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Some people say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I once believed this, but I don’t anymore. You can love your career, and it can still be work. It’s okay to admit that. Here are two reasons why:

 Weekends and vacations are better when you’ve earned them. I love weekends and vacations. One of the reasons is because I earn them! If I laid around eating bonbons, I doubt my trips to the beach or Saturday nights out would be as enjoyable. I do check email while gone, but since admitting that work is work, I’ve been better about setting boundaries to truly enjoy my time not working.

 If it’s not work, how could you be in a work slump. When I don’t jump out of bed excited for the day, I feel guilty. “What’s wrong with me?” I think. “I have the best job ever!” A fastcompany.com article by Stephanie Vozza explains: “Even people who like their jobs can get into a work slump due to a naturally occurring phenomenon called ‘hedonic adaptation,’ says Tim Bono, lecturer in psychological and brain sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. ‘We get used to things — even wonderful things — that at one time were sources of immense pleasure and joy,’ he says. ‘Someone who loves chocolate will grow tired of eating it … if chocolate is the only thing they have to eat every single day.’” Luckily, there’s a cure to the slump — the first step being admitting that what you do is work. The fastcompany.com article also suggests finding work that matters most to you and doing that and focusing on what’s going well.

 Your career is not the only thing you can love and still call work — think parenting (in my case pet parenting) and marriage. I’m married to a morning person. He wakes up before the alarm and blasts music. Some people say the key to a successful marriage is choosing to be married every day. Thanks to Matt’s early bird ways, I consciously think about this every.single.day. — all before 6 a.m. I use that same logic when it comes to my career. I choose my career every.single.day. In fact, if it wasn’t for Matt, I’d say it’s the reason I get out of bed in the morning.

 What do you love that takes hard work? Email me ecaswell@mihomepaper.com to share.

Emily Caswell is the Brand Manager for VIEW Group, the branding division of View Newspaper Group. A graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School, she lives in downtown Fenton with her husband Matt and their rescue pup, Yeti.

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