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My Top 5 Tricks for Self-Care

Ibiza, Spain

I just finished recording a podcast interview about my work as a forensic psychologist and how I maintain my own mental wellness. Many types of doctors and other professionals who work in an environment where people constantly need your assistance can experience their own residual troubles or burnout. To be our best for those who we love to help, we need to be the best versions of ourselves at work and at home. Here's how I accomplish this:

1. Being social outside of my profession

A key to self-care when you work in an intense field or when you really just want to get your mind out of work mode is to surround yourself with friends that do not do what you do. This will allow you to talk about stuff other than your work and get back to what matters most to you in your family and social life.  As we get older this can get tricky. You usually meet people at work or through people at work, so some real strategy needs to go into this. Maintain friends you knew before you became a professional. Get together with work friends and their spouses (who hopefully do something else for a living). Get involved in a social activity (think hiking group) that doesn't revolve around your job. 

2. Coffee

Seriously. This really is a part of my daily self-care routine. I mean, come on, its the little things right? As I blabbed in extensively on my post about coffeeshop workspaces, coffee is a tiny slice of time for me in my busy schedule.  It may only consist of sipping that first cup as I sit down at my desk while booting up my computer but something about the ritual gets me relaxed and ready for the day. 

3. Encouraging support and self-care at work

The work place in a mentally demanding job needs to be a safe place for the employees if we want to keep them around. I try to keep an environment where the staff clinicians can debrief or vent with each other at any time.  I also put aside time for the entire staff to get together and process the goings ons of theirs caseloads and get feedback from other professionals. We also try to keep it light. I think that professionals who deal with heavy subject matter have a great way of including an appropriate amount of humor into their work; it can make all the difference in the world. 

4. Travel

Obviously, right? Planning the next great adventure is my "work to play" mantra.  Fortunately I love my job, but I love traveling more and I am constantly trying to find ways to work travel into my job. I have found that this is a great way to mix the two and have more opportunity to travel other than the planned annual vacation. When I have the goal of visiting Ibiza and then a conference opportunity comes up in Portugal- you bet I am going to find a way to make both happen. Why not add stamps to your passport while you add experience to your resume?

5. The little things... 

...like today. My husband took a few hours off work and we took the kiddo to see Beauty and the Beast. It was the perfect little family afternoon date and it was a nice way to break routine; a great way to let the little one know that she is more important than work and that family comes first. We make no qualms about burning some vacation time for things like this.  


Palm Trees & Pirates

Magen's Bay

The 99 steps of Charlotte Amalie

Hiking from a plantation


I've come to realize that the "island feel" is different depending on which sea you find yourself near. Polynesian islands, Mediterranean islands, and the Caribbean all invoke a different experience. Usually my ideal island getaway includes the feel of hot sand between my toes and a cold drink in my hand and I'm a happy girl. 

But the Caribbean feels adventurous. Like I should be doing something... exploring... And that steel drum is intoxicating. Wrap all that up with a big bow of exciting European and American history and I'm all set! To walk in the footsteps of Blackbeard and step on the beaches where Alexander Hamilton resided as a young man is like no other experience. You get the feeling of the early Americas yet some international flavors, along side the expected Caribbean vibes.

We hiked, we explored old British plantations, we wandered Dutch villages, and we danced to Caribbean music. Oh and we laid between palm trees with the sand in our toes and cold drinks in our hands. 

How do these places feel different for you? 

Cali Corner: LA's Best Coffee Shop Workspaces

T-shirt by Dazey LA
This article was originally featured as part of a fun collaboration I did with Dazey LA, an art apparel & accessories company based here in LA.  Its creator is a badass and extremely talented lady boss who believes in supporting other female business owners. Give her site a looksy here. You'll find some great T-shirts, like the one I'm wearing in the title shot of this post, and the newly launched Dazey Zine, which features articles from other creatives, tutorials, and other inspirational goodness. 

I am a Gemini. Although I think the emerald is beautiful, I consider the coffee bean my birthstone. 

My caffeine obsession likely started in undergrad when I took a part-time job as a barista. Coffee fueled me through college and it helped, that as an employee, I was able to take home a free pound of coffee every single week! Shortly after college, I started my career as a first responder and coffee became an essential part of each shift. I mean, how else do you stay alert all night? Now as a busy psychologist, coffee is a beautiful part of my morning ritual, putting me in my happy place of feeling relaxed yet stimulated.   

The Best Bags for Travel

When we all travel, we have different needs to meet by the type of bags we are going to carry along for the ride. Maybe its a conference and you need to tote along to a laptop. Maybe you're going to be stuffing snacks and kids' activities on your carry-on for the flight. Maybe you need some sort of clutch for that one date night. Or maybe you need to find the trick to dealing with all three of these situations – I've been there! 

Travel and Adventure Show

Fiji Anyone?
For some reason I feel like everyone has to hear my about my lame Japan experience (all my fault). 

Our first Travel and Adventure Show turned out to be pretty perfect for us, considering the trips we have planned this year. I make some great connections with tourism representatives from places on our immediate list (Zion National Park & Maui), some old favorites (Palm Springs), and my bucket list Holy Grail (Everest Base Camp).   

In Love with The Comwell, Aarhus


Every year, two cities are selected by the European Commission to be a European Capitol of Culture. The event aims to bring awareness to the culture of the chosen cities and to bring a sense of belonging and pride to the inhabitants of the host countries. 

2017 belongs to Aarhus, Denmark and Pafos, Cyprus. 

My Carry-on Beauty Bag Checklist

For highly organized ladies, like myself, packing a carry-on can be the most anxiety provoking part of preparing for travel. Those long flights can make this a daunting challenge, knowing that you'll be stuck on the plane for hours, eventually feeling dehydrated and anything but fresh. 

Here are my 3 favorite products that I can't travel without, as well as a fairly standard list to help you get started making your own:

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