Good morning from a cool sunny day here in Hastings.
Firstly I must apologise for not being around much. But there is a good reason. For the past 2 1/2 years, since splitting from my ex-husband, I have been living on an assisted living benefit. I suffer from long term chronic fatigue syndrome, which comes and goes. So it is hard for me to go back to my original career which was nursing. So it was a change of direction for where to go from here to actively work and earn a decent living. Age is definitely a factor too. Selling my knitwear at the market was never going to earn me a living. So for the past few years I have been toying with the idea of being a nail technician.
Why that, you may well ask?
Well it is an extension of my artwork. I have always loved nail polish and beautiful nails, but was never able to wear it for my nursing career. Now with all the nail art around, I thought it was a way for me to work, in miniture, so to speak, without it being too strenuous. My ex-husband wouldn’t let me do a course. But I got a lovely tax return and was able to afford to do a 5 day introductory course which was last week. I loved it.
I got a buzz out of making beautiful nails for those who despaired of having lovely long nails. When I was low with my condition, having nice nails always made me feel better. So, if I am not around much, it means I am working. Which is always good.
I have a long term plan. I want to be fully independent by the end of next year. I do not want to end up on a small pension, living in a small council flat with little money to live on. This career means I can continue doing it long after I am supposed to be on a pension.
So wish me luck. I already have some clients lined up next week, which is nice.
So onto Jennifer’s great challenge this week, which is all about distortion. While in Wellington last month I took a lot of photos of distorted reflections. I love the crazy patterns that the reflections make.
By the way, thank you for supporting my Monochrome of the Day images. They were all taken from a moving car on the day I went down to Fielding a few weeks ago.
Thanks for visiting.
One Word Photo Challenge: Distortion