Fast forward a few months…
While happily growing my greens, I continued to make a living as a physical therapist in a hospital-based orthopedic clinic. Although I enjoyed the general construct of my job, I really didn’t look forward to the day to day semantics. My mind was torn between farming and figuring out this PT thing. I began to listen better to the people in my life. I heard over and over that I am meant to do physical therapy. It was naturally engrained in me. I was told that I am good at it and that it would be a shame for me to give it up. I had a gnawing feeling they were right, I just couldn’t figure out how to do it in a way I actually enjoyed.
A New Opportunity…if you just listen
I discovered some incredibly inspiring podcasters, particularly, Dr. Jarod Carter, DPT. He talked about offering physical therapy in a way I only dreamt of. Less paperwork, more patient time, greater autonomy and a whole lot of creativity. Once again, I was thoroughly engrossed in learning. New ideas started to formulate inside of me. I began to notice the key players that were masterfully placed in my life at this time. I listened attentively.
I revisited the thought of opening up my own PT clinic. Once an impossible idea I quickly dismissed, was now very real. I reverted back to my old motto, “if you don’t like it, change it”. I just made a decision. I was going to have my own PT clinic. I wasn’t exactly sure how or where, but, honestly, once I made that decision to do it, everything fell into place. Within a few days, like clockwork, I was asked after a yoga class, if I was interested in practicing PT in the same building the class was held. I couldn’t believe it! It was like I was watching the next steps of my life being magically woven into place.
Anything is Possible
I met with the building and wellness studio owner, Gina Armstrong. Our visions were spot on and Juniper Physical Therapy was born! I resigned from my day job and started immediately working on shaping my vision. It felt so natural and for the first time ever, I felt my true calling. All those years of questioning, “what am I supposed to do with my life”, were answered.
Yes, this was scary. But, what pushed me forward, was my dear husband, Eric. He said that I would never fail. He confidently knew that I would make this work. Even if there were rough spots, I would figure it out. He told me I do not fail. It just isn’t in me. This was all I needed to hear. He knows me best and said the perfect things at the perfect time. Now, I don’t always believe this about myself, but I am definitely using this as my mantra every single time I feel any fear. And, well, it works!
BTW, my plants are still growing strong hydroponically. I fed my family fresh greens in February! Maybe this is all I was meant to do with them? Maybe they will feed my healthy patients and friends? Who knows. This path has been incredibly exciting. Stepping aside and listening to ALL of the people in my life has made all the difference for me. The thing is, the people who I consider my “key players” were not just family and friends. I listened to strangers, podcasters, and the naysayers. It is actually quite astounding how powerful we are to one another when you take the time to notice how your life is masterfully woven. The power of our connections with one another is amazing.
An ode to my key players…THANK YOU