I too have avoided the management path and am much happier for it…I would like the money but not the politics/stress/towing the line that go with it. I love my job and feel my talents are better used in doing what I enjoy. I balance my work/life by having a “craft room” at home that I can get away from it all and do things with my hands (which is totally unlike my job). I knit, crochet, make jewelry, paper craft and sew. It’s so wonderfully creative and relaxing and something I don’t have to “think” about like my job. Not being an “outdoor” person and having problems with sun exposure (due to migraines and meds) I have found ways to make a wonderful relaxing niche for myself in my home.
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