Identity Crisis: What do you do?

I found this on Etsy: Lego Identity Crisis http://etsy.me/GUsPnq
When was the last time you were asked the question "What do you do?" Are you lucky enough to have an answer? I envy you, I really do. While I was in New Zealand I met a lot of new people, from assistants in shops, to the work colleagues of my family, to the host family of my niece. I cringe to think that I gave most people the incredibly ambiguous answer of "this and that". Some people were treated to the equally vague answer of "mainly just home with the kids". I divulged some extra details to a few people, admitting that I teach from home. Not once did I mention bags.

I don't know why I feel embarrassed to tell friends and new acquaintances about my actual work for Mee a Bee. I am very proud of what I have accomplished these past five years but somehow it doesn't seem legitimate since I am the only employee, I do everything myself, it's all handmade, I only promote online ... The list goes on. The problem is I don't have a concise and convincing Job Title. Within my online world I AM the owner of Mee a Bee, the head designer of all those cute bags. I am in my element, preaching to the choir as it were. I don't have to try and win you over, you're already here! And I thank you for that. In the 'real' world I lack the confidence to explain what I do. I am definitely selling myself short ( though there is nothing wrong but the noble vocation of child- rearing).

So if you had just met me, what would your impression be if I said I am a Children's Bag Designer?
Can you think of another way of explaining, in as few words as possible, what I do, with Mee a Bee? Thanks in advance for your comments, tips, views and ideas.

7 comments:

  1. Well, speaking about you to others I say; "she is an incredibly creative childrens' bag designer who makes the most wonderful things that are adored by children all over the world".

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  2. Thank you Cat! Your lovely sister said the same thing on my feedback page today xxx

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  3. I think you should use that title more often..'cos it really is what you do careerwise. It's not necessarily who you are, but it is what you do!

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  4. you are the owner and head designer of Mee A Bee, a company that makes beautiful children's bags.

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  5. I think, like jojoebi said, you just say "I own a company called Mee A Bee and we specialise in children's bags". You don't have to say you're the only employee or anything like that if you don't want to, I imagine most people won't inquire past that point and if they do you can choose to focus on other aspects of the business like advertising or running a business in Japan if you feel awkward about anything. Not that I think you should but I do understand a bit because I tend to minimise my crafting when it comes up in real life for some reason!

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  6. I LOVE that t-shirt and I'm gonna steal that link. "I'm a Children's Bag Designer" sounds cool. I know exactly what you are talking about, even with all the quals I still feel like a douchebag if I say "I'm an artist".

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