You can do that for a living

Continuing my Thanksgiving theme for the month: today I am grateful you can do that for a living.  No, not write.  Paint miniatures.

Don’t get me wrong–my job is awesome.  I’m going to do all I can to keep it for as long as I can.  But I live with a constant reminder that I do not, in fact, have the most awesome job in the world.  Because my husband does.

For example, last week, he got paid a lot of money to paint this:


Earlier this year, he got paid to paint this:


And he regularly gets paid to paint things like this:


I just can’t compete with that.

It’s kind of a pain to explain to people what Drew does for a living, because it’s not a profession that’s on most people’s radars.  If I can get a person to even understand what it is that he does, I inevitably get the question, “You can do that for a living?”

My answer is always the same.  “It’s a surprise to us, too.”

But here we are.  I’m aware every day that the success of Drew’s business is the only reason that I can afford to continue writing.  It’s his business that’s paid our bills for the last two years.  We made some future financial goals at the end of 2009, including the amount of income we needed to be able to pull from each of our businesses in order to meet our life goals and justify continuing.  Drew’s business is overperforming.  And what’s just as important?  He loves it.  I love it.  It’s no end of fun, and gets less stressful as time goes on.

I’m grateful for that.