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Nurse Boss-a blog series for nurses

Welcome to the 15th 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 absolutely love the energy of today’s Nurse Boss. Allow me to introduce Amy Shimek, serial entrepreneur, success strategist, Nurse Practitioner, wife to Russell, and mama to the A team.


Amy is a shining example of how marrying one’s clinical expertise with creativity in service to others while also honoring her own mind, body, and spirit is uber fun and amazingly successful, on her own terms.

1. What are you doing now?

I am the CEO of The Executive Suite, where we do business coaching specifically with network marketers. I am a multiple six-figure income earner in a direct sales network marketing company. 

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?

I always desired to be my own boss, but didn’t realize I wanted full autonomy until I was employed for someone else. I wanted control over my own schedule and freedom to create and design.

3. Why is nursing a great launch pad for nurses who want to create their own lifestyle doing what they love?

Nurses are prepared for the business world more than you would realize. First, if someone collapses or has a medical emergency, chances are as a nurse, you will know what to do. Take that fear away and we can conquer anything. We also see and connect with people when they are the most vulnerable which gives us a unique opportunity to understand human beings like other professionals may not.

4. What is the ultimate characteristic of a nurse boss?

I think the most important characteristic is an attitude that wants to serve others.

5. What was the biggest obstacle you’ve faced to get to where you are now? How were you able to overcome it?

I am my biggest obstacle because I fear what others think of me. What I am doing isn’t traditional nursing and at first I thought that would offend others. I spent a lot of time in personal development  in the past and still feel that is important today. When I became a mother, I wanted to be a good example for my girls. I don’t want them to live in fear of what others think of them. Act in the face of fear and be an example to those around you.

6. What does your current  job allow you to do that traditional nursing did not?

I have a greater impact because I am able to serve others on a global level. I can duplicate what I’m doing. I teach wellness and partner with a wellness -based company. Therefore the people I teach can in turn teach others.

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?

Nurses are great people to go out and serve the world because of our diverse background. We have a great understanding of human beings because we have to think critically in life threatening situations every single day. If you can handle that, I believe you can handle anything.

8. What resources can you share for nurses wanting to explore creating their own gig that actually pays them?

I am a huge fan of direct sales and network marketing especially in the context of heath and wellness companies. The world is sicker than we’ve ever been and that’s why the world needs nurses. We understand more than most the importance of health promotion and prevention. Also, you can create income while you are learning. You can create the capital to help in other endeavors.

Now for fun:

9. What book or publication is currently on your nightstand?

Intentional Living by John Maxwell

10. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Given my background, I should probably say something more nutritious, but it’s actually nachos!

11. How can we get in touch with you?

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: Amy Shimek Lifestyle

Website: http://executivesuitelife.com/


Can you imagine your life without caffeine?

Can you imagine your life without caffeine?

If you asked me this six weeks ago I would have answered with a resounding NO. I am no different than you. I have good days and bad days. I struggle with achieving and maintaining optimal well-being when it comes to nutrition, and I am a health coach.

I have recently achieved success in kicking my caffeine habit and want to support you in doing the same. For full disclosure, I have to tell you that this is my third time and it is a charmer!!

This caffeine release does not have to be forever. I am inviting you to explore the option of resetting your body by releasing caffeine from your daily grind for seven days.

Sounds crazy right? If you aren’t sure, if this is right for you, let me shed some light on what may be going on in your body now with the use of caffeine.

Caffeine is processed through the liver and takes between five and seven hours to eliminate and is a stimulant to the central nervous system. Limited evidence suggests caffeine may reduce the risk of: Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, colorectal cancer, type 2 diabetes, and dementia. Although, I am not suggesting you go out and start drinking it for these possible benefits if you are not already. Source: Web MD- http://wb.md/1QQHh1e

Doesn’t seem like a big deal right? Well, for a lot of people it’s not. But when you pile on the physiological effects of chronic stress that most people are living with, this is when people start to become more sensitive to its effects.

If you answer yes to three or more of the following questions, you may want to consider abstaining from caffeine for a short time.

