Active Rain Challenge: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger.. Life is full of difficulties, but setbacks and challenges can be the foundation for success. Adversity
actually can make people stronger and healthier. The ability to cope
with adversity -- to thrive when life is difficult, to get back up when
you've been knocked down -- is called resilience. You
don't have to be born with the capacity for resilience, it can be can
be learned at any age by studying how other people overcame unusual
stress or difficulties.
As a little girl, I only wanted to be a nurse so I could
take care of Daddy. Mom worked 7 days a week in our restaurant but I
spent most of the time with my dad. He was a diabetic and I used to give
him insulin shots. Now this doesn't sound like a big deal but I was
eight years old. If I was a nurse, I could have saved him. Or so I
When we went for ice cream...I kept it secret. Shh...he wasn't supposed to have sugar.
Daddy died when I was eight and I became an RN!
And then I made a wish and Lee came true. We have been married 16,187 days! Yes, we still count the days and they are going by way too fast!
Three years after our wedding, we had our
daughter, Erica, and I stopped my nursing career. That was after being
named the youngest Head Nurse at Sinai Hospital.
Being a 'stay at home mom' I took up my
second career..that of a ceramic and porcelain artist. There was a full
studio in my home where I custom designed pottery for clients, The
Design Center in DC, the Symphony Decorator's Show House, plus doing
window displays for fine jewelry stores. My porcelains were used to
drape the strands of gold, diamonds and pearls over the art pieces. I
even made closing gifts for some of the real estate agents.
Then there was the accident...rear ended while driving.
With neck and back issues I needed surgery. Since they could not
guarantee the use of my hands...I decided against it. They advised me
not to lift more than five pounds. My box of clay weighed 50 pounds..no
more ceramics for awhile.
During this time I get a "cold" call from a former nurse asking if I wanted to sell my house. Yep she was now a Realtor®.
I had been helping people by writng ads for
their homes and finding houses in the area for friends. For that
service, I got beautiful thank you notes. This former nurse told me to
get licensed. She wanted my referrals.
That same week, I signed up for Real Estate classes to occupy myself until I could get back to the clay which I loved.
That was 1990 when my third career as
Realtor® began. Many of my former patients, their families and owners
of my artwork are now my real estate clients. I love walking into a home
and finding one of my custom pieces out on display. I love being able
to use my nursing background. Especially helpful is the psychology
needed for dealing with the stress of moving. I love being able to
incorporate my nursing, my ceramic art and my love of real estate into
my wonderful life!
This post is an entry in the Active Rain Challenge:
What Doesn't Kill You...Makes You Stronger!
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