I haven’t had anything to share in a while because everything that falls out of my head is jumbled and weird. I haven’t had the creativity in at least a month, so I’m making some changes to my medications. A few months ago I raised my anti-depressant (as a bipolar) and it’s not working out the way I’d hoped. I’ll be trying to balance my symptoms on a moderate dose. I haven’t even told my doctor yet, but I see him next month the day before the big Blog Paws conference. I’m almost 36 years old and have been in charge of my treatment for the last ten years.
Things have been going smoothly around the house. I’m finding new recipes all over the website Pinterest, and am able to budget and cook and plan for the family, while juggling my furred and feathered babies. These are good times.
I didn’t start Stop and Eat the Flowers as a money-maker, deciding that I needed a new career from corporate life, but as record keeping and therapy. It keeps me motivated, it keeps me social, and it forces me to stay creative. In my twenties, I spent four years of my life in customer service in a call center working for the nation’s second leading wireless empire, and juggled 13 guinea pigs, 2 rats, 2 cats, and a dog, as well as building a relationship with Dismal and his very small children.
Now, the kids are nearly teenagers, and I’m at 2 guinea pigs, 4 cats, and 3 tiny parrots. I hope I’m wiser, but I do miss the money and the zest I had. I hope to stay more on tops of things, but I hit this lull, and I’ll be back to more content hopefully soon.
The BlogPaws network has been connecting bloggers and influencers with partnerships for years. I believe it was in 2013 when I did work for Hills Pet over their Metabolic formula, and getting your pets back on track to a healthy, happy weight. They have lots of resources through their Facebook Groups and web page to get you on your feet if this is something you’d like to do. They hold an annual conference in different locations throughout the country, and you get to meet with founders, sponsors, and other bloggers and influencers and sit through keynote sessions and build your networking.
Chewy.com is a major player this year. In fact, BlogPaws recently sent out an email the Chewy.com is acquiring BlogPaws. I can only hope this means great things in the future because in my experience, Chewy has been a lovely company. I use them in my private life, and publicly I have had the pleasure of being a Chewy Influencer each month since 2017.
Next month’s conference is their tenth annual, held in Kansas City Missouri. I’m driving from D.C. to Missouri and hanging out in a few hotels in each direction in different states. I’m going to be a first time attendee. I have my business cards, my schedule updated, my attire as an eccentric pet parent, my blue hair, and a few lipsticks.
Dismal is going to be in charge of the zoo for 1 week.
I’ll keep you posted and I hope to have even more stuff to share with you after April. If you’d like to come too, there are still tickets through April 11th at this link right here.