Living with a chronic illness is always a challenge. For me, it meant leaving a career that I loved and retiring at age 55. I never wanted to retire – thinking I would work forever. Since then I have been searching for a purpose, or a job that I could do where I didn’t have to worry about being fired when I had to call in sick frequently because of a flare-up or a sleepless night or a job where I would only have to work 1-2 hours at a time and those hours have to be during my “best” times of the day. My first endeavor was starting this blog. Which I enjoy, but what else can I do?
I decided to learn the art of Life Coaching. I was excited about making this decision, but disappointment set in when it seemed that my options for schooling were not tailored to someone with Fibromyalgia. The initial programs i researched were either taught at night ( I am not alert enough at night to drive let alone stay awake) or as marathon 3 day weekend sessions once a month ( I’d be lucky if i made it past the first couple of hours.) Then I discovered that I could receive the training once a week over the telephone.
This is program and profession are a perfect match for me. Once I complete the course I can be my own boss and work with clients by phone. I will be able limit my hours so as not to cause flare-ups of my Fibro. It meets all of my criteria. for a part-time career that I can be passionate.