“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
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I started blogging just over 3 years ago, but as I have written about previously, the road leading up to my blog/website was not so linear. It turns out finding something you are passionate about, and not just fleetingly, is not that easy to find – most people probably recognize this fact from their own journeys. On the other hand, I believe we can be passionate about more than one thing and that these passions may change depending on both our given circumstances and phase of life.
So, when I started my blog, my main motivator was to express creativity through writing and hope to educate, grow, and possibly inspire along the way. I had a general idea of what I was interested in writing about which stemmed from my growing concern that our healthcare system is more “illness” focused than “wellness” focused. I started down the path of prevention-related concepts such as wellness, lifestyle medicine and health behaviour change. I devoured Continuing Medical Education and online resources that pertained to these topics.
Although those interests still align with me today, I have expanded my interests into some other areas I am really passionate about and get quite jazzed about when I talk or write about them. These latter interests include physician wellness, personal development (fulfillment) and social media, as it pertains to medicine and healthcare.
I know, no surprises thus far, which brings me to something my husband and I have been discussing and working on for awhile. Over the past year, I have been very fortunate to work directly in physician health and my commitment to working with my colleagues on their wellness needs has blossomed. With the help of our web developer, my husband and I are working on a division, if you will, of Sara T, M.D. called Physicians for Physicians.
As the name implies, my husband and I, both physicians, are gearing this endeavor towards physicians. Our initial phase will include both online courses, specifically related to social media and emotional wellness, and retreats. As you can imagine, we still have a lot of work to do, however, the purpose and passion behind our endeavour only continues to grow, as compared so many other ideas that have dwindled over time.
Finding purpose & passion in life through journaling
I really believe in the organic process of finding a place of flow where greater purpose and passion meet. Sometimes, the harder the search, the more difficult it is to find. As expected, medicine fulfilled an amazing sense of purpose for me, but despite this, I knew that underneath the layers deeper passions existed for me.
Writing can help anyone explore a deeper passion. My writing came through exploring, researching and posting about the endless topics that interest me. To further self-exploration, one of the best ways is to write in a journal. Along the way, you can discover more about yourself, what motivates and inspires you. It is also a great way to hone your writing skills while preserving memories.
Journaling is more than just a diary of your day-to-day life, it takes a look within, sometimes into the places we don’t tend to look at when life is busy. Journaling is even good for our health and can lower stress. It can be challenging to get started but so many resources exist including books/journals such as Start Where You Are, apps such as Day One and online courses such as It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E.. Journaling can also be used during therapy to increase awareness and insight while also promoting personal change and growth.
We welcome your thoughts
Back to Physicians for Physicians, our website launch www.physiciansforphysicians.com will be July 1, 2016. At that time, we will open registration for our first course launch on September 1, 2016. We welcome any suggestions you may have no matter what perspective you are coming from.
Physician wellness is a concern for us all. My husband, Colin Taylor, and I are committed to providing both a community and a source of support to all physicians through our vision.