Good health is so much more than what we eat. I’ve preached about the “mind-body” connection several times now. It’s TRUE. As one of my favorite plant-based warriors, Kris Carr, would say: “It’s also about what’s eating YOU.” Stress creates inflammation. Did you know that? And it also creates acidity.
For several years, I had a job I did not like. Some days, especially in the past year, it would even cause me to break down and cry. My boss was great, I just hated the work involved. It didn’t challenge me. I couldn’t use my creative juices. I also worked alone, which is difficult for a Type-A, outgoing extrovert. It just wasn’t for me. But out of fear, I stuck with it. I should not have done that. I preach to my health clients that happiness and overall low stress levels is essential for good health, just as much as a healthy diet is essential to good health. Yet I did not take my own advice.
This past year, my job started to really grate on me more than ever, and cause untold stress. I found myself crying a lot. And I found that during those rough times, I turned to food. Not the good kind, either. Hence my “Falling Off the Wagon” post, back in May. After jumping back on the clean-eating wagon, I felt much better, and found myself even smiling at work. But slowly, those familiar feelings of dread slipped back in, no matter how well I ate. And that is because I simply did not enjoy my work (that’s stating it mildly). I started to feel a bit depressed again, and felt cravings toward bad food…again. Oh, no you don’t! I knew I had to do something. I vowed that was my last cry.
So, I quit my job.
And you know what? My fear proved unfounded. I kicked my other businesses up a notch and probably work harder now, with more hours, but I am HAPPY. And just like eating a plant-strong diet, true happiness in your work changes everything. I now look forward to getting up every morning. I smile when I wake up, and that smile lasts all day. Now I meditate as a treat for myself, rather than a means to escape my stressful job.
Now, I’m not telling you to quit your job. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone not being able to pay their bills. But I am telling you that you need to make a change if you are miserable, like I was.
Life is much too short to hate what we do eight hours a day, five days a week. Find work you love, or at least like. Especially if your job leads you towards finding comfort in the wrong food. “I had a shitty day at work, I deserve this slice of cake as big as my face!” Yep, time for a change! And maybe I can help, with the following recommendations. See below.
As a Type A, I get bored easily. So, I prefer having several jobs. And I don’t care about “important titles” like I used to. That way, I’ll never be bored, and I’ll always be happy.
Aside from health coaching (I received my Certification from IIN and loved every minute of their course), I also enjoy being a demo rep for some awesome nutrition companies.
If you are interested in doing the same, here’s how. Go to the website of your favorite protein powder, for example. Like Vega, Raw Meal, Plant Fusion, etc. Click the “Contact” link and email them. Tell them your location and ask if they need anyone to demo their product. Now, this isn’t for shy people, you have to be outgoing to get people over to your table to try the product. But I have had some amazing, life-changing conversations with this job. My husband always asks me, “How many lives did you save today?” after I return home from a demo. That’s because I get to spread the word about how I saved my own life, and changed it forever, by eating the very stuff I am asking them to try. It’s a win-win. I make money and help people at the same time! I even met a health client this way. He walked by me and I commented on his cart full of veggies. He said, “Yep, I’m trying!” and then we talked for awhile. The rest was history. He’s now off ALL medications after dropping a lot of weight and ridding himself of processed crap, and living life like the badass he was meant to be.
If you are in Houston, Texas and interested in this type of work, please email me immediately at RebeccaSiekmann@gmail.com so I can get you in touch with my broker. They are hiring!
Another one of my awesome new jobs is Lyft.
It’s hard for me to call this a “job,” though, because I don’t feel like I’m working. I feel like I’m simply meeting new friends and truly helping people. And the Lyft community of drivers is super awesome. We meet up and have fun together on a weekly basis.
My first Lyft was an elderly man who needed a ride to his doctor’s appointment. He said he loves Lyft because many cab drivers are “mean” to him, and Lyft is much cheaper. He was awesome! I took him to his appointment, the grocery store and then back home to walk his little dog. Love it! I also like the fact that I am preventing people from driving under the influence. When people go out with friends and have one-too-many, they request a Lyft rather than chancing the ride home. Good stuff.
So, with Lyft, I drive cool people from point-A to point-B in the comfort of my own car. I offer them cold bottles of water and crisp organic apples to munch on (I’m known as the “Hippie Lyft” haha!). This job rocks, period. If you have questions about it, you can email me at RebeccaSiekmann@gmail.com. Be sure to check to see if Lyft is available in your area first. If you’re in the Dallas Fort Worth area, hit me up if you’re ready to become a driver, and I will gladly perform your mentoring session! I was recently promoted to Mentor!
Wanna try it? Here’s a code for a free ride, up to $25: Download the LYFT app on your smartphone, then click the payment button and enter my code REBECCA1817
Wanna be a driver? Here’s a code that will get you $100 smackers after you complete 20 Lyfts (they must be done 30 days after you are approved to get the 100 smackers). Link to be a Driver: http://lyft.com/drivers/REBECCA1817
Code for a Free Lyft: (first download the LYFT app on your smartphone, then click payment and enter my code) REBECCA1817
PLEASE use my special codes above if you want to try it or become a driver, because I get some smackers too, for referring you to the platform as a passenger or a driver. And guess what I use that money for?
Animal Rescue of course! Here are my latest foster babies, Jack and Jill. I cover 100% of my foster animals’ Vet expenses before adopting them out through the Crowley Animal Shelter (the shelter keeps the adoption fee to further help save more animals, I get none of it), so I appreciate you using my code, and sharing it!
So the moral of the story is…
STOP BEING MISERABLE.
LIFE IS SHORT.
FIND A WAY TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE, OR AT LEAST WHAT YOU LIKE.
If you are staying at a high paying job you hate, just to afford a lifestyle you don’t need, then please consider ditching the manicures, pedicures, and various toys you buy to make up for the fact you hate your job. Think about living in a simple manner. Ditch cable, go outside. Ditch the high car payment, get something cheaper and less flashy. Ditch the expensive vacation, go camping. Ditch the gym membership, work out at home. And with that, I’ll give you one last recommendation. Check out Dave Ramsey. He was the real reason I was able to quit that job and be HAPPY. He taught me how to budget and stop spending money stupidly.
Once you enjoy your job, boast good health and have financial peace, there’s only one thing left to do: Love your life. Get busy loving, y’all!
To Your Good Health,