What Do You Do?

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The Blog Every Day In May Challenge:

Day 6, Monday:
If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?

I decided I didn't want to try and tackle the entire May challenge over at Story of My Life because I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up with it, and honestly, not all of the suggested topics posted are something I want to share or have an answer for.  But there are a few that I thought would make great posts and this is one of them.  (And clearly, not quite following the days as written since this is Tuesday.)

And honestly, I don't know if I even really have an answer for this one either.  It's kind of like when I was teaching: one of the most common interview questions was, "What are you passionate about about teaching?"  Like everyone becoming a teacher must have a vested interest in special needs kids, individualized instruction, making the classroom hands-on, or whatnot.  I never had an answer for this question.  Teaching was a job and my goal was to teach the kids what I was supposed to within the year.

Now that I'm not working and I stay at home, it's another odd question when someone asks what I do.  When I say I stay home with the kids, I usually get an answer along the lines of, "Oh, that's great!" which almost always comes out a little too happy, like they don't quite understand.  And if I try to talk about my Etsy shop (which I rarely do) it's equally awkward because it's hard to explain to someone that you make stuff.  And that's what I do: I make stuff.  In my shop I make stuff with fabric, at home I make food, I make beds, I make a schedule.  And I like what I do.

What do you do?


  1. Instead of explaining what Etsy is, I say, "I design jewelry" because it's so much easier. If they ask a follow up question I'll expand, but for the most part they're like, "Oh, cool!" and move on.

    You should just start telling people that you're a small business owner, because you are!

  2. This is seriously one of the hardest questions to answer...even when it comes to work. I had to fill in my occupation yesterday on a form and when I just put self-employed, the lady wanted to know what I did. What we do as makers/creators/artists doesn't fit into the mold or the drop-down box style answers. I'm still searching for an easy answer to this question so I quit getting blank stares...lol!

  3. I do what I want!

    Well..it's really hard to answer this question especially when I work in a position I'm not proud of. When someone asks me where I work I tell them but usually just say 'support'. I don't go into details unless they ask details.

    I have no problems admitting that the reason I'm vague is because I'm not proud of fact I work in Customer Support and I have a degree in physics. It just sucks.

    Recently, my company wanted to put pictures of the people that work in customer support on the website and they asked us if they can do it and I said no.... and they were like why? I said because I'm not proud I work here. They haven't asked again.


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