Dr. Erin J. Stagner’s Story … #BossBabe Love Month Series
I’m back to share with you another amazing story from yet another amazing #BossBabe.
Just to re-cap why I’m doing this (in case this is the first story of this series that’s you’re reading) …
During my entrepreneurial adventures, I have been connecting with empowering women from all over the world and one day realized there was a need for more storytelling. Stories just like theirs needed to be spread socially through my blog for many reasons … First, to show support to all the hardworking women hustling out there to building their dream empires! I wanted to connect with these women to have them dig deep … tell the raw truth behind how they built their empires, their personal successes, their struggles and how they got to where they are today. And secondly, I am hoping that these #BossBabe stories will empower and inspire other women to follow their passion and make their dreams a reality by kicking discrimination to the curb.Now, here today, I’m over the moon excited to share the second (of the eight) #BossBabe stories in this series.
Here is Erin’s story …
I AM A #BossBabe!
No, I didn’t just wake up one day and decide that’s who I am. I didn’t graduate from some ordinary training course that gave me a badge (even though that would be cool). It wasn’t a title someone just gave me …
So, how did I get to be a #BossBabe? I EARNED IT!
I finished chiropractic school in 2006 with a new baby and a new husband, and my life set-up for me. My mom and my uncle were chiropractors in my hometown and I happily walked into the family business ready to go to work. Except I didn’t – there were a LOT of things that happened that I wasn’t expecting …!
First, working with family is not always easy. Secondly, getting married in a hurry is not always a good idea.
What was the solution? To move away and never look back?
Yup, that’s exactly what I did. I worked for a telemarketing company and tried to make ends meet. Except that didn’t work out. So, I moved back home and back to work in the chiropractic office, but not as a doctor this time. I taught school – this time at night – and ended up watched my marriage fall apart. We moved again, and again (a stressful 7 moves in a short 6 years) to a small town where I ended up teaching science in a private school and did my best to see a few patients in the afternoons. When sadly, everything fell apart. Or maybe I just had enough, I’m not sure which (perhaps both). So, once again … I moved back home. And once again, I went back to work teaching at night and working in the chiropractic office during the day. My mom was gracious enough to move in with me as I was almost ready to deliver baby number three.
But gratefully, 2013 was a turning point in my life — and in my business. We moved the practice across town, and I began to actively see patients. But then my oldest daughter was diagnosed developmentally delayed and we changed schools to better suit her daily needs. My divorce was officially finalized, and I was able to finally focus on what was best for myself, my family and my life.
I was very excited when I made $54K that year — seeing my own patients on my own terms in my own office. It was scary, liberating and nerve-wracking all at the same time. LOL! But, I can happily say that I haven’t looked back since!
I served as the team physician for an NCAA Division basketball and volleyball team for 8 years then I went back to school (twice!) for my master’s degree where I completed multiple certifications with different companies to better myself for my patients.
Then moving forward to 2018, I made $116K not counting any of the money I made from my side hustles!
2019 is looking to be even bigger and even better as I am in the midst of creating a certification program of my own for those who work with special needs children. I am teaching and presenting on 6 stages as well as having the opportunity of being interviewed for podcasts every single week. Including this opportunity to share my #BossBabe story with Crystal, CEO of Virtually Untangled.
So, how did it happen?
By going through a lot of stuff (crappy stuff) and learning a lot of things the hard way! But by never losing focus on who I truly am, where I am going and what it takes to get there!
Wanna be a #BossBabe just like me?
Then gather up your big girl panties, step into your sexy knee-high boots, put on your make-up and get to work!
To keep up with Erin’s ever-growing #BossBabe adventure, here are her online handles …
If today’s #BossBabe story resonated with you … empowered you … and you found it to be exactly the inspiration were looking for, I would be very grateful (and so would the storyteller) if you would help it spread by sharing it on social media or emailing it to a friend. You never know whose life a passionate story, just like this one might change.
Would you like to world to hear your story? Want to shout it from the rooftop? Do you want to inspire other women to follow their passion and make their dreams a reality?
Feel free to drop me a line, connect with me on LinkedIn or post your comments on Virtually Untangled’s Facebook page so we can make it happen. Together, let’s share the raw truth behind how you built your empire …!
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