At 41, Stephanie Perry give up her job as a pharmacy tech to journey for a 12 months in Asia on her financial savings – after which by no means seemed again.
The entrepreneur, housesitter, and creator is now inspiring Black girls to take a profession break to journey the world (and dwell their greatest lives) by house-sitting in trade for journey lodging.
By Trusted Housesitters – the world’s largest pet sitting community – Perry has embraced her new nomadic profession by means of over 30 pet-sits, from cats in Boston to canine in Chapala, Mexico. Stephanie sees house-sitting as a win-win: homeowners are in a position to relaxation confidently figuring out that their four-legged pals are well-cared for, and she or he will get somewhat little bit of companionship together with a brand new city to discover.
Since 2015, she has ventured to Hawaii, the Netherlands, and extra, offering assets alongside the way in which. Stephanie has co-founded the Exodus Summit, began the weblog Vaycarious, and posts ideas and methods to her YouTube Channel.
By changing into a Trusted Housesitters member, pet homeowners have entry to limitless pet-sitting beginning at $129 per 12 months, offered by a community of pet-loving sitters who provide their companies totally free, in trade for a welcoming place to remain to accommodate their distinctive journey life. Pet homeowners can keep away from costly and anxiety-inducing kennels, whereas their sitter finds a heat, fuzzy companion wherever their adventures take them.
We caught up with Perry to study extra.
Why was it so vital so that you can have your online business cater to Black girls?
Black girls usually get the messaging that we exist to assist different individuals dwell their greatest lives to the exclusion of our personal pleasure. Black girls in America hardly ever get the chance to dwell our lives on our personal phrases with out worrying about different individuals’s reactions or how they’ll be affected. We’re continually striving for the subsequent stage of excellence whereas getting additional and farther from our personal peace of thoughts. It is a downside. And home sitting generally is a resolution. If Black girls can take time away from work to do what we wish to do, it could open up a brand new world for us.
Do you’ve gotten a favourite home that you’ve got stayed in whereas sitting?
Considered one of my favorites was on the west coast of Florida on an unique island with a golf cart to get round, a personal pool and a tremendous yard. I’ve additionally sat for a household in Amsterdam throughout Easter, and I used to be in a position to go to stunning tulip farms within the Netherlands. The houses have been beautiful getaways for me that got here with the cutest furry pals to maintain me firm. Each of those households have been additionally very welcoming and sort to me, which makes me much more glad that I get to assist them dwell their very own household journey dream whereas I care for issues for them again residence.
What do you say to those that don’t suppose this way of life is possible?
When you can work from a pc, you have already got the chance to be a fantastic pet and home sitter. Whereas many pet and home sitters are retirees, they inform me that they’d not have waited this lengthy to begin prioritizing journey now that they’ve skilled it by Trusted Housesitters.
Has the pandemic affected your travels/enterprise?
The massive change is that I keep put in locations longer, and naturally I construct within the essential quarantine time in between sits. That is additionally a time the place persons are reordering and reprioritizing relaxation. Trusted Housesitters permits time for relaxation which you could’t get elsewhere.
What sort of pets do you want to sit down?
Earlier than becoming a member of Trusted Housesitters, I might have mentioned I used to be a canine individual. However home sitting turned me right into a cat individual. Cats are fantastic, they’re usually pretty low upkeep. I’m additionally in search of rooster sits – it’s one thing I’d like to verify off my listing!