Last week I was notified by WordPress that I have received 500 followers. WOW! Who would have guessed? When I started out blogging my aim was to improve my writing because I wanted to write a book. I had not, originally imagined that others would read my blog posts. At that point in time I thought blogging was a bit like adding my posts to a glorified filing cabinet where I was stashing my thoughts away.
Nowadays I enjoy communicating with everyone and I want to thank you all for your interest and participation in my posts. I enjoy reading the wide variety of all your posts too. Each one of you adds richness to the fiber of my ‘cloth.’ To honor my followers I extend an invitation to you.
As it is almost impossible to have a party to celebrate I thought I would like to invite each of you to tell me something about who you are, besides being a blogger. Maybe how you started out on your career; then if you are a little older what career you do now and if you are even older what hobbies or charities or interests you have apart from your career. Or maybe you would like to share how many careers you have had or what career you would have preferred; it is your choice. Let the party begin.
I will start with my careers
When I left school I thought I wanted to be a teacher or a psychologist or an artist. I couldn’t make up my mind so I worked as a teacher-aid and housemother at a deaf school and after a term I decided I was not cut out for teaching children. I then, out of desperation, studied to be a secretary which I did not enjoy but at one of my secretarial job interviews I was offered a completely different position: they decided because my subjects at school were math, art and geography I would do well in their cartography department. You might be asking “what is a cartographer?” And I will answer: (since many people ask this) “cartography is not photography, although they both use the printing process; cartography is the making and drawing of maps.” I enjoyed it very much because I like using both my mind and hands in a topic I enjoyed – nature and geography; I enjoyed the solitude of the job; I got to support my husband during his two final years at University and most of all I managed to study art, fashion, history and sew to my heart’s content.
When I had children I stopped working but once they grew up I went and studied psychology and counseling and qualified as a counselor, using art as my preferred method of self exploration and expression with others. So you can see I had come full circle and married art and people together. In recent years I have enriched life with passion-hobbyhorse-altruistic interest (if there is such a label) is environmentalism – making the earth a better place for people and all living forms. So at the age of 58 that is where I am at. Who knows where I will be in 10 years time, literally and figuratively.
Now it is your turn if you would like to accept the invitation. Consider yourself welcome, at my party, to answer in the comments below or post a blog on your site if you like, just please link me to your blog so that I can get to read it because I am really interested.
Have a wonderful weekend