Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin

Happy(ish) Monday, everyone! It’s been a DAY already and it’s not even 11 am my time … but it seems all of my colleagues are struggling with this Monday, so I don’t feel so weird.

These past few weeks have been insane. My virtual assistant business is booming which, in turn, makes my brain go crazy. I’m planning to get on a schedule with blogging here again soon, so hold on!

So, in conjunction with the VA business booming, I went to dinner with Ben to Quartino on Thursday night to celebrate landing another client. Quartino holds a special place in my heart because back in October 2016 I spent some time alone in Chicago and decided that’s where I wanted to live. During that trip, I ate lunch at Quartino by myself and just felt so at home. Definitely was the place to go to celebrate where I’m at!

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in WisconsinOn Friday, I worked a half-day in the office, but mostly from the roof …

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin
Around noon, I took off to get home and quickly get in the car to drive up to Wisconsin before traffic got crazy. The good (and bad) part about being a social media manager is that I can log in pretty much from anywhere, so I worked the entire trip up to Ben’s grandparents’ house.

Once there, I turned off all work and we went to get a fish fry before spending the night hanging out and chatting.

Saturday I did a tiny bit of work via my phone when I woke up, then got up to spend some time with the family and the puppy. Ben and I took the boat out for a couple hours (where I made him talk about engagement/wedding stuff – THAT’LL TEACH HIM TO TAKE ME FISHING) before coming back in for the afternoon. It was SO nice outside, so we all sat outside and did different things.

Grandpa: Read
Grandma: Knitted
Jessie: Pinterest..ed
Ben: Looked at Football Stuff

A little later in the afternoon, we all sat down for dinner before hanging out together the rest of the night. There was a little craziness going on in the Facebook group I moderate, so I monitored that before we went to bed.

Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in Wisconsin Weekend Recap: Puppy Time in WisconsinSunday it was a little harder to wake up, but once I did we played around with Cora to wear her out before the car ride and then have peppers and sausage for lunch. It took us a little under 4 hours to get home, so once home I cleaned, took a shower and then got to work. Oh, I also watched the Packers lose, but I don’t want to talk about that. 😉

One thing about having my own business besides working full-time – I do not have time to breathe somedays. I’m learning quickly that I don’t want to work 60+ hours per week for the rest of my life. Honestly, the whole reason I want to work for myself is so I can have a flexible lifestyle and make more money. Family time is coming down the road (NOT ANYTIME SOON) and I do not want to be working a ton. Plus, I want to make my own schedule. These are all things I’m learning as I’m currently working my butt off and knowing it’ll pay off someday!

How was your weekend?
Do you run your own business? Any tips?


  1. Katie says:

    My weekend was a major bummer/snoozefest. I spent most of sunday upset and annoyed. not for any good reasons other than time of the month, and stuck in a rut frustrations. BUT! I would recommend figuring out what number of VA jobs you can have and still be happy…And then put the rest of them on wait list. And, if you’re getting a lot of requests…maybe you’re priced a little low? (I have no idea, just wondering, pricing is super hard when you’re self employed/side hustling).
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    • Jessie says:

      Booooo! I hate that – it sucks when you can’t really pull yourself out of a bad mood. Totally agree! For me, I think I just need to make sure I bring on the right clients because it’s a lot easier to spend my off time doing work I love! I’m definitely not priced too low … in fact, I think some people think I’m too high. But I refuse to take less anymore because I have tons of social media and blogging experience, even if it’s not in the VA world. The requests have slowed down and nothing came from them yet, which is okay. I’m just excited to build my brand and do better with this blog!

  2. Mom says:

    You were always good at scheduling your time. Now may just have a couple cute distractions 😉 WOW Cora is getting big! No longer the puppy looks-she’s beautiful!

    • Jessie says:

      Thanks, girl! I actually had to let a client go just yesterday, but I’m excited to spend some time ramping up my brand and getting the clients that work best for me.

  3. Liz says:

    I think you’re so smart to be doing this VA business! There’s so much money to be made in this type of business for sure, and SO smart to get it started BEFORE kids! That way you don’t have to put in these long hours with babies. I really do love my job, but it is SO hard to imagine being gone so much. I work 4 days a week now- 2 days usually until 7pm and 2 days I intern until about 4:30, but don’t get my son until 5:30 and bedtime is 6:45pm for him. I hope to make enough money for a live-in nanny someday if I keep working long hours to cut out the transport time to daycare at least. But it’d be SO nice to have some shorter days. So, anyway, the 60 hour weeks will pay off so much in the end!

    • Jessie says:

      Thanks, Liz! I’m loving it. I’m growing it slowly so I can make it into what I want, but I’m so happy! You’re so busy! It would be wonderful if you could have a nanny at some point – would be so helpful!

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