Friday, March 06, 2009

How I Lost My Marriage, Business and Health...and Survived!

Losing everything?

Been there. Done that.

In 18 months; I lost my marriage, business and health and ended up with $88,000 of corporate debt. That was in 1998.

I've been through a meltdown, and what I learned can help you or your friends get out of theirs. As bleak as it may seem, you will get through this.

I promise.

As crazy as it seems the 'doo doo' of my past has become the fertilizer in my current life. My life is living proof that "Yes! You Can." You can get through this.

NBC had me on "The Today Show," talking about how to get through these tough times...If you had told me that a decade ago - I would have asked you, "What planet are you living on?" But we'll get to more on that next week.

My Meltdown
My decent began with a bout of Meniere's syndrome. (I would see you - but there would be three of you, and the room was always spinning). It's a disease that causes some to be bed ridden for the rest of their lives.

I started a design company with $17 and a glue gun (which I brought on The Today Show) and grew it to $1.5 million in retail sales within four years. I had no business training, and like many entrepreneurs my business plan was simple: work hard. My crazed pace of 16 hour days caught up with me. Since I failed to listen to my body's needs, it had no other choice than to shut down. My doctor took away my car keys and put me to bed - for several months. During my 'time out' employees embezzled my designs and my business began to unravel.

Losing my business was like losing a baby. My plan was to build a successful business and then have children. No such luck. Losing my marriage was the final and toughest blow.

During the bleak parade of March days, I hit my bottom.

The woman weeping in her car in the alley so the neighbors didn't hear her - that was me. I looked at my life and decided that I had everything.

I knew that I was supposed to "love myself." But how? I needed hands on tools to lift myself out of my 'funk'. I was desperate.

Stay tuned for next weeks article to learn the simple things that helped me through my darkest days!


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Bernays Sauce said...

Great post. I have a similar story--just told it to a friend who got laid off from his job. I think Joe Biden said it best: "It isn't how many times you get knocked down, it's whether or not you get up. You gotta get up."

Funky to Fabulous said...

Boy, isn't that true!