I am so excited and honored to share my beautiful friend Kelsey’s story! She’s a Registered Nurse who left the bedside and decided to bring her side hustle on the road with her best pals! I love her perspective on life! So many of us are so afraid to do “extreme” things because of fear. Fear of what others think. Fear of failure. Or simply just fear of the unknown. But what we lose sight of is that we only have this one life to make of it and enjoy it for what it is. Kelsey’s story resonates with me and I asked if she would share it with you all. Like myself, she took a risk to follow her dreams and passion. She also listened to her heart. I hope her story inspires you to be bold and try new things, despite what this world tells us is “normal.” I’ve leaned that NOTHING is normal. You have to make decisions in your life that are right for YOU, no matter what others think! And you should never feel wrong or guilty for any decision you choose to make that is right in your heart. There’s no such thing as a wrong decision in my book. It’s just a decision, and good or bad, you will figure life out along the way! Your life is your own. LIVE IT. Be kind to others. Work hard and Love harder. Meet Kelsey:
Hey guys, my name is Kelsey! I am a registered nurse; lover of nature, people and my pitbull Sophie; and a full time RVer. I am so very excited to be here sharing some of my story with you guys! It was only three months ago that I was reading YourHeartisMine, being completely envious of the life Kelsey was building for herself, so I feel incredibly fortunate to be following a similar path in my own life now!
I have been a registered nurse for 18 months and I love health care. I have always known that I wanted to be a nurse so that I could care for and love people when they need it most. Nursing is my calling (other than being an astronaut, cus let’s get real I still want to be one!) and I feel so fortunate to be a part of the nursing community.
I began my first nursing role a year ago, on a step-down unit. For those who are unfamiliar, a step-down unit is where patients are sent when they require continuous cardiac monitoring and frequent vital signs checks, but are still stable and do not require care from the Intensive Care Unit. I loved my job in the beginning, but eventually became very unsatisfied with it. I loved the challenges that came with caring for people dealing with complex health problems and that I was able to be involved in people’s lives as well as their health. However, there were many things I was unsatisfied with. I hated how many medications I was passing out on a daily basis, or that I did not have the time to educate people on how to HEAL their bodies, rather than just treat symptoms. There were many times that I noticed orders for a medication which the patient didn’t need, and I would have to advocate on their behalf to the physicians to have the medications discontinued. This is just one way that I was learning how ineffective modern healthcare can be. It became too much, so I decided to study and pursue ways of incorporating holistic health into my practice and my own life.
I left my job at the bedside in April and moved into an RV with my boyfriend and our 75 pound doggy. Deciding to move into an RV and travel the country was something my boyfriend and I had discussed for years, and it felt like the time to take that leap. Last summer was life changing for me. I lost someone who I never imagined I could live without. I found myself heartbroken over the experiences I wanted to have with them but would never have the chance to. I decided during that time that I did not want to have any more regrets or missed opportunities in my life, a lesson I am forever grateful for. So when I found myself unfulfilled in my job, I knew it was time for a radical change .
We are currently traveling the country for the next several months while I continue to pursue education in holistic nursing and natural living. Adjusting to life in an RV has been far from easy, but there’s nothing that can beat the freedom it brings! By being open to the idea that supplemental health care can come from nature and not just the lab, I have been exposed to amazing people, a fabulous business that I am so in love with and experiences I never dreamed I’d be having in my 20’s! I am so excited to be on this journey and continue to grow and educate others on what I discover along the way! If you would like to follow along, join me on instagram at @rnnomad or facebook at rnnomad for the highs and lows of this adventure, the natural health alternatives I am learning and the amazing places I am seeing! Hopefully I’ll even see some of you on the road!
Isn’t she amazing? I feel encouraged and inspired by her story, and I hope it inspires you to follow your dreams no matter what they are! Head over and show Kelsey some love and follow her adventures on the road!