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?
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!