Because today is my birthday, I’m mindful today of how much I have to be grateful for… a fabulous family, brilliant and talented friends, and two dogs who think I walk on water. As far as material goods, I have more than enough.
But what I’m most grateful for on my birthday is simply the fact that I’m having another one. Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in that moment I went from being a person to being a patient. The hardest part was confronting the very real possibility that the time I had left was quite limited. There was so much I had left undone in my life. So much postponed because we had young kids, because money was tight, or because our corporate jobs didn’t allow enough freedom to live the life we wanted to.
It was during “My Cancer Year” (hat tip to Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor) that I first heard of a Bucket List – a list of the things you want to do before you “kick the bucket.” So while undergoing various medical procedures, scans, chemo, radiation, etc., I made a list of the important stuff I wanted to do in whatever time I had left. Eight years later, I’m one of the lucky ones… I get to be called a survivor. But back when I didn’t know what the future held for me, I decided I had better get busy checking items off that list, including…
1. Appear on Jeopardy (check – which is a story for another time!)
2. Travel abroad (check – I’ve visited eight countries since then)
3. Quit working for The Man and be my own boss (another check!)
I became “Joyfully Jobless” about a year and a half ago, and I’ve never looked back. Self-bossing has turned out so well for me that I wanted to share it… to help liberate as many people as possible from their soul-sucking jobs. That’s why I studied with Dr. Valerie Young to become a Certified Changing Course coach.
The important lesson I learned from My Cancer Year is that life is finite, and now is the time to pursue your true calling. If taking control of your own life and livelihood is on your bucket list, give me a call or shoot me an email.