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10/21/16 6:34 P

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lol Heather, I was going to ask you the same thing...

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10/21/16 9:42 A

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Gor - Good luck with making the next decision - definitely take your time.

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10/21/16 8:20 A

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Jon, you nailed it.

Can I come work for you?........it's not THAT long of a commute to Long Island...... :)

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10/20/16 7:00 P

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Hi gang! Lots here.

Heather - I think it's the start-up mentality you're running in to. You're coming from a much less frantic mentality.


"Have times changed so much that we expect management to dedicate their lives to their employment at the expense of everything else in their lives?" No, I don't think so, I had one where I was told (30 years ago) If you love your family you'll do this" which would have been being away from them for several months, no promotion, no raise, no bonus.

Carol, it varies die to the work load.Some weeks you kill yourself, some days (as you pointed out) one disappears for a while. I know I've driven back roads with the top down for a while when on a mail run with the PO 1/4 mile away and no one said a word.

I'm with you Gor. I'm 64 and have been working since 9. You're in a pretty good position to step back and evaluate.

As far as a CPA startup, I believe Heather is the sole breadwinner with a charming young lady due for some serious decisions over the next few years. That's a very tough startup. I had thoughts along those lines long ago but I realized I never wanted to be Captain to my own ship but always wanted to be the best damn XO in the fleet.

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10/20/16 3:03 P

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Hi, I'm catching up and I must say I got sick of all that you mentioned and haven't been around here much because I quit my job just for the reasons you said and I've been trying to figure out the next thing....we'll see. I'm almost there in my decision....

I've been working 23 years and I've burned out...not sure if it is the industry, or the changes in the industry, or the changes in corporate america...idk. I don't have any debt and I have savings to last me a few years of 'thinking' if I wanted....

one of the things I decided that I needed to do for myself this year is swim...and I just posted last week's swims and see that I am in striking distance of my swim goal for the year! I am so excited because it is the first time I even come close!



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10/20/16 2:22 P

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I don't think I know any execs that (only) work 8 hours. I know a number who are at work for ten, but take a two hour lunch, or disappear for stretches. I know a lot of others in different industries who work nine and ten and also many who work six days. Especially in the ag industry, which is more of an industry issue. I actually negotiated not working weekends or long hours. I told them I was in grad school and flipping a house and that didn't leave a lot of other hours.

Now with the implementation I am working a lot of hours, but I'm going to make that go back down very soon.

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10/20/16 9:22 A

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"Have times changed so much that we expect management to dedicate their lives to their employment at the expense of everything else in their lives?"

Yes. They have. But so has the culture of staying at the same job for 40 years until you retire. These days, workers of all kinds are disposable. It's a detriment to our collective life satisfaction and to our culture.

I am sure turning 50 has much to do with your feelings. You reach a certain time in your life when you get sick of working for someone else's benefit who doesn't truly care about you or your family.

I still think you should start your own CPA firm. emoticon

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10/20/16 8:33 A

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Good Morning!! I've been so caught up in trying to figure out this job that I didn't realize until late in the day yesterday that I hit the three month mark here. I really am up and down about this job. I'm going to do a little looking this weekend and see what might be around. There are a lot of good things about this job, location being the best. Hearing all of you talk about how salaried people are somehow expected to put in 50-60 hours a week wherever they are made me realize that maybe that is just part of the landscape now.

My dad was an engineer with a PhD. He worked for NASA sending things into space. He hardly ever worked extra hours, as I recall it. So, I know that's government, but still, he oversaw an entire division with thousands of employees. Maybe I just didn't realize he never took lunch and went in really early, but I'm sure he was home by 6 every day for dinner, and he had an hour commute. Have times changed so much that we expect management to dedicate their lives to their employment at the expense of everything else in their lives? I'm honestly curious what insights those of you with more and less experience in the work world think about this. Is it regional? Generational?

I am totally stuck with my weight loss as well. I should be posting on the challenge thread, but I'm so stuck with work in my head I'm feeling, well, stuck. I'm hoping this weekend, at home with no craft fairs and nothing coming up immediately, will allow me to let my brain relax and re-focus.

Did I mention I turn 50 in 10 days? Maybe that has something to do with my attitude? emoticon

I hope everyone else is doing well!!!

Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!

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