We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Godebu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance… does anyone do this well? Honest question. Through the years, having now been working since I was 13 years old, I have seen lots of unhealthy work life balance from mentors, friends and other dog trainers. I have seen first hand what never taking vacation, working 7 days a week and only living to work does to someone and it is something since the beginning I would like to be better about. I have always been a hard worker and I genuinely love to work, but I also want to enjoy life and not live to work. My work life balance has changed over time as I make a conscious effort to take time for myself, relationships and other passions. I will aim to give myself days off here and there(I always work a 6 day week, aiming for 5) It is isn’t easy, and being a huge people pleaser I will often break my own boundaries that I set. I do love my job and get to do what I love on a daily basis, but it is still work and it is not always “playing with puppies” everyday. I want to have a successful business and career, while also aiming to enjoy other aspects of like travel, art, house projects, hiking and more. My current goal is to get down to working 5 days a week, and 1 day a week from home. As well as editing my schedule so I am working smarter not harder. My goal: Still love my job and this industry in 30 years, without being jaded or hating it. The only way I see that happening is by making balance a priority.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am a business owner and professional dog trainer here in Northern Colorado. DK Canine Training is committed to not just helping dogs, but training their humans to be the best educated dog owners they can be. DK Canine will turn 4 years old this year, what?! I mostly chalk my success with where I am today to the ability to connect with people, my love for dogs and amazing support system who help me business and personal. The most challenging part of running my business has been the business aspect, working with dogs and people comes far more natural! I do my best everyday but often fall short when it comes to keeping up with emails, website, intake systems, schedules etc. I spend so much time with dogs and clients (plus driving) I have a hard time keeping up with running the business, working, continuing education and so on. Lessons lately are me taking the time I need and aiming to be working smarter, not harder. What I want the world to know about my brand is I am striving for dogs and humans to live a higher quality of live together through training. This largest aspect of dog training…is people training. When people know better, they do better and are more responsible, educated dog owners. I am aiming to build a community of these dog owners and already it is a beautiful thing. My ultimate career goal is overall educated dog owners, well-trained/happy dogs and both living their life to fullest.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite places to go, visit and enjoy around town are honestly going to be related to food. Flavor of India in Downtown Longmont is probably my favorite of all time. Anyone who knows me hears about it and is taken there at some point! We would also visit any balcony or patio for a margarita and CO sunshine. Hiking is also one of my favorite things to, Carter Lake and Sleeping Lion trial are two my favorite. We would be taking Koda, my German Shepherd, along and enjoying the fresh air. Paddle boarding in summer and being on the water is also one of my personal favorites, adding a mountain view is always a plus. I also love any outdoor art walk as I am personally a collector of original paintings, mostly impressionism. Otherwise, hanging at home with our view of the mountains, out on property in the country with some of my closet friends is my the ultimate “hang out.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My significant other, Tyler. He is unbelievably supportive of me, my life and my goals daily. Even having no experience with dogs or training, he is always there to listen, offer advice and help when I need some direction. We together really aim for a work life balance so we can enjoy our life together, not just work. Tyler is my rock and its been a really long time that I felt I had someone to lean on that wasn’t myself.
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