What do you do?

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  1. Nightrain

    Nightrain Senior Registered

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    It's uncanny how some circumstances relentlessly guide us to places that we never consciously felt we could go for lack of time or money. After years of commuting long hours by train to a high-pressure job on Madison Avenue, where I worked as an Art Director in Manhattan, I now find myself living with my wife and sons on very little besides what I get from my Veterans Disability. In spite of the fact that I'm doing everything in my power to supplement our income, I have never been happier, spending my remaining time reading and participating in this Forum, taking the dog for walks, and enjoying the company of my wife and sons.
     
  2. Deborah

    Deborah Executive Director Staff Member

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    I have enjoyed reading what our members do. I am a college professor (currently on sabbatical)... So life is good.


    I would love to hear from new members if you care to share your ...expertise or goals.
     
  3. dlorde

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    I'm recently retired from software development for a financial data company. In a previous career, I worked for as a lab technician for the UK Medical Research Council (Environmental Physiology Unit), having graduated with an honours degree in Human Biology.


    I try to keep up with developments in science & technology, and have some experience of oriental philosophy and martial arts, and a particular interest in the brain, the mind, consciousness and subconsciousness, and how we perceive and model external reality.
     
  4. Red Night

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    I just graduated high school and am going to college to study broadcast journalism this fall. I have ambitions to become a reporter and a news anchor or a foreign correspondent eventually. I also write and hope to get least one book published in this lifetime.
     
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    I have a B.A. in Counseling Psychology and am a Certified Addiction's Counselor. I want to go back to school soon for my Master's...would love to do Transpersonal counseling.
     
  6. Mama2HRB

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    I am currently working on a book with my daughter about her past life memories. I have no doubt that it will create quite a stir when published. :laugh:
     
  7. starrynight

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    life work


    I am sort of working my way through jobs and hobbies to finding what i came here to do. It started about five years ago and i would say my life is a **** site more enjoyable now than it was but the bank balance is unfortunately much sadder.


    Up until then i always went for well paying jobs but i did have to enjoy them. Mainly sales, customer service, banking. Looking back what i actually enjoyed about the work was helping others-not so well respected in sales jobs anymore. What i didn't like was being stuck inside from 9 til 6 everyday.


    Over the last five years I've had probably more than a dozen jobs and 4 house moves (3 in 6 months was stressfull). I now know what i don't want to do!


    Things stuck inside me that i've always fancied doing when i had the time or the money are writing, doing up houses, maybe social work/counselling/dealing with addictions. I realise now if i wait for time and money it will never come and as a good friend said "stop talking about the book you want to write and lock yourself in a room and write it!"


    Not quite going to that extreme i have completed my book and am so proud. It still needs editing and finding an agent is probably harder than writing the book but i am positive it will get there in the end. if not at least i'll give as good as i can.


    I have also completed a years counselling course, not enough to practice but it's a start and has made me interested in maybe a short psychology course next. Also slowly we are doing up a lovely cottage. This is very rewarding as it is our home but so frustrating that the money we have to spend on it is so meagre it just gets there a little bit at a time. People are amazed that as soon as it is done we hope to sell it and move on but the idea is hopefully to do it again, so everything we have to cut back on here or find cheaper alternatives is a good learning curve.


    Lastly i have paid work looking after adults with special needs. I think the counselling course really helped me work out how to veer myself into more rewarding work. I especially help four young adults be as independant as possible. No one day is the same but it is defintely rewarding.


    I was going to do this post so quickly but feel i've written an essay.: angel:thumbsup:
     
  8. Shiftkitty

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    Dental lab delivery driver by occupation. Writer, cartoonist, and game designer by hobby. Cat-lover and full-time questioner of everything by nature.
     
  9. AOSpare

    AOSpare Zos Kia Cultus

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    I am an occultist (just like AOS was), a student of Hermetic and other magical systems, shamanism, and witchcraft, yoga and Tibetan Buddhism. (I am not Buddhist)


    As for money - I am semi retired yet very busy - "I let go and let god" provide. I have a small publishing business, I write and I also work in a casino part time.


    I have two cats, a daughter and a wife who puts up with all my esoteric ambitions. :rolleyes:
     
  10. starrynight

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    Nice to meet others who write, whether paid or not. My unpaid work feels just as important as paid to me. been reading about work for the sole. I find something that has been way laid in todays life.


    Am trying to learn that god provides also, getting there slowly.:thumbsup:
     
  11. AOSpare

    AOSpare Zos Kia Cultus

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    Sooner or later your unpaid work will yield something good! I am routing for you! :)


    You have to STRONGLY believe that once you on the right path and do things for others first, then worry about your own self, then your basic needs will be met.


    Not all your wants, mind you...It is simple law of attraction stuff except in the US we tend to think - LoA is a free for all Universal ATM card. It is NOT!


    Your mind and beliefs are your most potent magical wand.


    The trouble is too many people think that they need two cars, AC in Seattle, larger house with a pool, 2 smartphones, 2/3 of everything, even for a one child family. 12 y.o kids have smartphones and tablets (my daughter is caught up in that!)


    anyway, bless you and VOTE!


