I went to a friend's house for dinner a few nights ago. She is a very productive person: mom, volunteer extraordinaire, and wears many other titles (which I can't even begin to wonder why one person would need or want to have). After lots of conversation, I realized she was clearly at odds with how to ask me about how I was doing. But then, I realized it was a matter of she had no idea of how to ask what I was doing. "So how's....(awkward pause)...how's your sewing going?"
And my answer was: great. I am having the time of my life. No other explanation needed. For the first time, I felt like I didn't need to justify what I did or who I am. It's taken few years to adjust to being something different than my original career path. But it is just great being who I am right now: mom, wife and, most weeks, part time studio artist. I can't imagine being anything else.