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How to Connect to Hope
Written by Dr. Romie on Feb 2, 2016
Mind Tags: SpiritualitySelf-EmpowermentMindful LivinghopeConfidence

Have you lost hope in your life?  Maybe you have lost that light of hope to succeed in your business?  Or perhaps you are not sure there is hope for you to find your soulmate.  You may not be sure if there is hope for healing from your health issues?

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Written by Dr. Romie on Dec 2, 2013
Mindful Living Tags: ConfidencemindfulnessSelf-Empowerment

On This Monday, let our mantra be:  “I Give Myself Praise”

Don’t groan.  I had the same reaction when I was at a women’s retreat.  One of the presenters brought up the idea: go around the circle stating a “brag or praise” about our something we accomplished in our life recently.

My memories turned back to time when I was little girl in a traditional Asian home.   Girls were supposed to be modest- that was tough for an extroverted Romie who loved to talk and speak her mind.  We didn’t really get praise growing up, just constant suggestions on improvement.   I looked around the room at the other uncomfortable women. Clearly, this isn’t just an Asian daughter issue. 

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Written by Dr. Romie on Nov 18, 2013
Mindful Living Tags: Work-Life BalanceSelf-EmpowermentConfidence

On This Monday, let our mantra be:  “I own and stand in my power”

When the word power is said, I sometimes cringe.   Traditionally power has been associated with words like force, aggression, and masculine energy.   This old way of thinking used to govern my attitude as a neurologist specializing in epilepsy- a field largely dominated by men.   It was no wonder that I typically felt like I was beating my head up against a wall.

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Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 20, 2013
Mindful Living Tags: Self-EmpowermentConfidence
Photo: Bruce Vartan Boyajian / The Miss America Organization

My intention for adding the title “Beauty” to my blog and brand was truly about my long (and sometimes painful) journey to look inside of my heart, to find my authentic Romie voice, and to continue to seek a deeper spirituality.  

It may seem “off message” to be talking about a beauty pageant.  This may or may not surprise you, but I grew up watching Miss America and other beauty pageants on television.  I have a couple of dear girlfriends that are past pageant queens, and their true beauty lies in their hearts of gold.   I am not here to bash the pageant industry, but I honestly didn’t think I would ever blog about it, until this week.

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Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mindful Living Tags: Self-EmpowermentConfidence
Photo: "First and Coles" B.C. Lorio http://www.flickr.com/photos/ackniculous

You may have been flipping through the tabs of this website thinking, hmmmm. It’s all put together, catchy, and polished. Like so many other mind-body medicine physicians, this one is talking passionately about nutrition, lifestyle, and whatever else they can sell online. Oh, this Dr. Romie may be one of these doctors who knows what she is talking about. Now she is going to tell me how she figured it out in all those years of her medical training.

Girl, seriously, I’m not polished, pulled together, nor did I figure out any of the knowledge I am passionate about sharing in medical school. In fact, whatever I get to share with you, I learned despite being in the medical profession for the last 15 years. No, I am not here to slap the face of physicians. I am alive today because of the brilliance of a cardiothoracic surgeon. My father and one of my brothers are physicians. I just don’t feel like wearing a white coat and going into a hospital is my role in life anymore. Most of my childhood friends in Danville, Illinois will tell you it was never my role.

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