Happy New Year everyone!
Anyone else get excited at the beginning of the year? It’s a great time to start fresh, to think about your year ahead and what you want it to look like.
2018 was very busy year for me – I started working with a book coach to rewrite my novel, I ran my first 10 km run, I climbed another mountain, I did lots of travelling – Mexico with the kids, Phoenix and Florida to visit GBS patients , Vegas with Jordan, and San Diego for the GBS/CIDP Symposium. I knocked a lot of things off my bucket list, but it was one of the most stressful years of my life. Doing all that I wanted to do, while working full time required me to push myself too hard, and I ended up with a mild case of GBS again – I had 5 blood infusions and I was off work for over a month. I was so sick and overwhelmed with life I developed anxiety, something I’d never really dealt with before. It was a really tough year. But I refuse to look back on it negatively. Everything happens for a reason.
I’m happy to share that I’m feeling a million times better now that I’ve chosen to work part time. It was a bittersweet move; I worked my ass off for 11 years in HR to get to where I was in my career and financially in my life. But after my health issues in November, I realized (again) that life is just too damned short. Pushing my body to the brink then suffering in bed for days was no longer doable. Whats most important is my health and my happiness, and I need to have enough energy to be able to do the things I am truly passionate about.
Working half days, I have more free time and I get to sleep more – which my GBS body needs. I feel less stressed and less fatigued, and overall happier. I’ve been able to revaluate my life and really focus on my passions – two of them being fitness and GBS support…so I took a fitness course to gain more knowledge, and joined the GBS foundation board of directors. It feels good to follow my heart.
I’m not too sure how this year is going to play out but I’m super excited for this next chapter nonetheless!
When you look back on 2018, don’t dwell on the horrible things that happened to you. Focus on the good times. Be grateful for everything you went through because it’s shaped you into who you are and maybe even put you into a new path that you were meant to go on.
Start 2019 with a grateful and loving heart ❤️