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Jessica Turner is the author of Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter and Thrive, and blogs on The Mom Creative. Every day is a juggling act as she balances working full-time, making memories with her family, photographing the every day and trying to be...

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  1. When I decided to leave my job to stay home with my oldest son, I missed so many things about my working life, and at the top of the list was my wonderful network of co-worker friends. Twenty-five years later, there are still those I keep in touch with!

  2. Jessica,
    I work from home, so my co-worker is a floppy eared beagle lol. Sometimes taking time out to just sit with him and stroke his smooth fur is de-stressing and calming to the soul. I also work with a human Board of Directors and volunteers around the US and I find that everyone needs and thrives on a word of encouragement or having their good work called out in front of the group. Who doesn’t like a standing ovation…even if it’s an emoji ovation?
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  3. Jessica,

    I’ve had different work places & styles. At one clinic I worked they all celebrated my 50th birthday with balloons, cards & food. It was nice to be remembered. We also talked life between 5 of us. We ate lunch together & enjoyed being with each other. We have all left that place. Each month we try to get together for dinner & chit chat. Let’s catch up on life. Things have changed a lot over the years. One is going through breast cancer, one will graduate college next year, one has a challenging job & home life & work for a small business. We text & keep up with each other. In my current job there are 3 of us in the office. I often thank them for helping me with my job. Yes-it is important to develop good relations with some co-workers. After all you will spend a good amount of time with them.

    Blessings 🙂

  4. I work in a retail setting. I am not the oldest of my co-workers but there are a lot of younger men and women working with me. Not long ago one such young women was promoted to coordinator of the front line. She was very difficult to work with but one day I decided to do what ever I could to help her be successful. This meant treating with respect and offering to help her whenever I had the opportunity. We have developed a good working relationship and a friendship.

  5. I am the secretary/bookkeeper at our church. The lady that cleans the church has become one of my best friends. We share our lives with each other and pray and laugh together. When she leaves to go home I always thank her for what she has done. She is a blessing to our church an me personally and I don’t want to take for granted how important her job is.

  6. I relate to this very much. I built long time friendships with some coworkers, some over 30 years together. We saw marriages, babies, divorces, and even deaths. Struggled with aging parents and shared our hopes and dreams as well as miseries together. Some left and came back to work as if they never left, some left to go on to something better. As each one left, whether to go to a better job, raise children or retire we have tried to stay in contact as much as possible, get together several times a year when we can. It’s not easy when everyone has busy lives of their own so each get together has a different combination of friends. It was my turn to leave last August when I decided to take early retirement. It was not an easy decision. My coworkers had become family. My chosen career was a part of my life for so long. But it was my turn to leave and I knew it was the best thing for me. I miss some of the friends very much but today’s technology makes it easier to stay connected. But most of all our faith keeps us connected when we can’t be together. I Praise the Lord for the Blessings of these great people who became family.