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Where To Begin

Approximately 20 years ago I needed to go out of town to help a family member who was having surgery. Precious, my sweet kitty needed loving, attentive care while I was out of town.

I scoured the yellow pages (still popular at the time) then called several places before I drove out of state and around my area to visit these facilities. As I drove my car that was on its last leg to Pennsylvania, I secretly wondered if I was being a bit fanatical about my search.

In case it’s not obvious – many pet owners see our pets as our babies – especially if we don’t have any of the human variety.

The site in Pennsylvania had a clean and comforting environment. Each cat had a personal glass-enclosed room and access to a common play area that was separate from the dogs.

As I was lulled into choosing that location then my mind shocked me back to reality. Driving a defective car to transport her to and from this site probably wasn’t a good idea. I was planning to rent a car for my trip to help my relative! So I decided to focus on boarding sites in my state and city instead.

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Cat In a Field

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Local Cat Hospital and Boarding Site

I went to one facility that was described as being “in the country”. As I recall, it was off a dirt road and the owner was cleaning when I arrived. She apologized for things being out of order when I told her why I’d stopped by. The cat cages were stacked but she moved them into the house while she cleaned. Since the smell of bleach overwhelmed me two to three feet from the doorway I was glad I didn’t see any cats when I arrived.

Cleaning is a good thing. Keeping the cats in a shed outside was a not the environment for my girl. So I immediately crossed that one off the list.

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Don’t Leave Me

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Never Can Say Goodbye (just like the Jackson 5)

The clock was ticking and starting to get antsy about finding a place for Precious. I eventually visited a cat hospital that I forgot existed and settled on it.

I paid extra for daily one-on-one attention and “play time” for her four-day stay, but she refused to look at me when I dropped her off and tried to say goodbye.

Mommy heartbreak…

But I’ll share more about that next time!

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Did you know June was Adopt a Shelter Cat month here in the US?

Kitten births increase in June and many of those kittens go to shelters. The ASPCA and other pet advocate organizations run adoption events in the Spring and Summer, which help people adopt some shelter cats, but the pictures often feature more dogs than cats from the shelters going to their new homes.

The Secret Life of Pets

I recently the beginning of  “The Secret Life of Pets” movie on TV. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is now showing in theaters. That’s probably why the TV network thought it would be a good time to show the original movie. I’ve seen the commercials about the new one, so I was too curious to turn it off.

Max is a terrier and the main character. One of his friends is a cat who’s not a shelter cat but a round furball who’s happy in his home. The cats who live in shelters would love to find a room in your home where they can be spoiled too.

I didn’t see all of the antics of the pets, but when I saw one of the scenes, Max and Duke are in a cage. They’d been picked up by animal control. Don’t ask me how. Like I said, I didn’t watch the entire movie.

Several other animals in were also in cages, including Kevin Hart’s character, Snowball. He was angry because his owner didn’t “want him”. I turned the movie off soon after he (Snowball) chewed a carrot into a key so he could unlock their cages.

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I Want My Mommy
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Truth Spoken by Animated Character

Snowball’s comment highlights what many shelter cats (and dogs) face every day. Either their owners don’t want them or can’t take care of them. Sometimes these poor cats go through unspeakable trauma before becoming a shelter cat. So they need extra love from the start.

Local shelters play a vital role in protecting cats, dogs and other animals. June is a great time to visit and start the process for adopting a shelter cat. These adoption events are part of their ongoing effort to help cats (since that’s my focus today) find a match who will love and take care of them. Sites  like Petfinder  do their part to decrease the cat population living in shelters, while saving their lives.

I Need Love Too!

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All Cats Have Love to Give and Healing to Bring

Have you heard black cats are the least popular type of shelter cats to be adopted? Kindness for Cats is determined to do their part and advocate for black cats and help them find homes too. Read more about them here.

Save A Life through Adoption

In cases where shelter cats aren’t adopted, both young and older ones stay in the facility until their time is up. Then healthy cats are often euthanized. Can you find a place in your home for just one of them?

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Kitty Feels Betrayed

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If you’ve recently lost a cat and feel ready to bring another purring furball  into your home, start by calling or visiting a local shelter this weekend.

