The thermometer says its 10 degrees (or -10) outside and I do not have to start my car to go to work
I get to work in my jammies and robe (like right now writing this up smile emoticon OK, I don't greet guests in my jammies)...
I meet people from all over the world, and I can drink coffee in the morning with them
I meet people in many occupations
I get to hear compliments on my cooking
I get to hear people tell me how much they needed to get away to a place like this
I get to hear a repeat guest calling to say - please tell me you have a room!
I get to plan day trips, although for others, it's still fun!
I get to see the tight, pinched, tense faces that arrived, be full of smiles and laughter and regret that they have to go, as they depart
I get to touch many lives and be touched by theirs
Putting your stamp on something that's very personal to people; it feels wonderful
I help people have the perfect vacation
I'm my own boss
I get to cook, bake and do gardening. It's a dream job!
My commute is awesome (from upstairs to downstairs)
Being part of peoples special occasions they will remember forever
I get to live in a beautiful historic place AND get paid to live here
I meet some very interesting people and have created special friends
I get to do what I love and use my creativeness with food, decorating, gardening, website, blog etc.
I get to work side by side with my husband
I can take wonderful vacations in the slower times
I have met and networked with other innkeepers who are amazing group of people that come to the industry from every profession imaginable
I never get tired of the compliments from guests. It's those guests that appreciate what we do and who make us continue in this awesome profession
Being home for my family
Being my own boss
Meeting people I would never meet otherwise, from all walks of life, with varied interests and experience
Making people feel good, with a cup of coffee and a warm handshake/hug from us
Learning new things, expanding my knowledge (due to marketing/tourism, technology)
Excelling in my own environment
Having a cluster of innkeeper friends that I can share with and laugh with
No two days are alike
Every decision is our own- no boss enforcing a policy that makes no sense
Ability to take on projects that I like and make a difference in my town
I love the challenges
I want to leave a legacy-both in things I've done and looking after a 133 year old home
I do things how I want them
Regulars who say when they arrive, "Its good to be home", or "I'll be back" (and you know they will)
Catching up with regulars on what they have been up to
When you can make a different breakfast every morning for a week and never look at a recipe