Friday, July 30, 2010

Updating my resume

As you know I am in the midst of pursuing my artistic/money making ventures and looking for possible work. In the last three weeks I have put in probably 25 resumes. I was looking at my cover letter and resume last night - trying to see if I could jazz it up - and something occurred to me - To explain the gap in my employment, from when I left work until now, which is when I have been a SAHM.......I just have an excuse. It goes something like ' As you will see there is a slight gap in my employment history blah,blah,blah'.

I was thinking ( which is always an issue) being a mum is my greatest achievement and also the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. Maybe I should detail it like I would any other position in my employment record. After all, I have learnt numerous skills and widened my knowledge base immensely during the last four years (I left work when I was pregnant as I worked in a high risk job and had a high risk pregnancy).

Maybe something like this.

Stay at home mother 2006 - current

* Hostage negotiator - successfully negotiated the return of car keys, iPhone, laptop and pet dog.
* Resident cook - I have the ability to cook a wide variety of meals for just one meal time and also the patience to wait out anyone from 3 years old to 35 years old if they wont eat their nutrient laden food.
* Financial wizard - I have the skills to stretch a budget as far as the eye can see as well as actually pay all bills without having money! Who knew?
* Zen master - I am calm in a crisis - including public tantrums, removing children from various barricaded situations, etc.
* Extreme work ethic - Because of my current position I have the ability to work 7 days a week, 365 days a year whilst only sleeping anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours per night.
* Rally Driver _ I posses the ability to drive for hours on end in a rural community in order to get said child to sleep.
* Conflict resolution - I posses the ability to solve conflict between a 3 year old and 35 year old as well as numerous other people. I am not concerned about race, religion, personal issues I have the ability (and the wine) to make them get along.

I don't mean to suggest that those who do not have children are any different to those who do. I am just starting to see that i did not spend the last four years in a fog of mushy food and bad nursery rhymes - I actually have used my skills and knowledge and definitely developed new ones.

There is a CEO position out there for me....don't you think?

Monday, July 26, 2010

A new way of life and a few questions

I am thinking of a change. I mentioned a while ago that I was looking for work, just a couple of days, to help out financially. I am applying for all part time jobs I can find but it seems they might be a little scarce - or they are not to keen on hiring someone who has had so much time away from the workforce.


I am thinking of starting my own thing. A business that I can use my photography to create small 'art' items like individual prints, fridge magnets, bookmarks and maybe working some of my aromatherapy into the mix.

It is taking a while to get my head around this process. Even though I have had a few photos do quite well in competitions and had a few different people say I should use my photography as a business I kind of feel like I am faking it. I was talking to someone about this and it came up in discussion that if I started a venture that meant my 'full time' job was using my photography, editing and creating 'art pieces' that would make me an independant artist of sorts. I'm just not sure......

Does it have to be on a canvas and hung in a museum to qualify as art? Or can seing a photo that you took on a bookmark that you created be your art? Although there are different mediums, painter, sculptor, digital artist - is the common thread that we are all creators?

I would love to know what you all think as I try really hard to embrace this part of my life to pubically acknowledge my passion and hopefully turn it into some sort of venture!

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
George Santayana

* Also if anyone could help me and let me know how you can make buttons for things (ie;sponsers) on the blog that would be great! I have no idea and don't really understand the whole code thing. Thank you *