Transforming a Way of Life


PamelaLast January, I made the decision to look a little closer at my priorities. It seemed I was working all the time but just getting by financially. Eventually, I ended up with three jobs and still felt like I was barely making it.

After an injury (which I actually healed from much faster than anticipated), I decided that there had to be more to life than working jobs that I'm not happy in.

I quit the two part-time positions but have continued on with my full-time job. I am a registered nurse. There really isn't anything wrong with being a nurse. It's a noble profession. We care for people at their most vulnerable moments. I enjoy taking care of, and interacting with, people and, we as nurses all want what's best for our patients. But after 29 years, and as the circumstances in my own life change, I see things differently than I did when I was a young nurse looking at health care as a career full of promise and security.

Actually, there really is security in nursing. People are always going to be ill and need healing. But, as I get older – I'm 51 and counting – my priorities are changing.

I have aging parents who require my assistance more than they once did. I have grandchildren who are growing up too quickly. I have daughters I would like to have more mother/daughter time with. Last, but definitely not least, I have My Tom, and neither one of us is getting any younger. Time with the people I care about can never be replaced.

All this came to me about a year ago when I had a little down time while I was healing. Hmmm ... down time ... sometimes a very dangerous thing!

1/26/2015 8:45:02 PM

Thank you for reading! I appreciate the welcome and I'm excited to be part of the Grit community! I look forward to getting to know, and learning from, Readers and Bloggers alike!

1/25/2015 6:33:28 PM

I enjoyed your post. I don't make new year resolutions. It's been a bad year for my family. Reminders that we don't get forever to keep planning for tomorrow. So I hope this year, I can truly find work I can physically do, since I've had three injuries and health issues that keep me from working, but no documentation that would let me get help. I want to move, get animals, plant more, etc. Your post is another reminder to act now in everything I Can do. Thanks.

1/23/2015 7:50:47 AM

Pamela, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I can tell that your blog here will be a must read for me. Balancing a regular job and homestead life is challenging for sure. You seem to have goals that are great for living life to the fullest. I'm retired and have moved back to my roots with buying and gardening vacant lots in the inner city. It's been a real challenge to clean up neglected lots that have been neighborhood dumping areas for decades and turning them into show areas of the neighborhood. I'm sure that many thought it would be crazy endeavor and it will take many years to put the properties all under cultivation. I have a total of three garden areas counting my back yard four raised beds. The backyard garden is for fresh table produce during the summer. I hope to hear about your unfolding plans for this year often. ***** Have a great homesteading day.

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