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Saying Yes to Help

Where might accepting help allow you to go further?

If you’re like me, a self-starter, you might even find accepting help distasteful. As I recently learned, overcoming that aversion can lead to wonderful gifts. Learn more here.

Appreciating Ourselves First

Do you cringe when you think about giving yourself a pat on the back?
We all want a positive atmosphere at work. There’s a step you can take to foster that kind of work culture, but you must be kind to yourself first. Why? Learn more in this article.

Freedom from Guilt and People-Pleasing

Do you ever feel drawn to do chore after chore and help everyone in your sphere–then have no time or energy for yourself? You’re not alone. Many of my coaching clients struggle with this dilemma. But there is one word that can free you…

Why I Need to Be Stoppable

Why I Need to Be Stoppable

I’ve just returned from a conference that for two years running has blown me away. The Women In Medicine Summit, held by the nonprofit founded by Dr. Shikha Jain (see photo), Women In Medicine, brings together women who are physicians, trainees, and medical students. We hear blow-your-socks-off keynotes, participate in engaging breakout sessions, and enjoy the camaraderie of being together.

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Why We Need to Give the Process Time

Why We Need to Give the Process Time

This summer, my cousin Cindy has been raising Monarch butterflies. Two weeks ago, when I was visiting her for the weekend, she gave me a chrysalis to bring home. She’d already done the bulk of the work, feeding and caring for the caterpillar. I left with a mesh-sided carrier and an expected due date of 7 days. I was instructed on how to determine the gender and that I needed to choose a name.

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The Payoff of the Equity Lens

The Payoff of the Equity Lens

Before becoming a physician coach, back when I was a full-time writer, I attended a talk on racial health disparities for a piece was writing for a national non-profit whose mission is improving the US healthcare system. The speaker shared an image that I have now shared with others many times since.

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Creating Time with the Fab Fifteen

Creating Time with the Fab Fifteen

About a year ago, I was handed a challenge: create a live video to post on social media every day for 15 days.

I hated the idea.

I’m an introvert and prefer one-on-one conversations and small interactive groups. What I don’t love is sharing before an audience that I can’t see. But I couldn’t resist the chance to stretch myself.

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Why We Need an Oasis

Why We Need an Oasis

House-hunting has been an adventure. When visiting a prospective home recently, I learned an important lesson about what I’m really looking for. I think it applies to you too.

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