Meet Jane Aldrich.  I met Jane more than twenty years ago while a student at Michigan State University.  

At age 8 I knew I wanted to work in TV news.  Fast forward to college and I did something to make my dreams a reality.  I called the news director at WLNS TV-6 expressing my interest in an internship.  I interviewed and was hired, not for pay, but credit.  The first day on the job I met Jane and knew intuitively she was the kind of person I wanted as a friend.  Fast forward a couple of years and my first paid job out of MSU was at the station as the morning producer.  We’ve been friends since.

 Jane has such incredible energy that it’s almost palpable.  When she walks into a room she radiates a positive glow.  She is a teacher, a mentor and a friend.   If I had to describe her with one word it would be JOY!  And that’s what she spreads with joyworker.com.  Jane teaches classes and holds workshops on the Being Happy, Now! and Loving Each Day.  She helps people make peace with the past, celebrate today and get excited about tomorrow.  She says she’s looking to recruit fellow Joy Workers who believe it’s more important than ever to spread kindness, compassion and fun!

Here are her thoughts:

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

“People who live their truth and walk their talk!  They don’t make any excuse for who they are and what they believe.” 

DO YOU HAVE A MOTTO YOU LIVE BY?

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~Leo Buscaglia

DO YOU HAVE A LESSON OR THOUGHT TO SHARE?

“Yes! I never assume anymore that everyone else’s life is perfect.  I think the big “ah-ahh” for me was when I went through a traumatic experience about 30 years ago and realized everyone carries around personal pain and is fighting some kind of battle.  That means there is no perfection in life.  But it’s the imperfection that makes us unique and wonderful.  It also means we’re never alone in our grief and struggles.”

 HOW DO YOU HANDLE STRESS?

“One of my favorite bumper stickers sums it up for me: Save the planet. It’s the only one with chocolate.  Chocolate is one of the reasons I know I’m on earth.  I love it.  The other way I handle stress is with laughter.  I love to hang out with people who make me laugh, watch funny movies, or go to Comedy Clubs.  Laughter is best alleviator of stress…or any difficult time in life.”

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