Welcome to the 7th installment of Nurse Boss. A blog series dedicated to nurses.
I was guided to create this series after a spark of creativity within my soul felt that it would help thousands of nurses.
My hope is that these interviews will ignite a spark in you or stir your inner landscape in a way that propels you to dream big and go after what it is that you desire in life and career.
A Nurse Boss is a nurse who has created a lifestyle that aligns their passion with their natural gifts and energy style in a way that helps others while also honoring their own body, mind, and soul. A nurse boss walks their talk and they are open to receive the abundance that is theirs.
I would like to introduce Lorisa Leigh. Our paths crossed on social media and I absolutely love her story and what she has been able to overcome. Let the inspiration begin……….
1.What are you doing now?
I’m a Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach who helps busy entrepreneurial and professional women lose weight for good, amp up energy, and build a healthy life style so they can excel in life and business.
I also still work as a registered nurse in a high traffic ICU.
2. Did you always have the desire to do what you are doing now or did someone or something create a spark in you that made you realize this was your calling?
No, I didn’t. There wasn’t just one incident that created this new business move for me. It has been a combination of things. For one, when I met my now husband he was vegan and really pushed me to start doing some research on our typical American diet so I read a few books which really got me thinking. Also, working in the ICU, seeing a lot of tragic events happen everyday, opened my eyes to the fact that a lot of these diseases could be prevented through different life style modifications along with diet. There is a missing link in our healthcare system, and we are not doing enough to prevent or totally eliminate the progression of disease. Third, at the age of 27 I was diagnosed with cancer (that I no longer have) which made living my healthiest life possible a life or death situation for me. Because of this diagnosis I’ve learned so much and have changed my life and diet to the point that I feel the best I have ever felt heading into my 30th year that I want every one to feel just as great.
3. Why is nursing a great launchpad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?
Nursing is one profession that has a combination of professions in one, which in turn gives us a lot of skills. I mean really, just think about all the stuff we do and have to deal with on any given day. We constantly work under pressure, save lives, and multitask like crazy. And then have to go home and deal with our own lives. Perfect recipe for entrepreneurship… If you can be a nurse you can be anything.
4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss?
I’d say persistence. That’s for any boss really. The person who continues to try despite failures and let downs always wins in the end. And to be a boss you have to be persistent, because there will be a lot of falls.
5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it.
My biggest obstacle was actually believing that I could do it. I mean you have hopes and dreams. But to truly believe that what you want in life is yours without a shadow of a doubt can get hard. So working on my mindset and staying motivated by reading and listen to people like Joel Olsteen, Eric Thomas, and Napoleon Hill has really helped me along the way. Also surrounding myself with positive people who are also striving to do bigger things in their life is a must.
6. What does your current job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?
My current business allows me to work with wonderful women who are ready to take their health into there own hands and live life to the full. I love that the people I work with actually want to be there, doing the work because they know it will benefit them in the long run. I get to celebrate the wins with them, which brings me a lot of joy. I also love the fact that I do not have to work holidays, or night shift. And it also gives me a space to be creative and decide how I want my business to run.
7. For nurses who feel stuck in their careers what words of wisdom do you have to help inspire them to break out of their status quo.
If you feel stuck and want much more out of life then please listen to your intuition. If you are feeling this way, then this feeling was given to you for a reason. Do something with it and turn that into your reality. I know you may have no clue how to even get started, but you don’t need to know all that right now. All you need to know is where do you see yourself in the future. For example, I knew that I wanted to open up a private practice as an NP that helped people get off their medications, as opposed to prescribing more (if appropriate). I had no idea how I was going to make this happen, but it’s happening now. The right people and information will be supplied to you if you push yourself toward your goal. I’m not an NP, and I don’t help people get off their medications per say, but I do have my own health coaching practice that is helping women live a healthier life style that they love. Again all you need to do is have the thought. Concentrate on that thought each day and take baby steps toward it each day. Baby steps lead to huge changes.
8. What resources can you share nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?
Honestly, search within yourself. What are some of the things you love to do the most? When you get this find a way that you can combine that with the skills you already have from your nursing career. If it’s something you truly love, and are persistent at you will make money from it.
Now for fun:
9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?
I’m listening to most of my books these days and right now it’s Think and Grow Rich for Women by Sharon Lechter.
10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
Sweet potatoes for sure…. I once ate so many sweet potatoes and carrots one summer my palms turned orange. Crazy I know.
11. How can we get in touch with you?
My website is Live FREE and I also have a YouTube channel Lorisa Leigh
Email: [email protected] , come and say hello to me. I love to chat.