Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Smile Like You Mean It

Since we are still newish in our ward and neighborhood, we are still constantly meeting new people and introducing ourselves. Naturally, one of the first questions people ask is, "so, are you working, or in school?" (ie you have no children, what are you doing with your life?) I have come to really hate this question and tried to come up with interesting ways of saying "I'm unemployed" without actually saying it. I've used, "well I've worked in marketing for a few years and I'm looking for a new gig" and "I'm kind of in between jobs right now" but it always leaves me feeling like kind of a loser.

Yesterday I sat next to someone in RS that I'd never sat by before. Of course, the conversation came to the question and I looked at her and just said, "I'm a freelance designer." I don't know how much I actually qualify (I have a website, right?) but that didn't really matter. It felt good to say it.

-The Killers-


MegRuth said...

Saying it is the first step. As soon as I started telling people I was a photographer I felt like I really was.

Go with it! You're great!

J-E said...

I hate that question, even having a job. I simply hate the..."She doesn't have kids, so there must be some great reason." I secretly feel they're disappointed when I tell them I'm working, like the better answer would be, "I'm graduating in April and due in June." There's nothing wrong with that scenario, but it's not my life. It's just strange when all the young mothers in your ward are YOUNGER than you... I'm glad you said you were a designer. Sounds good.

Hevansrich said...

trust me, sometimes even with four kids aged 10 and under people are still like - "so, what do you do?"

you are so supremely talented, anyone who knows you knows that - its just all in the ignorance.

But, I admit, I ask people what they do too, sometimes.

(hey, I clicked on your ad for Sheri Griffith Expeditions! I hope that helps you...)

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