S1:E3 Identity Crisis (Part 2) with Marla Green, FNP-BC

With Marla Green, FNP-BC,

 

Season 1, Episode 3 (Part 2)

Welcome back to being MissUnderstood; this is part two of Episode 3, Identity Crisis. How to move forward when facing sudden life changes. Today we have Marla Green, FNP-BC back, the founder and CEO of Educatrix Advanced Practice Seminars LLC. The focus for today’s talk is all about backup plans, resiliency, social capital, and community. All of these components for essential for Marla as she formed her company in the aftermath of a devastating car accident that essentially made her career as a full-time nurse practitioner unsustainable. Tune in to hear more of her story and perhaps become inspired to look at the resources around you in a new way to move your own life forward.

With Love,

– Aunty Ky

Music: TAKUDZWA (Previously “DATBOI LEE-ROY”)

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Full Transcript

00;00;16;21 - 00;00;48;24
Aunty Ky
Welcome back to being missunderstood. This is part two of episode three Identity Crisis. Today's music is contrast by TAKUDZWA. What their information will be linked on the podcast episode page. The transcript for Part two will also be available on the episode page. If you haven't had a chance to listen to part one, pause this audio, check that out first and then come back to us here.

00;00;48;26 - 00;00;58;09
Aunty Ky
For the rest of you who are coming here from part one. Glad to have you. Let's jump right in.

00;00;58;12 - 00;01;19;12
Aunty Ky
From what I'm hearing, it seems like sometimes when we chase our goals and our dreams, although we know that life can throw us a curveball at any moment. What about a backup plan? It didn't really sound like there was backup plans for. Okay, if during this season of my life, if something were to happen, what would that look like?

00;01;19;13 - 00;01;48;04
Aunty Ky
What does my community support look like? What does care for my children look like? What does? Ways I can use the skills of the career that I have to shift into something that might be more fitting. Sometimes when we have the goal in mind, it's not always guaranteed. So when you were going through the list of things that you were trying next, it's very interesting that health coaching became a new thought versus a thought that had occurred to you previously.

00;01;48;06 - 00;01;59;03
Aunty Ky
Did you feel you had a backup plan or do you feel like you were just chasing after that goal and chasing after your dreams in terms of what home life and stability looked like for you?

00;01;59;05 - 00;02;09;02
Marla Green
I didn't have a backup plan because you're supposed to be a nurse right? Right. I mean, and so, you know, I guess...

00;02;09;04 - 00;02;16;13
Aunty Ky
The backup plan is do what you need to do to become a nurse. And if that path didn't work out, find a new path to become a nurse.

00;02;16;15 - 00;02;27;11
Marla Green
That's right. Thinking about that now, now that you say that, you know, that's very interesting, thinking about professional athletes.

00;02;27;13 - 00;02;28;27
Aunty Ky
Right.

00;02;28;27 - 00;02;51;21
Marla Green
That's kind of what professional athletes do. It's not like they really think about something else. They do what they have to do to become a professional athlete. And when that doesn't happen, they do something else to become a professional athlete. And so, yeah, that that's what I did. I went I couldn't go straight into nursing school because I did. I got accepted right into nursing school from high school.

00;02;51;24 - 00;03;24;17
Marla Green
But funnily enough, I had a car accident. And so I had a concussion from that car accident and the nursing school wouldn't work with me about doing schoolwork because I was out for I don't remember like a month or six weeks. And so I had to drop out of nursing school and start over. And so, you know, I didn't let that stop me from being a nurse.

00;03;24;19 - 00;03;30;21
Marla Green
Like you said, I just found another way to be a nurse, just not at that school.

00;03;30;23 - 00;03;52;15
Aunty Ky
Yeah. The backup plan is to keep pushing forward with the same thing. It's crushing forward into that narrow view of who we're supposed to be, because it's not who we are. Because who we are is an extremely ever changing thing. But who we're supposed to be in our minds can be the box that we place ourselves in right now.

00;03;52;15 - 00;04;13;21
Marla Green
Nobody had ever talked to me about a backup plan. Nobody. Nobody had a. Yeah, I didn't know what a backup plan was. I guess that was something else that they didn't talk about as I was growing up, just like they didn't teach me about financial things.

