I am blessed with an amazing career at a company I love, a supportive family I get to see and take care of every day, and an amazing network of colleagues, friends, family and fellow Parkinson’s advocates.
A few years ago when I first fell into the role of working family caregiver and Parkinson’s advocate, I was advised by several people to keep it on the down low so that it wouldn’t interfere with my career aspirations. (This is the same philosophy that pushes many people to create two Facebook profiles, one for friends and family and one for customers and work people). And at first I did try to keep them separate…and was miserable. Maybe it’s because I have my hands full managing one of me, or maybe it’s because I’m a firm believer that WYSIWYG isn’t limited to computer speak, but that’s how thereallisabain was born.
My professional sales experience has helped me be a better advocate, although the process is very different (more on that in a future post). My very public advocacy work has put me in a position to help colleagues and customers as they find themselves facing Parkinson’s or other neurodegenerative diseases. And by never hiding the fact that I love being in sales for my title insurance and escrow company, many of the people I’ve met in the Parkinson’s community specifically request to close at my company when they buy, sell or refinance.
So by allowing the many facets of my life to freely intersect, everything flows together and forward.
***Speaking of networks, I have to thank my dear friend Lisa Thorne for encouraging me to revive my blog. Check out her blog Productivity Challenge 2013.