Welcome to my Second Acts Series!
Today, we have Soul Mate author Angela Scavone chatting about her rewarding “day job” and creative “after-hours” passion.
Briefly describe your first act.
While I was in high school, during and after college I worked in a retail fabric store for ten years. I loved the creativity of the customers and their plans for the unmade fabric that they purchased. Some of the people I worked with became lifelong friends and there is always something interesting that happens when working in retail 🙂
What triggered the need for change?
An opportunity came up at a local school board to work in one of their head offices. I couldn’t pass it up! It was a great job that I knew I would learn a lot in so I had to move on.
Where are you now?
Now I still work for the same school board and I have learned so much working there. I am an Application Analyst which means I analyze new computer applications that will enhance student, staff and teacher needs. Once the new application is acquired I test it, implement it into over 160 schools and then train the administration, staff and teachers how to use it. It is a very rewarding job however in my off hours I write. I love my day job but writing is my passion. I have the best of both worlds, during the day I get to be an integral part of a school board community and at night I get to create worlds completely out of imagination 🙂
Do you have advice for anyone planning to pursue a second act?
Do it. Life is too short for regrets and what-ifs.
Any affirmations or quotations you wish to share?
There are a couple of quotes that get me through any part of my day 🙂
1. There are two rules in life: Don’t sweat the small stuff. Everything is small stuff.
2. Just keep swimming.
Air Force Captain Stephanie Tyler’s sole duty is to fly overseas to war torn areas of the world to retrieve and escort the bodies of fallen soldiers back home to the United States. It is a tough and emotional job but she is honored for the privilege. Her duty also helps her to escape her past and her failed marriage.
But those flights have become increasingly more dangerous and she is forced to have a partner accompany her. Much to Stephanie’s surprise and dismay, she is partnered up with her ex-husband, Captain Douglas ‘DA’ Aston.
From the moment DA enters the scene, he irritates her. It could have something to do with the fact he slept with her best friend while she and DA were married. As they go on several missions together, Stephanie is forced to be courteous and professional with DA even though the very sight of him irritates her beyond comprehension.
Then, Stephanie’s cheating, husband stealing, ex-best friend is killed in Afghanistan and Stephanie and DA must escort her body home. While executing this difficult duty, a myriad of conflicting emotions makes Stephanie ponder how short life really is . . . and to question her own ability to forgive.
Where to find Angela…
Angela, thanks for sharing your journey. I enjoyed reading and highly recommend A Journey Home. Good luck with all your creative endeavors.