What’s in a Name?

Today our free weekly interviewed me for a story on bloggers. Don’t get excited. I live in a small city with two papers tasked with putting out stories every day. It’s pretty easy to get interviewed. I’ve even randomly been on the cover. Anyway, I got asked the question I hate: what’s your job?

Any variation on the job question makes me groan because I never quite what to say. My first response is that I am a stay at home mom. Which I am. But I also blog, write, and occasionally carve out some time for a social media job. I volunteer, start groups, work with my multiples group, and generally drive my husband crazy with everything I say yes to.

So, advice please: what do you call yourself when you do a little bit of everything?


  1. Busy. Lol. I understand the problem. I have a job and I still struggle with the question. First of all, I am an administrative assistant which sounds like I make copies. I manage a 1.7 million dollar budget, I schedule classrooms, I coordinate faculty searches and GTA hires… there are a million things that go into my job. Also, I don’t JUST do my day job… I am not sure what the solution is, but rest assured, you are not the only one who struggles with the question!

  2. I really don’t think it would be too pretentious if you just said, “Oh, I’m awesome for a living.” 😉

    Really, though, it seems you could refer to yourself as a freelancer who also enjoys volunteer work? I really don’t do too well with that question either!

    • I hate that question too. I am so happy and lucky to be staying home with my kids right now, but I always feel like I am being judged if I say stay at home mom. Like people will assume I sit around doing nothing all day, or that I didn’t go to college and hold a professional job for 13 years, like I have no brain (well, often I feel like I don’t). I hate that what you do seems to define who you are. I am a mom, a wife, an athlete, a reader, a volunteer, a chef, a housekeeper, a tutor, a friend, an aunt, a sister, a chauffeur, a traveler, and I used to be a pretty darn good Interior Designer for a Fortune 500 company. What’s it to you?

  3. This is a hard question for me too. My standard reply is, Mom, writer, MU staffer (the order in which the roles are important to me). I have a full plate like everyone else and juggle a lot of responsibilities. Like Erin said, I really don’t like that we are often defined by what we “do” instead of who we “are.


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