What did your 'old' life look like?
As a Healthcare Marketing Consultant, I worked long hours and traveled a lot. I was fortunate enough to work from home when I was not traveling to see clients or attend conferences, but I always felt stressed out. I really enjoyed working face to face, but found nothing else about my job to be rewarding. I also struggled with frequent migraine headaches.
Was there a single event or trigger that made you act? What motivated you to change?
There were numerous events that slowly led me to the idea to start my own business, but it was ultimately the lack of support I was receiving at the company I formerly worked for that wore me down. I was increasingly unhappy and my husband encouraged me to explore other options. The last draw for me was being publically "thrown under the bus" by the owner the company. That was the moment I realized it was time for me to go.
At the same time, I was reading a book called The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. The timing could not have been better. It helped me realize that I was not going to reach my full potential if I did not make some serious changes.
The hardest step was literally resigning. The thought of not bringing in a regular income was scary as well. My husband was incredibly supportive, but as an independent woman who has been working since the age of 14, the prospect of not getting a paycheck was unsettling. I picked a day that I would resign and coincidentally, the day before I resigned I received an offer from someone within my network for part time marketing work. This seemed like some type of amazing sign that I was on the right path. The next day I made the phone call to announce my departure and when I hung up felt like the weight of one world was lifted off my shoulder.
What does your life look like now? How is it different?
My days are still pretty similar because I am still sitting at my desk for most of the day however my level of stress has decreased significantly. I still travel (though not as often). I still go to the gym daily but now I go for as long as I want instead of rushing through a workout to get back to my desk. Every day I find a new challenge or problem to solve. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I have to find help. I have been lucky to find some like-minded entrepreneurs to network with. I enjoy being constantly challenged and solving problems.
The biggest difference in my life now is that I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of others. When a client sends me a text sharing weight has been lost or a healthy choice was made, I know I made the right decision. I also do a lot more writing. It is incredible how much easier it is to be creative when working with topics you enjoy.
Lastly, my frequent migraines are basically gone. I have had two migraines in the last 15 months.
Following our dreams is not always easy. What tools do you use to keep inspired and motivated? Can you share a favourite quote?
The most important tool for any entrepreneur to stay inspired and motivated is a mentor. I am very fortunate to have two mentors with very different perspectives that I can call when I feel stuck. Another great tool is a good network. You have to find your tribe. Find the people who understand what you are trying to accomplish and want to help, find the like-minded individuals who can share your vision.
Two of my favorite quotes:
"Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion." --Simon Sinek
"Dear optimist, pessimist, and realist--while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of wine, I drank it! Sincerely, the opportunist!"- Lori Greiner
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