Several years ago the course of my life journey changed dramatically when, three months after my wedding, I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and soon after that Lyme Disease and Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Dealing with these issues brought about drastic lifestyle changes and a crazy range of ups and downs, feelings and emotions. Through my struggles one thing that always played in my mind was that I could either choose to give in to these problems or choose to move forward with my goals and dreams. I decided that I only have this one life so I chose to live it. Not only that, but I was determined to live it fuller and better than ever before, and still make my mark on this world.
One area of my life that was quickly impacted by my illness was work. Although I loved my job, I could no longer physically tolerate sitting at my desk 40 hours a week, nor could I function the same way I used to. Eventually, I had no choice but to resign. But with bills and expenses mounting, a depleted savings account, the high cost of my medical and alternative care, no determination on my application for disability benefits and a recent divorce, I still needed to generate income! Given my background and (15+ years) experience working with entrepreneurs, as well as having had businesses in the past, the logical solution for me was to start my own home-based business. A business of my own creation would ensure that the work would be flexible and I could model the business in a way that would accommodate my particular needs and unique situation.
But trying to work on a home-based business while chronically ill brought new challenges of its own–learning to manage an online business (which in many ways turned out to be much different than managing the brick-and-mortar businesses I’d offered counsel to during my career), managing my illness, keeping healthy and well, maintaining life balance, working through pain or while feeling sick, staying encouraged and motivated and much more. There were many times I wished I could reach out to others who could truly relate to my situation. With no luck easily finding others with similar circumstances the idea for Inspiring Women’s Global Network (IWGN) was born.
I created IWGN as a vehicle to share with you and learn from you whatever might be helpful for our journeys to stay well and run a successful business. I hope you’ll find here a little something that you need and that it will inspire you in some way to never give up and to continue to pursue living your best life!by