Someone recently said in a mean comment, “Get a real job.”
I am completely and totally unemployable. I’ve been self-employed since I took a voluntary layoff from my last job in 1998. But that got me thinking . . . what exactly I do? Well, here it goes.
- Above all I am a mother.
- I am the Managing Editor of 360 Degrees of Grief, Reflections of Hope, Volume 1. This keeps me busy with book promotions, radio and TV interviews as well as starting to work on Volume 2.
- When I can squeeze it in I speak at events.
- I have 5 cats, 1 dog, 14 chickens, and a large garden on over 12 acres.
- I actively write, edit and publish on a regular basis. My upcoming book Puffy & Blue is currently in the editing phase.
- I own Selah Press which published:
- 360 Degrees of Grief
- How to Self-Publish: The Author-preneur’s Guide to Publishing
- When I was Young I Flew the Sun Like a Kite
- How to Make Melt & Pour Soap from Scratch
- The Art, Science and Business of Aromatherapy
- DIY Kitchen Chemistry
- Puffy & Blue
The crabby lady who said, “Get a real job” doesn’t know me. She wanted to hurt my feelings, but it didn’t work. But it did get me thinking . . . could I ever get a real job? My answer: I hope I never have to grow up again and get a real job. Being the wife of a serial entrepreneur, being actively involved in the lives of my children, and being self-employed takes up too much of my time.
Maryclaire Mayes says
wait you are very grown up! You are confusing with not growing up and being irresponsible Just because you love your life does not mean you are not grown up. I know your kids thick you are grown up, even though they think your cool!
Very true! I sometimes feel VERY grown up and other times like a kid. I remember when Dennis and I bought our first house in our 30’s we sat there wondering if anyone was going to realize we were not grown up enough to own a house.
Deb R. says
I’m glad to hear the comment didn’t hurt your feelings. I’m also glad it got you to thinking, ‘What is it I do?’ Because we all need to reevaluate once in awhile–not for them, but for us. I have noticed bloggers who have a following often end up with more than a few negative/hurtful commenters. It’s a sign you’ve made it big as a blogger. Congratulations! (And it leads to future blog posts like this, ha!)
Ha! When I saw all the negative comments I knew I had hit a nerve. And I did think that it was a sign of reaching people outside my sphere of influence who already are well trained in the natural industry.
Ginger M. says
LOL! These self appointed critics amuse me. “Get a real job.”…Ha! Now that’s funny right there! Anyone who works from or at home knows that even “just being a wife and mother” is a full time job. Best of all, it pays until the end of time with so many benefits, even Donald Trump and Bill Gates are envious. Add in all the other things someone who’s self employed and working from home does and you don’t have just one real job. You have many with few moments to focus or be bothered with others jealousies and insecurities. I think some people need to learn the difference between “a real job” and a life with joy and purpose. I commend you on your handling of the ignorance and vile spewings of others, Kayla. As always, you handle yourself with grace and courage. I’m happy that I can call you friend and mentor.