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Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Life Stories]

Moving stuff in the house is a weird experience. My dad has started to move things out of his room and even started to move two pinball machines. For the first time, I got to see Revenge from Mars without the top on it. It looked so naked. Really its not a lot of stuff but it feels like it when you're watching it all happen. The reality of the situation is that it's only about 1/4th of the house that is getting moved today if that. We have so much stuff and a lot of it is going to be around for another month or so. It's just a piece by piece move and its nice to have those little moments where you can reflect and see it all happening. 

A lot of memories are coming and going as we go through the stuff and it makes me a little nostalgic. Like the memory of when we first moved in. The house was empty as can be and all we had was an air mattress to sleep on. No belongings for two days. At six the house seemed much bigger then it is now. From there we slowly fill it in. I remember picking which room I wanted and all the toys I got over the years. I remember going through stuff and trying to figure out what stuffed animals went where. I even am having moments where I remember pinball competitions with my dad. I had to sit on a stool because I couldn't see the game from my height. Everything was different. 

Now that the house is slowly being emptied I have this weird feeling. I know that no matter what I do the house will be gone. My childhood home will belong to someone else and they will make different memories and will make changes that we wouldn't have done and that they will make the most out of the space. I know it's good. It's just also strange to see happening in person. 

It's only the first step and there are so many more to go

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There has been a lot to think about. Its one of those things where you are going through the day focused on what is ahead but you can't help but still think about the other things that you have to do or want to get done. It has been something else. WOrk has been exhausting but rewarding, the dog sitting has finally slowed down a tiny bit and I feel like I'm starting to get things together when it comes to my upcoming trip. I have some things I still need to get and a few things on my list I need to do but overall I feel like I am slowly ticking off the things that need to get done. Slow and steady but still getting somewhere. 

I'm also still trying to figure out where I want to go for my birthday. It seems there is more going on then I expected. That's not bad but that it is a lot to plan in the future and it seems most stuff is happening in the summer. When I figure out what we are doing I will update you guys. I'm hoping that today I will be able to figure out a day to sit down and update my Youtube channel. I'm so excited. 

Thank you guys so much for being amazing and for supporting me. 

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The thing about being someone who loves to travel is trying to figure out where to go next. Once I have my trailer I have decided to somewhere between four to six months on the road and then come back to work for the rest of the year. This way I have a balance of income and I get my love for traveling. Really the idea came from a friend of mine who did the same thing for about ten years of his life. He did seven months of travel and five months of nonstop working. It made sense when I thought about it. He lived simply and got to see everything he wanted to see. When he was done he would come back and work the hours until he had enough to go back out and see more of this amazing world we live in. 

Of course, I don't know if it will work out. We won't have an idea of how it is until I set out for my first round. The reason I decided to try this plan though was because of my boyfriend. He needs to work a real job that gives him real hours. Basically he needs money because of debts and he wants to build a real career. I support him and his decision but I don't really have anything that I want to pursue full time. I don't have a job in mind that requires my full attention. I just want to see the world. 

Right now I'm looking for trailers and setting up a plan of where I want to go first. I'm thinking of going back out west. Seeing Oregon, Seattle, Colorado, all those states. I'm not sure what I want to see in these states but I think it would be fun to explore them and see if one of them would be my next moving destination. I definitely know that I want to go somewhere I haven't been to before. I want to see more then what I have. 

Plans are slowly coming together and when they are complete I will share them with you guys. It really does seem like things are finally fitting together. 

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The countdown to Columbia is upon us. To be honest I don't think it has set in completely that I'm going because of all the craziness that is going on. Right now I Have packed with things that I have to do and it really is time-consuming. I'm going from home to home, pet to pet and just trying to make sure that I do it in a timely fashion and keep up with my day to day duties. Work has been crazy with the hours, the cleaning and of course the managing of time to come in and actually keep up with my usual exercise routine. Of course, in 2018 I was constantly busy and that was a normal thing for me but in 2019 (due to my toxic relationship) I had trouble staying busy because of my lack of inspiration. Now that 2020 is here I find that I am back on track and am slowly getting back to being a busy bee that I once was. 

Of course, it's still a lot to juggle but that is ok. I'm fine with this new different type of busy. It keeps me on my toes. Some people can't stand the busy life but me, I thrive in it. 

I have so much planned, and so much to do but I am genuinely excited for it all. 

 With Columbia being in March I am working like crazy to make sure that everything is ready to rock and roll. I really have no idea what to expect when I get there but, I am excited to see what it holds. This trip will be filled with new challenges and beginnings. To be honest, Columbia wasn't on my list but I am glad that someone invited me to go anyway. It will be something that I can talk about and share and I can check it off my list of places that I have seen. Of course, I plan to do one more international trip this year but I haven't really decided where to go. 

There are so many places I want to see. Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Ireland, Thailand, Japan, Egypt, and a few others. I just don't know which one I want to check of my list next. Really it comes down to price so we will see what pops up and becomes affordable around my birthday. I'm just keeping an eye out and rolling the dice. 

We will see what they land on. 

Stay tuned for lots of exciting photos of the pups in sitting and more information on what I plan to do this year!

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This is Moose. The Saint.Bernard that I told you about in my recent post. He is such a sweetheart and all he wants is to be loved. He is a little particular about people and other animals so when it comes to meeting others you have to be cautious about how he reacts. Last night Moose got to meet my boyfriend and right when he walked in Moose got up and started barking. I think he was trying to intimidate him, maybe even scare him. After all, Moose is a big dog and could easily have taken my boyfriend down if he wanted. Moose came right up to him barking and looked him in the eye and barked. After a minute he sniffed him and started to investigate every inch of him. I told my bf to keep his hands in his pockets and just stand there. 

 


The biggest thing I have learned about dogs when they meet new people is to just let them choose when to come to you and do not do anything to scare them. So keep your hands away, say their name in a gentle voice, and just stand your ground. Of course, if the dog is showing teeth and is going to bite you then you might wanna run for it but in this case, Moose was just barking and sniffing. Plus I was right there with Moose so if something happened I could step in. Moose had already accepted me and really wanted all the attention from me. So I just had to make sure that the meeting went well. 

 

Once, moose was done sniffing and intimidating my boyfriend He decided that he was ok and went back to his usual spot to lay down. My boyfriend was a little rattled by this but when he was approved he calmed down and we settled in for the night. Moose is the first Saint Bernard that I have watched and met. He really was scary when I first met him but once he liked me everything was fine. He looks like a bear but really he is a sweetheart that just wants to be loved. I look forward to the next week with Moose and I can't wait to get more photos of this giant sweetheart. I'm sure that his owners will love all the pictures I give them and I hope that they will hire me again to look after him when needed. He really is such a treat.  

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