00;04;13;23 - 00;04;38;29
Aunty Ky
We need more of that. We need more people to sit down and explain whether someone is a student, whether someone decides not to pursue higher education, whatever it may be, that they have options, that even the skills that you're gaining for a specific goal, you could wind up in that position and realize that you hate it and that every day you're not motivated to go to work.

00;04;38;29 - 00;05;12;13
Aunty Ky
What do you do then? How those same skills can be applied to a wide variety of needs and how the things that you dislike about one position could be things you don't even have to worry about in another while maintaining the things that you love. And I think we don't have a very good system of providing people with a diverse enough education where we say, okay, you know, you go to school and get good grades, go to college, you can pursue these careers that will, in the next projected ten, 20 years, have a high income or high need.

00;05;12;15 - 00;05;37;21
Aunty Ky
And you're on the path to becoming a doctor, on the path to become a lawyer, on the path to become whatever it is that you had put on that vision board without realizing that the skills you're acquiring along the way are extremely valuable and apply to a very wide range of needs in our society and a very wide range of ways that you can feel potentially aligned versus that one thing that you had.

00;05;37;21 - 00;06;05;00
Aunty Ky
And that's something that I think really does need to be talked about more because there's many industries that I feel like some people don't even think about going into. For instance, I do clinical research and I know a lot of people would think, you know, clinical research, that's the goal. Be a scientist and they have this vision of what it means to be a scientist or what it means to be somebody with a Ph.D. or somebody who's a doctor and engaged in that sort of things.

00;06;05;00 - 00;06;34;02
Aunty Ky
When there are ways you can make a decent income with clinical research without having to have that master's degree or that doctoral level degree, and just for skill building and networking where you can have a huge impact on things that eventually have nothing to do with medical devices or drugs or vaccines, but other ways that the health care system moves forward, that you could be passionate about without having to be in the lab with instruments and things like that.

00;06;34;05 - 00;06;57;25
Aunty Ky
So that's one thing I always talk about with people because I don't do that. I do social science research, I research people and the things that impact them and impact their care. And I talk to people and that's my job. My job is not playing with microscopes, you know, but it's still research. And I just feel like there's many, many skills that can be applied to industries that people don't even open their minds up to.

00;06;57;25 - 00;07;27;08
Aunty Ky
And it's hard because without the exposure, how would you know? You mentioned that your family members stepped in a lot during your recovery to help care for your son, and that's really, really awesome to hear. Is that still a dynamic that you guys have to this day, or was it temporary or, you know, how did that even work out for you?

00;07;27;11 - 00;07;45;17
Marla Green
Well, my dad and my step mom have since moved to Florida, so they are no longer in close proximity. And but my mom still lives with us, so she still continues to help us out, which is a blessing.

00;07;45;19 - 00;08;26;16
Aunty Ky
Yeah, it really is. In preparation for speaking with you, I was just thinking about how important being in a robust community is because when you have a community around you, your needs, your goals, your motivations, you can all sort of lean on each other's expertise and lean on each other's skills to make things happen. And I just think about so many young professionals that I know today who may have moved to different states or gone to colleges in different cities and found something that works for them there that don't have community support.

00;08;26;19 - 00;08;57;22
Aunty Ky
And it it worries me to think about what would happen to them and for them if they went through a similar situation and they needed help and support with their children. But they didn't have a network of friends and family around to support them through that journey. It's difficult to even imagine what that would look like and it's something that I do worry about because families are becoming more and more spread apart because of just the natural way that we advance.

00;08;57;23 - 00;09;26;03
Aunty Ky
Now, with careers, you don't necessarily have the goal to come back home and stay there and have a house there and live there the way it used to be. So it's amazing to know that you were able to get that support the way that you needed it. Where other people, other than your family that really impact your recovery, whether it be through physical support or emotional or just giving you access to other resources.

00;09;26;03 - 00;09;35;07
Aunty Ky
I know you mentioned the health coach, people who could bridge gaps for you.

