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>Worth Repeating

November 8, 2009

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I love to read, and I love to share what I read, and I love to repeat what I read. Here’s what’s rattling around in my head today:

She had not made a lot of money, but she had not made a loss, and she had been happy and entertained. That counted for infinitely more than a vigorously healthy balance sheet. In fact, she thought, annual accounts should include an item specifically headed ‘Happiness’, alongside expenses and receipts and the like. That figure in her accounts was a very large one, she thought.

Tears of the Giraffe, Alexander McCall Smith

It’s been a little over a year since I “retired” from my marketing career. Financially speaking, ouch. But in every other aspect: emotional health, creativity, energy, time…it’s been a good thing. There have been adjustements – you don’t work 14 years at that pace without a bit of whiplash when you downshift. But, looking back (20/20 hindsight and all that) even a secretary has to communicate, and in so doing, must cut through the clutter to get a point across. I like to think of myself as a professional storyteller, really. That doesn’t stop when the job title changes – it’s who I am.

I’ve also had the opportunity to learn graphic design, at which, frankly, I thought I would be useless. But I like it. I’m stretching. I’m reaching. And now that I’m not always writing to make someone or something else sound better, smarter, faster or more desirable…I finally feel like I can say what I want to say. When I want to say it…which, judging by the rate at which I’m populating this blog, is pretty much all the time.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2009 5:16 am

    >Hang in there! So many women never really figure out who THEY are, because they spend so much time being someone else's mom, daughter, wife, co-worker, boss. Don't forget to take time for that girl—what was her name, again? Oh, yeah—Adelle!

  2. November 13, 2009 3:48 am

    >Well first of all, I love your stories. I've been waiting for this! They are brilliant and funny and touching. Second, it's hard for me to imagine you downshifting. I'm thinking your life is very interesting and busy as mom. And finally, I bet you are awesome at graphic design! With your background in art, it seems like a perfect fit. I'm also thinking you would rock at landscape architecture. All I can grow are cobwebs. So update often – thank the Lord for the internet! So easy to keep up with your gang! By the way, are you Velma or Daphne?

  3. November 13, 2009 3:54 am

    >THANK YOU!!! a little of both, I think…

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