2018 was… interesting.

Happy New Year!   Every single year, in preparation for the upcoming year, I like to look back at the year that just finished.   The good, the bad, and the ugly.   What did I learn? What did I do right? What do I need to do better?   And what was my impression of the...

Job happiness- what it’s really about

Today, let’s talk about bad vs good veterinary jobs.   Here’s the reality, okay? We are responsible for our own situations. We are responsible for where we are in life, whether we’re happy with it or not.   If we’re in a shitty job, it’s our choice whether we leave it...

Life can be a rollercoaster…

Let me tell you a story today, a story about emotional rollercoasters.   Two years ago, I was desperate for something to change. I had fought depression for years, I had pulled myself out of it and bought my own practice, hoping that would change things, make...

This biggest thing that changed my life

Last weekend I was at a retreat with my coach and three other amazing powerful women in Santa Barbara. This was not a veterinary retreat, my coach is not a veterinary coach. I’ve written before about retreats and coaches, but I’m repeating it again today...

Work-life balance is a myth

I have a frustration. And I may be a bit controversial here, but I’m gonna say it anyway. I fully, truly believe that the concept of work-life balance (as a way to improve your life) is a myth.   Overall, as I’ve talked about a few times, the veterinary world is...

Veterinary boundaries and sanity

This week, let’s talk about something that I think many of us struggle with: boundaries, especially veterinary boundaries. We are healers. We are givers. We want to help everyone.  Almost two years ago, I met the woman who is now my coach. She was fascinating to me....

I’m feeling feisty today, so let’s talk veterinary respect.

I want to tell you two stories today about veterinary respect. Things I’ve personally seen in the last 2 weeks, and how they affect our feelings for our profession. First, an awesome phone call A few weeks ago, one of my associates saw a difficult client. You...

Are you resisting yourself?

Today I have a bit of a silly confession for you. About self-care, me, and my dry skin! If I were to ask you if you were taking care of yourself, what would your gut response be? What is that first thought that pops into your head? For years, mine has been “yes,...

I have a challenge for you

I have a challenge for you guys today. I want to talk about veterinary support systems. But first, some backstory. It was February 2014. I was at work, bored and scrolling through some veterinary news site. I read about Dr. Shirley Koshi. She was a veterinarian in New...

I have an obsession…

I have an obsession. I admit it- I am totally obsessed with herbs. Well, plants in general, I have them all over, but especially their medicinal properties. (Hey, I am the hippy vet after all!) Last Sunday was a long day. You know those long days of winter that feel...