00;09;35;10 - 00;09;58;07
Aunty Ky
Hey, y'all. Before we continue, I want to take a moment to talk about why this section of the episode is so critical for all of us to consider, regardless of who we are, what we're going through, and what we hope to accomplish. Social capital plays a major effect on our lives when it comes to monetary capital. Cash is king.

00;09;58;09 - 00;10;22;12
Aunty Ky
You can think about social capital the same way social capital refers to the relationships people have and the value those relationships are able to provide. This isn't just on a one on one level, but it applies to the broad social networks and systems that we are influenced by. As much as we want to believe that our achievements are a direct result of our efforts.

00;10;22;15 - 00;10;51;23
Aunty Ky
The truth is, social connections have the power to both limit and expand us. In a moment, Marla is going to begin talking about the various connections that played a role in her recovery. As you listen, think about the people you are directly connected to. Think about the networks you are indirectly able to access. Think carefully about these same areas in your life and ask yourself, Are my connections equipped to support me?

00;10;51;25 - 00;11;22;25
Aunty Ky
And moving from where I am now to an increased state of wellness later? Am I equipped to do the same for others? If you're wondering what that process could even look like, let's let Marla give some examples and we'll come back to review later. So again, pause, digest and press play when you're ready to continue.

00;11;22;28 - 00;11;41;24
Aunty Ky
Where other people other than your family that really impacted your recovery, whether it be through physical support or emotional or just giving you access to other resources. I know you mentioned the health coach, people who could bridge gaps for you.

00;11;41;27 - 00;11;52;07
Marla Green
Yes. Know, my friends, I have friends that listen to me vent to my.

00;11;52;10 - 00;12;23;02
Marla Green
Most of them don't live here. But there was one friend in particular that helped out that does live here. And even though, you know, she has two kids of around, she would drop off groceries or she was she's always willing to help and still does help to this day like yes, I need my son picked up from school or just the little things.

00;12;23;09 - 00;12;48;18
Marla Green
I know that I can always count on her, even if it's not reciprocated because I can't be there for her like she is there for me. Yes, she's. She's always there and she's amazing, even though we don't talk very often. She's amazing. She's amazing.

00;12;48;20 - 00;13;16;20
Aunty Ky
That's so good. And something as simple as just dropping off groceries or somebody coming over to help you do your dishes. It makes such a huge difference mentally, emotionally, and sometimes just physically, it allows you to do your basic functionalities where you otherwise would be struggling to try and bring those things together. Are there other ways you felt your community really came through for you during that time?

00;13;16;23 - 00;13;43;00
Marla Green
Not only during that time, I mean, like now. My mom, if I'm having a bad day and my mom will go to the grocery store for me like she'll do Walmart, pick up for me if I pick out my groceries or like yesterday she took the dog to the grandma and picked him up because I wasn't able to do that because I was across town taking my son to the doctor.

00;13;43;02 - 00;14;03;25
Marla Green
So I'm very fortunate that even though we don't have a lot of family like right here and the people who we do have, do you step in and really help us out.

00;14;03;27 - 00;14;19;18
Aunty Ky
In terms of shifting in your professional development? Did you have people who stepped in with tools, resources or ideas to determine what next?

00;14;19;20 - 00;14;29;15
Marla Green
I was very fortunate to be accepted into a Nasdaq entrepreneurial program.

00;14;29;18 - 00;14;30;02
Aunty Ky
That.

00;14;30;05 - 00;15;09;13
Marla Green
Gave me access to mentors, and one of the mentors that I have access to has her own company. It's a tech company and very successful tech company. And so without that program, I would not have had access to the mentors that I do. Another program that I was accepted into was the Women's Accelerator. Through that program, I also met a phenomenal mentor and she has been amazing.

00;15;09;16 - 00;15;41;27
Marla Green
And through that mentor, you know, I have been able to connect to other people that I would not have usually had access to. So really my mentors have primarily given me access to other people in their network. And that has just I mean, that's been amazing because when I was in high school and college, you know, having access to mentors and networks and that was the vocabulary that I didn't know.

00;15;42;00 - 00;16;12;11
Marla Green
I didn't I didn't know anything about those kind of words. It was just recently when I was trying to look for somebody for my son to have I wanted a male role model in my son's life. And that was really when I was introduced to the word mentor because I was able to find him a male mentor. And so from there that was a couple of years ago.

