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.