After working for (too) many years in the same job and for the same company and after much soul searching, my husband Don and myself decided to take the plunge and opt for early retirement.
It felt good not having to join the 'rat race' every day; we were able to do what we wanted, when we wanted!
Life slowed down to an acceptable, relaxed pace and we began to enjoy our new-found freedom one day at a time.
Life was bliss!
We'd both wanted a dog for such a long time but never felt
comfortable about owning one while working full-time, believing we
wouldn't be able to give it the care and attention a young puppy would need.
"Retirement meant that we now had time to give a dog a loving home - but which breed?"
Between us, we've over 30 years' experience of owning dogs (and cats too).
I was 6 years old when we got our first rescue puppy (a 'Heinz 57' variety!) and we named her Jenny.
Our next dog was was called Prince. He was an Afghan hound who needed a lot of attention as he was very 'highly strung'!
And then we acquired a wonderful Alsatian. We took him in because his family could no longer afford to keep him. He was a big, fierce looking black dog, inappropriately named Demon as he was the biggest softie I've ever known!
Sadly, they all eventually left this world and I began my life as an adult.
Being out at work all day meant I couldn't take care of a dog the way I would like to, so I brought home a beautiful white kitten, which I named Crystal. She stayed with me for 15 wonderful years and she was such a loving, contented cat. I miss her dearly.
Over the years, my husband had owned several Cocker Spaniels, and had absolutely adored them all so we decided to plump for a Cocker puppy.
A few weeks after retiring, (and after much research!) we returned home from the breeders with a beautiful, 8-week old Cocker Spaniel puppy who was simply adorable and so cute! We named him Max and that's me and him in the photograph above (at 3 years old).
We had lots of time to enjoy our new puppy - he was a bundle of laughs and a breath of fresh air!
Max is my passion - I cannot imagine my life without him!
"...However, what we didn't expect was what
was about to happen next...!
Puppies can be very time consuming and, coupled with all the odd jobs that we'd been putting off around the house and in the garden, we were fully occupied.
We worked at our own pace and we really began to enjoy retirement.
However, as Max began to settle down and grow out of 'puppy-hood',
and most of the jobs around the house were completed, we found
ourselves with more and more time on our hands - in fact, too much time!
We began to feel unfulfilled and often felt 'at a loose end' - there's only so much housework and gardening you can do!
Although we were happy, we felt there was something missing from our lives - we just couldn't work out what it was!
Imagine our surprise when we finally realized that what we were missing was work and the sense of structure and purpose that it brings!
Can you believe it?
We weren't prepared for that one!
My husband decided to return to work, on a part-time consultancy basis.
I couldn't go back to work; we had no-one who was able to look after Max, and besides, I didn't want to go back to the daily grind of 9-5 (actually, it was more like 8-7, but you get the picture!)
I considered the possibility of a franchise but nothing suited - they were either too expensive or needed too much time working outside of the home.
I looked into all sorts of possibilities, but just couldn't get off the starting blocks!
I didn't have a clue what I was going to do - although I was certain of one thing - I wasn't going to sit back and do nothing!
At that time, I had no idea what type of business that might be, let alone where or how I would begin.
And then a dear friend we'd known for many years mentioned,
quite out of the blue, that he had a website which earned him a good
I listened with interest how he'd used a company that provided all the tools necessary to help turn your passion, hobby, or skill, into a profitable website business.
It sounded like this could be just what I was looking for - but with the added bonus of an income!
I was slightly apprehensive about the technical side of building a website as I had no real IT knowledge; I was able to use a computer for the basics, and could surf the internet, but that was the extent of it!
As it turned out, I didn't need any real computer expertise or experience of programming, web design or web building - this company gives you all the tools you'll need and help you through the entire process, step-by-step and at your own pace - they hold your hand all the way!
My friend gave me details of the company he'd used...
For years, I'd dreamed of working from home and being my own boss but, like most people, I'd always been too busy earning a living to do anything about it!
All through my working life I've longed for the freedom of working for myself; to choose my own hours, to choose my own direction - but ironically, work always seemed to get in the way!
After watching the Site Build-It! demonstration video, it all became clear - I now had my opportunity and I was going to grab it with both hands!
That was just over four years ago.
Since then I've built this website using Site Build-It! My site began to show returns after only one year - and it's growing fast!
You may have seen some Google Ads on my website. Well, at the moment, this is where my income comes from - each time someone clicks on a Google Ad it earns me money.
There are many other ways to earn money with your website; for example, you could sell other people's products and receive a commission for each sale, or you could write an e-book and sell it on-line.
Site Build It! will show you how to make the most money from your site.
I've put a lot of time and effort into my website, and it's been hard work, but it's also been extremely rewarding and I'm enjoying every minute of it!
There are times when I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, and I'm so excited about it that I want to get out of bed and start working!
I've not felt like that in a long time - how ironic that it's taken retirement for it to happen!
Since discovering Site Build It!, I can honestly say it's changed my life!
And, as if that wasn't enough..., My site is earning an income - it's paid for itself many times over - and it's growing each day!
I sincerely wish I'd learned about Site Build It! much sooner!
I often think of all those years wasted working 9-5 for someone else - being unable to be there for my family as much as I would have liked.
I remember, years ago, returning to work after having my son, Mark. It broke my heart to leave him with a child-minder, and later, when he was old enough to go to school, he was left in an "Out of School Hours" club until I could collect him on my way home from work.
How I would have loved to be a 'stay at home' Mum!
Although I didn't discover SBI until my retirement, (and I'm so grateful for that) I wish I'd found it long ago - things could have been so very different.
It's too late for me to turn back the clock - but it may not be too late for you.
That's why I'm letting you into my 'secret'.
You may be a 'stay at home' Mum (or a working Mum who longs to be at home with her children) looking for an extra income.
You may be about to retire, or already retired, and looking for something exciting to do, or need to top-up an ever-dwindling pension income.
These sites will give you an insight into what other SBI owners are doing and may give you a few ideas of your own.
Cocker Spaniels are my passion, but it could just as easily have been bicycles, juggling, or roses.
Your web business can be about any topic - writing about something you know, or have a passion for, or it could be a hobby or an interest.
Although earning a living doing something you enjoy may sound like basic common sense, how many of us do it? Most of us are in work because we need to earn money but very often we don't actually enjoy the work we do.
Site Build It! could help you to work towards your dream - SBI certainly worked for these people!
Their package comes with unlimited customer support, and the private forums are fantastic. (The forums are where other SBI users give you help and support when you need it most. Ask a question and it's answered for you by other users who've already 'been there, done that'.) There's always someone willing to help you - no matter what stage you're at.
Site Build It! even gives you a comprehensive Action Guide (both in written and video formats) which will take you, step-by-step, through the entire process of building your website business.
It's easy, all you have to do is follow the guide.
Believe me, if I can do it, you can too! Site Build It! is completely risk free.
They're so confident in their product that they offer a full 90-day money back guarantee! What have you got to lose?
Whatever your circumstances, I sincerely recommend you give Site Build It! a try and see what a world of difference it could make to your life - I promise you, you won't regret it.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me - if I can help you, I will.
Alternatively, you can contact Site Build-It! direct and ask Ken (the founder of SBI) any questions you may have.
Good luck and best wishes!