No More Chest Pain

It has been almost three months since I stepped out of my corporate job.  I realized the other day that I am a different person now.  I’m me again. My cardiologist said after the testing that there was nothing physically wrong with my heart, only stress, and now I believe her.  It feels good to believe her.

My last day at work was really surreal–I still couldn’t believe I’d made the decision to leave.  The funny thing?  When I walked out the door, I knew I would never return to that world.  Just about as monumental as the decision to leave the corporate world was the decision to turn my hobby into my job.

This decision is like the weight of the world off my shoulders and literally lifted the pain out of my chest and I feel as if I can breathe.  I have long salvaged furniture and turned it into something pretty.  I have signed a lease on a shop in the downtown of my little town and am opening an up-cycled vintage furniture shop.  As my girls and I were coming up with a name we knew we wanted to incorporate being from Kansas.  The result?

The Vintage Sunflower


Perhaps not everyone can make this move but I was forced to in order not to kill myself.  I think you need to realize how detrimental stress is to your life.  When you are in the middle of it, you can’t see what it is doing to you.  Once you are out of it, hindsight is truly 20/20.  Please take steps to reduce the stress in your life before it harms your heart!

2 thoughts on “No More Chest Pain”

  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! This is a fantastic announcement, Jodi! Turning your hobby into a paying career is the unfulfilled dream of so many hobbyists, and you are DOING IT!!! Good on you, girl! Such an exciting adventure (she says from personal experience – that’s how I put my hubby through three years of graduate school many centuries ago – right up until I sold my shop and used the proceeds to buy a brand new RV in which we spent six fantastic months driving across the country together – one of those once-in-a-lifetime adventures we figured we’d better have before the babies started coming…)

    Not that running your own business doesn’t come with its own brand of stress, of course – but ask an entrepreneur and most will likely tell you that being your own boss outweighs that stress more often than not – and wouldn’t ever go back.

    You are so, so right about chronic relentless stress being damaging to our hearts. Many of my blog readers are heart patients who have told me how unhealthy their work environment is, yet feel they cannot quit, ever – because they need the health insurance, or they are afraid of an uncertain future, or for many other reasons). I hope you will one day write a blog post here about the path that took you to this decision to leave. I believe it would be useful to others who believe they couldn’t do what you’re doing.

    Congratulations and best of luck to you at The Vintage Sunflower!!! 🙂


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