I have been a nurse for 25 years. Two and a half decades, my how time flies! Over the last 5-6 years, my life is nothing that I thought it would be. I feel pretty darn good. I have a business I love and I'm in a fulfilling and supportive relationship. Plus, occasionally I get to throw in a bit of travel.
I loved the Adrenalin rush and was a bit of a nomad so I changed areas of specialty and moved every few years. I looked for opportunities to learn new things and expand my knowledge so I worked in cardiac, wound care, management, ER and recovery room. All that high-stress change played its toll on my health not to mention working shift work when I struggled with sleep.
About 6 or 7 years ago I was teaching nursing, going to school and renovating a house. I really wanted everything that was in my life did but I had hit bottom. There were days when I didn't know how I was going to make it to 2 pm never mind the end of the work day. Every day was a challenge to present myself as the high achieving, high standards nurse, employee, partner that I wanted everyone to believe I was. I remember taking 3 days to recall a co-worker’s name. I refused to look it up because I thought it was so ridiculous and embarrassing. I started dating and then married my husband during that time. I actually dreaded our honeymoon and any other fun activity because of the energy it would take to get through it.
That's exactly what my life was like. I focused on how to get through. How to survive each day when I had almost no energy or capacity to do anything. This was really stressful for me because I have always set high standards for my performance at work. Occasionally I still struggle with feelings that I disappointed my colleagues, my students, my family and myself. I wanted to be the best and give my best to my career as well as have the energy to fill my life with adventure and family fun. This part of my story is not easy to share but thank goodness things have changed.
I wasn't capable of accomplishing much then but my life was transformed when I decided to try and lose weight. Little did I realise that my attempt to lose weight was going to give me my life back. The weight was just a symptom of all the damage stress had done to my body. When I realised this I spent more and more time researching and learning how to support my body in ways that I could not only enjoy my work again but have the energy to invest in my family, friends and even some life adventures.
You are expected to just handle everything. I just don't believe that. I've lived it, recovered from it and now want to help you get your life back. I know that you want to be great, an amazing partner, parent, and friend all with incredible energy so you can throw in some life adventure as well.
I want to help you get there.