The school year ended that June and it seemed like a ton of bricks had been lifted off my shoulders... until the thought of starting over again in September came over me. But then, I didn't have to. I was laid off.
Now for my sanity this was great, for my bank account... not so much. So the job hunt began. I took a job tutoring a few days a week at a charter school with the hopes that as the school grew, so would my job. It did. I was hired part time for the next school year.
And guess what... I wasn't happy still. Because you know why? Teaching was not my thing. It wasn't my calling. It was a way to pay the bills and although I longed for it to be more.. it just wasn't. I mean I did a fine job.. but the next year they decided they needed someone with different certifications and I was laid off again.
Back to square one. I did look for another teaching job.. to no real avail... but I also did something a little bit crazy... I applied for an accelerated BSN program. I had no idea if I'd get in and even if I got in if I could go but I filled out the application, paid my $50 And had a little faith.
I found out on December 14, 2012 that I got in. I quickly registered for all of the classes I needed to have before the program started and was back to school in January of 2013. I was 33 years old. I had 2 children at home. I had an amazing husband who cares for them as his own. And with their support.... I did it.
I got my BSN in May 2014. And began working in a hospital that July... recently I've moved into critical care. So I am, indeed, an ICU nurse.. how insane.
Now I have a new dream.... one where I build a successful business that encourages and empowers women (and some men ;) ) to take control of their lives and health through fitness, nutrition and personal development. I want to help people both in AND out of the hospital setting. Honestly I think both jobs are insanely powerful. And I will work to create my business and continue to create the life I want.
I have designed my life... with purpose and intention these past 3-4 years. And I continue to do it now. I would have laughed at someone saying I could be an ICU nurse in 2016 back then.... just as I would have giggled at the thought of being a fitness coach. But look at me now.... I am both.
Just a little lesson in how important it is to follow your dreams with reckless abandon.. because you never know.. they just might come true!!