00;16;12;11 - 00;16;47;13
Marla Green
I think that he's had his mentor for at least two years. And so then then I got accepted into the Nasdaq program. Then again the word mentor. And of course, they have access to mentor makers, which is a actually mentor makers is a free resource that gives out mentors. I think that there is a small pool that are free, but you still want to check out mentor makers and then the other program that I was able to get into was women accelerators, and they accept a small amount of people every year.

00;16;47;15 - 00;17;20;02
Marla Green
So in that program has just been phenomenal. Again, just community and people being there for you. And I first experienced that with the health coaching, which I was looking for a job and instead I got so much more. I got exposure to professional development, which I had never done before, and community, which has really been important in my recovery.

00;17;20;02 - 00;17;24;15
Marla Green
And getting this far.

00;17;24;17 - 00;18;00;28
Aunty Ky
Chuckling to myself a little bit because in the professional world that I live in, mentorship is everything, everything. So it's interesting that, you know, for some people they have a perspective that this is just the way forward. And for other people, it's it's a foreign language, you know, that surprises me sometimes is how disconnected that language is. Because, you know, sometimes when you are looking for jobs and stuff like that, people always tell you, you got a network or you got a network, but they don't actually tell you what that means and how to do it well.

00;18;01;01 - 00;18;43;18
Aunty Ky
And I really appreciate that as I have progressed in terms of my academic career and how it translates over into my professional career as well, that people didn't just say it, but they showed it and they showed up in my life as those roles and really just sat down and talked to me about how I should be even trying to expand the resources I have access to beyond them by finding other people who could be aligned in other ways, and that sometimes their advice is not even advice about what to do, but instead advice about how to find more mentors and what other roles they could play and what other skills they could provide or

00;18;43;18 - 00;19;06;20
Aunty Ky
provide me access to. So it's interesting that in some fields, well, maybe it's something that has adjusted over the years, but in some fields without a mentor, you're not that you're nothing, but it's off. Like this is the way we need people, you know, each one teach one in order to move things forward. So I'm so happy that that's something that you got exposed to a little bit later on.

00;19;06;23 - 00;19;46;15
Aunty Ky
And I am just laughing because for others, their whole life was that growing up. And that's a sort of privilege that we don't talk about is access to people, access to the knowledge that you can find people who are willing to just stand in spaces and speak your name at relevant times. How powerful that is and how important it is that people being people, regardless of financial contribution or something more physical, just the exchange of ideas that you can have with others who have more experience than yourself or just a different outlook is enough to change lives.

00;19;46;18 - 00;19;49;16
Marla Green
Absolutely.

00;19;49;18 - 00;20;26;10
Aunty Ky
Hopefully that portion of the conversation was able to provide you with real world examples of how social capital can influence our everyday lives when it works well. Social capital can increase an individual's well-being. It can increase the overall feelings of closeness and belonging of a community. It can also bring people to resources, whether it be private entity or government resources, able to assist them in the areas that are preventing them from moving forward.

00;20;26;13 - 00;21;18;16
Aunty Ky
But unfortunately, the same force that allows social capital to be so powerful also allows it to create inherently inequitable circumstances. One person's access to support might look like someone coming over and doing dishes. Another person's access to support might be a small loan of $1 million. But once we are able to recognize the role that social capital plays in our lives, we can take an inventory of how strong our networks are in certain areas and how weak our networks are in certain areas and take steps to really lean in and utilize the areas of our networks that have these awesome strengths and build up the areas of our networks that do not possess that same

00;21;18;16 - 00;21;25;19
Aunty Ky
level of strength. I hope that's helpful.

00;21;25;21 - 00;21;36;22
Aunty Ky
Why did you decide to look for entrepreneurship programs and what was your goal of what you wanted to get out of being involved in those programs?

00;21;36;25 - 00;21;57;15
Marla Green
I don't remember how I stumbled on the Nasdaq program. I don't recall. I know that I had been taking a lot of business classes in Eventbrite Blue, and I suspect that I found out about them in Eventbrite.

00;21;57;18 - 00;22;00;09
Aunty Ky
That's some really practical advice right there.

