Volunteering for TEAM Cat Rescue

After my Harley passed away, I didn’t think I could have another cat, so I decided to become a cat foster and applied to TEAM Cat Rescue in the summer of 2015.

On September 08, 2015 my first foster cat, Ridley arrived. He was a guy who had been adopted out but returned for no fault of his own. He was pretty mad when he arrived but over the next few days and weeks he began to warm up, allowing us to give him some pats and belly rubs (and then biting you HARD when he’d had enough!).


After a month of fostering him, I got a call that someone was interested in adopting him. I had completely fallen in love with this silly, crazy and still angry cat and couldn’t imagine him going somewhere else and starting over. So Jason let me Foster Fail and we adopted Ridley on October 07, 2015.

Our next foster came on October 17 and it was 2 almost-4-week-old kittens. Victor and Coraline were so little and had to be fed every 4 hours with a syringe.

Victor and Coraline

Victor ended up getting sick and the poor little guy had to spend a couple nights at the vet and Coraline wouldn’t let me put her down while he was gone. This introduced her to Finn, who was instantly smitten with the little Calico kitten. Victor recovered and came back to our house and was introduced to Finn and I’ve never seen a happier puppy to finally have his very own cat friends.

Finn & his kittens


As the kittens grew older and were allowed out of their room, we were a bit nervous about introducing Ridley. The minute he realized they were two little kittens, his whole demeanor changed into “big cat brother”. He started coming around more, even giving Finn a chance to get close enough to sniff each other and spent the majority of his time near the kittens.

Ridley, Victor & Coraline


Ridley, Victor, Finn & Coraline napping on the couch

When the kittens were old enough to be adopted, I was having a pretty hard time letting them go and wanted to adopt them both. I got a hard NO to 3 cats in the house, but luckily one of our friends was looking for a new orange kitten as one of his cats had passed away and the other guy was lonely.  So Victor was adopted by our friend and Jason agreed to adopt the little crazy calico.

The Three Muskateers – Ridley, Coraline & Finn

It’s been a great year with our new cats, but I’m no longer allowed to foster (says Jason) because I can’t let them go! So when TEAM Cat Rescue put out the call for Adoption Screening Volunteers, I jumped on board and am working on my first application.

It’s a great community of volunteers who really care about the cats. I’m so happy to be involved and will hopefully get to talk to one of you in the near future to adopt one of our cats!

I’m super excited to be a part of this wonderful rescue and you’ll be seeing some adoptable kitties on the blog in the near future.

Get out there and volunteer!





Planning for next year

I am a person who likes (and needs) to plan, organize and write down my days and life. Last year I went on the hunt for the perfect day planner for my needs and after trying out a few different ones, I finally found the Day Designer.

It has been a great planner for me. I love the day-per-page layout, goal setting worksheets and daily gratitude. The community and inspiration that comes along with Day Designer has also been a pretty great resource as well. Each month they share free downloadable pages and challenges. You saw that I posted about the “Daily Gratitude Challenge” last month, which I actually completed, and it was a great exercise to take a step back and think about things I’m lucky to have in my life.

I’ve just purchased my 2017 Day Designer and got the brand new 2017 Mini Edition in the Pink Painterly Stripe, Belle & Blush exclusive edition design. It was a very hard decision between this one and the black & white striped cover that I had last year. Like seriously I had to ask a few of my work friends which one to choose!

I’m super excited for this to arrive so I can begin planning for 2017. I’ve got some dreams spinning around in my head that I need to get sorted out and written down.

Because I love the Day Designer so much, I signed up to be an affiliate,¬† so if you’re looking for a great new planner and click through from my blog link to purchase from their site, I get a little something back.

Happy Planning!






I’ve been with IQ PARTNERS since July of 2011 and it has been one of the best opportunities of my career. Last year I made it my personal goal to work my butt off and make it to Vice President.

Well guess what?

I did it!


My boss, Mark Rouse & I

On September 30, 2016 I was officially promoted to Vice President, Client Services at IQ PARTNERS. I had a lot of help from some great mentors and a supportive team around me. There is nothing better than coming in to work with a group of people you respect and admire and I love helping people make that next move in their career.

On another note, we’re hiring here at IQ PARTNERS, so if you’re a Recruiter looking to join a great team of high performing and super fun people, send me an email to fairlie[at]iqpartners.com.





Current Opportunities November 14 2016


I’ve got some great new roles that I’m hiring for this November and we’re in a very busy season. If you’re thinking of making a move, check out the jobs below or head over to IQ PARTNERS Job Board for all our current opportunities.

Qualified applicants, please feel free to apply online or email your Resume to me – fairlie[at]iqpartners.com

Practicing Gratitude

I love my Day Designer planner and part of the reason is the inspiring community that came with it. For the month of November, Day Designer has created the Daily Gratitude Challenge – a month long challenge with a free page to download – and the goal is to write down every day what you are most grateful for.

The Day Designer has a Daily Gratitude box, but it’s honestly not something I use most of the time and it’s a really good habit to get into. It gets hard to think of the positives¬† when life throws you curveballs.

So for the past 13 day I have been doing just that and it’s been refreshing to think of something different every day. It allows me some time to be peaceful and reflect on the good things in my life.

So why don’t you put a little more gratitude in your life and join me in this challenge! Click the image below to get to free download.

Oh – and this is a post just from me, because I appreciate the positive message and want to spread it. No advertising here!