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May 28, 2013 07:48 PM

What's your job and are you happy with it?

What do you do for a living and does it make you happy ?

I will break the ice and tell you that I am a crime scene investigator with seventeen years of police experience. I like the forensic aspect but too much sadness in the world and I see too much of it up close and personal so the happiness level isn't where I would like it to be. I would love to open my own little cafe somewhere. Cooking for people that appreciate it always makes me happy and I'm known around the office for my culinary works. My dream would be to have the cafe and on Thanksgiving and Christmas cook a HUGE feast and feed everyone for free those days. It tears me up to see the squalor that some babies have to live in and just being able to do that would make me happy.

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    1. I teach writing at the college level (or try to) and write a food column for a local paper. I also coach soccer, and sit on a couple of boards. The teaching is getting me down lately, and I wish I could do more freelance research, which I do on occasion. I find it engrossing.

      1. I'm an executive assistant for the president of a real estate investment company. It sounds fancy but it's really not. Very casual office and he really doesn't need me, but he thinks he does, so that's fine with me. The job itself is fine, pretty boring. My boss is awesome and I get to spend most of the day playing on the internets, and if I need time off I just take it. I've been in and out of the real estate industry since 2001, starting when I was 19, but I went to school for interior design in Chicago and spent some time in the past doing design work for developers... I'd like to get back into doing that to expel my creative energy. Something food education related would be great too... if I didn't already have lots of student loan debt I would probably go back to school to get a nutrition degree.

        I've been toying with the idea of starting up a food blog aimed at folks trying to lose weight or who are just "calorie aware" eaters. I also would want to give "cooking lessons" on the blog. There's a lot of folks who want to eat healthy but have no clue how, and they don't know how to cook either.

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        1. re: juliejulez

          I'd sign up for that blog. Lost almost 100 lbs few years ago and have managed to keep most of it off but still have 20 to go that I've been fighting for a year now.

            1. re: kevin

              So do I. I got laid off in July :)

              I'm now a contract manager at a real estate company... handle the contract from the time an offer comes in until it closes. Much more to do during the day than the last gig! Overall like the new job better, but on the more stressful days, I miss the old one where I got paid to watch Netflix.

          1. MaddysDaddy, you should, but consider a day or 2 here and there year 'round. it's easy to get volunteers on those big holidays, much harder to get folks making sack lunches driven around in a van on any old Wednesday for the ones who won't go near a shelter. contact a faith or community based organization in your area. many have small programs that need money more than a hand, but they'll accept anything and don't proselytize.

            it is an admirable sentiment but you can't carry the world on your shoulders alone (as nice an idea that is for us all).

            I've been looking into Meals on Wheels where I am in rural US, (I like food, I like driving, I like older and infirm people) but there's not many ops.

            1. On my fourth(?) career, and am now running my own personal chef business. Tons of variety, which is my choice. Some of my most gratifying work involves teaching and catering for community organizations. I oversee the (weekly, free) community meal program for a local church, as the only paid staff.
              My main motivations for opening the personal chef business: desire to be self-determined in my choice of clients and level of income (low-ish); ability to choose variety of stability; low overhead; can choose my own hours of work, which is different than working in restaurants; age-related desire for somewhat less physically demanding work. I particularly love being supported in a desire to provide really good and healthy food for people who otherwise don't have access. The community conference catering is pretty uplifting; especially when they want locally-sourced supplies.
              I find that most private dinner party and catering clients are super appreciative, but some are merely full of unexpressed expectation and a sense of entitlement.