The older I get the more I realize just how precious our time is. I see too many sad stories on the news and way too many GoFundMe pages on Facebook that leave tears streaming down my face. My take away from all the sadness is to figure out what you love and what makes you happy and then pursue that with reckless abandon. Okay, maybe not “reckless” (we’re still grown-ups) … but with well thought out, calculated, relentless abandon.
So what do you love?
I quickly realized that as much as I loved being a litigator, once I had kids, it wasn’t where my whole heart was. I still loved it, and it made me happy, but the joy of seeing my daughter take her first steps obliterated any courtroom victory. So when Nick decided that starting his own practice was the best way for him to practice medicine with the level of care he thought patients deserved, I was 100% behind him. We had just found out that I was pregnant with baby #2, so I hung up my suits and quit my job. We rented a tiny apartment that I lovingly dubbed the “Bat Cave” because it got a few rays of sunlight between 4:00 and 4:25 every afternoon, and I still remember sitting at our little bistro table/dining room/office printing business cards on the perforated paper from staples and tearing each apart. Yianna was crawling around at our feet. It was the best.
We were building a business together. We were creating something so we could pursue what we loved – helping women before, during, and after pregnancy, while also allowing both of us more time to be home with our kids. And more than 8 years later, I thank the universe that we had the guts to throw our jobs out the window and create what we loved. I truly believe that if you do something that brings you joy with your whole heart, that you will be successful. People are smart and intuitively know when others are passionate about their work. Find the love and follow it.
And please don’t forget to show love for the people in your life. Take the time to let those people know how much you love them every day – not just Valentine’s Day. An extra hug, acknowledgement of how much they mean to you, a small note, or even just having dinner with the fancy plates and candles can go a long way. I LOVE love. I really do. It is special and amazing. Cherish it.
Angie & Dr. Cap