I’m not sure *when* I first heard about professional cuddling, but I’m pretty sure it started with the Buzzfeed video where Buzzfeed editors cuddle with professional cuddlers from The Cuddle Sanctuary. The video was published in 2015 and has received NINE AND A HALF MILLION VIEWS since then. (You can watch the video on my What the Heck is Professional Cuddling?! page.)
When I watched the video, 1/3 of my brain said, “That is effing weird!” The other 2/3 of my brain said, “How cool! That makes perfect sense!” At this point in my life, I wasn’t even considering being a professional cuddler. Like, the thought didn’t occur to me AT ALL.
3 Years Ago
Three years ago at this time, I was really struggling. A close family member of mine was diagnosed with a serious health problem and it was taking all of my time and energy to deal with it. Once her health stabilized, I was left in a pretty deep depression. Now I was stressed the eff out and anxious almost all the time. (I could probably have used a professional cuddler!) Although I had a great job working at a university library, my anxiety had reached a level where even working that job — a job I LOVED — was becoming next to impossible.
Eventually, my life sorted itself out. I left my job at the library. I started working part-time from home, helping my husband with our organic bath and body business. Not having a full-time job helped my depression and anxiety quite a bit, but I was still tired almost all of the time.
Last January, I wrote in my Facebook: “Burning it all down to the ground in February. Rising from the Ashes in March.” I didn’t know it at the time, but this was nearly prophetic.
Now, here’s where things get personal — if you don’t like TMI then SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH: I had a hysterectomy and oophorectomy this past February. Since I was 12, I have had horrible periods. Periods where I bled 6x the ‘normal’ amount. Periods where I literally couldn’t get out of bed for 1-2 days per month. And my PMS was OUT OF CONTROL. Holy mood swings, Batman! Altogether, my uterus and ovaries were making at least 10 days out of every month a living hell.
And then I had a hysterectomy. And things got better.
Better than I had ever thought they could be.
And I decided to DO ALL THE THINGS. All the things I had ever wanted to do but didn’t have the energy or the time or the AUDACIOUSNESS to do.
It was at this time that another video about professional cuddling crossed my path. This time when I saw it I thought, “I could do that.”
I signed up with an online cuddling company on May 13, 2018. A week later, I had my first client.
And I realized that this might be my true calling.