“What do you do?” It’s a question we all get. A lot.
When I worked a full-time-with-routine-paychecks-and-benefits job, I thought that answer was difficult enough.
Me: “I work in advertising.”
Them: “Oh! What commercials have you written?”
Me: “I’m not a copywriter. I’m a media planner. It’s my job to make sure you see the ads.”
One of two things would happen: they either looked confused; or they realized that I just told them I’m somehow responsible for interrupting their TV shows (and looked angry).
As awkward as I always found that conversation, at least my answer was always the same. Since going independent, I’ve noticed that my answer changes depending on who asks me.
To fellow moms, in the middle of a week day: “I stay at home with my kids.”
If they catch me on a call while taking my daughter to gymnastics, going to the grocery store, or my other mom-tasks I also add: “… and I do consulting.” or “I work from home. And I have kids.”
I have always prided myself in not bending to appease others’ perceptions of me, so have been a bit perplexed by how shady my answer has become. While all variations of the truth, I certainly wouldn’t call it “straightforward.”
Maybe I should just start answering, “I’m a juggler,” and be done with it.