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I’ve been out of work for over a decade being a SAHM. I’m an artist, and I used to make art for computer games. At this point, my skills have atrophied, my field has changed, and worst of all I’m plagued by feelings that I would be inadequate in any position that I tried to fill, in or out of that industry.
I also have serious concerns about working in any industry that results in environmental harm — which is a whole lot of industries. Dang it.
Meanwhile my kids have become remarkable, self-sufficient teens! I’m so grateful for that; but I’ve also been feeling like I need more purpose.
And I’m lonely. Especially for the company of other crazy artists. And increasingly I feel like I need to be contributing financially to the household.
I decided that I should go volunteer somewhere in order to challenge my own self-defeating thoughts, and work myself back up to seeking a real job. It just so happens that I live within walking distance of a fantastic place called Reverse Garbage that is a non-profit that diverts materials from going into the landfill. It’s like a giant thrift store for artists. It’s a perfect match for my interests and environmental concerns. And they have volunteer workers.
It turns out, offering to tidy stuff up without needing to be directed is a great way to get taken on as a volunteer! Bonus: I get to make signs and demo pieces for the store! Yay, art!
And now, after just a few days of volunteering, the staff has invited me to join them! I’m having an amazing time and I’m going to get paid for it! Booyeah!
Here’s a sign I made for the store out of recycled materials. I hope this post has brought you some joy today!
I have a lot going on in my life and could really use some positivity and positive thinking. I fractured my ankle and am down for a few weeks. It’s got me real down.
Sometimes they take them, sometimes they don't. Today was a success! These people do so much for our world and I am happy to have made this guy smile. It's the little things!
I work the Night shift at a little gas station in Michigan. It gets really lonely and long most nights when the entirety of 3rd shift is me and one other coworker. However this little guy showed up in our door camera one year, he was only about the size of the padding on your index finger. We genuinely thought nothing of it because we have a mini Spider season where a bunch of them come and go but not this guy. He stayed and when winter hit he would depart and by the time mid February hit he would come right back. We got to watch this little guy grow, have a little Spider family, and get bigger and bigger. Third shift has grown so attached to him he personally gets a pardon every time the exterminator comes if he's in his little spot or not.
This is now year three and he's the biggest he's ever been! We are so happy to see him come home again and spend those long unforgiving nights with us once more. Everybody please welcome home Herman or beloved "seasonal employee" door camera Spider.
"I aim to be this happy"