I do not lament my profession. I am very proud of the work I do. Like so many artists, I have a longing to express myself. Who doesn't, really? We are in many ways all the same. The only difference is that I found the time and ambition to write a novel. The life experiences we gain from working and living are the reservoir of knowledge we use to create our stories.
Someday I may be able to feed myself with my writing. For now, I am content to put my hands to work making other people's homes a little more beautiful.