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This might seem a little off topic of my usual posts but I wanted to see what you thought about this question, and because one of you is probably an expert on this topic and can answer my question definitively. Heres the scenario: My wife is a full-time graphic artist for a company. She is a regular employee (receives a W2) and typically works a standard 40 hour week. She also is able to work from home full-time. She may go into her office one a month for a short meeting, but most months she never leaves the living room. From the beginning, we have felt that her company is taking advantage of her because she has worked more than 40 hours every week and has received no overtime or compensatory pay or time off for the extra hours worked. She has also not been given a sick day policy so it has always been a very vague question of whether she would be able to actually take a paid sick day from her work. And her boss puts insane pressure on her to not take a sick day “because she works from home”. While this is true and she does work in her pajamas, sometimes you just have to take a day off because you are sick.

So that is the scenario. I am really hoping someone has some expertise they can lend to our situation because all the information we can find is very confusing. We have checked out the Department of Labor’s website: http://www.dol.gov/ and they seem to be fairly clear about sick days. The company is not required to pay for sick days, but they are required to give up to 10 weeks off in unpaid time under FMLA. But they are very vague on whether or not an employee can be considered Exempt or Non-Exempt from overtime compensation.

I would love to hear your feedback!

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Ascending to your goals

What are some goals that you have in life? Getting a job that pays six figures? Getting married and having 4 kids? Little house with a white picket fence? Retire at 50? 40? 30?

When I was growing up I always had my head in the clouds (to be fair I still do today). I have always had a very vivid imagination and my daydreaming could be sparked at the slightest provocation. I would dream about where I saw my life when I grew up, what I would do for a career, what kind of car I would drive, what sort of house I would live in. My mom would catch me sitting around staring off into space a lot and always stop me to ask what dream I had this time. I would usually gush about my latest fascination and then she would always bring me back to reality by my most dreaded question “So how are you going to reach that?” With that one simple phrase she would burst my imagination bubble and bring me back to reality. While that little question is a stellar piece of parenting, growing up I came to loathe the question. It took a long time for me to see that she was actually right.

I could dream all day about the life I wanted, but unless I put an action plan together it would never actually happen.

This realization is one of the reason I started this blog. I know that I need to get my butt in gear and do something, if I want to reach my goals. I’ve stated before, my goal is freedom from the 9-5 career. Freedom to spend my time with my family and my true passions.

What are your goals? What is your priority No. 1? What would you do with your 8 hours per day if you were not stuck behind a desk? Do you have a clear vision in your mind? Great! Use that as motivation.

Now, let’s get out there and gain our freedom!

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Ascent to Freedom

Freedom can mean different things to different people. Some people may think of Mel Gibson in Braveheart fighting in defiance of tyranny.

You may think back to the Civil War in America and the freedom that was won on those hallowed grounds. You may think of freedom as kicking an addiction or not having your children for the weekend. But if you are like me, freedom means not having to work for “the man”.

Freedom to me is being your own boss, calling the shots, having a direct impact on the income you bring in. Freedom is setting your own schedule, being able to spend the time with my family that they deserve, rather than the few hours in the morning, evening, and weekends that I am able to give them. Freedom means providing for my family financially, as well as physically, emotionally and spiritually without the constraints of a 9-5 job.

That is what I am ascending to.

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