Are you happy and fulfilled with your career and life at this moment? You have worked hard to acquire titles, possessions, and achieve goals on your life checklist. Perhaps something feels as if it is missing from your life, so you reassess or reassign another goal to cross over to the path of contentment.
I too spent my years checking off the lists to make sure that I became a doctor, got married (and then divorced) in style, and collected designer high heeled shoes.
There was a signature sound of my designer high heels that echoed in the hospital corridors where no stilettos had ever roamed before. The click-clack of my heels was the signal to my physician colleagues, nurses, and patients that I had arrived. Female brain doctor, epilepsy specialist, and never-to-recover chocolate addict. The truth of the matter was that I was overwhelmed and sleep-deprived trying to keep up with 80-90 hour work weeks. Despite professional success, I felt all alone. My single prayer every morning was that no one would discover my shame and loneliness that was I hiding underneath a starched white lab coat.
WHAT CAUSES SOMEONE TO COMMIT SUICIDE?
We cannot know a public figure's private battle they are having with their soul. Social media & television creates a distorted reality of public figures. We cannot understand the individual battles or suffering of anyone's soul.
The devastating news last week of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain committing suicide individuals shines a light on the dark truth of depression, mental health disorders, and suicide.
Their tragic and shocking death leaves all of us behind who can relate to their brands feeling collective suffering while asking the question, why?
CHIEF WELLNESS OFFICER
I've had the honor to be named as a consultant Chief Wellness Officer at Evolution Hospitality. I will be working with the leadership team to guide wellness initiatives to their almost 5500 employees at corporate headquarters, and throughout 50 other hotels all over the United States that they help to manage. How inspiring is this idea that allows me the ability to bring principles of mindfulness, meditation, and integrative medicine together for an entire company? Evolution Hospitality (Evo) is founded on a culture is focused on its team members through their guiding people-driven culture The goal is to help every employee be the best version of themselves, personally and professionally.
I entered neurology at a time when less than five percent of neurologists were women. I knew very quickly to keep my head down, heels high, and stay laser focused. The truth of the matter was that most days I felt overwhelmed and lonely trying to keep up with the 80-90 hour weeks.
The fashion in our closets, the men we date, and our hairstyles have may have changed over the years. One situation has remained on course — for the majority of us working women in the United States isolation in leadership positions in the workplace remains. The number of women in senior leadership positions remains at 10-14% depending on the industry; a statistic has not shifted in 15 years.
Today, we are standing in the midst of the unprecedented movement about the role of women in the workplace. Rooted in the critical conversations around the #metoo and #timesup movements, the tide is shifting to help heal and empower women.
A message for ALHI Executive Women in Leadership retreat guests:
"It was an honor to be the presence of all of you at the ALHI EWIL retreat in July. As I close my eyes in meditation in the morning, I don't think I will ever forget the energy of a powerful Grace that your entire group shared with me. Thank you for the open hearts to hear a message about the role of mindfulness and mindful leadership in your personal and professional lives.
A special thank you to our hosts at Vista Collinas and Meritage Resort & Spa for helping to create a spectacular experience.
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With a heart full of gratitude,
Dr. RomieRead More