steam all the time. Even prepping for my courses doesn’t take every second of the day. So my patience looks like I’m waiting on something, but in reality I am focusing my efforts on another project for the moment so I don’t have to constantly worry and fret over the thing I am waiting on.

Everything takes time. 99.9% of businesses aren’t built overnight. It took Edison over 1,000 times to try to get a light bulb to turn on. I guess the smartest person on the planet could answer questions and come up with solutions, but I bet they weren’t born the smartest person on the planet.

If everything happened right off the bat, more people’s businesses and ideas would be booming, and everyone would have their foot in the game. But reality is, everything takes time, and some people don’t want to wait. Most people love the end results, but they rarely hear about all the money spent and all the failed attempts to get to that end result.

 What are you striving for? What are you waiting on?