by Alex Gurney
I was a legal secretary and had come out of A levels straight into office jobs. I had no clue what career I wanted to pursue but had always had an interest in Human Biology. However, having been rubbish at Chemistry and Physics I was not allowed to take an A level in Biology.
So I settled for what I was good at
, which was typing and office work. I hated it
. I worked in London for several years and was earning good money but extremely unhappy.
An Adult Education brochure came through the door and I saw that they offered a course in Anatomy, Physiology and Massage. This appealed to me and gave me something to do in the evenings.
I studied for a year and did various case studies and realised that THIS was what I wanted to do
. I gradually built up a client base and was visiting clients of an evening and weekends which was very tiring. I still struggled to believe I could make it happen
, despite positive feedback and encouragement from clients.
I used to treat my Nan once a week to an hour full body massage and she was always telling me I had "healing hands" and that life was too short to do something you hate.
My wonderful Nan passed away very suddenly whilst I was on holiday. It was the kick up the rear that I needed.
I couldn't stay in the monotonous job and not pursue my dreams, especially as they were her dreams for me too. I was getting married the following year so my legal secretarial job allowed me to save lots of money for that. But I realised if I didn't make the leap then, quit the full time job and start the business, I never would
Once the wedding would be over, there would be cars, or a house or holiday. You always need money for something. So I talked to my soon-to-be-husband and he was great. We agreed I'd have to get a part time job locally until my business brought in enough money. So that's what I did!
Twelve years later I own a very successful Holistic Therapy business. I am extremely happy, and I get up every day knowing that I did this. I made this happen
. I work very hard, but its all mine, and its all worth it!