I started this blog as kind of a diary of my grooming day, to share my grooms, and maybe help other groomers.
After almost 3 years......Oh my gosh!
Has it really been almost three years since I started this blog?
Boy, I do talk too much, don't I? :)
Anyway, I have realized that a lot of my grooming stories are vents about my day, or a customer, or a dog.
It obviously does not hurt to have a place to vent.
Everyone needs some way to vent when things go wrong, or don't go the way you think they should, or just plain irritate you.
The one thing that I have noticed though, is that I tend to dwell on the bad things that happen during my grooming days.
I can have a great day of grooming, with a lot of a great customers, and good furry customers, but the thing that ends up sticking with me at the end of the day is the one and only thing that went wrong that day.
No matter how small of a thing that it was.
An inconsiderate customer.
A biting dog.
A late, or no show customer.
A customer that rushes you.
The list can go on and on.
I think that most of us groomers do this.
We tend to dwell on the bad, and irritating things and forget about all of the good that happened during the day.
It brings us down.
It burns us out.
We feel like what we do is not appreciated.
We feel like people don't take us, as groomers seriously.
We feel like people don't understand just how important what we do is.
But, that is not really true.
Think about it.
We all have customers that complement our grooms.
We all have customers that thank us and love how we made their dog(s) look.
We have many customers that show up on time, call when we tell them to, and give us plenty of warning if they have to cancel an appointment.
We have customers that show their appreciation by tipping us, or giving us a present at Christmas.
We even have furry customers that truly love coming in for their grooms.
Unfortunately, these things are not what sticks in our heads.
I am guilty of it.
I hate that I am guilty of it.
I wish that I could let the bad and irritating things that happen during the day just run off of my back.
I wish that I could just dwell on all of the good things that went on during my grooming day.
Well, I am trying to do that.
I decided to try something to help me.
I am inviting all of the groomers who read my blog to try it with me.
What am I trying?
I am glad you asked. :)
I have started a Group on Facebook.
It is a page of nothing but HAPPY grooming stories.
I just started it last week.
I try to go to this page everyday and write at least one good thing that happened during my grooming day.
I have to admit that I was surprised how hard it was to write the first story.
Well, not really hard to write.
What was hard is that I actually had to sit there awhile, in front of my computer, and think about my day.
I was amazed that even though I was getting ready to write a happy story, the first things that popped into my head were the irritating things that happened during the day.
I actually had to retrain my brain to think about the good things.
So, for over a week now, I have been going into work paying attention to all the good things that happen during the day.
Then I come home at night, go to my Pet Grooming Happy Stories group page and write about one of those good things.
I have made this group a closed group so that you have to request to join.
If you want to read the stories, or add a happy grooming story you will need to join the group.
I did this because I wanted the page to be for groomers, and for pet owners who like to groom their own dogs.
I want the page to be for groomers to go to read happy grooming stories that make them feel good about what they do.
To remind pet groomers why they became a groomer in the first place.
A place to go if you had a bad grooming day.
So, I am inviting you, my blog readers, to join.
Join and read the stories.
Add a Happy Story.
Comment on a Happy Story.
All I ask is that it is kept a Happy page. :)
Go to Facebook and search Pet Grooming Happy Stories and I will happily accept your request to join.
I hope to see you there. :)
✂ Happy Grooming, MFF ✂