They say if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Hanna Murray would be the first to agree. But finding her true calling as a labour, delivery and postpartum nurse and doula wasn’t something that came easily to her.
After completing a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and subsequently working in the field, Hanna realized it wasn’t for her. She thought about pursuing a degree in computer science, but was encouraged by a stranger to try her hand at nursing. So she did.
“While I was in nursing school at U of T in Toronto, I liked every single subject,” Hanna said on the Leading With Nice Interview Series. “I liked all the areas and I wanted to do anything. I just loved nursing. But it wasn’t until I went into labour and delivery that I was like, this is my passion.”
Hanna has since parleyed her experience into Babytalk, a blog that serves as a safe place for women to discuss various topics about pregnancy, birth, postpartum and parenting. What began as a passion project has turned into full-time job of its own, which Hanna balances with her career as a nurse and motherhood.
She wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It has to be a passion that makes you kind of automatically motivated, model trains or chess or whatever,” she says. “If you love chess and you just want to share everything about chess, there’s endless content that you can make around that. It’s just a question of how much you are passionate about it, because that will drive you; that will push you to do more.”
Listen to the episode below to hear Hanna speak about the importance of pursuing passions and never losing sight of goals.