00;22;00;12 - 00;22;30;07
Marla Green
Yeah, I, I, I still take a lot of classes in Eventbrite. I just I want to make sure that my business succeeds. I, I failed enough and it's not that I failed to the point and I don't mean that by I failed. I'm a horrible person. I just mean that I've tried other businesses and they've failed. And even in my continuing education business, I've made mistakes.

00;22;30;09 - 00;23;02;28
Marla Green
But now that I know where to get the education, I feel like I don't have an excuse at least to make as major mistakes as I have in the past. So I want to do everything possible to minimize my mistakes. And so that's why I got in to Nasdaq to help me be a business owner, be a better CEO, minimize my mistakes, help me start making a profit.

00;23;03;00 - 00;23;22;17
Marla Green
And I want to give my son the same quality of life that I would have if I was still working something close to it. I really want to get off disability. I. I know a lot of people think I'm crazy for trying to get off disability.

00;23;22;19 - 00;23;47;16
Aunty Ky
But even just beyond being on disability, it's so just because your life is not going in the direction that you originally envisioned does not mean that the goals that you had for your family, the goals that you had for the type of life you wanted to live and the experiences you'd like to have have to change. You can just find new ways to get to that same goal.

00;23;47;16 - 00;24;30;10
Aunty Ky
Like if you want to prioritize traveling or if you want to prioritize being a forever learner, whatever it may be, and having the income to supply those dreams does not have to just drop simply because the way you thought you were going to accomplish that goal is no longer an option. So regardless of just personal feelings and things towards being on disability, if being on disability does not provide you with the resources necessary to live those dreams, then of course you're more than allowed to pursue things that will bring you closer to your goals and you don't have to let go of those dreams.

00;24;30;12 - 00;24;53;29
Marla Green
I guess that goes back to that. You know, that being stubborn thing. Hey, I want to travel. I want to be able to take my son to different places and have him have different experiences while I can't do that while I'm on disability. So I need to find another way. Just like it's just like with nursing. You need to have a nurse this way.

00;24;54;01 - 00;25;13;09
Aunty Ky
I need to have the lessons still apply the lessons and the grit and determination that you had to do that. Discerning still apply. You might not be trying to go back to who you used to be, but having an open mind to who you can newly be is.

00;25;13;13 - 00;25;34;11
Marla Green
That's right. And well, I mean, I can't go back to who I used to be. My body won't let me go back to who I used to be. I've tried that. And my body is like, I don't think so now. You know, we can't we can't tolerate doing what you used to do. I mean, I have a stimulator in my back.

00;25;34;14 - 00;25;50;10
Marla Green
It's a device that there are leads on my spine, and it sends signals along my my pathway, my spine to my brain that is supposed to trick my brain into thinking that I'm not having pain.

00;25;50;13 - 00;25;53;18
Aunty Ky
Is it similar to a 10th unit?

00;25;53;21 - 00;26;01;01
Marla Green
No, it's. It's different than a ten. Because this one is implanted in my body. Wow.

00;26;01;03 - 00;26;06;12
Aunty Ky
So I'm going to have to look that up. I haven't heard of that before.

00;26;06;13 - 00;26;09;09
Marla Green
It's called a spinal cord stimulator.

00;26;09;11 - 00;26;11;16
Aunty Ky
Spinal cord stimulator. Okay. Yeah. Yeah.

00;26;11;16 - 00;26;36;08
Marla Green
And and like I said, they're actually implanted in your body. I just have this. I just had it replaced because the other one wasn't working as well as it was as it used to. So I'm determined to have some kind of quality of life, and my body wants me to lay in bed and not do anything all day.

00;26;36;10 - 00;26;59;24
Marla Green
But that doesn't work for me. I mean, I already have to sacrifice only cooking once a day because it hurts to do twice it in. I've already had to adjust a lot and I can't be consistent. A lot of people go, Well, why can't you do telehealth? Well, because I can't be consistent. When it rains, you know, the pain gets worse.

00;26;59;27 - 00;27;00;23
Aunty Ky
Right.

00;27;00;25 - 00;27;15;03
Marla Green
You know, if I do too much activity one day, then I could be out for three days. It's just it's a lot of variability that some that employers are not going to be flexible.

