Thankful for 5 Years, My Family and New Opportunities

You can read all the blogs and books you want. You can talk to all of your friends and family who have kids. You will learn a lot… but you won’t know what you are going to be like with a child.


A little over a year in and I am still figuring out what I am like as a mom. As with every mom, I have made some sacrifices, slept a little less and probably added some stress to my life. What I am doing is trying to see what are the things that are stressful to me and also make a note of what things I enjoy the most. As I have said before, I have just this one life and only a small amount of time with my son and I plan on doing my best to enjoy it.

Making these notations of stressers and what I want from my life, I have made big and little changes to my day, work flow, expectations and relationships. Probably the largest change is I have made the very big decision to leave my job, at Hall Internet Marketing, that I have had for 5 1/2 years.

When I started, I was a different person and we were a different company. I have had countless opportunities, I have learned so much about business and marketing and I have had the honor of helping the company grow into the solid team it is now. I will miss my work friends, my boss and our clients but I knew it was time to make a move.

With that said, I did find my next adventure and I think you are going to like it… I am going to be joining the wonderful pack over at Planet Dog. If you have heard of them, I am sure you are squealing with delight right now. If you haven’t, let me tell you a little about this great little company that is doing BIG things.


  • Planet Dog is a socially responsible, values-based company, bringing people and dogs together for fun and mutual support.
  • They make their own line of premium products “made for dogs, by dog lovers” – including the award winning Orbee tuff balls & bones and more. Otto likes the new Snoop combined with the Orbee ball.


  • Their mission is to amuse, explore, support, innovate, create, educate, celebrate and philanthropate… all in the name of the dog.
  • They not only have a B2B business with pet products but they also have a B2C component with their online store and their innovative flagship store in Portland.
  • Planet Dog just started a major partnership with the Life is good company.
  • They donate 2% of their sales to their foundation – The Planet Dog Foundation. They just passed $1 million in giving to organizations that raise and train therapy dogs, service dogs, search & rescue dogs, bomb sniffing dogs, police dogs and more.

I cannot think of a better fit for the woman and mom I am right now than Planet Dog. I love their mission, their products, their drive, their vision and zest for a fun and full life.

So on Thanksgiving Eve, I am so, so, sooooooooo thankful.
I am thankful for the past 5+ years with a growing, rewarding job.
I am thankful for my wonderful little family and for Emmett who is really forcing me to take a long, hard look at my life and go after what I want and make big and small changes to get it.
And I am thankful for a new, exciting opportunity with a company I can’t wait to help carry to their next level.

So hey, if you want to keep an eye on what I am up to and where I am spending my time – go check out Planet Dog and the Planet Dog Foundation, Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and I can’t wait to help them tell you their story.

6 Replies to “Thankful for 5 Years, My Family and New Opportunities”

  1. Congratulations. Nothing puts life more into perspective than children. I closed the store and chose a new place to work and a better life because of my children. Work/Life Balance is key. I missed so much when they were little and I applaud you for not waiting. I”ve never looked back. Nothing stands a chance if it goes up against your children – that’s a fact. I’m so happy for you and wish you much success with PD.

  2. So, so, SO happy for you! Congratulations! I still remember when you introduced me to Planet Dog back in ’99 when we got Brody & Dante. I still have the travel pet food carrier that you got me that year, and have bought from them for others (and written about them) every holiday since. I cannot wait to see them do even bigger things with you on their team. They’re lucky to have you, and I’m grateful we have you in our lives, too! xoxo

  3. We are soooo thankful we have met you and that you decided to join our pack! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Amanda and we’ll see you Monday morning on Planet Dog Campus!

  4. You are so very wise for your years Amanda. I am sooooo proud of your decision and support you 100 percent! I am thankful for you.and your beautiful little island family…Happy Thanksgiving…love!

  5. Amanda, congratulations on your new opportunity and your new found introspection! Life is weird and forces us to make moves we are scared to make whether it’s In the name of love, security or new adventure. I’m honored to have had the chance to work with you at Hall and have a major appreciation for what you have done and continue to do. We love you and wish you nothing but the best and continued success!

    – Kyle

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