Are You Living Your Blueprint?
by Rochelle Griffin
Eight years ago, I will never forget it: my son was only 3 years old, I was working as a nurse manager 50-60 hrs per week, and my husband came home to tell me that his military unit was being deployed to Afghanistan. My world came crashing down.
About 6 weeks into being a single mother, I realized that our precious little boy had become an angry little boy…spending the majority of time in daycare so his stressed-out momma could continue to work in the highest paying job she had ever had. I could feel myself imploding, and we were miserable.
I spoke to my husband on the phone and together we took a major leap of faith.
I went in to work the following Monday and submitted my resignation. To say that there was backlash is an understatement. I’ll never forget the head of the division…I can’t remember her name…Anne something I think or title…maybe Vice President, but I totally remember her face. She came into my office and proceeded to tell me that “I” agreed to work for them for 6 months and that “I” was having a major disconnect. I looked at her and told her that I DID fulfill my obligation and that I, most certainly, was NOT having a disconnect. I was, in fact, making a very INFORMED decision for my family. I could see it in her eyes…she didn’t get it. Instead she attempted to make me feel guilty. Sad.
I became a stay-at-home mom a month later, pulling our boy out of daycare. My hubby didn’t end up going overseas due to an injury, but he was gone from us for 6 months. It was a really difficult time in my life. Once he returned, I made the decision to return to nursing. I missed caring for people, so I went to work at the local hospital. Low and behold, over time, I found myself in the same situation…a stressed-out, burned-out nurse. The money didn’t matter anymore. Word.
As a result, almost 5 years ago, I took my love for people…my love for helping, caring, nurturing, teaching…and parlayed it into the birth of my company. It started off slow…as a hobby, but as the roots dug deep into the soil, I could see my eyes opening up to possibilities as I watched lives change.
I, once again, walked away from nursing…this time for good.
And it was the best decision of my life.
As I sit here writing this, I am in the Smoky Mountains for a vacation…in a cabin…sitting on the 3rd level porch in a rocking chair…in silence…in the early morning…listening to the birds talk to each other (have they always done that?)…staring at the blue sky…feeling the cool morning air. My men are downstairs sleeping. All I need to stay connected to my business is a smartphone and laptop.
This is my life.
My husband is home full-time with me helping run our company. We homeschool our son. We have the ultimate freedom. My life looks VERY different than it did 8 years ago…5 years ago…simply because I took a leap of faith.
I see people every single day who are hurting, who are miserable, who spend zero time with their families because they are at their j-o-b, and who are afraid to make the jump because there is uncertainty on the other side. In fact, driving to the mountains, we made an unscheduled stop at a gas station in Georgia where I met Zee, the owner of the station. She watched as the three of us picked up a few snacks, commenting how wonderful it was to see us all together. She proceeded to tell me a bit about herself…that she is 29 years old and never gets to spend quality time with her 5 & 6-yr old daughters because she’s always working. It broke my heart and I understood. I’ve lived it…and I am here to tell you, as I told Zee, there is HOPE.
Without hope, we die.
Does my story hit home for you in some way? Did you take a deep breath in as you read and thought “that’s ME!”? Do you feel like you are drowning in the rat race and for what? You…me…we…are not meant to live our lives that way. We are meant to be free. It’s how we were designed, and when we live against our true blueprint, we are unhappy, miserable, and our families suffer for it.
I would be honored to help you see that life can be different. I’m reaching out my hand. All you need to do is take it. Leave a comment or contact us and we’ll get in touch with you. You have a blueprint. All you need to do is follow it.
A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years experience who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.