After years of being busy taking care of critically ill and recovering neonates in the Neonatal ICU, then coming home to take care of my children, I’m making new decisions. One of them is to learn how to relax and be still. It’s a new experience for me. It’s taken years and many shifts to get to this place. And it’s becoming a self-care practice that I really enjoy.

For the last 20 years my days off were spent resting and recovering. Recovering from being at the bedside of sick neonates for 22 out of 24 hours. Yes, there were shifts like that. I was recovering from watching the monitors to see if the vital signs were finally stable before heading to the call room. And I was recovering from feeling my energy drained as nurse after nurse asked me questions to clarify orders written earlier that day. It was all part of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. And it was a life I had chosen so many years ago.

For the last 20 years I spent time resting, shutting myself off from the world to simply catch up on much needed sleep. Looking back on it now, I realize I was merely recharging my batteries in preparation for another week of more of the same.

I hadn’t developed the strategies that would catapult me to the next level in my life or career. Back then I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know the difference between resting and restoration.

Rest is not enough for a busy physician. Resting merely addresses the physical exhaustion that doctors experience when we commit to working 12 and 24-hour shifts. Restoration is what doctors really need to live a purposeful life. We need strategies and support that connect us to our souls and provide support for mental and emotional well-being.

I am embarking on such a journey. I set aside time to be in silence. Sometimes it’s for 5 minutes. Other times it’s longer. I make the most of the time I have. I spend time in nature and in gratitude, which is a far cry from the fluorescent lights, the telephones, pagers, and the alarms of the monitors in the unit.

As high achieving physicians we spend so much time seeking perfection that we miss out on really appreciating what we have right now. The busyness of our lives and careers do not make room for it. We finish one thing and move on to the next.

My recommendation to you fellow physicians is that before you move onto your next level schedule time in your busy schedule, if even for a few minutes, to give thanks for the journey. 


If you struggle with how to move confidently and easily into the next phase in your medical career then I have good news for you. I’m opening up just 20 spots for a breakthrough session me — at no cost, my treat! — for 30 minutes.

It’s my 30-minute “Confidence In Medicine Breakthrough Session.”

The only thing is, there are only 20 spots open and these are going to be snapped up fast. To be considered you’ll need to apply by July 5.

In this Confidence In Medicine Breakthrough Session I’ll walk you through to:

* Discover what is unconsciously sabotaging you from owning your value

* Create a clear plan that describes in detail the steps you need to take to identify the triggers that rob you of your confidence

* The one simple step you can take immediately to get into action

****************** HERE’S HOW TO APPLY ******************

Send me an email with the answer to these simple questions.
IMPORTANT: You must answer ALL the questions to be eligible for this gift breakthrough session. Any received with missing info will be deleted.

1. What is your name and tell me a little bit about your struggle in medicine?

2. When it comes to your confidence what are your biggest challenges?

3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being highest), how important is it to you to get these solved…and why?

4. What is the #1 obstacle that’s kept you from solving these challenges?

5. Where would you like your career to be in 6 months? 12 Months?

6. What is your phone number and email address? (We’ll contact you by date/month to let you know if you were accepted for one of these # limited spots).

Remember, to take advantage of this Confidence In Medicine Breakthrough Sessionopportunity, simply send me an email with the questions above answered by July 5. We’ll let you know if you get one of these gift breakthrough sessions!