I am a naturopathic physician and I have been practicing for more than 15 years. I have the privilege of helping people for a living. Some days, my cases are more challenging than others and some days I have to deliver life-changing news like telling a patient that they have cancer. However, most days I get to witness people transform their health through relatively simple lifestyle interventions like learning how to manage stress better, exercising consistently and eating a diet that fits their individual needs.
A few years ago, I went through a dramatic shift. Over the course of a few months, I had started to feel a sense of complacency. I realized I was bordering on feeling depressed for seemingly no reason. I had a thriving practice, a healthy and happy family and from the outside it would look like I had the perfect life.
At first, I wasn’t sure what it was, but started to realize I just had a sense of not feeling fulfilled. I had achieved all of my goals up to that point, and was left thinking, “So this is it?”
One day, I took my kids to our local library to check out some books. While we were there, I browsed around the new book section and happened upon a book called E Squared. It really caught my attention, so I checked it out and started reading it that evening.
It was essentially a series of experiments about setting intentions and how your mood affects what you attract into your life. For the first time in many months, I felt excited as I turned the pages. I had not read anything like this before and was intrigued so I started the first experiment which involved making a statement of intent that an unmistakable blessing would come into my life within the next 48 hours. The next morning I got an email, unexpectedly, from a friend I hadn’t talked to in six months offering me her beach house for the weekend! In no time at all, I was back to feeling like myself again—setting goals, feeling optimistic, and most importantly, happy again.
With a renewed sense of purpose I started on a path of self discovery to determine what was next for me. I read multiple inspirational books per week, meditated, practiced creative visualization and made more time for fun in my life. During that first year, I decided I wanted to impact more people than I could in my clinical practice by seeing only one patient at a time. Over the years countless patients had asked me, “Why don’t more people know about this type of medicine and what you do?” I realized the best way to reach those people was through writing books.
Within a few months, I had connected with a literary agent who liked my material and wanted to see more. Fast forward two years and I had accomplished my goal of getting my first book, Unzip Your Genes, published while I continued to see patients. That was one year ago and I have made new connections and gotten many interesting opportunities. But, as I discovered a few years ago, I know my self-work must continue. This new way of living intentionally makes me feel fulfilled and happy.