I cracked open Rich Roll's Finding Ultra on New Year's Eve and shut it late New Year's Day. So much of his story spoke to me, reached into my soul and shook it awake, I felt full of energy and clarity. First, if you have not yet read this book, please do so. I purchased mine on Amazon and it is also available at most public libraries (you know the place with FREE BOOKS!).
Before I go any further with my new found energy and excitement a little backstory. I have worked in the field of Death and Dying, Grief and Loss for over ten years. While in undergraduate I did an internship with a local hospice and when I graduated I worked with ALS patients, their caregivers, and colleagues in the field of neuromuscular disease clinical trials. From there I completed graduate school and began working in the field of organ, eye, and tissue donation. I was the person who sat down across from a person who had just experienced one of the worst, if not the worst, moments in their life: their loved one had died. I would present the option of organ, eye, and tissue donation and support that person and their family through that process. Along with this I would provide grief support to staff, family, colleagues, etc. etc. etc. It was never ending and I loved it...at the time. Fast forward and I was quickly fading. I could feel the weight on my shoulders as I would drive to and from a case, almost like an invisible coat draped over me. It was truly becoming unbearable. I was feeling it follow me home, looming over dinner, anxiety at bedtime, I realized my time in this field was slowly ending.
My outside of work interests also began to expand and include healthy eating, healthy living, coaching, education, and beyond. I would find myself spending all my free time researching and learning about Plant-Based Eating, downtime at work would be spent looking up the next recipe to try or new restaurant to check out. It brought me such joy and an added bonus of being super healthy for me and my family (by this time I was married and had two little boys).
Okay, I knew I needed to create an exit plan from my current job but what now? In comes the cleanse part of 2019. A very good friend of mine had done a juice cleanse a few months back and I was always curious about this and did some research - of course there was lots of New Year's promotions and I recruited my very good friend to do the cleanse along with me. I signed up for a 5-day juice cleanse through ChefV. It was really easy to do because they literally mail you the juices all ready to go, a shaker cup, protein powder, and all the instructions you need to succeed. I started the juice cleanse on a Wednesday and by the end of the day I had left my job and felt ready for the next chapter (so cliche but so true) of my life. It was good timing and I ended the cleanse on Sunday night by flying out with my youngest to visit my family who live out of state. It was a much needed step in this new year, new me, new cleanse, new mission of 2019. I spent a week playing with my nieces and nephew, making food, and just absorbing all the changes I had made and was going to make. It was a perfect week.
After my week I came home, bought this domain, uploaded tons of information, and began creating a new plan. Here's to 2019!