I am counting the days… before I shut a door behind me that excites me and scares me all at the same time. There are so many things that I will miss – the patients I have known for years – the staff that I have had the privilege to work with – the changes I have seen and survived. The friends I have in this field have a special bond from the the things we have been through taking care of dangerous and scary people at their worse moment in life. Seeing people at this time in their life brings out the kind of person who has true compassion for the job, the industry of nursing, and sickness that only those in mental health can explain.
I have had a job with a boss since I was 15 years old and I remember how excited I was to make my own money. I was hooked from then on – no matter how small the check was it was mine that I had earned.
Fast forward 33 years – several boss’s later – and lots of changes in the medical environment and me too. I no longer knew the reflection that was looking back at me. She looked like me – smiled like me – but she was not the same girl.
I carried a pink notebook around for three days, with a goal in mind to write down everything I loved about my life. LOVED – not liked – (those are two very different meanings). I struggled to find the love in what I do every day. I get up at 4:30 am (not my favorite time to get up) and drag my feet to the kitchen for coffee, let the dog out to go pee, fill up the food bowls, drink my NingXia Red – before I head back to the bathroom to get ready for another 7.5 work day.
I sat and stared at my pink notebook and felt numb because I couldn’t think of what I needed to write. What made me get up in the morning? What did I love about what was waiting for me that day. I took that question to twitter (@angelabrooks).
Social Media is a great place to survey your readers and get their thoughts and options which I value. It is how I used social media to build my business to retire at 48 years old
What I found out that I love – and what I am good at – is in business marketing online using social media instead of having the boring parties that I dislike.
I began working on my home business in a serious focus at the end of 2010 – a strong drive and crazy ambition to make a business from home work. I hired a coach who had the results I was looking for. I applied everything I learned in lightening speed and started getting results. I knew I had to make some plans because I wanted to retire the year my son moved to college. I knew he would be playing baseball in college and I didn’t want to miss a game. (his biggest fan) I used weekends, afternoons and late nights to meet my goal.
In less than two years I had replaced my nursing jobs income of 25 years.
In three years I had three subcontracted people working with me (I don’t like the words working for me)
In four years I had spoken on stages, been invited to do social media trainings at a company events, interviewed multiple times on radio, summits and many more.
All from using social media, my blog and building a list ~
Does social media work? Yes…it does. I am proof. You can learn more about my story here on angelabrook.com “About me” page.
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