If You Do Magic for a Solid Year Asking to Be Joan Holloway. . .

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joanie I keep hesitating about writing this post for some reason, maybe because this is what makes it real for me more than anything.  It’s been an . . .interesting new year so far.  Many couples have decided to break up, some really unexpectedly.  It’s a pile of relationship corpses, which makes Jow nervous, since almost all of them were hetero and initiated by the woman in the relationship.  Everything is good with us, but I’m not going to complain about the extra attention.

I have decided to accept a new position as an administrative professional for a few reasons:

* I’ve known the people in this particular firm for about half my life

* It would be less hours, except for tax season

* Tax season happens during the slow craft season

* Healthcare insurance is important as is a 401K

* It will be less hours (except during tax season) with two extra hours of free time a day for me

* Two weeks paid vacation plus all tax season overtime becomes comp time

* It will be easier on my body

* I won’t have to dress in “corporate drag” now that I’ve figured out my own sense of style as it is workplace appropriate.  I can keep my nose piercing.

* I can finally really travel again.  Jow and I booked a trip to Cancun already.

* I will have more time to write and more time to craft and attend shows

* If you do magic for a solid year asking to be Joan Holloway, don’t be surprised when you are made into Joan Holloway.

Deborah Castellano
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Deborah Castellano's book Glamour Magic: The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want is available for pre-order.

She is a frequent contributor to Occult/Pagan sources such as the Llewellyn almanacs, Witchvox, PaganSquare and Witches & Pagans magazine.  She writes about Charms, Hexes, Weeknight Dinner Recipes, Glamoury and Unsolicited Opinions on Morals and Magic here at Charmed, I'm Sure.

Deborah's book, The Arte of Glamour is available for purchase on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

Her craft shop, The Mermaid & The Crow specializes in goddess & god vigil candles, hand blended ritual oils, airy hand dyed scarves, handspun yarn and other goodies.

In a previous life, Deborah founded the first Neo-Victorian/Steampunk convention, SalonCon which received rave reviews from con-goers and interviews from the New York Times and MTV.

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jow and their two cats. She has a terrible reality television habit she can't shake and likes St. Germain liquor, record players and typewriters.  

Deborah is a social media dork and can be found wasting far too much time on TwitterFacebookG+Instagram and Tumblr.

2 Responses

  1. This sounds like a good plan for all the reasons you mentioned. Shorter working hours + health insurance + actual paid vacation and a 401K sound… utterly amazing, to be honest. (I’ve got the health care covered, but otherwise…?) That it dovetails so nicely with your crafting work is just fantastic.
    And, y’know. YAY for not needing to go the route of Corporate Drag. <3
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  2. Congratulations on the new job! Best of luck!

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