00;27;15;06 - 00;27;16;08
Aunty Ky
Yeah. Yeah.

00;27;16;10 - 00;27;40;11
Marla Green
So I just have to. Right, right, right. And so I just have to do what I can do. So since I can't do what I used to do, then I have to do something new. And so, you know, if it's not going to be this business, well, then it's it's going to be another one. But I'm going to succeed.

00;27;40;11 - 00;27;44;07
Marla Green
I have to. If not for me, then for my son.

00;27;44;10 - 00;28;07;20
Aunty Ky
The new. You can still aim to have a thriving life, thriving memories, thriving experiences, even with the circumstances that you're having to navigate around. It's different, but it doesn't have to be the end of those dreams. And I think that's what I really want to emphasize, is doing things differently does not mean that you've given up.

00;28;07;22 - 00;28;17;26
Marla Green
Correct? Correct. That I won't let it be the end. I've gone through too much. Come too far. This is not going to be the end.

00;28;17;29 - 00;28;45;00
Aunty Ky
What advice would you give someone who is going through a similar experience where either they have a physical reason for needing to slow down or just a life situation that is putting the brakes on what they were chasing after and having to come up with what their new life looks like.

00;28;45;02 - 00;29;21;19
Marla Green
I would say don't give up until you find, you know, that thing that you can do without compromising your house, not only physically, but mentally. But even when you feel like giving up, don't give up and utilize your your community, your friends, your family have them involved. And it's hard because I'm you know, I'm a withdrawal to. But utilize your resources.

00;29;21;21 - 00;29;49;01
Aunty Ky
I'm just thinking to myself about how sometimes even when trying to utilize community we can unknowingly the same way we place ourselves in boxes and other people in boxes as well, and not even give them the opportunity to learn more things about us or ask them questions. Because you never know what connections or experiences or expertise another person may have.

00;29;49;03 - 00;30;23;18
Aunty Ky
So I know some people who are listening might be thinking, okay, well, yeah, I could lean on those individuals, but only to a certain limit. And you really never know what else somebody has to offer you if you allow yourself to be open and just slightly vulnerable to tell the things that you're thinking and tell them what your goals are, even if they don't have the same area of expertise that they could offer a nugget of wisdom that could make the light bulb go off in your mind of what else you can do and what else is relevant to your life.

00;30;23;19 - 00;30;43;09
Aunty Ky
So yeah, I don't want people to think, well, my family does this or my, my, my parents work in the computer fields and I work in health care. So there's no way that talking to them about my professional woes is going to be useful. You really never, never know.

00;30;43;11 - 00;31;28;23
Marla Green
Well, for me, I had to go find another community. I mean, like for for me, I felt judged by part of my family. I didn't feel super supported by part of my family. So I had to create my own community. And what that looked like for me was going to Eventbrite classes, getting active on a line of own kind of all is an easier platform to become active on than Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram.

00;31;28;23 - 00;31;57;10
Marla Green
If you're looking for community, when you're trying to start like a small business or if you're trying to get resources on starting a small business, online email is great because it consists of people just like you trying to get help to you, and it's easy to build community. That's what Alina Bills platform is all about. It's about relationships.

00;31;57;10 - 00;32;18;29
Marla Green
It's not about people being salesy. I mean, sometimes, yes, you will run across people trying to be salesy, but for the most part, it's about regular people trying to build relationships and building their business as well. And a line viable. They have a free option, right? They have a free option, and then they have a couple of paid options.

00;32;19;02 - 00;32;44;26
Marla Green
So you can even start for free and you can continue the free option if you want to. You you just have a limited amount of how many contacts you can get them out. But I would recommend line of all before 80. And then it's it's the people who are in your hometown, your area. So you meet people there and then you can go to area mixers and you know, things like that.

00;32;44;29 - 00;33;14;06
Marla Green
Then again, you're creating your own community. Go to Eventbrite and start taking classes and, you know, take classes around the world. Those people don't know you. We caught up in the chat, make new friends and go from there. And then that way your networking, you're making your community and then you never know who those people. Now you're using your resources.

