At the age of 29, I was married and had been blessed with 2 children. I particularly took pride on how I managed to strike a balance between a busy work schedule and still find enjoyment in life. I was doing a pretty awesome job at everything but little did I know all that stability was about to radically change in just a blink of an eye.
On 30th June, I woke with a throbbing headache. I would normally just pop a painkiller to ease the pain. I didn’t give it much thought since painkillers always did their job and for the last couple of weeks popping them had somehow become a form of habit.
My husband who worked as an interstate truck driver was at home this morning so I asked him to look after the kids while I went out to do some grocery shopping.
My head started to hurt again and I began to get blurry vision.
It got to a point where it became so bad that I had to stop shopping and drive home.
My house was 7 kilometres from town. I had to stop the car twice and wait for my vision to clear before I could resume driving home.
I thought to myself that maybe it was just a migraine.
I got home safely and went to bed with a wet washer on my forehead.
My sister, Kylie, came over later that day while en route to my parent’s house.
She said that since my husband was about to go to work it would be best if I went with her. My Mum could bathe and feed my two children so I wouldn’t have to worry about doing everything on my own. As I walked into my parent’s house I laid down on the couch.
After a couple of minutes, I felt odd, a feeling that I can’t quite put into words but I knew it wasn’t normal.
I got up to tell my father I wasn’t feeling well when right then and there I collapsed on the floor.
On that day, I suffered my first stroke.
For an unknown period of time I became semiconscious. I quickly realized that I could no longer talk nor be able to move parts of my body.
Everything was a blur.
Things were happening around me so fast that I could not understand.
Later on, I realized that I was no longer in control.
For so long I was in complete control over what was going on with my life and for the first time ever I felt helpless.
My life was crumbling down before my very eyes. My speech was impaired making communication difficult if not impossible. My mobility was impaired on one side of my body, which meant I could not function without asking for help from those around me.
Doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to look after myself or my children. They told me that I would not be able to work or operate a business.
It was during these times when it became clear to me that no one, not even my husband or my family, knew how my normal routine went. Yes, they had a vague idea but when it came down to details, they didn’t. No one even knew where my daughter’s day care was and although they knew my son’s school they weren’t sure when to drop him off. It’s not to imply that my husband failed at being a good father but it was because I had structured my life around me.
I was solely responsible for success in both my life and my business.
So, if you took me out of the picture it would inevitably fail. My business and life could no longer function the same way as it used to.
It was very difficult since we both had a business to run and children to look after.
My stroke was definitely something that we failed to prepare for.
Over the next many months, my priority was my recovery and I concentrated on that. Of course, I needed to depend on people around me given my condition. You see, my life was normally very busy and there was no way anyone could know how to deal with everything. How they were able to cope with that scenario I cannot fathom but I am extremely grateful for their support and their help.
Eventually I was able to talk, feed myself and walk again.
Within that period of time, I uncovered a whole new way of gaining control over my life. This stroke has completely changed my perspective and the way I work and live.
I promised myself that I would never let my life and my business get out of control, ever again regardless of my state of health.
As I recovered I began incorporating strategies into my life and my business.
With the use of simple systems, I was able to successfully gain control even when I wasn’t physically there. My goal was for my business and my family to grow and thrive even during trying times.
Later on, I opened a new start-up business and I knew it needed to grow. I knew that my business was not going to be in the start-up phase for too long. A budding business was far more vulnerable and I didn’t want it to be short-lived if I was to become sick or incapacitated again. God forbid.
Overtime the systems I developed progressed more and more and they proved to be successful.
Again, and again, my systems have indeed intensified the growth of my businesses and it allowed me to be in full control and, what’s more, it did not allow for chaos at work or at home.
With my business success, business owners came to me with questions wanting to know what I was doing and how I did it. They asked questions like:
‘How do you get everything done?
How can you do so much in a day?’
Some even coined me as superwoman. Flattering but I have to say I am nowhere near superwoman but I do have self-discipline at following a few easy steps on a daily basis.
By following these steps, I was able to achieve the unachievable.
I am now living the life that I have always dreamed of. I get to travel and spend time with my family and friends yet still enjoy a large stream of income and a flourishing business.
I have used these simple steps in many businesses I own and through my coaching clients’ businesses as well.
If you are wondering if my strategies have been tested my answer is a resounding YES.
Nine years later I suffered from another stroke but the outcome was far different from the last one.
With my simple, easy steps both my life and my business didn’t get out of control and my profitability and my income remained secure.
The reason why I am sharing my story is because I want to empower you to do the same and to not give up on your dreams.
I designed my business so that it can stand the test of time even without me.
Now I am sharing with people all over the globe how to do just that.
Every business is vulnerable at some stage but I am here to show you how to make your business grow fast so you can have more time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do.
My vision is for every entrepreneur to have more time, more money and more life.
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