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Blogging Challenge – Day Four : Your Dream Job

Apologies for lack of crafting posts… I’m packing up my house and unfortunately, crafty times are just not a-happenin’ at the moment…Bear with me x

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Ah, dream jobs…so named because they are, in fact, just dreams, for most of us.  As I have mentioned before, I’ve never known what I wanted to do when I “grow up”.  Now, in my forties, it seems a little redundant to start trying to figure it out.  But I still do try.  I read books on discovering your passion and take online quizzes about “finding your true calling” and all that nonsense.  Really, I just want someone to tell me what to do.  Give me some clue as to what I could do that would a.) bring me happiness and fulfillment, and b.) not leave me broke and living in a ditch or at my Mother’s.

I always wanted to be a writer, as a child, and I still have romantic notions about that happening.  But I have yet to write even one chapter of a book and I don’t even know what to write about.  I could write the story of a very boring girl who doesn’t have many life experiences, but I’m not sure who would want to read it.

So, grand writing career aside, I haven’t many other ambitions.  Most of this is due to a lack of bravery on my part.  I think about different careers but then talk myself out of them because they’re too risky (not enough employment opportunities), too underpaid (I have to live, after all), too stressful (I don’t do stress) or too something (basically I make lots of excuses).  Often, it’s just that I think I wouldn’t be able to do it, or I would do it so badly that somebody would die or lose their home or hold me forever responsible for a lifetime of woe and disappointment, and everybody would hate me.

The other side of it is that I really don’t know what fires me up.  Ask me what I enjoy doing and I will have trouble telling you.  Most of the time I just try and get through the day without falling over or having some sort of accident or getting fired.  I don’t know what I would like to do, if I had the choice, as a long term job.

But, dream jobs are not necessarily based on reality so, if I was going to just brain storm this for a while, here’s a few things I would like to be paid to do :

  1. Have my own doggy day care centre.  I mean, come on…playing with dogs all day, getting to watch their crazy antics and enjoying wuppet cuddles, licks and romps?  What’s not to love?
  2. Animal Massage Therapist.  I heard about this once.  It sounded ideal.  Getting to ease the pain of animals and make them feel better?  Awesome.
  3. Full time card maker.  I could actually do this, if I charged about $45 each for my cards.  As it stands, my prices are not nearly high enough to keep me solvent.
  4. Greeting card sentiment writer.  I used to love Mr Bickley’s job on Mork and Mindy.  You know, the grumpy old dude who lived in the apartment above M & M?  He used to write the verses and words that went in greeting cards.  What a cool job!  I would write sassy, humorous things.  Not all that generic greeting card nonsense you normally get.  But maybe some sappy stuff too, because people seem to like that.
  5. Working with baby sloths.  I don’t care what I’m doing – I will change their nappies or feed them or clip their toenails or read them bedtime stories.  I’ll do anything!  It’s baby sloths!  They’re so darned cute!
  6. Kelly Rae Roberts’ job.  Basically I want to make pretty things that people love and that make people smile.  I want to wake up one day and suddenly have talent I never knew I possessed.  I want to be brave enough to believe I have something to offer and that the world will want that offering.  And buy it.
  7. Cheese taster.  I don’t know if that’s an actual job, but it should be.  I would be excellent at it.  Fat, but excellent.
  8. Ice Cream Flavour Creator.  I seem to be on a food-themed slant here… I would like to ride a bicycle through picturesque villages, dreaming up taste sensations.  Lots of Butterscotch and Pistachio.  An ice cream Willy Wonka, if you will.  And my bicycle would have a little bell and one of those baskets with flowers on.  I might wear a beret and lots of gingham.
  9. Songwriter.  I think being a pop star would be scary and annoying.  But writing songs for pop stars would be ace.
  10. Radio DJ.  Playing music all day and sitting in a little box, not being bothered by other people?  Heaven.  I have a terrible, Minnie Mouse kind of voice though – I don’t know that anyone would want to listen to that.

So, there’s a few jobs I would like to have.  Apparently, if I could combine food, animals, music and art, I would be very happy.  If you know of such a job, let me know.  I will apply immediately.  I have references 🙂

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Last Days & Quotes to Remember

Last Days & Quotes to Remember

Well, today is my 2nd last day at my current job.  All of a sudden, I am filled with sentimentality about a workplace I have been miserable in for the last two years.  I will miss some of my workmates and hope to keep in touch with them and I will certainly miss the regular “nice” patrons that come in every week, know me by name and always have a smile and a kind word for me.  They made the job worth getting up for.  I will miss doing the monthly book displays and helping to organise the Christmas office-decorating each December.  I won’t miss having to deal with overdue fines or cranky customers.  I won’t miss the endless shelving or having to tidy up the kid’s room every five minutes (what’s with parents who don’t get their kids to tidy up after themselves?!) or having to explain to people for the ten-millioneth time that they are responsible for getting their books back on time, not us.

I’m looking forward to having more responsibilities and direction.  In my current job I tend to just float around, doing what needs to be done but not really having any set duties, other than the book displays.  I’m looking forward to having weekends off and public holidays and more pay and a CHRISTMAS BONUS!  I have never had a Christmas bonus in twenty years of working, so that will be nice!  Mostly I’m just hoping to get a bit of self-esteem back and feel like I have something to contribute and offer.

I am, of course, going to miss having the days off to craft and op-shop and do all the things you don’t get time for when you are working full time.  But at least I will have weekends again, and extra pay means more craft supplies can be bought ha ha!  I’m going to have to be more organised (unlikely) and stick to a schedule (yeah right!) in order to make the most of my crafting time.

Am I looking forward to having to get up horribly early every morning? No.  Am I looking forward to driving through peak hour traffic twice a day?  Absolutely not.  But these are things I will have to get used to, like a billion other people do.  I’ve done it before, I can do it again (I keep trying to tell myself).  I want to be on equal footing with my hubby – he’s “carried” me for too long now and my illness was three years ago – I have to start living and being part of the world again, with all its responsibilities and hard work.  I’m a bit worried about having to get up really early – the pain medication I take makes me very drowsy and sleepy and it’s so hard for me to wake up in the mornings…but I guess I will just have to do it and quit complaining!  Time to start a new adventure (even if I’m scared to death of failing and making a fool of myself)!

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I have been going through my lovely Stampington & Co. magazines over the last couple of days.  So many things I want to make!  My Mum phoned this morning and said she just got her latest issue of Somerset Studio magazine and she is already starting one of the projects in it so she can have it finished by the time I see her tomorrow 🙂  I look forward to seeing it, whatever it is!  Mum has had a bit of a break from crafting over the last few months as she was moving house and getting settled – now she’s making up for lost time.  It’s nice to see her back in the swing of things – my Mum without craft or art is not really my Mum!  I don’t think I can ever remember her without a paintbrush in her hand or a pile of sewing on her lap.  Anyway, she’s fully inspired and ready to roll again now – and I am so lucky and blessed that I get to share her love of all things creative with her.  I wish she’d passed on some of her awesome talent to me – I think most of it went to my brother!  But I try  – she’s a patient teacher even if I’m not a very patient student!

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Hope you are all having a lovely day.  Or, failing that, a day which will soon be over and , with a bit of luck, be replaced with a much nicer one tomorrow!  I’d like to share a couple of quotes with you that I pinched from an issue of Where Women Create – they seemed appropriate for where my life is right now.

“If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly.
In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders” –
Andrew Harvey

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” – Thomas A. Edison


“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters” – 
Epictetus

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive” – Howard Thurman

Have a great day everyone – be kind to each other and yourselves 🙂

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