Teaching can be extremely rewarding, it is also very draining on all levels – emotionally, mentally, and physically. Add to that the “culture shock” of moving from Detroit to a fairly rural suburban part of North Carolina and I suppose it is not entirely surprising that it did not really turn out that well. During teaching I found I was always lacking funds to pursue anything beyond rent, food and gas – and even if I had money to pursue anything artistic I certainly rarely had the energy. My family also had a period of time where I was needed back in Michigan quite badly, and it was difficult for me to find the time, leading to my leaving ... » Read More
I always was into computers too – and my family pushed those “for business” – so I suppose it is unsurprising that I ended up working in an office on computers. I was very competent in my jobs, and out of work I tried to maintain my artistic endeavors, I would do a bit of freelance costuming and some jewelry. However paying jobs were few and far between and as much as I enjoyed the work I could not afford to pursue the art as much as I wanted. Then the economy intruded.
I was in Michigan and the auto industry was hit early and hard with some severe recessions. Since I was a contract worker I was almost always the first cut, and then c... » Read More
That is a very complicated answer for anyone; many of us can answer easily with what we do – or who we are to our families. We can further add hobbies or achievements. None of this really gives a REAL answer – but some backstory can always help put someone in perspective…
I remember when I was in college to become a teacher – well after many people my age had already chosen and progressed in their careers – one of my professor’s commented that it was not uncommon for women’s lives to be more like a patchwork quilt then narrow path. She went on to say that women are often many different professions and that we work them together ... » Read More
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