When I took a leap of faith and left my stable, lucrative, and miserable job as a full-time physician in a busy managed care OB/GYN practice, I knew I was called to be a healer, but practicing medicine that way was sucking my soul dry. Seeing 40 patients a day just wasn’t what I was called to do. But if being a doctor wasn’t the yearning I felt in my soul, what was?
I had no idea. I yearned for a mentor, but I didn’t know where to turn for help.
I spent two years of what I came to call my “waiting and becoming” years, during which I crystallized my vision—to help people heal, connect, wake up and thrive, not just in their physical health, but in all aspects of their lives. As a physician, I knew that it wasn’t enough to treat only the biochemical elements of a healthy lifestyle. Sure, diet, exercise, a good night’s sleep, and taking your vitamins are keys to a healthy life. But if you’re in an abusive marriage, you hate your job, you feel spiritually disconnected, you feel creatively thwarted, you can’t stand where you live, and you haven’t found your people, no drug, surgery, supplement, or diet plan is going to save you. The body is a mirror of how we live our lives. In fact, we can heal ourselves by changing how we think about our health and doing what it takes to bring our bodies into harmony with the rest of our lives, and I want the world to know it.
What ensued was a burning desire to create a revolution in health care, to change how we think about health and healing, and to start a grass roots campaign to shift the paradigm of modern medicine. But how? I had no idea.
After leaving medicine in 2007, I dreamed of becoming a professional writer, but four years later, I had gone from owning a house and having a cushy retirement account to having sold my house and spent every penny of my home equity and savings account in order to fund my dream, and I still had no plan for how to get back on my feet again. I had a newborn baby and a stay-home Daddy husband to support, but by January 2011, I was $200,000 in debt with no real hope of fulfilling my purpose or generating revenue in sight. I dreamed of being a career writer, but I had lost my agent, broken up with my publisher, and hung out a shingle as a “life coach,” although nobody was really calling me. Things were grim, and I got very scared and depressed. When you’re that frightened, it’s easy to get seduced off purpose, which is what began to happen. I felt tempted to compromise my soul’s integrity in order to pay the bills because I didn’t trust myself to be able to get us out of debt. I was making fear-based decisions and feeling pretty desperate, but who wants to hire someone who gives off a desperate vibe?
When I was at my darkest moments, I was lucky enough to be taken under the wing of several mentors who helped me rise from the ashes of my wounded ego. I managed to climb out of the fear, desperation, helplessness, hopelessness, and debt in order to build a successful seven-figure business that offers me financial stability while I fulfill my true purpose, and because I remember how scary and challenging it was to get from there to here, I’m committed to serving those who, like me, know they are here to serve humanity and need a little help from someone who has learned everything the hard way.
I was guided to create the Visionary Mentoring Program as a reflection of what I wished had been available to me years earlier, when I found myself stuck in the “space between stories,” when one story had ended but another had not yet begun. It gives me great joy to offer solace, guidance, practical tools, transformational support, and spiritual counseling to those who need what I needed back then.
As I wrote about in The Anatomy of a Calling, which is the story of my own visionary quest to fulfill my purpose and align with my soul, I now know that aligning with your purpose is a spiritual journey, and it requires illuminating your blind spots, coming face to face with your darkest fears, being willing to look at all that isn’t true about Who You Really Are, learning to hear and trust your Inner Pilot Light, and moving your ego into the back seat so your soul can take the wheel, not just in your business, but in your life. There’s nothing I love more than helping other visionaries do JUST THAT so they can get to work doing what they’re here to do while running a successful business as a side effect of aligning with your true purpose. So that’s why I decided to put this program together—because I genuinely care about visionary entrepreneurs like you, and because the very survival of the planet depends on you fulfilling your purpose. Ultimately, this program is about service—my service to you but also your service to that which wants to be born through you as part of the transformation of consciousness on a planet in need of healing.