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I was laid off last year and offered several high paying software development contracts in the DC area. After looking at the lifestyle and COL, it was a no-brainer to turn down.

I'm 46 as well. During my lay-off last year, I took a good hard look at what I wanted out of my life and working 50-60 hour weeks with a long commute was no longer something I wanted to deal with.

I too was laid off nearly a year ago. As luck would have it, on the last day of summer I was offered the best job I came across and it's located two miles from my house!

I'm amazed how well everything fell into place.

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