I’m Bored! Read more Creative Discomfort
Ah the sounds of summer. My kids are in the last few weeks of school, and I’m not looking forward to the “I’m Bored” summer anthem. I made the mistake of trying to solve the boredom, early in my parenting journey. “What about the Pool?” “Draw a picture” “Go for a bike Ride” “Make a […]
Read more Ambiguity – The Secret Sauce for Success
“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, […]
Read more Are you an artist or a nerd? Creative Resilience.
“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 […]
Read more Failure – Facing and Embracing
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 […]
Read more Courage, Brené Brown and Creativity
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 […]
Read more Growing Vet Podcast Interview
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 […]
Read more Nobody’s Perfect
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!
Read more Mindset Failures in Vet Med
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 […]
“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.