Thursday, April 11, 2013

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge- Letter J


 to my second year in the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.

Since I plan to retire shortly, I thought an alphabetical look back at my paying library career and a look ahead to my crafting and writing career would be a good use of my 26 days in this challenge, 26 wonderful words for retiring me. Hope you enjoy. I am looking forward to reading whatever you share this month on your blogs, too.

Journey- (travel from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time.) 
My journey has been long and a little convoluted. I married young, had my children young, and then found in order to raise the kids, pay the bills and live some sort of comfortable life, I needed to work full time along with my husband.
I was a clerk at a small library for a few years, loved it.; not enough income. I got my degree as a registered nurse and worked with that for several years; not my cup of tea. I then moved on to work for about 16 years in a nuclear medicine products company. When the company closed, I happened across the position at this library and fell in love again for 18+ years.
Who knows where my next adventure will be.

Looking ahead: 
Journal- (a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences or observations.)
I've always saved bits and pieces: quotes that appeal to me, sayings I like, postage stamps that are unique, story ideas I'd like to write, scraps of poems I've written. They've been scattered around in folders, on corners of napkins, used as bookmarks.
Last year I heard about collecting all these bits and pieces into creative, artful journals. Along with the saved stuff, you put current thoughts, snippets of ideas and sketches of drawings or doodles that you do. Not a regular diary, I can add whenever I want. This sounds like something just right for me.
So, I started to read books about artful journals (a big benefit of the library) and taking the idea one step further, I am doing some coloring in the book and making it really mine. It is small enough to take with me and I even bought a traveling watercolor set for on the road.

Thanks for stopping by. See you tomorrow.


Heather M. Gardner said...

Maybe your next career will be published poet!


A Daft Scots Lass said...

You'll be back next year!

Happy J Day!

Just visiting from a fellow A to Z Challenger.

Suz said...

Heather, thanks for the thought.
Thanks, Lass, hoping to be back. This is always fun.