In this issue we tackle your well-being, from your financial fitness (see our cover story “An Orman Never Gives Up” on page 52, and our new column by contributor Tory Johnson “Can This Business Be Saved?” on page 22) to your health (“The New Energy Crisis” on page 60, “The Entrepreneurial Brain,” page 70) to your funny bone (“Funny Business,” page 42).
Our story on what believers call “adrenal fatigue” and what nonbelievers simply call “a stress mess” really spoke to me (“The New Energy Crisis”). I’ve had several autoimmune disorders, and I’m lucky in that all have been treatable. Autoimmune disorders are genetic but are often triggered by difficult life events. So when my mom died, I got Grave’s disease, a thyroid disorder. After a workplace change (from management I loved to management I didn't), I came down with a weird thing called sarcoidosis—it’s when noncancerous cells clump together and travel to places in the body they shouldn’t go, like naughty children venturing into a forbidden parlor. Another stinky situation coincided with a diagnosis of secondary fibromyalgia. That one sucked. The only reason I was able to get out of bed in the morning is because my love for my husband and kids is stronger than any pain could be. But I wasn’t well. I wasn’t well at all.
I got myself out of an unhealthy situation I’d been in for years, where I was working too late and worrying too much. For a year, I wrote freelance articles from home. I helped my little one with her homework and ate dinner with my family every night. I started exercising and meditating. The fibromyalgia pain steadily ebbed; and with a new medication, it vanished. Every day I woke up grateful and happy to be alive. But financially, my family wasn’t doing so well. We were going through our savings; something had to be done.
And when you are open to serendipity, of course, it comes knocking at your door. Darren Hardy reached out to my friend, the editor in chief of More magazine, through LinkedIn. He needed an editor in chief. She sent him to me. And now here I am, at a magazine that looks at success holistically—just as life had taught me to do.