Friday, November 5, 2010

Life and dreams of a quit-your-day-job girl ..

I miss people ... a few weeks and I miss people.

Two weeks ago I walked out of the doors of the newspaper where I worked for almost 6 years and "Yee Haw'd" my way home. I knew I'd miss my co-workers (most of them), but still, I could now center on my photography and wearable art. I used to get a lot done, just how much more I could do was mind-boggling!


Well, I think what I've stepped up more than anything is marketing, reading blogs, creating treasuries on Etsy, and playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook. That last thing is bad, I know, but I have a reputation to uphold as the one who kicks both my two sisters' butts!

Best thing I've discovered about working out of my home is that if I'm on a roll, I don't have to stop because I have to go to work in the morning.. I can stay up until 3 a.m. working on cutting tiny photographs and sealing them in settings or photoshopping my photography with "ohhhh's" and "ahhhh's" mixed in. If I can't sleep I can get up, stumble my way to my photography room and work.

But I do keep thinking: We laughed a lot at work. We bet a lot. Crazy bets like "how many Easter peeps can you fit into your mouth at once" then we'd do side bets on who's gag reflex would kick in first. We were irreverent and cynical as newspaper people tend to be. We were like a family.

A great, big dysfunctional family, but still ...

I miss talking and laughing with others. I told my grown daughter this the other day and she said "Mom, maybe this is good for you. Maybe you'll learn to like people again!"

Yeah, well don't get too excited, I'm not going to take up shopping at Wal-Mart anytime soon, kiddo..

 The Silent Path
 Change of Season necklace
 Change of Season Necklace
 Tapestry of Trees Necklace
Inseparable Companions bracelet


Faye White said...

Ah yes... the daily interaction with live, kooky, maddening people; it has its merits. But the freedom to grow your business and explore your creative talents has to be worth it.

Great read, Jude. :)

Endless Sunner said...

Interesting thoughts on the subject. I often think about quitting my day job...

steelelady said...

Always had a business out of my home, but spent lots of time working in the 'real' world as well, it is wonderful to interact with so many intersting types, but I never got my inspiration from them, lots of laughs though!! seems like I always need the alone time to just let go and let my imagination run away with me...
I'm sure you'll adapt,you can always visit them , you know, on a day you didnt stay up to 3am.
I'm sure you'll create even more amazing work now!!
thanks for your thoughtful words, I doubt I'll beat you at Bejeweled, it'll have to be Scrabble!!

snoweflake farm said...

Jude..I love your blog....I wish you had time to post more! Your photos are so deep..always enjoy them.....I can imagine you would miss your sounds fun...but you probably won't miss it for long!!! Now, you can devote yourself creatively!!! Lucy
(I hate wedding photography too!! :(

Heather Leavers said...

I know what you mean - I used to be a teacher. I still miss the day-to-day with the kids, but I haven't forgotten how ill the stress made me.

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