I have been unemployed for almost 17 months now and many people are surprised when I tell them I am thankful for the time off. Not because I don’t want to work, I REALLY do. But because it has given me a chance to step back and get in touch with myself again. With the constant pressure to for 12+ hours a day, life had become an absolute blur. I have had the opportunity to remember me – the things that make me happy, to get the kink out of my neck, to breathe and to connect more deeply with my children.