“What do you do for work?”
This simple pleasantry sends a wave of anxiety through my mind whenever it pops up in polite conversation. My brain goes blank and I pull a couple random jobs off my resume like names out of a hat. Why am I so afraid of this question?
I wear so many different career hats. I have my bachelor’s degree in graphic design and utilize that skill set in my invitation and stationery design company. I recently began doing quite a bit of freelance writing. I run a blog and Instagram that are both profitable. I offer social media management, strategy building, and content creation. For a while, I was providing fashion and portrait photography. I have been selling clothing and accessories online for over 10 years. I’ve tried to come up with a brief yet all-encompassing job description that is both conversation and Instagram bio friendly. No matter what, I always have to leave out more than half of them. When I am asked that question, I feel like I’m being put on the spot, forced to quickly assess which jobs to mention. I always imagine that the longer my list of businesses, the more people will doubt their quality. But on the other hand, I worry that without stating a full career description, people will think that I just sit around all day.
We live in a world where people expect careers to fit in a neat little box. But why should they, when there are endless possibilities? The truth is that I do what I love, and I hope you do too.
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