Wild Dingo is a web blog about living with dogs, yoga, wellness, travel, food and odd trivia. If you arrived here looking for marketing communications consulting or web development, please note, I’m on a three-year, possibly longer, sabbatical. I love that word. It implies I actually may go back to work. But I may not.
What is it that I actually “do?” I don’t actually “do” anything in the job or career sense of term. But I’ll start with what I did. I have a background in marketing communications, writing, corporate branding and web site development. Wild Dingo was the business name for my marcom consulting firm. After building our dream house in Northern California, my husband, my two dogs and I, up and moved to Switzerland for three years which is where I am now.
So if I don’t “do” anything for a job what “do” I do with my time? I spend time hiking all over Switzerland with my dogs and practicing yoga. I’m learning to cook and speak French. I’m a kick-ass cook and a crappy French speaker. I feel very sorry for our French teacher. I’m also learning about wines and vineyards, two very new passions. I recently took up running again for the health of one of my dogs that needs it for hip stabilization and I also bike ride. A few years ago, I actually raced bikes. I love being outdoors, but I also love to read, write (obviously) and do geeky tech things. I take a lot of photos and hope to become better at photography through trial and error and possibly some classes. If you really need to define what I “do” or give me a title, you can call me a “professional hobbyist. ”
What am I “doing” right now? I’m watering our big-ass lawn that doesn’t have a drip system. So you see, I stay busy even when I’m not enjoying one of my hobbies.
I came to Switzerland to regain my health and creativity which were sorely drained after several stressful life events. If you are interested in hiring me to write something for you, contact me. I may be convinced to come out of sabbatical for a writing gig. But for everything else, you’ll have to check back.
Oh and my name is Julie Starling. My husband’s name is Mr. Wild Dingo.
M.A. Psychology/Health and Wellness -1992
RYT Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour -2008
Yoga Practitioner Since 1995
Amateur Dog Walker Since 2001
So What’s the Story the Name Wild Dingo?
In 2001, Wild Dingo began as a marketing communications consulting business and evolved into Web design and programming. Over the years, I posted a few stories about the founder, Maggie , a Dingo-Shepherd mix. Full of piss and vinegar Maggie clearly had her own code of ethics so she was the perfect leader for a home-based small business. She was officious, demanding and barked daily orders. Living and working with Maggie became a discovery of life lessons for happiness. Loud and seemingly obnoxious, Maggie often claimed “I’m not evil. I’m just misunderstood.”
After losing Maggie in 2007, I rescued two dogs in 2008 and continued to publish stories about them to carry on Maggie’s legacy and mission–to live life adventurously and get outdoors every day.
Maggie Starling “The Wild Dingo”
August 18, 1993-November 23, 2007