November is a month to give thanks for all that we have. I turned fifty this November and had the opportunity to reflect on my life, my experiences, and the people I share those with. Through Facebook and social media, we get the opportunity to see how many people that we impact. I was astounded at the number of birthday wishes and messages from colleagues, acquaintances, old friends, etc that reached out to me. I am so grateful to have each and every one of them in my life. So, for everyone that reached out to me, Thank you! I am truly blessed.
Fifty was an emotional birthday for me. I've had a lot of changes in my life this last year which include a wonderful new practice, a new website, a new consulting business and new friends and colleagues. All of that change has had it's stress or worry, but I am proud that I have been able to go through this differently than I may have in the past. I've learned to be less emotional, less stressed and more accepting of "what is meant to be will be."
I've joined an Executive Coaching Group of physicians and veterinarians that support and mentor each other through personal or business challenges. It's one of the most powerful decisions that I have made. I am forever grateful to my sister Kerry, simplykerry.com, for continuously challenging me and encouraging me to be the best person that I can.
My life is different at 50. Like many of you, I have to watch what I eat, I get more tired , I have some wrinkles, and all of the other aches and woes of middle age. However, I am embracing it. I'm exercising every day. I'm seeing my family more. I'm looking for new challenges of being a better physician. I've learned to put myself out there as a person, and connect with my patients more than I ever have. I want to do medicine better!
So, in November, I will continue to give Thanks to all that I am grateful for. I have a husband and family who love me unconditionally and support me wholeheartedly. I have a mother and siblings that do the same. I have partners and staff that are truly amazing to work with. I have new friends and colleagues as well as old friends and colleagues that I truly appreciate.
This can be a busy time of year both personally and professionally for many of us. We can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays approaching, end of the year deadlines, etc. Remember to be thankful. I am incredibly thankful to all of you who have taken the time to read this.