As we stepped into 2019, I made a major career decision.
It all started when I looked into the mirror one day and said that’s not me? Why am I looking so drained and tired? Where’s that sparkle in my eye gone?
I was juggling multiple roles besides being a mother and wife! It was time to pause, slow down and reset!
As a busy working mum what began as a proactive self care soon morphed into guilt and shame for shirking my responsibility as a doctor! Was I trading preventive self-care for neglectful patient care and mistaking self-awareness for self-indulgence? Was it a sign of weakness? Was I non longer a giver?
The tug of war continued within my mind for weeks as I pondered if not now, then when? If not me, then who?” There’s NEVER going to be a perfect time if you keep dwelling on it. You just have to do it!
And so I did. I reduced my hours in GP to two mornings a week and with that a weight lifted off my shoulders.
The truth is I love every aspect of my life but it was time to love myself again!
It’s was time to look in the mirror and to let my reflection show exactly what I feel and say proudly ‘I am me’!
This change has given me time to refocus and look at new opportunities. You may have noticed my new social media pages Doctor K as I launch my more holistic personal brand, which I’m really excited about.
I’ve been busy beavering away at my vision board and I’m excited to say that I’m about to launch my podcast later this month. Watch out for details in a separate email soon.
I’m also knuckling down and finally finishing the book I started writing while on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island 4 years ago.
February was an extremely busy month with every weekend being occupied – so yes I have slowed down 🤣
I’m passionate about education and have for the last 7 years been part of the NZSCM education committee and actively involved in training days. The first workshop of the year was held over weekend 3 with basic anatomy and botulinum injecting. There are 10 great new trainees and 5 superb second year trainees. As you may have seen on Newshub NZSCM is the only training scheme approved by NZMC for doctors to practice independently. It a full 2 year diploma with over 100 hours of lectures and hands on training each year followed by full in practice assessment, so if you attend an NZSCM certified practice you know you are in the safest hands. Jeunesse MedSpa is currently the only fully accredited NZSCM clinic in Hamilton!
We’ve had our 2 Feb birthday boys try to sneak under the radar with celebrations now that they’re over 50! Happy birthday Johnathan & Priyen !
And my final little blurb is a proud mum moment. Our 20 year man child just completed his first half iron man as the youngest athlete for NZ Ironman 35th anniversary in Taupo. We watched with utmost pride as he fulfilled a dream he set 12 months ago.