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The sunrise was amazing this morning.  Add to it the sounds of 1940’s music echoing through my house and a cup of coffee and it was perfect.  I used to schedule all the minutes of my day, constantly worrying about everything and it took a massive smack upside the head by the Tick to make me slow down and realize the importance of doing nothing, just enjoying and breathing in the joys of life.  Sure, my job keeps me busy. So do the small herd of kids that seem to constantly want my attention.  But I have learned that if I am not at work, the cell phone is off. Even at lunch and coffee breaks.  I refuse to stress the little things anymore and have found so much more happiness and pleasure in everyday things.  A beautiful sunrise, snow falling on the mountain, a rabbit happily dining on my expensive sod, a good book or listening to my youngest daughter attempting to sing with the Jonas Brothers cd at the top of her lungs. I have always had a strange and abundant sense of humor but now I don’t try to hide it or pretend it isn’t there. My job has benefitted greatly by my setting parameters.  If someone asks me why I did not pick up the phone, I tell them that my time is valuable and if I am on a break, they will wait.  Instead of getting angry, most of my businesses seem to respect those parameters and make sure to just call back at another time.  Remember ladies, it is just a job, not your life.  Do it well, do it with integrity, but don’t let it run your life.  Remember that you are working for you, pay yourself first before any bills and take the time to reap the rewards.  All work and no play make Jill a stressed out, neurotic, bitter old woman!


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