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My new job.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Its been a while since I've written. My life has become very complicated and full.
As one child went out of the house on to her college days, the other bounced back into our lives and resides at home. She's very busy so we really are empty nesters- almost.
I've converted from vegan to an ova active vegetarian because I travel often and can't always get vegan food on the road.
This suits me fine, and when I eat at home I eat vegan.
My new life involves a new career also. A rebirth of a sort at my age of 55. Late last year I obtained my insurance agent license for the second time in my life and spent ONE day working as an insurance agent. I was incredibly disappointed with the agency where I had this job and the owner was, to be frank, an incredibly egocentric and sexist who said some questionable things that one day, didn't do business in an honest way, and made me cringe.
So I took inventory of my life that day during lunch. I stayed the rest of the day, but quit the next morning. I know, not very professional, but when the boss says that I'd be better at making ice cubes because I'm a woman, I don't think professionalism is called for, do you?

Now I am doing what I really love to do, and though I am not getting paid a lot of money, I am enjoying my life and am happy, which is much more important. Sure the money would have been helpful and great, but the agony was just overwhelming.

You are asking what my job is now? Well, in addition to still being a bit of a Mom to my adult girls, I am working as a freelance theatrical property manager. I own a prop shop!
I rent out props to local theatres (props are what actors use to make things look real- like the coffee pot in the kitchen or the buckets in Annie). I also make props and do some scenic artistry when it is called for, and I do set dressing (that's when the draperies go up on the "windows"). It is a LOT of work, and I spend a lot of time finding these props, cataloging them, placing and taking them back from the theatres. There]s sometimes little time to breathe much less think. Luckily, most theatre people don't care much for doing prop duty and I find that my magic is in demand.

I'm pretty happy with my life right now, this "job" is great.

I'm working on getting healthier, making purposeful food choices, and getting more exercise in every day.

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