Sometimes I think my job is just a job. Then a client, who is very exacting in how she wants her little princess groomed, tells me today, that none of the other groomers she has been to, have done a better job than me!
Every day I struggle with the fact that I never went to school to learn how to groom. I'm self taught and feel like there is so much I still don't know. I continue to take classes and read whatever I can get my hands on, but I still feel like a formal education is the defining factor. Why I do this, I don't know. I have a growing clientele (had to hire my first employee) and repeat/loyal clients who tell me that no groomer has ever done such a good job on their pet, as I have. I also have inherited "problematic" dogs. These dogs have actually been kicked out of other grooming establishments for things like: biting or being snappish, being too wiggly or being too old and complicated to work on. I take these dogs and make them beautiful. I don't complain to a client but I do try to be up front. They know when their little baby is a bit difficult, I don't feel the need to rub it in and certainly won't ban them from coming to me (tho I may WANT to :o)
I think this may be the year I decide to cut myself some slack! I may not have formal education, but I really do a great job. I learn something new every day and I'm a bit OCD about things. I just need to quit beating myself up. So there!! Take that EGO!!!
Feelin' better already.