That's me and my best friend McGee a few days after we first met about seven years ago.
He is a rescue and in some ways, so am I.
My name is Diane Pietro and I have been in the travel industry for over 20 years. I started my career as an airline reservationist in 1990. I was laid off in 2015 due to a major airline merger. I then built one of the biggest photography clubs in Minnesota. It was called the Twin Cities Photography Group. We had over 4000 photographers. We ran tours, workshops and photo events. We even had a 4500 square foot studio in St Paul. I would definitely have classified it as my dream job until it all ended in 2015 and I found myself working as a processor for a major bank. I am still doing this as my full time job. Meanwhile, the rest of my life has also moved forward. On January 21, 2022, I became the grandmother of a beautiful baby girl named Mabel. She lit up my world and made everything exciting again. I want her to see how amazing and limitless this world can be. I hope she knows she can dream big. The world is so new to her. I want to be there when she discovers how amazing it is.
Which brings us to my new venture. Zogi Travel. I am now a certified travel agent hoping to build a decent part time travel agency so that I can retire well in 2030. This is my final run at true financial freedom while doing something I love.
To be honest, I am not sure how this is all going to go. Will this be another Twin Cities Photography Group, giving me the ride of a lifetime, or will it be nothing but fruitless labor? Either way, it will all be documented right here. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I will share it all. My fears, my doubts, my failures, my joys, my victories, the places I visit and the amazing people I meet. The losses, the gains, and - of course - there will be plenty of dog-related humor.
For truly, I am a Gran on the Run.
Photo Credit : Joan Gackie
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