I’m a lifelong entrepreneur who believes in the power of hard work and hard decisions.
But my days have turned into days of stress and anxiety, and I’ve found that anxiety can be more destructive than the actual stress I’ve experienced.
When I first began working for Verizon in 2010, I knew I wanted to be a writer, a mom, and a grandmother.
I also knew I had an urgent need for money and a need to have the time I need to make it.
But my stress levels and my inability to get ahead at my job forced me to make a choice.
Instead of trying to find a job that would enable me to live on a modest income, I chose to stay at home and raise my three children with a friend.
I found a job working at a hardware store and decided I wanted a bigger life, too.
I had no idea what to expect.
I thought the company would support me financially and I would eventually get my foot in the door.
My first year was the hardest of my life.
As I worked at Verizon, I had to get my hands dirty, do my own laundry, and deal with the stress of constantly changing customers and employees.
I lost so much weight that I lost the ability to walk and even to stand up.
Every day I would think about the things I could do better, and every day I wanted nothing more than to do those things.
At one point, my health insurance provider, CareFirst, stopped paying for my medications, and when I tried to go to work, I found myself standing in the reception area, with the door closed, staring at the ceiling.
I was too afraid to call the doctor, and in desperation, I made up stories about how I was going to die.
After a few months, I was able to get a medical leave.
But even after I returned to work and regained my ability to get dressed, I struggled with anxiety, depression, and the inability to find work.
For the next few months I worked hard to get back to work.
When I went home, I would often check in on my children, and they would often be worried that I would come home from work and find them alone.
It was hard to see them suffer, so I would always think about them.
When they asked me what was wrong, I told them about how they should feel.
They looked at me like I was crazy.
I would cry, but they wouldn’t.
By the end of my first year, I still didn’t know what to do with my life, so instead of working as a part-time employee, I decided to become a full-time writer.
This led to a career in business, but at first it was tough.
I didn’t have the money to go into the restaurant business, and my health issues didn’t allow me to work at a large restaurant.
But by working in the food service industry, I learned how to build relationships and connect with customers in a way I couldn’t have ever done before.
I learned about the business and its values, and it made me appreciate working at Verizon.
Through my experience at Verizon and my work in the restaurant industry, the two things I learned most about myself, and about the industry at large, was how important it is to work hard.
And that’s the thing I’m most proud of.
I am still here today because I took a few steps forward to find my own happiness, and because I started to understand that the most important thing to me is to be happy.
The bottom line is that being stressed out isn’t bad for your health.
It is a way of life.
I’m not going to give up working.
If anything, I want to work harder, to get the job done and do it well.
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