Do you love your job?

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Do you love your job?
Tue, 11-13-2007 - 11:12pm

I am at the point in my life that I think to myself over and over...when am I going to figure out what I want to be?

I've been lucky as far as work goes.

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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 11:22pm
I like what I do but I am still new at it.

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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 11:32pm

I like it well enough. In some ways I miss typesetting in the financial printing industry--it was a lot more mentally stimulating, but it also paid significantly less (nearly 30% less) and busy season just SUUUUUUUUCKED. So typesetting for the feds offers a significant amount of benefits and quality of life improvements that more than make up for the more mundane nature of it. And also my particular office (job work) is more interesting than putting out the Federal Register or the Congressional Record (in terms of mental stimulation/innovation in actually typesetting the work)--Because of what we do, what we produce and the system we use, our work is a lot more like actual typesetting--I use my pica gauge, look up typeface families in the reference books and everything in this office. In the other offices, it was just a matter of following the markup on the copy.

I dunno that there's any job that would be a passion for me; I often envy those who have a solid sense of what they were put on the earth to do (job wise). But then again, I feel my niche in life was being a Mom; I got my greatest sense of satisfaction from that and in many ways I miss those days of hands on parenting. My son's grown now and I love this stage too, but I do feel kind of stuck in an early retirement mode LOL. On the other hand, because I do feel that raising him WAS my life's work and very satisfying and fulfilling at that...AND because I WOH his entire life...I also have to laugh when the militant SAHMs get on their role of "giving up the raising of your kids". I mean, whatever :::eyeroll::: :) BTDT, and not only do *I* know my ex and I raised our son, so does everyone else. All they have to do is listen to him or watch him; my son has my sarcasm and humor in spades and he's analytical and anal like his dad in so many ways.

And the funny thing is, his little sister (by his Dad and Stepmom) is SOOOOOO much like him, too!! LOL And his little brother (now 11) is starting to show signs of our "bad" influence of sarcasm and humor--last week his Mom told him, "You *are* your Aunt Kitty's nephew, aren't you??" LOL He and I both smiled an evil and happy smile over that one :) (I'd worry more about her comment, but she and I finish each other's sentences so she can't blame him entirely on me ;)



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Tue, 11-13-2007 - 11:47pm

Eh, not so much right this second.

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Registered: 10-24-2007
Tue, 11-13-2007 - 11:51pm

I was passionate about the job I did for most of my 20s (I was a start-up specialist for small businesses for a big UK bank), and I was very good at it.

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Wed, 11-14-2007 - 12:42am

Oh, yeah, big time. I love both my job and my business so much that I can't decide between the 2. So I keep juggling both of them and sweating out the summers. I have been fortunate in that almost my entire work history has been involved with sewing/dressmaking in one way or another. I wish that I could say the same about dh. But after spending nearly 20 years trying to make a go as a photographer, he found his niche about 4-5 years ago as a driver/caregiver at a residential group home for adult mentally and/or physically handicapped adults. Now we both have the careers of our dreams.


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Wed, 11-14-2007 - 5:40am


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Wed, 11-14-2007 - 6:43am

I hope you reconsider going back for more schooling.

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Registered: 05-14-2006
Wed, 11-14-2007 - 7:00am

I like my job, I don't love it.

This time of

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Registered: 08-14-2007
Wed, 11-14-2007 - 9:20am

Love it? As in have a passion for it? No.

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 11-14-2007 - 11:23am

I am lucky in that I did have the luxury of taking some time to figure out what I wanted to do. But it took me until I was 40 to figure it out and I think I am still evolving and growing-which is a good thing!

I wah as a writer and I hope it is something I will always be able to do. I do love it. I dont love every minute of course and I dont always love some of the dry stuff I have to write about, lol, but overall I love it. The only thing that I really hate is the sporatic nature of the business. I dont have any *regular* gigs which means even when I am working on a project, I'm always looking for the next one. Some months I make a ton of $. Some months I make almost nothing.

Which is why I have decided that I need something more consistent and while I will always continue with writing as a part time job, I've also decided to go into business with a girlfriend of mine. Shes been wanting to open some kind of store/shop for years (she and her dh almost bought a coffee house but it fell through at the last minute) and she has finally come up with a great idea. She wants me to be her partner and I happily agreed. If all goes as planned, by next summer we'll have our own little wine shop in the downtown district of our city! We are both very excited about it and I cannot imagine a better feeling than walking into our own store every day. For me it will also be great in that I have found with my writing that I do miss social interaction with others-what better way to get that fix?!

I remember once reading an article and a comment was made by an entrenpeneur-he said "What can you do that is easy for you but difficult for others?" That


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