Riding the Dragon: 10 Reasons My Job is Important to me

This is part of my work in the Julia Cameron Artist’s Way series. The work this time is from the book the Artist’s Way at Work: Riding the Dragon. The responses are self-examinations and assessments based on work through a daily series of exercises. While I do keep some material offline as it can be very personal and jarring, I often opt to be fairly open about my experiences, both positive and negative.

  1. I’m actually passionate about having better clothing choices. I don’t think about it all the time, but then I find myself getting completely worked up about the truly crappy attitudes towards fat people and I want to challenge them all by visually defying expectation.
  2. I remember all the times I’ve had no choices available in what I could wear, and was forced to submit to whatever my mother sewed for me, which was exclusively appropriate to her and completely inappropriate for someone my age. My job as a plus-size fashion blogger heals that experience of social isolation and visual contempt.
  3. My blog makes a difference to people. I assumed it would be ignored, just one of those things from a random ranter. But I’ve had people going out of their way to tell me how much it matters to them, and it’s a lot. This makes me even more determined to stay true to my own voice within that blog.
  4. I really do have fun doing it.
  5. It has brought me opportunities, outfits and travel that I never expected.
  6. It gives me a valid reason to interact with interesting people.
  7. It gives me a valid reason to play with photography.
  8. It gives me a valid reason to flip through fashion magazines.
  9. I see so much potential, and use, just in organizing the data already out there and making it easy to use and find. I love to organize things so they’re fast and easy to handle; it appeals to my inner aesthetic.
  10. It adds value to my status as an unapologetic clothes horse. I am a smart woman of depth who happens to love and own a lot of clothing.


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