It happened but not over night. The clues were showing up but no one said anything. The stress was building but no one gave it a name. Anger, stress, exhaustion, frustration = burn out. If you have been in any type of situation where you are working at full speed in a high stress area like I have for 23 years you would understand what burn out feels like. I ignored the signs of burn out and called it tired – since I worked three days a week – 13 hour shifts – and drove 35 minutes each way. I still had two busy boys in sports to take care of even on the days I worked. The average sleep I was getting was three hours after working 13 hour night shift and had to go back in and work 13 more night hours. I made sure I stayed busy at work so I would not fall asleep. However it was the drive home in the morning that became difficult.
After working on the night shift for 21 1/2 straight years – it was time for a change. My body was tired, I felt agitated most of the time from lack of sleep and I missed more family functions than I was able to attend. The reality that upset me the most after being a good employee who never missed work I did not feel rewarded from being there. Many members of my family had slowly passed away over 21 years and my kids were growing up fast. I felt as if I was missing my life to work for enough money to stay above water but not go above and beyond.
Things had to change….I wanted to work for myself in my own business. It was a dream I have had for as long as I can remember. I never could pin point what I wanted to do, so I did nothing. You are probably a lot like me and are shaking your head right now agreeing with me. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed being a nurse but nursing is not a long haul type of job. It is hard on the back, the knees, your patience’s, and most places do not have retirement benefits. I am one of the lucky ones that do.
I did not know where to get started so I hired a business coach whom had already learned the ropes of working from home and how to get things started. I worked hard for three years under a much focused guide, as my team grew and the results started showing up. I had people asking me how I had time to work a business part time while I worked full time and still had time for my family. My reply – I just made it happen. It was something I wanted so badly and my goal was to be able to retire when the date finally arrived without hesitation, I either had to put my head down and go to work or nothing was going to change and I would be like the other grumbling exhausted, drained nurses who did not have a vision of retirement because they had nothing else to fall back on. I knew up front – I did not want that to be me.
This coming Wednesday I am partnering with another business coach who has also worked long and hard at home online and made the results show up. She too had a family and a income that paid the bills but did not fill the dreams. She went from struggling to 90,000 a month – did that number just make your eye brows go up! It did mine.
It is not just a dream to be able to work online – it is not a scam – it is a real business – with real work that goes into it. We will be talking for one hour about how it is done and how you can benefit from it. Come join me this Wednesday at 8pm central time. Dreams only come alive when you step out of our on comfort zone. Grab a cold glass of tea or a warm cup of coffee – click here – to grab your seat. I want to see nurses happy again, and you are a server of people in a profession that you loved. Extend that skill into business.
Angela was voted 110th Leading Moms in Business she is also Silver Director for her achievement of being the first Young Living Distributor to build a solid Silver 2nd level Team Performance and over 20,000 in volume without using the phone. She is setting a model of how to build relationships online, through social media, blogging and email. Check out her website at www.angelabrook.com