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About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

Work=Part of Life

I use Bloglovin’ to follow all the blogs that I’m interested in. That way I don’t miss any posts. Once in awhile Bloglovin’ emails me a list of new blogs I might enjoy. Very rarely do I click on any – they just don’t grab me. Today was different. The post was entitled Six Signs You’re Doing What You Love. It was a very short post, but said a lot using very few words. It intrigued me because I’m all about being happy and living your passion and I enjoy other peoples’ perspectives on that. All six signs described quite succinctly how I’ve lived my life through 35 years of teaching, and now in retirement, but one summed it up exactly:

“Work = part of life
You don’t have to put in time at work and then escape to ‘the real life’ to be happy. You enjoy life and work. You feel alive and joyful not just at home but also at your desk. When you love your work, it’s a part of your life.”

Somehow that statement made me feel settled. I always thought I was a little bit weird when I wanted to go back to my classroom in mid July after a brief rest. There were summers I was so frustrated because I couldn’t get into my room due to floor maintenance or construction. (One summer I actually entered and left through the window because the hallways were closed.) A bit extreme, I know, but I just couldn’t contain the enthusiasm for getting started on a brand new school year. The ideas were flowing and I was bursting to make them happen. Though a teacher’s job is mentally taxing, and rest was needed, I always approached every first day and everyday back from vacations with a renewed passion. I always knew I couldn’t just not teach.

Now that I’ve found my perfect retirement job, the feeling still remains. Last weekend I had three consecutive days off since I started 8 months ago. It was nice. In fact, I think I appreciated that Monday off even more, but come Tuesday I couldn’t wait to get back in the clubs and be with my members. When I commented to my boss the previous Friday about having three days off in a row, he said to enjoy it – while looking at me a little perplexed. Who complains about time off? (I’m still somewhat of an enigma to him.) He thought he was doing a good thing – and he was – as a boss. He had started paying attention to how many people were working 20 plus days in row without a day off. (I have to say they are great people to work for – they really care about the health message they stand for and extend that to their employees.)

After reading the post I found this morning, I suddenly understand myself a little better. It’s not a bad thing to like to “work”. In fact, it’s a good thing. I love the part about not having to escape to the “real life” to be happy. I live my real life all day, everyday. A day off or a vacation is not a “break” from “work”. It walks hand in hand with it. Time off and work are the pieces of me that make my existence happy and passionate.

And so, as another day goes by, I often tell people I was a teacher for 35 years, but I never worked a day in my life. The same holds true now, working for Koko FitClub, and…I have written.
*Kudos to Yara Michels and her blog Chapter Friday, of which I’m now a faithful follower.

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