I have had much trouble figuring out that question lately. Who am I? Going into Real Estate and leaving behind a world I've called home for the last 18 years has given me the biggest identity crisis I've ever had. I needed to leave nursing and had a Real Estate license, so why not? But try as I might I haden't been able to pull it all together. Then one miraculous day I woke up and realized that I was going about it all wrong. The depression was from not accepting the inevitable, my nursing career is over.
Now I can move on. I began working, not in the office, but outside where the people are. Suddenly, I get it. Not that I didn't before, but I was spinning my wheels and going nowhere. Now, I get it. I was trying to be the executive I was when I was in my twenties. I'm trying to be Miss Burg. . .Susan. I haven't been called that in about 20 years. I've been Sue for the last 18 and my whole person has changed. Once I realized that I moved quickly to change everything. My name plate now reads Sue Burg. I stoped looking for a business 'brand' for myself once I realized that this was not the first time I had to pull myself from the ashes and rebuild much like a Phoenix comes again and again from the ashes. Wait, did I say Phoenix and ashes? It's a rebirth that I have gone through! I have 'branded' myself Phoenix Rising, RES and changed every web site I have to reflect that.
It's a strange feeling not knowing who you are and having to find yourself again. I've gone through my rebirth and feel as though I've been through the fire again. Only, now I feel happy on the inside, in the pit of my stomach I can feel it. I feel successful again and I'm ready to crush it!

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Comment by Terry L. Osburn on October 24, 2009 at 4:51pm
I spent 30 yrs as a Radiologic Technologist. Basically you are going from one helping profession to another and you will do fine!
Comment by Wendy Rulnick on October 20, 2009 at 4:37pm
Sue - Good luck with your new venture, and your new "YOU"!

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