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diary of a makeup artist #36 -i had a life...

Once upon a time I had a life.  I had time with the kids, a husband who lived in the same state as I did, lunches with girlfriends, community events to attend and something to blog about. Aside from unpredictable income, those were days of unappreciated comfort and enjoyment.  Then the big bad economy kicked in and threatened "my so called life".  (love that show)
It wasn't a sudden attack, it was a calculated effort to disrupt that which was being taken for granted.

The husband was first..  No longer were there job opportunities for recent college graduates in the State of Nevada.  The big bad economy sent him to California to work.

The B.B.E. struck again.  The kids were sad, the grades were rocked but we plowed through and adjusted to our mere 3 days a week of "Family Cram".  Daddy time became precious as did Marriage time.  Any idea how hard it is to make it ALL work in just 3 days a week.

Slowly but surely the B.B.E.'s arsenic attack took its toll on the makeup scene.  I was finding myself doing gigs I'd turn my nose up to a few months prior.  I was working with brides, a gig I'd abandoned years ago.  I was working for hourly and look rates again to supplement my phone ringing decline.

Then the B.B.E. sent some financial relief our way in the form of leaving my life behind.  Yes the money is good, but gone is my time with the kids, gone are our 3 days of Fam Cram and gone are all the little gigs.  I find myself sitting in cafe's, airports, hotel rooms and bookstores moments at a time with out time to blog.  I'm traveling more than I have in my entire life, more than I wanted to in my youth before marriage and children.  While I am thankful for income, I still miss my life...

Thanks Big Bad Economy for making me appreciate what once was...  NOW GIVE IT BACK!!



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9 comments:

Vanessa said...

The economy toppled our way of life too. Hubby has been out of work for two years after being layed off. Relocating for him or both of us is not an option due to the lack of savings we once had. He has been going to college for a few years to upgrade his skills and I am trying to hold down the fort with my freelance business. It stinks but hopefully it will start to look up for everyone who has been affected. Keep your chin up and know you are not alone. We are all with you in the struggle one way or another. Vanessa :)

Marcie said...

The "BBE" has definately added a layer of anxiety to my life. Ryan and I were just talking about how it has forced us into a more simplified lifestyle. We definately have had to get back to basics. I'm OK with that-but I could do without the anxiety. I really has made me appreciate the simple blessings and mercies in my life. Hang in there and know that God is watching out for you, your husband and your kids.

Bren's Life said...

I don't know if Mike heard. Scott's son Shea died last Friday. I thought of Mike yesterday wondering if he heard.. I know Scott would love to hear from mike.

Jessica B said...

Rotten BBE. It definitely is good at the "calculated effort" thing. We were just discussing a few different options for our family and it ain't pretty. Like Vanessa said, it is slightly helpful to know we're not alone. But it still stinks. Good to see a blog post from you. Chris knew I was reading your blog just by hearing the music. "It sounds like Mary's music" he says.

Carrie said...

I hope something works out for you so your family can spend more time as a family! All that traveling has to be insanely hard.

Janiece said...

...and this too shall pass...
Love that thought.
Lack of family time and marriage tine is so hard.
Hang in there my dear friend.
This to Shall Pass.

Loved seeing your post!

Janiece said...

Thank you so much for stopping by ... I miss you along with ... I am sure a lot of other special people miss their mom and wife...oh yes and blogging friends.

Love ya

Lene said...

It's amazing what the BBE has resulted in. I am glad you got a moment to sneak in a post...we miss you too.

MiMi said...

This makes me sad. I really have nothing to add to your comments, they already covered it all. :( I hope you can choke the BBE for us all soon.