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Old 11-22-2012, 06:32 PM
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I grew up poor and had to work since I was 12 years old, did many things throughout the years while going to school, from babysitting, to tutoring, to being a waitress, a cosmetician, to working at the corner store/gas station, to modeling, to working in three different jewelry shops, working in clothing stores, many many jobs, just anything to try and help my mom and our situation. Then I studied Publication Design and Hypermedia Technology, then decided I need to follow my calling and work with people, so I studied Psychology. Then while in college, I worked at a well paying job at the #1 bank, loved what I was studying and where I was working, was looking forward to the future...then I got ill. While trying to get a proper diagnosis my illness got worse and worse quickly, I had to leave my work and start treatments aggressively. At the time hubby was having difficulties and was unemployed, so once my income was also gone he had to take whatever he could, just to take care of us. We were having a very hard time, living on almost nothing, and dealing with my disease. I decided that since I can not go to a normal job, I could at least try and work from home, on my own terms, so I took a Pet Grooming course and a Dog Training course, while doing some translating work from home as well. Once I got into grooming and training we started getting more and more into rescuing, it was inevitable, there was always an animal in need somewhere. Working for almost nothing, and then putting that money into rescuing was hard, I always made sure hubby was well fed, and I myself went hungry most days. It was silly perhaps, but I did not think so, my eyes were opened wider than ever to the animals in need and I just wanted to help. I gave rescuing my all, every penny. We took in abandoned, abused, neglected, dogs and cats, got them vetted, rehabbed, trained and eventually re-homed them in carefully screened homes. Rescuing does not pay, it actually takes away all you have and even puts you in debt, but that does not mean it's not a job, it is 24/7 work. I loved animals my entire life, always had a very strong connection with them, helping them when I myself had no control over my illness, was tremendously beneficial to not only them but to my mental and physical health. Right now I still rescue, I also do translating work from home for a travelling agency, and when my health allows I also groom and train people's dogs and cats. Hubby does not work a glamorous job either, but he works hard for us. We are both happy, we don't have much money but are both doing something we are passionate about and would never give up rescuing, we'd rather be poor but make a difference than stop making a difference and have more money. Perhaps some can have the best of both worlds, but to us it's not possible, because when we commit to rescuing we give it our all, which lives very little for the rest. I mean even when I was getting well paid at the bank, before getting ill, most of the money went towards helping people and animals in need, I just do not care for material things, and I don't mind going without, knowing someone is better off because of what I gave to them.
LS I really admire everything you have done whilst struggling with the disease you have. It really goes to show that life it what you make of it!
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:52 PM
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LS I really admire everything you have done whilst struggling with the disease you have. It really goes to show that life it what you make of it!

Lianne, I'm a strong believer in choices, we always have them, no matter what
we choose how we react to a situation, we can curl up and feel sorry for
ourselves or we can move forward despite obstacles. I've had a hard life as a
child and as a result suffered severe depression in silence, it took a lot to come
out of that whole, it's far from easy to fully recover, it takes work every single
day, but I can tell you one thing...it takes less energy to smile than to cry, and
it feels better helping others than feeling sorry for oneself. There is always a
reason to keep your head up and to move forward, no matter what.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:08 PM
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Lianne, I'm a strong believer in choices, we always have them, no matter what
we choose how we react to a situation, we can curl up and feel sorry for
ourselves or we can move forward despite obstacles. I've had a hard life as a
child and as a result suffered severe depression in silence, it took a lot to come
out of that whole, it's far from easy to fully recover, it takes work every single
day, but I can tell you one thing...it takes less energy to smile than to cry, and
it feels better helping others than feeling sorry for oneself. There is always a
reason to keep your head up and to move forward, no matter what.
If only more people were as positive as you LS - the world would be a better place!
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:17 PM
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That sounds like a creative job. I'm not very creative at all! How'd you land that? Is it something you went to school for?
Yeah it's really creative, a lot of the time it doesn't feel like work, it's just fun to let your imagination go wild creating branded destinations, content hubs, promotions etc. Sometimes it's challenging when your client wants the world for a $10k budget or your competitor decides they will give a 50% discount to win a pitch so you just have to concede but all in all I love it. Plus there are lots of lunches and parties and client entertainment events (I'm going to J.Lo and Cirque Du Soleil with clients in the next few weeks) which are always fun!

I got into the media industry through doing a Masters of Communications and getting a reference to a media agency from one of my lecturers. Once you're in the industry there are lots of opportunities to move from agency to client to publisher depending on what your interests and strengths are.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:08 AM
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My mom is an RN and ran a psychiatric facility for 10+ years. People think she's crazy but she loved it. Now she works in a hospice but she is looking to move and when she does she'll be looking for another job and a psych hospital. Good luck with the BSN! My mom just finished hers- she loved it but it was hard!


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I want to go to medschool to be a psychiatrist. I think I want to work in a hospital setting or in forensic psychiatry, kinda like what Clarice did in Silence of the lambs..haha.
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Old 11-23-2012, 01:10 AM
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I am a visiting nurse....being in a rural area I put a lot of Km's on my car in a day...I see an average of 5 - 10 clients in a day....but have had to see as many as 18 if another nurse calls in sick...I love my job, its not for everyone as you are working in other peoples homes...and for the most part,you have no back-up if something goes wrong, so it keeps us on our toes everyday !

Jan...Like you my husband drives 2 hours each way to work ( although you go an extra 1/2 hr ) ...he just plunks in his fav music and off he goes He works with brain injury clients in both private homes and group homes...
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:47 AM
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Kudos to everyone - especially the nurses! It takes especial person to do what you do!

Wow Jan, driving 2 1/2 hours every day! I am spoiled! I only go 4 mikes from my house! Hubby and I have our own business - yeah, we're together 24/7!! We started out as Minuteman Press 26 years ago. About 7 years ago we broke away from the franchise and went on our own. We have added embroidery, Chroma Crystals, laser engraving - we even make rubber stamps in our shop. We take the dogs to work with us every day. I feel a little bad because they just lie around most of the day, but we are all together! and when the weather and time permits, they go for walks and chase each other in the yard!
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Old 11-23-2012, 03:43 AM
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Cindy that sounds really nice, you get to be with hubby & the pups everyday, it's wonderful.
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