Creative Discomfort

“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.” ― Morgan Freeman Increasing discontent despite a comfortable quality of life – what’s up with that?  Why would you seek discomfort? You may have food on the table, a roof over your head, a loving family and a good job.  Yet you may still feel a sense of unease, […]

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Ambiguity – The Secret Sauce for Success

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.” — Gilda […]

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Are you an artist or a nerd? Creative Resilience.

Society loves to put us in boxes. Creative.  Artistic.  Nerd.  Jock.  I was torn between my love for animals and science in high school.  I felt a thrill onstage, and when I was developing photos in the dark room, time fell away.  Likewise, how an animal developed from an embryo, and the poetic mechanisms of […]

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Failure – Facing and Embracing

What is failure, anyway I wrote a LinkedIn post this year about my new relationship with failure after closing my business. Based on that post, I was asked to write an article for West Coast Veterinarian Magazine. Coping with failure can be one of the most challenging things for a type-A overachiever. Learning to embrace […]

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Courage, Brené Brown and Creativity

I bought Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead as soon as it was released. I love Brené Brown’s voice. Her relatability, writing style, and authenticity make it feel like she is reading her words to me from the page.  Courage has been a common theme in her message, which she identifies as one of her personal […]

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Growing Vet Podcast Interview

Naren and I dove into the idea of building your ideal life on the Growing Vet Podcast. We talked about pushing the boundaries of your comfort zone, using creativity, being a mom and parent, and taking chances. Hope you enjoy it too!

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Nobody’s Perfect

You are magnificent beyond measure, perfect in your imperfections, and wonderfully made – Abiola Abrams Veterinary medicine is the perfect storm for perfectionists.  A profession where, without internships or residencies, we are expected to be radiologists, dentists, maxillofacial surgeons, general surgeons, internal medicine, critical care, dermatology….you get the picture.  A few years ago, I talked […]

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Mindset Failures in Vet Med

“People just don’t understand the costs of delivering quality pet care”.

I can’t count how many “vets aren’t in it for the money” and “vets do it because we love animals but we still expect to get paid” posts on facebook. In private groups, veterinarians are seeking help from others on how to “fix” our clients so that they understand our perspective. More disturbingly, I see a lot of research on high suicide rates, anxiety and depression among veterinary team members.

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Top 10 ways to be a great Locum Tenens

Being a Locum Tenens (relief) practitioner takes a specific skill and personality set for long term success.
Here are a few that over my 20 years of experience as a locum that I consider necessary for longevity as a locum:

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