You could even take a look at Petfinder to see which shelter cats are available in your area. Here’s the link to get you started. They even furnish a cat adoption checklist to get you ready to adopt your cat.

If you miss a local adoption event sponsored by shelter, Petsmart sponsors adoption events in their stores during the Spring and Fall.

There’s still time this weekend and this month to adopt a shelter cat. Tell me in the comments what type of cat you found. Feel free to share his/her name or even a picture.

Have a great time getting to know your new shelter cat!




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Your flowers are blossoming, your dog is ready to play outside and you’re ready to give your lawn a fresh facelift. Pup safety is a priority and having a lush lawn is also a goal. Thankfully, you can have both without making a sacrifice. Let’s take a look.

If you’re using a landscaping service, this is a good time to talk about the chemicals your lawn service uses and things to keep in mind to keep your dog safe, 

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Are you a pet care advocate who struggles to write regular blog posts that showcase your small veterinary practice, pet sitting, pet grooming, or pet boarding business?

You’ve probably heard blogging is a low-cost way to market your business, but something has been stopping you.

Sometimes people are willing to start a blog and intimidated by the prospect of doing it at the same time. Is that you?


Let’s look at three benefits to blogging.

  • You can increase your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) because you are regularly generating content. As a reminder, when you include relative keywords in your post they help search engines find and show your blog post to people who are interested in your topic

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You Are Not Alone

Ready to jumpstart your VA career? There is a joy starting new adventures. That can happen whether it’s work or a new hobby.  Unless it’s something you’ve been doing for a while chances are you’ll need someone to instruct you.

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Train for a New Career

Finding a Teacher

I suppose you could try and figure it out on your on your own, but how much time does that waste?

For example, if your new adventure is in the area of being a virtual assistant there is tons of information available online. Some of it is even good information. but do you want to wade through all of that trying to figure out what information is good or what’s a waste of time?

If your goal is to give your VA career a jumpstart, you don’t have time to waste. Your new adventure needs to include focused activity, not aimless wandering.

A while back I learned about a new instructor in the virtual assistant industry and her name is Abbey Ashley. She’s a sharp young woman who decided to start her business in a less than ideal situation and then made it happen.

Sometimes you run across people who claim to be instructors, teachers, trainers, or coaches, but there’s no proof to back up their claims. I wrote an article about it here. Abbey is different.

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Pursue Your Dreams

Adventures Require Risk

Although she’s young enough to be my daughter I admire her resourcefulness and skill. In just a few years, not only has she replaced her income, but has also retired her husband from his job!

Any way you look at it – that’s pretty impressive. Talk about an adventure!

She only opens her VA Bootcamp for enrollment twice a year and now is one of those times.

If you’re a new virtual assistant who’s looking for a program that will hold your hand through the process, or an existing virtual assistant who’s tired of beating your head against the wall, you owe it to yourself so take a look a Abbey’s program. Make your wish for new beginnings count!

She also has an active Facebook community. Feel free to tag me in the group or send me a private message if I can help you.


2019 Resolution Check

Let me guess. You either made a well-intentioned New Year’s resolution or chose a Word for 2019 at the end of last year. Right?

So it’s 2019. How are you doing so far? I’m not criticizing because I do the same thing but I have a question.

If your progress on that resolution has been a little delayed (a nice way of saying non-existent) maybe you just need someone to help you find the tools and resources that’ll help. 


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Focus on Your Goal


Did you choose learn or new job as your word for 2019? I know “new job” is actually two words but if your goal is to get a different job this year and you’re stuck on how to get training to move you closer to your goal maybe this is what you need.

Are you a whiz with social media? Do all your family, friends and coworkers call or email you whenever they get stuck?

What if I told you you could get paid to do something that you’re good at and you actually enjoy? Reaching that New Year’s resolution is closer than you think.

Did you know some people actually get paid to manage Facebook Community groups? Really, I’m not kidding!

If you’re good at connecting people and starting conversations there are small business owners who need YOUR help.

Freelance University is rolling out new courses for their winter session. Their course about becoming a Facebook Community manager is just one of them.





