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#781647 - 09/08/12 03:01 AM What Do You Do?  
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When someone asks you,

What do you do?

Are you joyful and proud with the response you give? Or do you hedge, or feel uncomfortable with your response?


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#781648 - 09/08/12 03:06 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I am quite fortunate; I feel quite joyful when I talk with people about what I do. I love BellaOnline and what we achieve here, that we help people learn about writing and thriving on the web and we help charity at the same time. It makes me quite happy, and I'm proud to share the news of it with people I meet.


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#781650 - 09/08/12 03:09 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I pondered it some more and I suppose the question I *used* to feel uncomfortable with was what my degree was in. I always felt great shame when someone asked me that, as I dropped out of Worcester Polytech Institute after only a year. And I also felt upset that I had been accepted by MIT but my parents wouldn't send me. My father felt it was a waste of money and wanted me to go to UCONN instead. So that question used to stir up a wealth of unhappy feelings in me.

So finally I buckled down and restarted my degree at Northeastern, and I only have 11 classes more to go. I am taking four starting right now in the fall semester. So I graduate in the spring. That makes me very proud because it has been quite challenging to handle the full course load and everything else I'm doing. My finances have gotten extremely tight and I've had to think about stopping the classes a few times. But I have persevered, and I feel quite proud that I'm nearly there.

So that is a good thing too, that my response to the question used to be a quite sad one, and now it's a quite happy one smile.


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#781654 - 09/08/12 03:22 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I feel proud that I teach children who have had an extremely difficult time in school. I help them discover their inner learner (at least on good days) and I persist, even when things get incredibly tough. I'm good at my job, and I love the kids, but sometimes I just get weary.

BellaOnline is my joy. Some people go to gamble, others go to movies, and I write. My goal is to transition from teaching to full-time writing over the next 5 years. It is still a thrill when a site like India Times or Forbes picks up one of my articles.

Recently, I bought a domain name. It is Live Well with ADD. I am thinking about what I want the site to look like and what content that I want to feature. This summer I will find a host company and start building the website.

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#781657 - 09/08/12 03:27 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I feel proud that I gave up my former "title" to pursue my own dream. I am happy to say I am a "Freelance Creative" or "Freelance Writer" .. "Freelance creative" kind of embodies everything because I do web design, I write, make soaps, restore old photos, and do graphic arts smile. Writing is my major love though.


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#781666 - 09/08/12 03:54 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Connie - that is fantastic, that you are living your dream and making progress to have it be even better. Congratulations!


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#781667 - 09/08/12 03:58 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Christin - I love the idea of Freelance Creative. You are indeed multi-talented and it shows!


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#781671 - 09/08/12 04:36 AM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I love this thread! In fact, recently I was at a gathering and someone actually asked me that exact question. I was shocked and I literally stuttered the "I used to ...., but now I JUST..." answer. I was disappointed in myself for not being more openly proud of what I do. I am a fine arts photographer (and just finished hanging three local shows,) I am working on an advanced degree, and I am a full-time parent to boot. I grow food, trim horses feet, run a household, and teach rock climbing. I still don't know why I didn't speak more proudly of my life. I am fulfilled and happy and I AM proud of my life. I was just feeling how unconventional it was in a room full of conventional humans.

p.s. I just ordered the Fire Starter Sessions smile

#781730 - 09/08/12 11:17 PM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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Kerry - it is so true that we can sometimes be caught in feeling we are "not taking the socially accepted path" in life. Kudos to you for seeing that you *are* doing amazing things with your talents. Congratulations on the shows!


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#781813 - 09/09/12 07:47 PM Re: What Do You Do? [Re: Lisa LowCarb / VideoGames]  
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I recently went to a barbecue with my husband's work colleagues and before we went I gave a lot of thought to what I would answer when asked "What do you do?"

I usually say, "I'm an Internet Marketer, I make money on the Internet." Because that provokes more discussion, but I was wondering if saying "I'm an author" would be an interesting answer. I'm slowly moving toward being a professional organizer and people always want tips with their own clutter problems.

But alas, no one asked me. I find as soon as they find out I have 4 children, no one even asks what else I do. To myself I am more than a mom, but others see me as "just a mom" and I find that quite sad.

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