I read a lot about her life in those between years and she was busy as if employed full time with countless charities and boards she served on - all noble and necessary causes. They just weren't income-driven positions to fill. Once i learned that I couldn't fault her anymore. She did work her ass off - she just didn't bring home a paycheck. Which is something the average American does NOT do.
Compare Ann her to my mother in law (and grandmother in law - and others on my husband's side of the family) - they were wealthy enough not to be gainfully employed (in high-dollar California) . . . and they were nothing but greedy, snide, drug addicted rednecks in a nice house.
Palin started out great, honestly (in the beginning of her political career). Motivated, solid, strong, admired, supported, driven. I think she slipped downhill. In all honesty - looking into her developing political career, she became more concerned about herself, cocky, and just lost her mission (if she had one). She fell apart - and putting her in the national spotlight just made it that much worse. . .hence = we saw her train wreck.