Wisdom From a Puppy: Taking the First Step to Change

Adapting to life with Nolabees has been quite a crazy transition.  She has been such a fun addition to our lives, and at the same time she is a lot of work.  I’ve never really had a puppy of my own before.  It’s different when you’re a kid and you don’t take much responsibility in the care of “your” puppy.  Now that I’m on the hook for feeding her, cleaning up after her, taking her for walks and much more, I realize that it’s a bit like having a kid– except on a faster track.  Of course that’s coming from someone who doesn’t have any kids.  Just like all you human mommies out there, I am an obsessed dog mommy.  I show pictures of her, accept her crazy behavior, see the best in her along with the worst, need breaks from her, and often learn from her.


Always by my side.

  When she first joined our family, I didn’t do a thing for 3 weeks.  She was such a sweet little baby… so cuddly, so loving, and all she wanted to do was curl up in my lap.  She was a little scared too, so how could I deprive her of the cuddle time that would make her feel at home?  Continue reading

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Introducing… Nolabees!

You may have noticed I haven’t written any blog posts in a while… or maybe you haven’t.  Either way, I’ve been a little distracted lately.  I have been working on some really cool things, and one in particular has taken up a lot of my time.

Her name is Nola, or as we sometimes call her… Nolabees!

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Practical Tactics for Changing Your Life, One Small Step At A Time

We all loved reading about my friend, Ritu’s story about her decision to sell her practice and take a break from clinical dentistry for a little while.  It was great to hear from several of you who have also made your own changes and are inspiring others!  I’ve asked Ritu to write one more post.  In the first one, she shared her story to let you know why she chose to sell her practice.  Since she just wrote the amazing book, The Energy Shift: Increase Your Energy and Do More of What You Want Every Day, I asked her to share how she used some of the philosophy from her new book to create her path and show how she did it.  Here is what she had to say…

They say fortune favors the bold, yet few of us feel fortune is referring to us.

In fact, bold is seldom a go-to word or philosophy for living. Typically, it’s just ‘get through the day’. Put in your time, tackle the problems thrown at you, or live to try another day. Sure, there may be a few good moments along the way, and hey, there’s the weekend to look forward to. And vacation. Let’s not forget about vacation.

But what if that wasn’t enough? What if, under all that, there was a deeper desire to do more (or something else), something meaningful, fulfilling, and dare I say it, fun? What if there was more to this life than just surviving, like thriving? Continue reading

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On Making Change, Getting Off the Beaten Path, and Taking a Career Break

One of the great perks about blogging about my dental career is that I have met some amazing people along the way.  Not only are they inspiring, interesting people, but they are also people who have decided they want something different out of life. They are people who have decided to take risks to bring more joy into their lives.  They are people who have decided not to settle for their existing conditions because it’s easier to stay put than to change.  I’m thrilled that one of those amazing people is now my latest guest blogger!  Her name is Ritu, and if you are stuck in your career, she will inspire you with her story.  Ritu and I went to dental school together, but we never even met!  Oddly enough, we met years later through this great blogging community.  I love her writing, and I also love that today she gets to tell you her story of how she was able to make the leap out of dentistry, something I know many of you are anxiously awaiting in your own lives.

While Ritu’s motivations to leave may have been different from mine, we did share the feeling that there was something else for us.  We all share a few common things in career change; and you’ll see from her story that it takes time, there is never the perfect time to make the move, and the key to creating change is to start somewhere– finding other things you like to do to open the door to your future.  By the way, she has written two amazing books with techniques that helped her change!  Check out her bio at the end for the scoop. Continue reading

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Can’t Buy Me Love or Happiness

With so many great holidays to celebrate this time of year, there is one holiday in the bunch that will forever be my favorite– my anniversary!  It’s the anniversary of my farewell from a high intensity career in dentistry.  It has been 4 years, and it is so hard to believe that so much time has already passed.  It’s fitting that it all came to fruition around Thanksgiving, because gratitude is the one feeling that never wavers.  I know I made the right decision, and I’m so thankful those days are behind me.  What does waver, though, is my perception of my own level of success.  Sometimes I feel like I am exactly where I should be, and other times that annoying internal voice loves to convince me that I’m not successful enough.  You see, as someone who was drawn into the glitz and glamour of dentistry, I’ve had to work really hard to undo old beliefs and redefine success for myself over the past few years.  I had to let go of the respect.  I had to let go of the status.  I had to let go of the big money.

I had to let go of the idea that being important was the only way I could feel important in this world. Continue reading

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The Skinny Jew Vs. The Fat Jew

This isn’t just some silly fight between two Jewish kids.  I normally wouldn’t ever even call myself that, but there really is a guy who calls himself The Fat Jew.  And I’ve got a bone to pick with him. He doesn’t even know who I am, and until last week I didn’t know who he was.  So it can’t be a real fight between us.  Instead this is a battle of principles.  It’s more about what we each represent.

This is one bandwagon I will gladly jump right on. 

Last week I was put on the defensive in a big way, and a few days later I discovered that I wasn’t the only one.  Have you ever heard of The Fat Jew?  He’s a social media personality who STOLE other comedians’ jokes for his own Instagram  and Twitter accounts and took the credit for THEIR content.  He deliberately edited their photos and removed their proprietary information from the jokes he copied.  This wasn’t an accident.  I know some of you are thinking, “Heh, no big deal.  When you put something on the internet, you take that risk.”  But that’s not true.  It is a big deal– especially when that stolen content was clever and witty enough to garner him millions of followers, a modeling contract, a book deal, hosting gigs, and a show on Comedy Central… all of which has now been stripped from him… all because his victims banded together and fought back. Continue reading

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I Found Out My Husband Was on Ashley Madison

I need your help, but I should start by apologizing.  I’m sorry I tricked you, but I was desperate to get your attention.  My husband was not on Ashley Madison, but this does kind of, sort of have something to do with Ashley Madison.  Instead of spending hours searching for my friends’ husbands on there (my husband would never do that,) I’m using that precious and otherwise productive, time to write this blog post that I really don’t want to write.

Calling all bloggers and anyone else who uses the internet.

I really need your help.  No, YOU need your help!

As bloggers we all put hard work into our writing, photography, recipes, or even videos.  We put our hearts and souls into our blogs.  I personally love the interactions and connections and even adventures it brings my way.  I love that I can express myself in a way that never in my life did I know I could.  This gave regular ol’ me a chance to be a writer, something I never would have thought I would do in my lifetime. Continue reading

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