“Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you've buried beneath other people's needs.” - Kristin Hannah
It took me a long time to realize this. 13 years to be exact. 13 years of working in a fast paced environment, whether it was the hospital or the dialysis center, I often had to put my own needs aside to meet the demands of the job.
Sometimes it was just a matter of skipping lunch or canceling plans to stay late and handle a crisis. But then it quickly became bringing work home with me, taking calls while on PTO, calling the sitter to keep my son longer than planned, and cancelling scheduled vacation days to come in to work. The day I think I finally decided I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in healthcare was when a patient backhanded me in the face. There were many days that I felt like I had reached the final straw, but I think that one stands out in my mind the most.
I wasn’t a mom yet at that time and I had no idea just how much I would want to be home with my kids one day until I had my son and had to go back to work. Back to the stress, back to being glued to my computer and phone at work and at home, back to the unpredictability of managing a dialysis unit. I wasn’t happy... I felt that I was missing out on so much those first 2 years of his life.
I started sharing my postpartum transformation with other moms and invited them to join me and let me help them find their best self again. I was passionate about the fitness and nutrition programs I was following and I wanted to help Other women get the same results and feel as good as I did.
4 years later and I’m Home full time now. I
Have a job that I can clock in and out of when it’s convenient for me and my family. Most importantly I’m helping other women feel good about themselves again and truly take care of themselves first! To think that something that I enjoy so much earned my husband and I an all Expense vacay to Mexico a month and a half ago still Blows me away!
If it wasn’t all about the paycheck, where would you be today? What career would have you finding your authentic self?