I am Kim Graham. I live in a lovely little house built in the 1860's with an old growth tree out front. I live with Willow Waulker, a Leonberger, and Queen Boudicca, a short hair Tortoiseshell, we are all sisters by different mothers.
Over the years I have worked doing many different things. My first love was as a Goldsmith. Loved it, although at one point I became ill. They told me if I didn’t change careers I would lose my lungs. My second career was as a Network Security Professional. I spent a lot of time fending off the “bad guys”. This job had a lot of negative energy, I had to “trust” yet “verify” which boils down to “you are innocent, unless I prove you guilty”. It was my job to dig deep and monitor activities. The job was killing me emotionally and mentally.
Over the past 5-10 years all I wanted to do was find my exit strategy. There was a deep desire to “not” sit in a chair all day long, get up stretch, breath fresh air not "building air". I wanted to talk to people without judgement, help them whenever it was possible. The current position did not allow for this - it felt like a pipe dream.
No matter what I did or what was done I was unsatisfied. The hour drive back and forth, the mundane day to day, the state of the office space. All of it felt toxic.
My sense of adventure and travel brought me joy. One night there was a Women’s Wellness evening at my chiropractors, I joined in. Natural ways to bring in joy and positivity. This is what I had been seeking, my exit strategy.
The next year I learned all that I could. My exit strategy included renovating the house and supplementing my retirement.
Retirement was 4 years away. Did I have enough to leave the corporate world now? Could I earn an income, any income? Did I believe in myself to be able to do this and have enough to live on? Self doubt at its’ worst.
I started my dōTERRA business full time when I was laid off from work and began renovations at home. The renovations stripped everything to the bare walls, my belief system and the house structure.
To tell you the truth it is still a positive work in progress. There have been bumps along the way and inner demons to tame. In retrospect I wouldn’t change a thing. I get outside, breath fresh air, my commute happens when I visit people, happy people. No looking over my shoulder, monitoring others or proving anyone guilty. There are always friendly faces and others to help or willing to help. I smile a lot. What else can I ask for?
Best Retirement Gig Going.