  • are you exhausted all the time?
  • do you need caffeine to get going in the morning?
  • do you need something to help you unwind at night, like medication or alcohol
  • do you crave sugar or carbs?
  • do you feel anxious or on edge?
  • are your bowel patterns irregular?

Here’s the skinny. The choices that we make about what we eat and drink have the potential for two outcomes: to heal or to harm. The potential effects are completely dependent on your own bio-individuality.

In other words, a food that brings you to your knees with abdominal pain may help me flourish. As humans we are constantly seeking pleasure in an effort to avoid pain. It may feel quite pleasurable to get that quick boost of energy and the ability to have laser sharp focus after those first few sips of our morning cup of joe, but is it worth the pain of that slump in the afternoon when we are so lethargic we need another cup of coffee to keep going? I am going with no!

So, you may be someone who is not affected by caffeine in a negative way. I never thought much of my daily coffee habit that I have had for over twenty years.

Until I starting thinking about how it may be impacting my health, specifically my waistline and my energy level. I feel lately like I have been on a treadmill that has no STOP button and my jeans are tight in the waist. Bad combo!

Here’s the real issue. I don’t drink my coffee black. It’s more like, I’ll have a little coffee with my sugar and cream! Over the last six months my coffee habit has taken a bit of a turn. I went from brewing my favorite coffee at home, frothing my cream and having the chocolate covered espresso bean on top to stopping by the local coffee shop and ordering a mocha. Every single day.

Not only was it bad for my waistline, but I was spending $30+ a week on that fancy cup of joe! But wait, it gets worse! I started going to the coffee shop on my lunch break for the free wi-fi and was ordering another mocha!

No wonder my waist started to expand! My habit had become an addiction. I would start to get a headache by lunchtime if I did not imbibe in my coffee habit. The more I drank, the more I wanted.

Then it happened. I got sick of feeling bloated, my jeans being tight in the waist, and having cystic and tender breasts. My breaking point was at work when I bent over and my jeans ripped! I knew these were all signs pointing towards letting go of my sugar-laden coffee habit.

This is important to note. We are constantly receiving signs from our bodies and the universe about our actions. It is when we tune into those signs and signals that can mean the difference between illness and wellness.

Maybe I would not have the same results if I drank straight up black coffee? But I wouldn’t do that. I need it full of sugar and cream or not at all.

I reached the point of wanting to feel better. Drinking this much caffeine and sugar was wreaking havoc on my body and mind. So, I stopped cold turkey. This is the third time I have done this. This time it has been so easy. I think it’s because my body so craved the chance to heal and reset.

In just six days without coffee, I have noticed:

  • Breast tissue that is free of cysts and is no longer tender.
  • I have not had to take melatonin in order to fall or stay asleep.
  • I am not craving sugar and carbs like I was before.
  • I am eating way healthier at every meal.
  • I have more energy.
  • I am uber proud of myself and empowered to keep up healthy habits that nurture my body, mind, and spirit.
  • I don’t get such a spike in my heart rate when I climb the stairs at work.
  • I don’t feel bloated and my tummy is flatter.
  • I have a more regular bowel pattern.
  • I feel more at ease.

Similar to some relationships, you have no idea how something impacts your well-being until you are without it! Most people do not make behavior changes until they are forced. I have seen it in my nursing career. I promote noticing things before they turn into full blown medical emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. We know intuitively on some level that we need to change. However, knowing and doing are very different.

That is where I come in. I love nothing more than to support others in living into their optimal energetic state in mind, body, and soul.

So, If you would like to join my Release Caffeine Campaign, join by saying yes in the comments below and send me permission at [email protected] to include you in my private Facebook group.

I will support you in releasing caffeine for seven days. It will be fun and you won’t believe how good you feel after seven days. Who knows, you may feel so good that you don’t drink it again? But there’s only one way to find out!!

Is caffeine something that you want to release for 7 days? Maybe you hate coffee, but are a Diet soda junkie? I have a secret mission to have all women get off of this. What it is doing to your bones and endocrine system is scary.

There is nothing better than feeling good. Trying to establish new habits can be hard, but not if you have support along the way.

The fun begins Monday, February 22nd. See you there.

