October is in the books and it was a big month of growth for me!
I bought my first house and I turned 28 years old. I also learned something new about myself that is going to be so valuable going forward… because I always thought that buying a house would make me super happy… but instead I had one of the shittiest months of my life.
Purchasing a home has been a goal I set for myself quite seriously when I started chiropractic school in 2011. My goal was to be able to purchase a home by the time I was 27. Looking into the future at the onset of school, I knew that this was going to be 2 months post graduation and not an easy thing to do.
Fast forward to September 27th, 2015. I went to an open house with my father and decided "this is the one!" I'll spare the unfortunate details of my amazing realtor having to leave a Blue Jays playoff game to put in the paperwork… but long story short, my offer was accepted and the closing date was Oct 30 - 3 days after my birthday….Goal accomplished!
The home buying process was the most stressful thing I have ever done.
This is where the learning comes in.
The entire month was "hurry up and wait." I would be told that this document would be needed at some point the next week but not given more information than that. When the mortgage broker, or lawyer decided it was time that they needed me to do something… they would put the pressure on to get it done ASAP. I would spend days feeling frozen, not being able to be present in the moment for fear of missing the opportunity to get the next step done in the process. I was out of loop, I never knew what to expect, I didn't understand why someone couldn't just tell me what to have prepared so that I could make it readily available to them, instead of giving me the run around.
I ended up taking two days off from the clinic for fear of not being available to fax a sheet of paper in time, or sign a document. That combined with the long Thanksgiving weekend led to quite a bit of time off from Align & Groundworx.
This quote spoke deeply to me when reflecting ...
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life." - Alfred D. Souza
I took two days off this month, plus each day woke up thinking to myself "I hope that I don't have a busy day so I can be available if they need me to sign this document." I helped 50% less people this month, and was available 33% less because of my selfishness. I am disappointed in myself in letting one area of my life affect all aspects of it in such a large way. I learned an extremely valuable lesson, and grew as an individual, and as a professional.
Overall, what I learned is that there is always going to be many different things going on in life, especially when I am involved in so many different things - Chiropractic, CrossFit Groundworx, Nutrition, Headlocks, Box Battles. I cannot let stress from one part of my life influence the stress of another. My commitment to my practise, patients and athletes must always recieve my complete attention.
month 3 (11 working days):
New Patients: 8
Chiropractic Visits: 108