Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Possible Plot Twist In December

This is the time of year when I become incessantly reflective. The last month of the year is right around the corner. I've been doing quite a bit of thinking as of late about this year and the new year that's quickly approaching. I accomplished some of the goals I had for this year. Some, well...not so much. I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in 2018. In order to do that, I need to make some changes. 
One of the big changes is my areas of focus. At the beginning of this year, I was creating a new, homemade dog treat recipe every week. With over 30 years of baking experience under my belt, and after making homemade dog treats several times a week for almost 5 years, I knew this was something I could do and continue to do. The response was incredible.

During the first week of March, our family got a little bigger. Willa joined our family. That required a lot of time. Shortly after, Lisa and I both got sick. Then, we spent almost a month prepping for a local non-doggy themed event in May. Then, it was Summer. Lisa was bitten in the head again by a tick and tested positive for Lyme Disease. She also tested positive for Mono. 

It was one thing after the other. 

Now, Thanksgiving is less than a week away. On December 2nd, we're participating in the Whiskers in Wonderland Event. It'll take almost a week to prepare for that. The following weekend, I'm dedicating my birthday to hosting a party to spread some holiday love and cheer for those who had a difficult year. On top of all of this, I'm in the middle of a 6-week project for a client.

I wasn't joking when I said it's our busiest time of year. 

Earlier this month, I asked the Universe to give me a sign as to one area, or more, where I should focus and put more effort into on the blog site front. A few days ago, someone in our Bodacious Community posted some photos on my personal Facebook page. She was making our original Bodacious Biscuit Love Peanut Butter Dog Treats. Her post made me happy for so many reasons.

I remembered when Lisa and I had brought up the topic of sharing this recipe. At the time, we had several displays and doing quite well. Although we've always run partially out of pocket, the money we made helped to cover the costs of ingredients, supplies, and shipping. As time went on, we made a lot of changes that included pulling all but one display and making the decision to share our recipe. It was more important to us that people could make these at home for their pups than making $5 a bag.

Since then, we've lost about 90% of our funds, but we're okay with that. We still continue to deliver and ship Bodacious Biscuit Love Care Packages to pet parents in need. We do what we can with the funds we have. And, we're grateful to those who donate items to bulk up our packages.

The week before Liz's post, I stumbled on this post. I went to school with Pam. She's an incredible woman who has utilized several of my recipes to make her furry kids some freshly baked biscuits. 

Yesterday, while Lisa and I enjoyed our morning coffee together in the living room, I mentioned all of this to her. 

"Sounds like the Universe gave you a few signs."


I have a few more questions for the Universe.

I'm thinking the month of December will be the plot twist and 2018 is going to be our year!

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