Friday, November 14, 2008

Deviancy 101--Putting it all Together

For the past three weeks I've been writing about the basics of "domestically deviant" living--at least what they have been for me over the past 10 months.  And in my writing, I've noticed that three main themes have surfaced.  Call them the Pillars of Deviancy.  They are:

1.  Departing from the well-beaten path requires courage.  Finding your passion and then pursuing it is not always the easiest thing to do.  I mean, if it were, we'd all be doing it and having a great time and making lots of money!  The truth is that there are financial sacrifices at times, as well as obstacles (both personal and cultural) to overcome.  But the rewards are...well...rewarding.

2.  Grassroots jobs are worth the investment.  Flexible, often home-based, these occupations are good outlets for creativity, they can generate wealth, and they support the community.

3.  Don't Deviate Alone.  Wandering away from convention can be lonely sometimes, but friends, neighbors and family are the lifeline for deviant living.  Furthermore, a lifestyle that doesn't seek to help those in need is not one worth living.

Putting it all together:
Next week I'll be starting a new series called Handmade Holidays.  We'll talk about crafty projects and ooh and aah over handmade gifts.  It will be good-old-fashioned holiday fun.  But behind all of that you'll see the three main themes above weaved into every post.  You'll read about women who are currently nurturing their grassroots jobs, and about "craftivism" projects that you can host at home to help those in need.  We'll chatter about finance and budgeting and the value of investing in other women's passions.

And I hope that it will be a great way to make friends and create special handmade gifts, and showcase the talents of others.  But I also hope that you will get to see Deviancy 101 in action in the lives of women, and perhaps be inspired to deviate a bit yourself.

Missed previous Deviancy 101 posts?  Catch up with these:

Don't go too far!  Check back in tomorrow to read another Saturday Sussie!

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