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prompts 26, 27: my ideal career(s) / my most sacred object (Faery Tree)

sabr gave me these two prompts:

March 26: The eve of my most lucrative photography event of the year, the Red Barn Run. Tell me about what you would do for a career if you could do anything?
Anything... well my number one ideal would be to have someone subsidize my life as I went about offering what good I could offer to whoever needed it: relationship counseling, energy cleansing, photography, life coaching, card readings, art, crafty parties, cuddle sessions, intimacy practices (this, actually, I feel would be AMAZING to do five times a week with different groups, me just facilitating as they interacted and learned about each other). I think I would end up doing the world the most good this way. Second best would be to be in a lucrative job working in stats, so that I could donate to the organizations that I feel are making positive difference, and be able to help out friends in need, while working at a job that I like and am good at. Third would be working in research and/or being a professor at a college. I feel like that would be a high-stress job and I might get burnt out, but I could do significant good for a while I think.

March 27: This is Scarlette (my unicorn)'s purchase anniversary. She is the most sacred connection I have on this earth. Tell me about the most prized possession you have.
hm. That's hard to answer! pretty much everything in my sanctuary is deeply important to me. But if I strip it down to "save only one object" I think that would have to be the Tree I made:

I wanted to make a home for my tiny Faeries, so I found a perfect old print at a thrift store (I had originally intended to find a canvas that I would paint over entirely but this presented itself!), painted the matting to make it more blended with the actual print (this took several tries), and added two bits of vellum with meaningful phrases. I tore brown paper bags into strips, soaked them in gluey water, twisted and squished them into the shape of a tree, waited forever for it to dry, painted it over with glue to make it sturdy and shiny, and let it dry again, then glued it in place on the framed print. I cut up toilet paper rolls into crescents and painted them (twice), then glued them along the branches, and glued acrylic petals (which I had had for at least 14 years) on with tiny glass marbles in their center. All in all this project took the most time of any single art piece I've ever done. And it came out exactly as I wanted and made a perfect home for my Faeries. It's sacred to me because it was a labor of love for holding magic, it's full of materials that would have otherwise been thrown away, it's kind of a selfportrait, and of course because it is a tree with roots in water.

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belenen ══╣adoring╠══
(Anonymous) ══╣╠══
tree elder
belenen ══╣tree elder╠══
theindiequeen ══╣╠══
I love your tree as well!

And I think you would make a GREAT college professor! I am still on the fence about whether or not teaching college is for me. (Even though I actually have an interview to be an adjunct professor at a technical college tomorrow so I guess I better figure it out!)

But I look back on my educational experience (both in undergrad and in grad school), and I had so many *moments* where my mind was completely opened up to new ways of thinking new ideas, and new ways of seeing the world. And the idea of giving that back to other students is the main reason I would want to teach college. I think students would have many of those *moments* in a class taught by you!
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
thank you!

I think I'd make a great professor too but I really would not stand for the kind of politics I've heard people in academia talk about.
katzendame ══╣╠══
love it!
belenen ══╣eccentric╠══
suesniffsglue ══╣╠══
I love your tree! And that's the perfect Found Art to use as the canvas. What a special piece!
belenen ══╣artistic╠══
thank you! I agree, I love it <3
blimeyzawn1 ══╣╠══
I love this tree so freaking much. It's beautiful. Where did the fairies come from?
belenen ══╣eccentric╠══
thanks so much! The faeries came from several places -- I think I got one or two at a thrift store, I stole the first one from a friend as a child (I know right? wtf.), and most of them I got from ebay. I used to steal things as a child if I felt they weren't getting loved the way I would love them.
blimeyzawn1 ══╣╠══
Stealing is wrong, yes, but I completely relate to the impulse to steal things from friends when they're not getting loved. I was the same way, and as an adult, I still really struggle when people mistreat objects that seem to me to have some sor of animate consciousness.

So I'm glad you rescued them :-)
belenen ══╣gamine╠══
*giggles* I feel guilty in some ways but also not. I mean, I still have that faerie 25 years later, in the same condition, and it has the central spot in a work of art I made just for it (it's my favorite one). I checked to see if she cared about it first, at six years old. I dunno. I don't steal as an adult because it upsets other people and it's illegal, but not because I think it is inherently wrong. I very much feel that things should belong to those who will love them. I get really upset when people own instruments they never play or cameras they never use, etc.
cherany ══╣╠══
Wow, I love that! So creative and the tiny fairies are so cute!
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