In October of 2009 I entered a contest to be a travel show host for a show called Paradise Hunter for 3 months.  While I realized there was probably no chance anything substantial would directly come of it, I knew it would open a door for me.  What that was, I didn’t know at the time.  I just knew that I had to start doing something different, and this was way out of my comfort zone.  After weeks of daydreaming about the perfect gig, and then realizing the job wasn’t mine, it became clear to me that I am very passionate about a few things: traveling and good food.  And there is nothing I like more that talking about those things.  So I decided to start a blog.  If I can’t be a travel show host, why not keep pretending, right?

Since the time I started this blog, my life has changed significantly.  It gave me a voice, gave me creativity, and helped me create the change I wanted in my life.  I was ultimately looking to walk away from a career that I chose to pursue in 1996.  After 10 years of practicing as a general dentist, I felt like I gave it a fair shot, and chose to leave the profession.  But I didn’t know what to do.  It took a few years of hard work, some therapy, and a lot of soul-searching to find the right match for me.  I knew I needed to find the right thing that would be fulfilling enough to replace a great career that just wasn’t for me.  Eventually, after a lot of patience, impatience, searching, and waiting, it found me.  I was able to leave dentistry after 10 years and find a career in weight loss.  So that’s what I get to do everyday!  I get to help people lose weight, achieve their personal goals, improve diabetes and pre-diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol—all without medications.

So this blog that has brought so much into my life has helped me to appreciate the moments that I do have.  I notice more, knowing I might just want to write about it.  It started out as a way for me to share my travel adventures, but has evolved into a way for me to share the adventures of leaving a career, finding a new one, and finding wholeness in my life.

If you want to see where this whole thing started, check out my video that I made for the Paradise Hunter contest.  I hope you get a little chuckle out of it.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Great awareness about appreciating the moments you have because you write about them. I know another blogger who tried cutting back on her posting for a bit and who realized her life didn’t feel as rich because she wasn’t paying as much attention each day. She didn’t have to harvest the moments to serve up to her readers and her life didn’t feel as abundant.

    Also a good reminder for me that appreciation of the now helps create better goodies ahead. So simple, but so hard to believe until you see it. Thanks.

    1. I remember having that discussion just under a year ago with you about blogging and awareness. Funny how it feeds itself. I like that… “appreciation of the now helps create better goodies ahead.” Well said, thanks, Kristy!

  2. You wrote that you were able to: “find a career in weight loss. So that’s what I get to do everyday! I get to help people lose weight, achieve their personal goals, improve diabetes and pre-diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol—all without medications.”
    It sounds wonderful and I bet you are looking forward to help people every day. I am a Realtor and I like what I do but I am not passionate about it. I discovered Zumba a few years ago and I became an instructor and Zumba fanatic. I see what a big impact it has on women’s life. Now I help other women to enjoy being active by dancing and loosing weight but I would like to find out another way to help with their weight loss and getting them to be healthier. If you don’t mind sharing with me your business, I would like to see if it’s a good fit for me also. You can email me at:

    1. Thanks, Carmen. What a wonderful thing you are doing! You are helping people get in shape AND have fun while they’re doing it. I’ll send you an email. I erased your email to maintain your privacy 😉

  3. Hello! I am a dentist either for already 10 years and feel all you have written previously. I am getting tired of such people believe. I think your post should be translated to every human being in this planet so they may appreciate our work a bit more…

    1. Hi Sofia! I was amazed at how many people felt the same way! In fact, it was translated to some other languages. I wrote about that in the post “Whoa! What Just Happened?” Curious to know where you are from? It’s incredible how universal this topic is! Thanks for visiting the blog!

      1. Hello! I am from Portugal and I noticed your post on a page of a facebook friend who comes up to be also a dentist. And I decided to make a link at my Facebook page too. Hugs

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