Riding the Dragon: 5 Imaginary Lives

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. Bellydance/Burlesque Dancer (or instructor.) It’s still something I want to do, although lately it’s hard to fit into my schedule and budget.
2. Travel writer/ food writer – I love to travel. Love it. Way back in the day, I considered becoming a travel agent when that was still relevant. Sometimes I wish I had decided to put off that first year of college to take such a job. Especially since college was a constant hand-to-mouth strain and I never could get together the cash needed to study abroad.
3. Tarot reader. I did this back in college to boost my two-three jobs and to meet interesting people. I’d love to do it again, but most of the shops that host psychics have pretty opaque “reader signup” policies and I’m not one of those “knows somebody for 25 years” people. It’s the big disadvantage of moving to Minneapolis after I completed (gave up?) on college.
4. Intercultural advisor. It was hella stressful, but I loved my job at MSU, and I was good at it. I’d love to do it inside or outside an academic environment.
5. Comic book writer. I helped a boyfriend from long ago edit his comic books, and I would love to give my hand at writing the storyline for one.

There’s more, but I can stop here.