    "When you think your needs are not met - lower your wants and adjust.."

     
  12. starrynight

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    Thanks AOS. I believe my writing will get there one day. Must admit to being as guilty as lots of society, expect to write the book, get agent be published all within months. Have learnt not going to happen that quick. Is a good learning curve to time being irrevelent, it's the getting there that counts.


    My faith in the universe providing is there about 60% but working on. Trying to give up the second car to pay for work on the house. Know we can't have both so have to work out what's important. :thumbsup:
     
  13. AOSpare

    AOSpare Zos Kia Cultus

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    Have you obtained an agent yet? If not, there is a great resource on how to write query letters and in general, approaching/dealing with literary agents. I am not sure if I am permitted to give out websites here. (there are too many restrictions on this forum for my taste :( ) but email me and I will let you have this free resource. Avoid vanity publishers who will charge you to "publish" your book!


    The other place, literary marketplace is quite expensive.
     
  14. starrynight

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    Thanks AOS. Just working slowly through agencies here but still have editing to do. If anything have learnt patience from this. You can't put a time on how long a book might take. Some days you can work on it ,til midnight. Typical when you've got the time doesn't mean the brain co-operates.


    Am in the Uk btw so not sure we could use the same agents?


    Am actually having positive rejections back so not disheartened & still have enough work to keep me going on the house.


    Thanks again
     
  15. Arrant

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    What an eclectic bunch we are!


    OK, a bit about me. I am the author of around thirty magazine articles, and am currently working on a book. I hold a Private Pilot's Licence (and, indeed, flying was originally my career choice. I wanted to be a pilot in the RAF, but that didn't happen).


    I've worked most of my adult life in sales and marketing, including a few years working for large companies in the City of London. I was made redundant in 2009, since when I've done a variety of things, such as working in call centres, charity shops, etc, and particularly devoting more time to writing. I'm now switching direction, and am hoping to become a bus driver...
     
  16. Aelfgyva

    Aelfgyva Senior Member Staff Member

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    Next time 'round...


    I have been watching this post for years and had to look 3 times to make sure I hadn't already posted...I haven't so here goes:


    I studied medicine, music and the English language. Because of my changing countries from America to Germany in 1980's, my medical degree was not accepted. My degrees in music and language were accepted and therefore I was able to work as a music teacher and an English teacher in Germany. I am now retired and living with my husband in Holland. I continue my music in a local orchestra and as soon as I speak the Dutch language, I will offer to teach children who can't afford a tutor help in English. My heart has always yearned to be a doctor of medicine...maybe next time around! ;)
     
  17. Yellow Roses

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    I was a Respiratory Therapist for more than 20 years, doing Level One Trauma, and other modalities, until something intervened and I fell and fractured nearly every bone in my foot, ending my career. I had been wanting out of it for a long time, but was unable to make the break, so, like I said, something intervened. Seeing people die nearly every day, and the traumas life can inflict, had sapped my soul.


    My life ambition was to be an Egyptologist, but that did not seem to be in the cards. I write, and now have two novels in the fire.


    At one time I won awards for my artwork, and enjoy creativity immensely, but, for reasons that remain obscure to me, I never pursued it.
     
  18. kmckuin

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    Evolving


    I'm apparently like others here - though not all others of course... I spent about 20 years as a housewife and mother, then (after a "breakdown" and treatment for depression) I went to college to become a "helper" like those who helped me.


    I had always wanted to be a doctor but for some reason never thought it was a possibility - boy if I'd only known then what I know now!!


    Anyway, after taking an MA in psychology I started teaching at a local Jr. College, then because research is another great love and talent, I started doing research projects and was hired as Director of College Research for a year.


    Fate intervened ... it does that doesn't it! ...just as I thought I would finally be secure financially, and I began a series of moves until I landed in Sacramento working as a Social Worker. I work with foster families, looking after foster kids. It's the most challenging job I've ever had and I love, love, love it! I am sad that such a position exists, of course, but am happy that I can do the work and make a difference.


    I am also interested in, and have dabbled in remote viewing, reverse speech...and am interested in furthering use of the scientific method for understanding the "mysterious".


    So that's what I do. For now... :)
     
  19. Lady2

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    Great thread!


    As for me, I'm just getting starting in the working world. Currently I run a large online shop, where we sell our handmade goods (costumes, leatherwork, wooden toys, etc), as well as re-selling antiques, toy/hobby related items and much more (family business).


    I am also a music teacher - mostly fiddle lessons, though I play 8 different instruments....


    In the future I would love to also work at a living history site, or museum, as reenacting history is a passion of mine as well. :)
     
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    I was a LPN for ten years in a long term care facility. I worked on a ventilator unit, caring for patients on life support. About two years ago, I permanently injured my back and haven't been able to return to work. I now spend my time studying psychic phenomenon and parapsychology. I have always believed in reincarnation and can remember as a child thinking that me and my mother were in reversed roles in another life. When I had my daughter, she said to me "Do you remember when I was the mommy and you were my baby the last time I was big?" I nurtured to get more details, but she wouldn't talk anymore about it. She was about 2 1/2 years old at the time. She's a teenager now and doesn't remember anything about it.
     

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