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  1. Margo on January 12, 2010 at 9:25 am

    That is one of the main reasons I donot quit my day job Diane…the security of a paycheck and the benefits of health ins, vacation pay (I have 5 weeks this year!), sick pay and all the other perks…and I love the people I work with…as much as I’d love to work full time from home with my art career, the benefits of my job outway the dream…so I compromise and work 40 hrs per week at the office and all other free time in my art studio…Diane, you are living your dream and if it’s lonely sometimes its certainly worth it…you have John and pups…and you can always drive over to Starbucks to work…when I work in my studio I love the solitude…and I peek my head out sometimes to give Gary and Kramer a big hug.

  2. Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I think you have the best of both worlds, Margo. (5 weeks vacation! When you’re self-employed, you can kiss vacations goodbye…)

  3. Margo on January 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Diane, when I’m on vacation from the office I’m usually spending it at home doing my ‘art’ job so its not really a vacation away from home…but, I love being on vacation at home in my art studio (even tho I’m really working)…its a form of self employment and I love the freedom of it. (-O:

  4. Denise on January 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I envy you! You have the perfect mate. I think what I’d love the most is never having to dress up or wear makeup. Lol!

  5. Diane Chamberlain on January 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Denise, I love not having to dress up. I am not a dress up kind of gal. “Dressy” to me means my best jeans.

  6. brenda on January 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Diane-I think you have the best of both worlds too…you seem so content…I miss the days of staying home and raising the children…I don’t miss the days of owning the Hallmark Store and working 365 days a year before we could afford to hire others to help…my husband hired 5 women to replace ME when we divorced…I miss the 8 years of being single, going to college, and being so poor I was not sure what I would eat…I really do-the days were simple…I am again single, and I am also content…however, my job is stressful (though rewarding)…As teachers, we have two months off in the summer-not paid-in fact we are one of the few professions that receives no paid vacation…I still love it…although I am nearing the end of my “short” career. I have discovered that one does not need “a lot” of material possessions to be happy-it is having time that matters. Can’t wait to hear about your WIP…I am eagerly waiting-and trying (not so well) to be patient.

  7. Margo on January 13, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Brenda, you are so right…the most important thing to me in my career(s) is having ‘time’ and ‘freedom’…and like you, I can’t wait to hear about Diane’s WIP for THE MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION!!…(hint, hint Diane!!)

  8. Diane Chamberlain on January 13, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I’ll blog soon about my work on The Midwife’s Confession, though it seems so strange to blog about a book that won’t be out for over a year. Yet that’s what’s consuming my mind and days right now.

    I agree about not needing a lot of material possessions. . . except a condo on the beach. Ha!

  9. brenda on January 13, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    A condo at the beach is a must…it is for stress relief…I do not think that is a luxury…

  10. Diane Chamberlain on January 14, 2010 at 12:09 am

    You are kind, Brenda.

  11. Margo on January 14, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I agree Diane and Brenda…a beach house/condo for stress relief…a reward to renew self.

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