A little bit about me.

For years, decades actually, I was driven by an ambition that was never satisfied. 

  • National Research Scholarship, Tick;
  • PhD, Tick;
  • Medical degree, Tick; 
  • Pediatrics training, Tick.

Achievement after achievement, I would ‘get there.’  And ‘get there’ I did, but not before my health and well being tanked. I was over weight, stressed and hypertensive, pre-diabetic and chronically exhausted. Apparently the study and practice of medicine was not good for my health!

I felt tired, old and remarkably miserable.

After 17 years of training, (4 years undergrad, 4 years PhD, 4 years medical school, 5 years pediatrics training), and 13 years of private pediatric practice, feeling utterly spent, against the advise of just about everyone I knew – I retired… without a plan.  

Colleagues were stunned (envious or aghast, I’m not sure which), friends and family were worried and both my accountant and financial planner were cautiously skeptical.

For months I was restless, quite directionless – doing ‘nothing’ was not something I was familiar with.  

Then boredom settled in…
“Well, now what?”  Medicine is all I know. 
“Should I go back?” 
Instant nausea.  Okay, I will take that as a ‘no.’ 
Then the what- if-regrets started to surface. 
Then my inner critic chimed in – quitter, you’re such a failure. 
Thirty years wasted… Shameful.  How dare you?

Sigh… I hired a life coach.  And with a lot of guidance and self-reflection, I was able to change my perspective and change my life.  I lost weight, reversed my pre-diabetes and hypertension and most importantly, I started to create a life I love and a future I am excited about… NO GRIND whatsoever!

I feel younger now than I did when I was 50!  And so can you.  It is possible.