Searching for a Perfectly Reasonable Job

Sometimes a job isn’t quite what you expect. One summer, I worked for a hydroponics expert. I had visions of spending my days with beautiful flowers, learning the intricacies of horticulture, nurturing a love of growing plants. Nope. I washed stones. Yup. A full summer of washing gravel. Granted I got very good at it. I am one very talented stone washer. (Not everyone is.) I also worked on a ship collecting core samples of sediment under Lake Erie. I didn’t actually collect the core samples; there was a big machine for that. My job was to hold the container for the person dividing the column into sections. It was a challenging job – I had to hold the container level and put the lid on correctly. I don’t think I had to worry about the label; that was someone else’s job. (Phew). But I do remember that the chef on the ship made the best French fries ever. Now, that was a great job.

Even though the jobs weren’t exactly what I expected, I can look back now and see how they were stepping stones to other jobs and opportunities that I might not otherwise have been offered. So even if a job isn’t ideal, learn what you can from it, take the opportunity to make connections, and keep it mind that you may be on a path to something greater.

Have you had a job that was less than stellar? Did it lead to bigger better things?

Love what you do and do what you love. Sounds perfectly reasonable, but chances are, you’ll find your passion in the last place you look. In Perfectly Reasonable, Trace is applying to medical school. With a little help from Margo, he plans to ace the dreaded medical school interview. Now he just has to convince Margo to help him!

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Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.

Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine. She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable



Enjoy an excerpt from Perfectly Reasonable ~

“So, you’re a doctor,” Trace said slowly.

Jeez. Back to that. “Yup.”

“How come a doctor is painting my living room?”

“Because you’re paying twice the usual fee,” Margo said with a cheeky grin.

“Shouldn’t you be…doctoring?”

Her smile slipped. He sounded like her mother. All that time, all that money, blah, blah, blah. “I could be, but at the moment, I’m painting.” She pointed to the paint sample hanging on the wall. “That’s the color I chose.”

He looked over. “I like it. Hopefully it will work.”

“I think it’ll work. Blue’s a neutral color. Looks good in this lighting and it’ll be a great backdrop with your metal furniture.”

“Hm-mm. I’m hoping it’ll be lucky.”


“Feng shui. Water and metal elements, á la blue paint and metal furniture, in the west and southwest rooms are supposed to bring divine luck this year. Good bye beige and wooden antiques.”

She smiled at him. He wants to get lucky? Look at those abs. Really, any color would do. “Sounds like you’ve researched this.”

He took a sip of coffee and set the cup down. “I have. I’m applying to medicine. Again. I’m giving it one last chance, and this time I’m doing it properly.”



“And you think feng shui will help?” She reached for a small tool in the outer pocket of the tote bag and used it to pry open the lid from the first can of paint.

“Couldn’t hurt. And I want to cover all the bases. If I can get a little divine luck on my side, I’m all for it.”

She smiled at him as she stirred the paint. Hopefully he had more than feng shui up his sleeve. “I’ll get this done and get you started. I’m happy to help.” Especially if it meant her bills would get paid.

“Are you? You could be handy.”

“Oh I’m definitely handy,” she said with a smile.

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Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist. Her favourite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Linda loves to connect with readers ~




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3 Responses to Searching for a Perfectly Reasonable Job

  1. viola62 says:

    My worst job ever was working at an on-air shopping channel, but I did learn a lot about myself and the corporate world. I soon learned I wanted to be a teacher.

    • Sounds stressful! Sometimes doing a job we don’t like narrows it down for us. It’s nice that it helped guide you to what you did like. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  2. I once upon a time spent a summer folding polo-shirts and putting them in boxes for shipment. It taught me one thing, I didn’t want to ever do anything like that again! LOL Thank you for sharing!

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