Today I welcome fellow Virtual Assistant, Kathi Shephard, to the blog! Kathi is also a graduate of 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success*. Kathi handles email management for her clients. She also offers customer service and administrative support! You can find Kathi at her website NSW Virtual Assistance! Also, check her out on Twitter and Facebook.
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How I became a VA
Sometimes, I let my mind wander to what I might have thought about when I was a kid.
I usually do this when I should be in bed, asleep, but I’m not. As I’m waiting for that cup of coffee I shouldn’t have had at 6 pm to wear off, I reminisce to when I was my youngest son’s age. This exercise requires demanding study because twelve was a really long time ago!
I remember musing about being a marine biologist, like Jacques Cousteau. I also longed to be a musician, specifically either sister from Heart. Or a singing marine biologist. What can I say? I was twelve.
I can tell you nurse, administrative assistant or nutritional therapy practitioner never made the cut. In other words, every job title I’ve had in my adult life.
I also wonder how I got to the place that I’m at. The conclusion that I keep returning to is that I have learned to adapt and change in response to my environment. It’s taken me many years to be able to acknowledge that strength within myself. Life is more than just trying to survive.
It’s about shining. I’ve only ever wanted to shine.
I shined for a while as an RN. But I burned out to the point of suffering from a series of health issues and I moved on. I found my shine again working for a retail company. I moved up from sales to administrative assistant and inventory control assistant.
But I’m the restless kind and I missed helping people heal.
I discovered a passion for nutrition and holistic wellness as I searched for ways to keep my family and me healthy. When a friend suggested that I teach nutrition for a living, I headed down the Google rabbit-hole and found The Nutritional Therapy Association.
I earned my certification and, with my husband’s blessing, left my job to set up a Nutritional Therapy practice and home-school my son. Easier said than done, of course. Life ensued and my formal practice kept on getting pushed to the side. But no matter. I’m available for my family. This is what I’m supposed to be doing now. Nutritional Therapy will wait.
My gut has been telling me to follow another path.
Sometimes, I’m amazed where circumstances lead me. As much as I love Nutritional Therapy, there’s something to be said about listening to my gut. It hasn’t steered me wrong yet.'There’s something to be said about listening to my gut. It hasn’t steered me wrong yet.' @kathi_shepard tells about her journey to becoming a VA! Click To Tweet
Being at home with an independent middle schooler allows quite a bit of time for reflection. And Googling. Lots of Googling and FaceBook.
That’s how I became a Virtual Assistant.
I needed a way to make an income from home, and I saw a need for support within my Nutritional Therapy FaceBook group. I knew I could use my experience to fix their unique problems.
As I go headfirst into the world of virtual assistance, I can see limitless opportunities to shine. My ability to contribute to the financial security of my family again is my biggest benefit. Helping business owners propel their success is important to me as well. I can’t discount the fact I’ll have an excuse to expand my knowledge base, either. I live to learn new things.
For me, it’s a shining victory.