Until then, start to notice how you feel after caffeine,



I am boosting my wealth portfolio by investing in this one thing

lisbeth03 If you could improve or invest in only one thing to propel your wealth what would that be?

For me, it is my health. Without my health, I have nothing. I am a healthy nurse “by design.” I have created a life for myself that allows me to function at my optimal level.

I have been conscientious about my well-being since before I can remember. I have fond memories of running in road races with my parents as a first grader and running at the local track. When my mom and I would run together we would pretend hundreds of people were cheering us on as we crossed the imaginary finish line as we waved our arms above our heads in celebration for a job well done.

I am so grateful that my love affair with exercise was weaved into my DNA. I don’t know any other way to be. I’m not some crazy work out fanatic, but there has never been a time in my life when I was not exercising regularly. I love the way it makes me feel during exercise and long after it’s over. I love the clarity and groundedness it provides when I feel overwhelmed. It also makes for a wonderful excuse to get out in nature. Something I believe that we all need more of.

Exercise makes me feel alive and very happy. Unfortunately for my hubby, a love for exercise was not included in his DNA. He knows deep down that it will make him feel better, but actually making it happen is not likely to occur unless he really puts some major elbow grease into making it happen. Pardon the pun, I couldn’t resist. I often wonder how in the world he can go for months without it. I would loose my mind if I did not do at least some form of exercise weekly.

It is astonishing to me how often we take our amazing bodies for granted and tend to even ignore them, that is, until something within our bodies or some part of our bodies stops functioning as it should. Our bodies are our temples, our vehicles that take us everywhere we need to go and yet we continue to treat them like they will be around forever, by not giving them what they need or pushing them to their limits.

I am no different. I have taken my body for granted and all that it provides. However, during the times that I have been under the weather or had to readjust how I do things because my body was not functioning mechanically as it normally should, I felt such an appreciation for my wonderful body and the orchestration of things that it does well for me every single day.

Since I have lived a healthy lifestyle for the most part, I haven’t had any real health issues.  I get my yearly check ups and do not take any medications.

As a woman approaching my mid-forties, I want to ensure that the next forty are just as amazing or perhaps even better.

This decision led me to Functional Medicine.

I was introduced to Functional Medicine when I was studying nutrition at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013. It fascinated me from the beginning and made so much sense.

The Institute for Functional Medicine prepares practitioners who want to become certified to offer Functional Medicine. Read their mission statement here: Mission Statement

The premise of Functional Medicine is this: “Functional Medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional Medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, Functional Medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.” – See more at: What is Functional Medicine?

As a nurse and someone who wants to maximize my health and vitality, this seems like a no brainer. An optimal lifestyle full of the ultimate health is highly individualized, which is why I love the fundamentals of Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine addresses the whole me and does not focus on treating symptoms, but maximizing my whole being which incorporates all of my systems and my environment. Traditional medicine does not come close to this approach, which is why chronic disease has become so endemic in our culture. It simply doesn’t work. We throw drugs at symptoms and tell people to loose weight and never consider showing them how to do it in a sustainable way. It’s more than not eating fast food, it’s about exploring what in the body is not functioning at its’ optimal levels and correcting that first and then supporting an individual in how to do that in a way that supports their ultimate wellness.

I found a local physician, Dr. Rob Bruley who practices Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine’s website directory. Payment was expected at the end of our visit. I used my Health Savings Account money to pay for the visit. It is more than I have ever paid for a “doctor’s appointment”, but by far the best investment I have ever made in myself and my future.

Our appointment was two hours and fifteen minutes. Dr. Bruley’s  office is in an old historic home and I never felt like I was at a “doctor’s office”.

It felt more like I was visiting a friend and it was very relaxed.

Prior to my appointment, I completed a lengthy intake form about my health, lifestyle habits, and living environment. I am completing a set of comprehensive tests (urine, blood, saliva) in addition to the assessments done at my visit to determine any baseline deficiencies. My next appointment will include a review of the results and a plan of action.

I want as many people; especially nurses to know about the practice of Functional Medicine as an option. Many people turn to Functional Medicine as a “last resort”. I believe prevention is the best practice.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to reach your optimal wellness. Your wealth depends on it.


