Saturday, January 15, 2011


You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. ~Robin Williams

The other day someone asked me what I did. Generally, when someone asks that question, you usually reply with what you do to generate income, right? Well, I could have numerous different answers. I make my income in several different ways, but I am so much more than that. I am more than a business owner or an employee. So I made a list. The I AM list.

A Christian, Period.
A Mother (of 2, which automatically adds titles including but not limited to: Chauffeur, Tutor, Secretary, Nurse, Advisor, Counselor, Warden, Coach, Maid, Cook, Event Planner, Bodyguard, Financial Advisor, Referee, Judge, Lawyer, Cheerleader)
A Significant Other (similar to that of Wife, without the paperwork and although I hate the title, it sounds better than girlfriend. When I say I'm his girlfriend, that seems so, I don't know, high school I suppose :))
An Ex-Wife (while minor children are involved, this title holds significance simply because it consumes portions of my week)
A Sister
A Daughter
A Friend
An Aunt
A Cousin
A Niece
A Business Owner
An Independent Employee
A Co-Organizer for NoCo Writer's Group
A Writer
A School Volunteer
A 4-H Leader
A Coach
(well, I was for two years at least, and not because of experience, but because of necessity)

And then I let out a big sigh because just reading the list exhausts me. Oh, but otherwise life would be boring!

So tell me, what hats do you wear? When someone asks you what do you do, how do you answer?


  1. You're a mad-hatter for sure, and one wonders when you have time to write!

    What I'm most proud of when someone asks me that question is being able to say I'm a playwright. That has to do with achievement.

    But my latest hat is the Grandfather hat, which is the most thrilling of them all so far. That has to do with the natural flow of things -- something I can't take credit for but get to enjoy.

    Each hat brings a new thrill when first worn.

    What I'm most excited about is the next hat. The one I haven't worn yet. And I don't know what it will be.

    Let it be bold and noticeable, like a sombrero.


  2. What a question, Lisa. Well, my list is a bit like yours, but I won't add all of it, but like Rick, I love the grandparent hat. I have two beautiful little grandkids. A four-year-old boy and a seventeen-month-old girl. They keep me on my toes. It's such a joy being a nanna. I love it.

    And now I can say published author. Yay! I like that hat too. But it comes with a lot of work with marketing and promotion.

    I was thrilled yesterday to be able to donate my two published children's books to our library. The manager thanked me. Hey, I thanked him.

  3. I have a similar list, but now my teen drives so I have taken off the chauffeur hat and added the uber mom praying for her safety hat.

    Thanks for following my blog.


  4. Yes, Rick, and the hats we wear that we can't take credit for are the most precious! Trish, I'm SOOOO very happy for you! You are truly an inspiration for me. And Christine, I can certainly wait for that time when I turn over the car keys. I have a few years yet! Whew!

  5. Thanks for the follow Lisa, it's no nice to meet you!

    My dream is to turn that writer hat into an author one.

  6. As is mine Matthew! Thank you, too, for the follow!

  7. the usual. I don't tell people I write anymore. But I feel ya with the hats. I'm in the same boat!

  8. Thanks Katie (CQG)! But one day, you'll tell everyone that you write (i.e. when that infamous call comes from the agent!!)

  9. I tell everyone I'm a graphic designer and writer,though my list is similar to yours. I have added another item in the last six months -parent caretaker. I find people are just sparking up polite conversation when they ask. Most times they don't really care what my answer is.

  10. I agree Peggy. Although I am not yet at the parent caretaker stage, it is one more hat. And I realize the question is usually asked in general, but I find myself not wanting to be defined in just a one word answer. Thanks for the comments!