00;33;14;06 - 00;33;16;15
Marla Green
You get you're putting yourself out there.

00;33;16;17 - 00;33;18;23
Aunty Ky
Right? Right. That's the biggest thing.

00;33;19;00 - 00;33;36;16
Marla Green
I mean, that's the kind of vulnerable that I think you really need to be, is be willing to be vulnerable to strangers. I don't mean giving them your credit card number. I'm just saying just.

00;33;36;19 - 00;33;38;17
Aunty Ky
Putting yourself out there, just like you said.

00;33;38;21 - 00;33;49;09
Marla Green
Yeah. To a little bit of your story. You don't have to tell a whole lot of it being a little bit out of your story. And people are how people will help.

00;33;49;11 - 00;34;12;08
Aunty Ky
I think the only thing that we're missing is after the health coach, how you decided what to do next that led you to wanting to find more entrepreneurship enrichment, to be able to do that successfully. So the transition from health coach inquiry focusing on your own health into starting the business that you have now.

00;34;12;11 - 00;34;40;07
Marla Green
One of the smaller continuing education businesses decided to sell their company. And so I inquired about it. However, they already had a seller, and so I thought that there wasn't a chance and really had forgotten about it. But a couple of months later they called me and asked me if I was still interested. I was like, Sure, sure.

00;34;40;10 - 00;35;09;16
Marla Green
So we went through negotiations and make a long story short, at the end, the sale ended up falling through. However, I found out that I love doing continuing education. I loved it because it put me back in the room with my peers and I was able to influence patient outcomes through educating my peers. And so I loved it.

00;35;09;16 - 00;35;46;29
Marla Green
And also being in the audience as a participant in continuing education seminars and conferences, I would always think about why are people who look like me upfront talking or like in textbooks, I'd be like, Why don't they have any pictures of African Americans here? How am I supposed to know how a rash looks on an African-American or an Asian person or, you know, a Hispanic person?

00;35;47;01 - 00;36;13;12
Marla Green
And so being in a continuing education, I can I can have some influence on that. I can have speakers, you know, who are diverse. I can start I can start talking about what diseases look like in different ethnic groups and, you know, just bring diversity to continuing education instead of continuing to complain about it, I can start being the change.

00;36;13;14 - 00;36;19;05
Marla Green
And so that's that's why I decided to stay in the continuing education space. And I love it.

00;36;19;07 - 00;36;45;15
Aunty Ky
That's all awesome. I love how sometimes the things that we, like you said, complain about or that annoys the most or can be passions. If you really dig under the surface and find out what's there and that you can be the reason why things don't stay that way. You can be the answer to the problem. I remember thinking about research and health disparities and things like that and going, Somebody should really do something about that.

00;36;45;17 - 00;36;51;14
Aunty Ky
You could be the somebody that somebody could be you.

00;36;51;16 - 00;37;18;18
Aunty Ky
Thank you guys so much for tuning in. And if there's anything I want you to take away from this is that sometimes the difference between our successes or failures is all in our network. One of the easiest ways to measure life expectancy is through a person's zip code. That is just how powerful your community environment and its resources are when it comes to life outcomes.

00;37;18;20 - 00;37;45;22
Aunty Ky
Even health outcomes. So if there's one thing that we can do to try to improve our health and our overall well-being is to pay close attention to not just who's in our small circles, but the infrastructure in the wider social networks that we find ourselves interacting with as well. Are there areas inside of your community networks, your systems that aren't necessarily promoting the health and well-being of the people within your community?

00;37;45;25 - 00;38;08;19
Aunty Ky
What can we do about that? What questions can we start asking and what problems can we start solving that we've never asked before and that we haven't solved yet? I would love to hear what you guys took away. Please feel free to contact us here at As Misunderstood on social media and being misunderstood e-com. So I would love to hear from you all.

00;38;08;19 - 00;38;35;23
Aunty Ky
I'm sure Marlo would absolutely love to be connected. You can go and visit Marlo's website as educate Trix seminars dot com Edu you a t r i x seminars dot com. We have reached the end of episode three Part two Identity Crisis with Marla Green. I hope this was enjoyable. And on that note, take care. See you on the next one.

 

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