• Taking Life Too Seriously?

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    Lighten up! The world is full of people who take life too seriously, and it's time to lighten up about things.

    You don't have to have a baby to reconnect with life's simpler pleasures–but that's what it took for Mary Ellen Ynes, 41, of Foster City, Calif. For this high-powered public relations professional in Silicon Valley, life had become all about the job. But that ended when she and her husband adopted a little girl from Russia.

    “It was a big turning point,” she says. Not only did the couple cut back on work to allow for more family fun, they also made it a priority to get some rest and recreation for themselves. Ynes started reserving an hour of “me time” most nights to read, as well as scheduling a couple of outings a month with girlfriends. She also began taking an annual vacation with her “Irish twin” (they're 10 months apart), Bridget Ann Serchak, who lives in Arlington, Va.

    Inspired by her sister, Serchak took steps to get a life outside …

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