I believe prevention and Functional Medicine are the answer to turning around our flailing sick care that we label as “health care.” My dream is that insurance companies will start to see the value and impact of Functional Medicine and start covering this type of practice.

Dr. Bruley was kind enough to shoot a quick video to explain what functional medicine is while I was at his office. Check it our here:  Dr. Bruley explains Functional Medicine

Have you seen a functional medicine provider and what was your experience like?

Wishing you optimal wealth and wellness.



Lost your inner Superhero?

Needing to reclaim your inner Superhero?

I believe all nurses are superheroes.

As I nurse, my superpower is healing. I have this super power of helping others heal themselves with what they’ve already got. All you ever need is what you already have.

I am biased because I am a nurse. But you don’t have to be a nurse to claim your own superpowers or superhero status.

If you need to up your mojo, or get in touch with your superhero, check out my free guide, “7 Secrets to Reclaim your Inner Superhero“:

Reclaim Your Superhero Here

Please share your super power here?

Until then, Be Super


My Experiment with JOY, in 21 Days

I recently committed myself to an experiment of focusing on creating joy. It went like this, for twenty one days every morning when I woke up I smiled at myself and made a joyful connection with my soul as I looked at myself in the mirror.

I also made an effort to smile throughout my day; especially if I was not experiencing joy.

I also made an effort to see how many people I could get to smile back at me when I was out and about. I captured my experience on periscope. You can check out the episodes on www.katch.me  by searching my handle, “endoverwhelmnow” or check out one of the episodes by clicking here watch now.

Joy is a natural state of being, but one that is not very familiar to most of us. In fact, I would venture to say that a more familiar experience for most of us is a state of struggle, not joy.

I enjoy sharing simple actions that enhance the quality and awesome factor in life.

Life is too short to not be creating our own magic. 

I did not know what to expect from my commitment, but was pleasantly surprised by the gift that it revealed to me. Here is what committing to joy through the simple act of a smile showed me:

  • Joy is our true nature.
  • Simple things can create the most profound experience.
  • Paying attention and being aware of simple things reveal treasures.
  • The more you practice, the easier it gets.
  • Focusing on joy naturally shifts your energy to ease and contentment from the inside out.
  • Practice makes progress.
  • Smiling is contagious.
  • What we seek is also seeking us.
  • Where we place our intention, energy flows.
  • Everything is easier when you smile.
  • It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown.
  • Smiling at your own soul is extremely healing.
  • When you tell the universe what you want, it will be provided to you in spades.
  • On the days I did not feel like smiling, I did it anyway, and it always made me feel better.
  • There are so many people walking the planet who are suffering and not smiling.
  • With a little encouragement, we can help lift ourselves and others up.
  • Turning the corners of the mouth up into a smile changes the body chemistry, in a good way.
  • The body is seeking signals from your mind. Smiling can help create positive thoughts, thereby, helping you create positive experiences.
  • Smiling at yourself provides a glimpse into your soul.
  • When you smile, your heart opens a little wider.
  • When you smile, it gives others the invitation to do the same.
  • It is near impossible to smile and be crabby at the same time.
  • Smiling is good for your health.
  • If you want free, guaranteed inner and outer beauty, smile.

This experiment showed me how simple it is to shift my energy once I make the commitment and intention to do so.  Once you commit, the universe lines up to help you create your desire. I know that I can create whatever it is that I want in life. You too are a creator. You can apply this experiment to anything in life, eating better, weight loss, happiness, connecting with others. 

Create your own change:

  1. Decide what you want to create.
  2. Set the intention to focus on that one thing for 21 days.
  3. Act on your intention for 21 days.
  4. Record the process in a journal or video to keep you accountable.
  5. Share your experience with others.
  6. Reflect on what you were able to create or change in your life.

How often are you currently smiling? Would you be willing to try smiling more often?

Please share your experience with joy and what tips you can share to help us cultivate more joy.

What tips can you share to encourage others to become creators in their own lives?

Wishing you a holiday season with loads of joy and abundance.