I Am…

A Collection of Life Experiences 

  • A Caterer

Most of us live out our lives without our story being told. Come along for the ride as I navigate the world as a single older female, living paycheck to paycheck in a small apartment.  My goal is to create, what for now will be a third stream of income.  I opted for early Social Security and I work 30 hours a week in accounting. I am looking at what my income will be like at 70, 75 and beyond – meaning SS and something that I create on my own.

So many chapters and I’m sure there are more in store for me. I am, at this writing, a 63-year-old single female, living alone.  I want to connect with people like me – older and living paycheck to paycheck.  I have recently signed up for social security, taken on a new part-time job and am dreaming up ideas for a third stream of income.  I’ll rely on my business and seamstress (sewist?) experiences. I have always loved the business world and will always be dreaming up products to sell.

I’ve owned a coffee shop/restaurant and a tea shop.  I have many tried and true recipes from my years of catering. I want to share them.

I’ve made many bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses and also altered over 2,000 military dress uniforms.  I’ve been sewing my entire life, which has led me to developing a line of patterns that focus on the plus-size market and I’ll sell them here.  You’ll watch my process, my mistakes and frustrations and you’ll also see my tenacity!

I’m new to blogging.  It seems daunting.  I won’t be your typical blogger. I want to connect with people like me.  I’m drafting patterns in a program called PatterMaker, which is a CAD (computer aided drafting) program. The learning curve was steep.  I bring the graded (making the same pattern in different sizes) patterns into Adobe Illustrator so I can turn them into downloadable PDF documents.  Major learning curve there, too.  Of course, there’s learning WordPress for the very blog itself!

I’ve been waiting to be “ready”.   

You know how that goes.

On my blog, I will recount my experiences with many jobs and life situations that may be humorous, sad or inspiring.

Living courageously can be daunting, but also a beautiful thing. It can create stories, that’s for sure. Sometimes bad choices simply make good stories!

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