Boggs shared her inspirational story at our virtual Young Professionals Network program.
“There is hope,” she said. “If I can get through it, anyone can get through it.”
Boggs educates on the stigma of mental health. In 2018, she discussed it during a TEDxRaleigh talk.
“I’m talking today about something very personal,” she said during her talk with YPN.
Boggs was on top of her game in her professional life. Her successful sales career garnered national recognition.
“I knew sales was for me because I am very driven by numbers and by a leaderboard,” she said.
Boggs even presented on the topic of social selling with Shaquille O’Neal. She had everything she could want.
But, an unexpected death in her family set off a chain of events that led to her having a mental breakdown. Her sister had died of a brain aneurysm.
“It was incredibly hard and the only thing I knew to do was work,” said Boggs.
She said she worked more hours than ever.
“I became a social selling pioneer to the outside world, but, in reality, I was really falling apart,” said Boggs. “My family life was non-existent. I had an addiction to social media and a desire to always outperform yesterday’s posts.”
She got help.
Now, she sees work and life in a completely different way.
“At the end of the day, remember, it’s just a job,” said Boggs. “Set boundaries at work. That’s the first thing.”
Boggs now is the digital sales and development manager at Citrix.
“I’ve created very healthy boundaries for myself,” she said. “I don’t have the Sunday scaries anymore. I work at a great organization.”
Boggs spoke about why self care is so important.
“Take email off your phone if possible,” she said. “Block off your lunch every day. Identify your limits and practice saying no. Delegate, delegate, delegate. Also, I recommend meditation. I meditate every day. It’s been very grounding for me.”
We want to thank Boggs for sharing her personal story with us. Especially during these challenging times, it is very important to hear a message of hope.
We also would like to thank our series sponsors, Greene Resources and UNC Kenan-Flagler Executive MBA Programs, for their continued support of YPN.
Our next YPN program will be on July 9 where we will take a closer look at education in the Triangle, including K-12 education and the workforce pipeline.