If you’re excited about that take a look here and see what else is available.

I’d be happy to answer any questions that you have just send me a private message on Facebook or send me a note at

Have a great weekend!


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Did that “ain’t” plus the i.e. and e.g. reference make you go hmm? I’m thinking if your mama taught you “ain’t” was wrong like mine did it definitely rubbed you the wrong way. When I use the word “ain’t” it’s because I want to make a point.

I grew up in the South (Virginia) and at least one person said “ain’t” around me every day I walked outside. Even if you don’t use ain’t, I.e. and E.g. are abbreviations you probably include in your writing or see in other people’s written communication. Maybe you use one or both of them. But are you using i.e. and e.g. accurately? 

There’s just one problem – it’s wrong!

We build habits through our repeated actions. Let’s look at the abbreviations we use to refer to “for example”. Countless times I’ve read i.e. followed by a list of items used as examples. Whether I see it written in blog posts, articles, or social media comments there’s no shortage of this abbreviation in action. There’s just one problem – it’s wrong! Before you close the page, I urge you to keep reading.

Writers liberally sprinkle i.e. throughout their comments or website copy when they should actually be writing e.g., which means ‘for example”. By contrast, i.e. means “that is”, “in other words”, “that is to say”, or “in other words”. Using this abbreviation is meant to introduce something that will be further explained by what follows.

Don’t believe me? Take a look:

Check out the correct usage of both abbreviations.

E.g. The company has fantastic benefits (e.g., 401K, generous sick leave, and vacation, etc.) which were factors he considered before accepting their job offer.I.e. The company has fantastic benefits (i.e., perks) which were factors he considered before accepting their job offer.

If you create written content personally or professionally (for your own or your client’s business) you owe it to yourself to be as accurate as possible.

As the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

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Focus on Your Work


Spell/Grammar Check

If you’re thinking about using the spell/grammar check on your word processing program, I’ll say, “Don’t depend on it.” Why you ask? If you spell the word correctly but don’t use it properly, your spell and grammar checker won’t always catch your mistake.

Technology can’t replace human editing and proofreading. 

I get it.  You’re busy. Missing these errors doesn’t mean you’re not smart. Many of my former coworkers and managers were smart people; they were both college and non-college educated. Still, it was surprising how many people with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees got tripped up by i.e and e.g. Nobody is good at everything.  It doesn’t matter whether you were careless, forgetful or didn’t know, you can’t break a bad habit until you know you have one. Let’s face it. If readers consume your written content filled with errors, they will judge you based on what they see.

If you want to put your best foot forward, sign up for my Word Dodger mini-cheat sheet. It includes reminders about i.e., e.g. and other common grammatical errors we make in our everyday writing. Then you’ll be on our mailing list and get the expanded version when it’s released. Keep it open on your browser tab while you’re writing or print it out for an easy reference.

If you need help checking your content to make sure it’s ready for prime time, reach out to me.

So tell me in the comments if these two abbreviations ever tripped you up or if you already knew the difference.

Here’s to making every touch point with you a positive one!



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 A New Career

Years ago when people left a “secure job” for a new career it seemed odd. It was more acceptable for a young person to be on that path.

But twenty-somethings aren’t the only people who change careers. Today people who are young-at-heart are beginning a second or third career.  They want less stress, a career they enjoy and a higher quality of life. New training can refresh your current skills or help you start a new career. Training for a new career is as close as your home computer.

Become a Virtual Assistant

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It’s Thanksgiving Eve and seems like the year has virtually vanished at the blink of an eye. There’s a chill in the air, piles of leaves on the ground and 1000’s of people traveling by air, train and car.

Whether you’re on the road or in the kitchen, preparing massive quantities of food for loved ones, I hope you’ll pause and give thanks virtually, face-to-face or in your own heart, for the gifts you enjoy every day.

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What’s WRONG with You?

Small business owner has anyone ever asked you that question? What’s your first
reaction – shock, anger, confusion, hurt? Is your first response to give the person a
“piece of your mind” or do you withdraw and refuse to speak to him/her? Whichever
response you choose I think is based on your own confidence.

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