Wishing you a 2011 full of adventure, growth and joy!
With love and light,
With love and light,
a professional smiley-pants: A really happy lover of people, crowds and connector of both!
Professionally, I’m an Integrative Health Care Specialist, Medical Journalist & Food Blogger and Business Development Consultant (to health and wellness professionals of all backgrounds).
My passion is to strive toward developing the best ways to attain total wellness so that my teaching, writing and practice of medicine will be a true extension of myself out into the community.
As a business development consultant, it’s my mission to help doctors and new health care professionals understand and utilize integrative medicine in their practices to offer the most comprehensive care to the widest variety of people. This means living by example; to maintain the ability to put my own ego aside and still push forward with confidence (into a place that’s still not sure if they want to accept me or my ideas). My simple goal is to remind physicians that no matter what type of medical training or background, we all have it in us to heal our patients; to practice medicine for people, not things.
As a writer, I have the opportunity to get people thinking in possibilities, be a bit of a rebel and advocate for personal choice. By offering insight into the unknown, challenging accepted norms and refuting long-held myths and beliefs, people start asking questions; they want to know what else they could possibly tap into. If my writing can offer a platform to get people looking at themselves and how they relate to their local environments and communities more thoughtfully, I’ll know I’m at the height of my passion.
Admitting the answer to this question? Okay, as you’ll read below, I said I keep it real… Balancing my work and personal life is my biggest challenge, BUT, that’s because I love my work so much! As a health care provider and facilitator/teacher, what I do professionally is my way of life. I’m the owner, the president, the mail delivery girl, you get it… Although it’s my biggest challenge, it’s also my biggest comfort to be healthy and conscious. So, I’m lucky, I often find the balance when I’m in the garden with my mom, whipping up some culinary delight with my friends or cruising along the beach with my boyfriend. These experiences offer the most visceral of reminders that we have to fill ourselves back up to keep delivering the goods.
Whatever your work is, make sure it’s palpable, that it touches you on a deep level and allows you to see yourself clearly (that last part is simple, yet great advice bestowed upon me by a dear friend and fellow entrepreneur). These perceptions alone will help push you forward, protect you when you have to step out of your comfort zone and allow you the confidence to continue in the creative flow. And, if you brainstorm a good idea; especially one that you know could benefit others, don’t be afraid to break a rule or two to make it happen. Asking for forgiveness later is much easier than wishing you’d done something to see your passion evolve! Oh, and if you need help, go for it, ask! Empowering others means we have to act humbly ourselves sometimes to do so.
“Don’t let your circumstances or habits rule your choices today. Become a master of yourself and use your willpower to choose.”
– Seth Godin; serial entrepreneur and author
For the past two years I’ve given a monetary gift to charity in gratitude of the client relationships I’ve cultivated. I sent this festive note to my clients this holiday season:
Our past, the present, and our unwritten future, and what we think of them, they tend to haunt us now and again.
If your ghosts happen to visit this holiday season (or any time), why not invite them in and explore with them. They have much to teach us when we are open to acknowledging them and adapting to their presence.
Whether you’re a fan of change or not, you aren’t the same person as you were. You’ve changed. You’ve grown.
Your visions of the past can be one of your chief assets. They can tell you about Who You Are now, what you want, what you don’t want, what you like and what you don’t.
Who You Were can show you that the good stuff and the bad stuff have helped to shaped you equally.
How you remember Who You Were is yours to choose. It can be your chain, it can be your springboard, it can be whatever you desire.
Only in this very moment are you present. Only in the now are you Who You Are.
Your mind, your thoughts, keep you in the past, or… race you to the future. It is only in the place of feeling, of acting on instinct, that you are present and You.
Before you can think it, you must feel it. Notice the feelings. Who You Are creates Who You Will Be.
The future is unwritten and it’s yours to create. Who You Will Be is altered in the present, through your choices.
In allowing your decisions to come from within, you’ll find order emerging from your creative choices. Your future can be whatever you envision — if you make choices that support Who You Are.
Don’t allow limited views to restrict your visions. Who You Will Be is yours to design.
photo credit: lautsu
Adventure is a nutrient. We need it.
When we ignore our desire for adventure, we ignore our very nature.
Sometimes, usually when I am leaving for a trip, I think about my adventure and it’s costs, and I question if I need to be less self-serving, less self-ish, and not take the risk.
I wonder if I should be more ‘adult’ or more ‘disciplined’. I wonder what’s wrong with me that I need to explore the world.
But then the adventure begins and I quickly remember why THIS matters as much as my ‘hard work’.
I, You, Us humans, we need to woo, excite and refresh our Self. We need to experience falling deeper in love with our Self and our World.
We need the feeling of relinquishing control and let the unknown unfold. We need to see that what we are truly capable of.
My passion is fueled. I am so thankful I choose to feed my Self with such delicious desert beauty.
Now, I can feel, see, that without my adventures my work would not be possible.
In creating my unique dance with creativity and commerce it’s necessary that I give my creativity the full attention it sometimes needs.
Be a good animal, trust your instincts. – D.H. Lawrence
photo credit: digiyesica