Have you ever felt tired, stressed and overwhelmed?
Do you feel like you’ve lost touch with who you are and what you need to stay well?
If you said “hell yeah” to any of the above, then you’re just like me! I was also feeling stressed and worn out as I struggled to keep up with all of my responsibilities and goals. Losing all of my hair while I was in medical school was the sign I needed to change course and make some changes to focus on my own wellbeing.
But I don’t want you to have to wait for a dramatic life-altering event to focus on yourself!
I’ve been dreaming of launching my own website and blog for years now, and the time has finally come. My mission is to help ambitious women like you reclaim their sense of self and purpose in life. I want you to find balance and feel well so that you can lead your best life!
What lights me up is helping other women find their own sense of balance and wellbeing. And you don’t need to go Eat, Pray, Love or live on a remote island to do it! I’m here to show you that by making small meaningful changes you can keep living your day to day life AND be happier, healthier and with a sense of balance and purpose.
Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself and how I got to where I am today.
When I was 23 years old, I thought I had it (mostly) figured out. I was in medical school, had a wonderful boyfriend and lots of great friends, and I was living on my own in a big city. There was a lot of stress in my life – the long hours at the hospital, lack of sleep, and lots of studying, among many other things, but I was going to be a doctor and I thought it would all be worth it in the end.
But then my hair started falling out – first I noticed a small patch at the back of my scalp, but soon there were more patches. My hair kept getting thinner. By the time I started my fourth year of medical school, my hair was rapidly falling out and my energy was almost non-existent.
It was devastating. I didn’t feel like myself and as there is no cure, I felt like I had no control. I carried on, bought wigs, started wearing makeup regularly, and focused on finishing medical school. I ended up graduating from medical school, but I felt like I had lost myself in the process.
Slowly I regained a sense of myself and what was important to me. I got married, moved back to my hometown close to family, completed residency and bonded with a close group of friends. I slowly healed and regained a sense of balance. I practiced yoga regularly, spent time with my family and friends, I made sure I ate well, exercised regularly and developed a self-care routine.
It wasn’t easy, but I slowly and purposefully found myself again. Eventually I completed yoga teacher training, a dream of mine for a long time, and prioritized my own wellbeing. I became a mom in 2017 and my life turned upside down again, but in a good way. It reinforced my belief that I have to take care of myself in order to be the best mom I can be.
Today, I love to spend time with my family, run after my wonderfully mischievous toddler, practice yoga, and be out and about in our community discovering local farmer’s markets and parks. I also love to cook up a storm in my kitchen, or spend time at a local coffee shop savouring a latte while writing.
I, too, know what it’s like to want to do it all, to feel all the guilt, and put so much pressure on ourselves to be the best at everything. But that’s why I’m here! To help you to stop and take some time for yourself, to focus on what you need and deserve to be well.
I hope that you’ll join me as we explore health and wellbeing, and how to take care of ourselves as strong, busy women. I want to help you manage stress and find a sense of wellness and balance in your life!
I’m Valerie Hertzog, a MD and wellness coach that helps busy stressed out women reclaim control of their health.
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