What Do You Do? | Karen Paperno

February 6, 2015 8:51 PM

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Chop wood, carry water. Now that I have left the city behind and headed for the mountains, have I, like the Buddha found enlightenment in my life? I am no longer burdened by the 24/7 vice grip of owning my own business, as I wrote about here, when I was still in the throes of it. Years of working alone without respite left me feeling self pitying, depressed, and at a loss to explain who I was when the retail mask was down. At least I had a title and a job, which was all that mattered. I had never judged anyone else by their job, why did I feel so judged for failing at mine after 18 years?

As I discovered, I wasn't being judged by others. We are our own worst enemies, and I found so much encouragement and inspiration from those who supported me last winter, that I felt positively inspired to buckle down and turn my business around. Ultimately, my efforts weren't enough, and after goin...

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