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The Economy of You by Kimberly Palmer

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CHAPTER

6

Time Is Money

IT'S A GORGEOUS, EARLY SUMMER, 75-DEGREE DAY, BUT INSTEAD OF using my lunch break to get some fresh air, I'm headed to the bottom level of a hot, smelly parking garage in downtown Washington, D.C. Jessi Baden-Campbell, a meeting planner for a consulting firm by day, is using her lunch break to rehearse for her role in an upcoming opera at the Capital Fringe Festival, a local celebration of the performing arts. Jessi, a professional opera singer, invited me to watch, and learn how she combines a full-time job with an almost-full-time singing career, all while raising two children under the age of five.

As we make our way down the staircase to the very bottom of the garage, Jessi explains that she has to go all the way ...

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