How I Left My 9-5 Job to Make My Health a Priority

Keep Going, Keep Growing

Balanced life.  Balanced living.  Be the boss of your own life.  Like a boss.

I am a firm believer that our experiences help us grow. I believe in the saying that you “grow through what you go through.” Many of the approaches and insights I share with my Nutrition and Health Coaching clients have come from both my professional and personal life experiences.

As a Registered Dietitian working in healthcare, many people may be surprised to hear that I struggled with my health and burnout. Here is the thing… I started working in healthcare because I value my health and the health of others. But my training in a healthcare profession did not do-away with the beliefs about "being successful" that formed as I was growing up.

Raised by two high achieving parents that both worked full time, I started my career expecting to follow in a similar vain. I was brought up to believe that the more you work, the more success you will have… and the more success you have, the better you can provide for your family.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not faulting my parents or the way I was raised. They did a great job, and those beliefs may have been valid in the past.

However, in the last few years, my world has been turned on its head forcing me to confront these beliefs, and ask the question… what is TRULY important to ME?

Over the last few years, I got divorced, suffered anxiety and depression, had a serious health diagnosis, and broke my foot (during lockdown, in a global pandemic, I might add!). With each upheaval, I was faced with the same questions – What is important in my life? What will bring me fulfillment?

Yes, big questions!

As a single, overwhelmed, mom, I knew something had to give. I have suffered burnout, repeatedly. I knew a big change was needed to create the fulfilling, healthy life that I have always wanted. I desired to work smarter, not harder. I also came to realize that no one else is going to make this happen, except for ME. No one is going to make MY LIFE a priority, except for ME. I am the BOSS of my own BALANCED LIFE!

So, these seemingly unfortunate events that have happened in the last few years have helped me move from a victim mentality, to owning my own life! They helped me realize that I wanted more time for my health, for my kids, for my life and for fulfillment!

In the Spring of 2021, I made the bold decision to leave my secure, 9-5 job that I have had for 10 years, to go “all in” on myself and my own business as a private practice Dietitian and Health Coach.

So far, I have not had one regret taking this leap!

Now, nothing happened overnight. I took the time to figure out what I wanted for myself and to develop a plan. I would say that I spent about 6 months to a year prepping. During that time, I took small, strategic steps to help better align my decisions with the things that I value the most.

I know that there are other women out there, who are also feeling overwhelmed and burned out. I have no doubt… because I have met some of them. To help support other women in their own journeys towards living a healthy life, I wanted to share a few things I learned along the way.

Know Your Finances

How I quit my 9-5 job to make my health a priority.  Know your finances.

Often the biggest piece that keeps us stuck is the fear that we may not be able to financially provide for ourselves or our family if we choose to leave our job, without another one lined up. It is not li