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Balance is Health.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I have a co-worker, who’s worked for the company for at least 20 years. Today, she took her second vacation in 20 years. Other than a day here or there for appointments, or a day or two that she was required to take off because she accumulated too much vacation time, she has not taken a real vacation in nearly 20 years. She’s not the only one. I have met many people who let years lapse before they take any time for themselves.

This is on the heels of several articles about how Americans just aren’t taking their vacations, either for fear of losing their jobs or because they don’t have the money to do anything spectacular.

Another issue is that we work so much we never take the time to develop hobbies or interests, so when we do take that time off, we have nothing to do.

But it’s sad when you think about it. This is life, right now, in this moment. Work’s important, but so is life. Why aren’t we enjoying it?

It reminds me again of the story of the man who retired, and was excitedly telling everyone at his retirement party about all his big plans now that he was retired and had the time to do things. He died later that evening.

Along with our unhealthy eating and exercising we have an unhealthy life/work balance.

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MCFITZ2 4/15/2014 6:42PM

    emoticon I love retirement. Big $$ adjustment \/ But things are in balance finally.
I agree we should start sooner.

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Yet another benefit of no TV

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I woke up this morning, stumbled into the living room, and thought, "Why am I up?"

I'm going to the gym tonight, it's cold, I'm tired, and I have almost three hours before I need to leave for work; why in the heck am I up?

Because in the past I would mindlessly stumble out here and watch TV until it was time to get ready; and usually I'd end up running late because I would veg and watch TV for too long.

So I turned around, went back to my nice, warm, snugly bed for another two hours. I then took my shower, made myself scrambled eggs, and I was still at work 15 minutes early.

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LOSE4LIFE47 4/15/2014 12:00PM

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/15/2014 11:49AM

    Love the adorable kitten photo! And I also love all the wonderful benefits of no TV that you are experiencing! Way to go!

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Day 3 without TV

Monday, April 14, 2014

Three days without TV. I have completely cleaned an organized the kitchen, bathroom, and living room. I have made a huge dent in purging junk from my room. I’m reading more, doing more craft projects. I even found several websites that have radio programs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s, which I can listen to while I’m doing other things. I feel so much more productive.

Having a leaky ceiling that fried my TV is awesome. It’s broken the spell.

My roommate on the other hand, does not see it that way. She has spent the entire weekend, at least a full 24-30 hours (of the last 60) watching youtube videos. She has also been complaining about there being no TV. As she left today, after having watched about 6 hours of youtube movies, she said, “Good bye TV, I miss you.”

I think eventually she will start finding other things to do.

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/14/2014 5:55PM

    TV is a huge time zapper. So glad you have had such a wonderful experience with this!

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My TV was murdered.

Monday, April 14, 2014

My TV is dead; murdered thanks to the leaky ceiling which my rental company has “fixed” several times already. The water pooled on top of the entertainment center and then ran down the back and into my TV.

While it is annoying not having a TV, I have been incredibly productive. I did a weekend’s worth of chores on Saturday morning, including getting my hair cut. Today, I did spring cleaning in the kitchen and bathroom.

I found ten empty glass jars under my kitchen sink. I have no idea who put them there or when. They were various spaghetti, salsa, and jam jars and they had been cleaned and stacked in the very back, under the sink. Crazy.

Also, since I have to stay home and wait for the roofer tomorrow, I’ll keep up the mojo and clean out the living room and my bedroom. I don’t even think God knows what’s crammed in the back of my closet.

I’m getting so much done I may just forgo getting a new TV. I’ll become one of those super obnoxious people who says, “No, I don’t own a TV”.

My roommate on the other hand, spent the entire weekend on the couch watching Youtube videos and complaining about there being no TV. Not that she really pays attention when the TV is on. She will spend 45 minutes with her earbuds in, watching something on Youtube, then look up and ask me, "So what just happened?"

So this will be a good thing for the both of us.

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ARUNNINGKAT 4/14/2014 1:58PM

    Love it! You have turned this inconvenience into something so very positive! It always feels good to declutter!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Yeah, they're right. That's why I eat apples and cheese sticks and love myself. emoticon

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KITT52 4/11/2014 4:35PM

    but I love's so fresh and are good too

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