Stories from the Road
“A note to future travelers!
I am about 2 months into my first contract with Solutions. When I first started getting the bug, I almost talked myself out of it because of fear. Fear of change and the unknown, and just going against everything I had built over the last 11 years of my nursing career. I tried to fit it into my current schedule so that I wouldn’t have to make any big decisions or let go of anything.
So when the opportunity came up for me to travel to BC for 3 months, you better believe I was scared! This wasn’t the plan.. but from that, an excitement for something new and refreshing developed. As I worked through the steps to prepare for this contract, I found myself amazed at every turn how quickly and easily everything fell into place. Licensing, accepting a contract in an area I was most interested in, being granted an LOA and best wishes from my current employer and overall encouragement and support from friends and family.
I won’t write too much, but I say all this to encourage each and every one of you that dreams of travel and is craving a new outlook on both your personal and professional lives. Do it! Life is too short to stay in a place solely because it’s comfortable. Don’t settle out of fear or routine. Dare to be brave. Get out of your comfort zone and live the life you’ve dreamed of with purpose and passion! One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world trying to make you like everyone else.
I made the drive from Ontario to BC and made a point of stepping out, trying new things, going places on my own and just overall experiencing as much as I could each step of the way. Through this I’ve developed friendships, rediscovered passion in my work and watched as my new way of thinking has permeated into every area of my life.
My advice to you is this, take hold of each opportunity presented to you. Prepare yourself for growth personally and professionally. Chase every sunset, experience as much as you can, spend time with locals as well as other travelers, try the things you’ve always wanted to but were never brave enough to. Share your story with others and just watch how your journey unfolds into something incredible that you can’t even fathom right now. This will be a life changing experience if you allow it to be.
Stop procrastinating. Put away the excuses and be honest with yourself. What do you want to achieve in life, and what’s truly holding you back from getting there?”
Photos and story submitted by: Charlotte A. – Travel Nurse with Solutions Staffing Inc.
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