How To Survive Your World Collapsing

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Copywriting | 8 comments

How To Survive Your World Collapsing

Exactly five months ago, my world exploded in the most spectacular manner. In a single moment, it exploded and then collapsed in on itself like there was no tomorrow. It wasn’t the first time. Both times, however, I didn’t think I was going to survive.

For those of you that know me, I am a full-time writer but I am also a practicing physician assistant. My medical career satisfies me in ways my writing cannot and vice versa. It also provides me an umbrella of safety with a dedicated income and health insurance. Health insurance is so very important especially if you, like me, live with a past medical history that makes you suspect. When I was very young I was diagnosed with a life threatening autoimmune condition. I thought I was going to die. In fact, my high school guidance counselor told me I should reconsider going to college at all because I might not be able to handle it. That was code for: You might not live to see it.

That was the first time my world exploded. Fast forward to two advanced degrees and a thriving set of careers.

Five months ago, I was told that my medical company was restructuring and thus I was losing my benefits and hours were being cut. I was numb at first and then came the rush of fears. Would I be able to make enough money to handle the bills? What about our debts? What happens if I get sick again? What if my husband gets hurt? Why did they let me go? Didn’t I do a good job? Wasn’t I good enough? Am I good enough?

I didn’t know what to do. I loved my job and I loved my patients. I still miss them. But life moves on. Jobs change. People change. My world exploded but that wasn’t so for everyone else around me.

I decided to pick up the pieces and pour myself even harder into my writing career and the results have been phenomenal. I finally started my VIP Facebook group COPYWRITING FOR CREATIVES and have grown it to nearly 2.2K members. I started doing Facebook live videos and offering Skype coaching services. I have started focusing on what I want to do with my free time and actually allowing myself to have some free time.

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know the unexpected happened again last month. I was on vacation in Vermont and on a whim, just before brunch, I applied to a new medical position. In less than 72 hours I had interviewed and been offered the dream job. The balance was amazing. It was exactly in the area of the country I had been dreaming about and it offered three stacked shifts so it wouldn’t interfere with my writing. I was going to be in a position in which my twin dreams were finally synching in a way that was collaborative.

What is the point of this post?

The point is that worlds explode. Lifestyles and expectations can collapse at a moment’s notice. Everything falls to pieces. People fall to pieces. The important thing is to get back up again, count your blessings, and move forward with a positive attitude.

I’m pleased to share I will be traveling cross country from about November 15th – 22nd to arrive at the next step of my adventure. Cheers to unexpected explosions!


  1. 11-12-2016

    Ah, yes, my world has been pretty “explosive” the last few years, as well. Job restructured out of existence at the height of the Great Recession, started my own business after 156 applications went nowhere, then, while my business was in startup, Yippee! Cancer!

    I still keep chugging along.

    I am glad things are falling into place for you! May they for all of us soon!

  2. 11-7-2016

    Congratulations on your new adventure! I pray God blesses your travels and your new adventure.

  3. 11-5-2016

    Congratulations to you! Wishing you all the best on the new chapter in your life. Thank you for such an inspirational article.

  4. 11-5-2016

    In my 64 years, my world has exploded more times than I can remember. None of us are immune and we all have things happen that we don’t deserve and have no control over. My experience has been that the sooner we accept it & pick up the pieces, the sooner we can move on to bigger and better. You just have to set your mind to it and never give up. I’m so excited for you and wish you the very best on your new adventure! You are an inspiration to me!

  5. 11-4-2016

    Congratulations and good luck with your move ! Always a pleasure to read you, looking forward to read more exciting news in future.

  6. 11-4-2016

    Good luck on your move. I know exactly how you feel. I’ve spent the last few years seeing my income gradually go down as clinics cut their costs. Then this week I found out they’re going a cheaper route, so I’m out of a job after nearly 20 years in this field. My husband is very supportive and wants me to focus on my crafts instead. Time to get busy!

  7. 11-4-2016

    Enjoy your new adventure! This is an exciting time for you, and New England is a beautiful place to live. We are close to mountains, the ocean and the city!

  8. 11-4-2016

    Good luck on your journey, Kateland! I also have a “chronic” condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and know what it’s like to have a scare like that. I’ve had it since age 5 (now almost 37) and have had my world collapse too. It’s important to remember your blessings and to be grateful for what you do have. As my Mom would say, chin up butter cup!

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