1. Beautiful post, like always, Faith.

    I loved this:
    “We were encouraged last night to start conversations with strangers about what they are interested in, “which is not necessarily achieved by asking ‘what do you do’ “. Even when you love your work it’s important to value your hobbies! ”

    I had been thinking about this lately, as I read that non-Americans are really off-put about Americans asking that as a way to introduce themselves. I have to agree…because honestly, I’d say, “I go to work at a job I dislike and has nothing to do with my career aspirations or interests” – which would just make me sound hateful 😉

  2. Meghan

    Fantastic! I hate telling people what I do for work (it’s not what I want to be doing and I am working on changing that). I would MUCH rather talk about my hobbies. And to be honest, for the most part, I don’t want to talk to someone about what they do for work either. Hobbies are much more interesting! When I am not at work I want nothing to do with it. It’s not the real me. I don’t even like wearing my work clothes when I am not on the job.

    Kudos for other people realizing that there is so much more to a person than their job!

  3. I am so pleased that “I am interested in” what “my work” involves. There are surely other things that “I am interested in”, and glad to talk about those also.

  4. Those peach-mozzarella-basil-figs skewers look AMAZING! I can almost taste the sweet/salty/herby combo right now…

    And I agree with the other commenters – how refreshing to talk about interests/hobbies and not just “jobs”… because we are so much more than our jobs.

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