In Service Big & Small
It is easy to take notice when someone does something heroic and big. It is exciting and compelling to watch someone step in and do something that seems out of reach for for someone else. It makes us all feel good and maybe even inspired to do more ourselves. Sometimes it takes someone doing something for us to see there was even a problem or to feel comfortable helping too. Regardless of how it happens though being of service to someone else is always a big thing.
When I started this blog almost 4 years ago, this coming January, I wanted to be of service. I wanted to share what I was experiencing and learning in an effort to help others find their way. Perhaps something I could help someone save some money, make things a little easier or just have something better in their lives. It was for heroics I did these things but rather just something I felt called to do. I still feel this way after almost 4 years of daily blog posts too.
I had no claim of experience, expertise or even credibility beyond being a regular working mom who was trying something different in her life. It wasn’t a glamorous or different story from lots of other moms out there who are trying to do the best they can for their family every day. We just do it because it is necessary and the right thing to do. That’s what this blog did for me. It was that source where I could be a mom and employee and whatever label I have and share what it felt like when I went through something, tried something or just needed to vent. Along the way I shared what I learned from it all too.
There has been something on my heart though and it has finally grown so loud I cannot ignore it. Perhaps it is the result of all these blog posts or maybe it is a combination of things that have led to this point. It is however a calling that brings me to a place where I can provide even deeper service and information to others. When I first mentioned it to my husband back in July of this year I expected him to balk at the idea. I expected the reality check that this crazy idea I had wasn’t a good one. He didn’t do that though. In his usual quiet way he said it made sense. I still fought with the idea in my own head for several weeks after that as a result.
After over 30 years in the healthcare field I knew I needed a career change or to retire. It didn’t matter which but corporate work wasn’t working for me anymore. There are several blog posts I’ve written about that very topic too that you’ll find here. I tried to make sense of it, settle into it and just do the job while building Dragonspit Apothecary but it wasn’t fulfilling. My health was even impacted by it earlier this year when I went through a very abusive situation at work. I wrote about that in this blog too because sadly I don’t think I’m the only one to go through those things. It is amazing the things we do to earn a paycheck isn’t it?
It wasn’t that healthcare wasn’t the right field for me but rather the area of focus for my energy needed to transform. The ability to use what I know about healthcare and take it to a place where I could actually help others improve their health instead of just settle for a diagnosis still appeals to me. There is so much room for improvement in our healthcare systems and I believe one of the best ways to achieve that is to bring back nature. When we empower ourselves in the ownership and responsibility of our health we realize we don’t have to wait for the doctors and medicines to work because we can change now. We can improve our health and prevent a lot of bad things from happening in terms of our health long term when we do.
That is why I have decided to pursue a second degree in holistic medicine. Understanding the science, teachings and lessons in this area is one of the best ways I know to help my family and others too. Being able to be of service in a way that can navigate healthcare to bring results to others on this level fills me with an e