Oprah's Lifeclass is looking for stories about how a change in thinking changed your life, and I submitted this story about how a Texas real estate developer who hired a hitman to kill his wife led to my career shift into holistic nutrition. People often ask how/ why I shifted my career from marketing/pr to nutrition and this is part of the background story in 2000 characters or less for Oprah:
After college I worked in Public Relations, and one of my clients was a cranky real estate developer in Dallas. One day I emailed an editor at Texas Monthly about doing an interview with my client, and he said "I can only do it if he's willing to talk about what happened in 1987." I had no idea what happened in 1987, but after digging on Google, I discovered he had hired a hitman to kill his wife during a nasty divorce, was caught in an FBI sting operation (in which his wife had to fake her death) and there was even a made-for-TV movie about him!
I was appalled, but my mom told me to get over it. The unspoken thought pattern being passed down from my mom was that "work is work." It is not meant to have meaning or purpose. So what if you have to do PR for a criminal? Keep your head down, be grateful for your paycheck.
Well, I wanted more that that from life. I decided to retire the thought that work can't be in alignment with my values.
So I made a life-changing decision: I committed to doing work that matters. I created a new way of thinking that I could do work that makes a positive difference, feeds my soul, and is in alignment with my values.
I enrolled in holistic nutrition school, and I am now a certified nutrition coach. I work with the top integrative doctor in New York City. Each day I sit with patients and help them to resolve their health problems in a natural way. I support people with getting off medications for high cholesterol, arthritis, reflux, anxiety, depression, etc. I help people to clean up their diet, lose weight, gain energy, heal their pain and take a whole new direction in their life.
I LOVE my work, and it all sprung from the change in thinking and leap of faith that I could choose work that matters. Choosing to change my thoughts has transformed my life!
If you'd like to submit a story to Oprah, here is the link.