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The Dentist Vision Board , Building Something Beautiful

I spent the better part of today with a friend who buys these run down homes, flips them and turns them into something beautiful.

We have all seen amazing before and after projects on HGTV, but to actually walk into a rundown house that smells and looks disgusting, and then walk back in to that same space to find a completely new and transformed space is just so rewarding.

There is a reason they call it flipping is because it is literally like flipping a coin from heads to tails, two opposite ends of a body.

When I think about dentistry, in many ways what we do is like flipping homes.

We see a broken and worn down unhealthy mouth, then we come up with a grand plan a.k.a. the comprehensive treatment plan, and we start by drilling away- literally- at that final grand plan one quadrant at a time, I know only dentists will get this one, but I couldn’t resist.

We have learned the skills to envision a final product, and the skills to come up with a creative way to achieve that vision. So wouldn’t it make sense that we could apply that same envisioning skill to really any other field we want?

Yet so many of us feel stuck and can’t even imagine doing anything else. So much so that we can’t even envision our next step. When in reality we are envisioning and planning grand plans every day.

I for one am planning to use my comprehensive treatment plan skills to envision what I can build, outside of a healthy mouth 🙂 . It probably will take some time to envision a new life & career instead of a healthy well restored mouth, but just like dentistry we excel only by practicing. That’s why they call it “The Practice of Dentistry”.

Happy Envisioning and Happy Building Something Beautiful!

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Sometimes what you NEED, is what you RESIST!

What a beautiful sunny fall Saturday afternoon, sitting outside enjoying a lovely meal with my amazing girlfriends from Croatia, Lebanon, and New York. We are all so different, I don’t even know if would have ever come together if it weren’t for the fact that we were all neighbors at one point.

I always dreamed of living in the heart of a metropolitan city, working downtown and walking to work and enjoying the city life. And back in 2013 my dream came true, I moved to the heart of the city, and worked one mile away from home. But before that I had a job in the suburbs and I relocated to be closer to work. At the time I was so disappointed that I was moving further and further away from my city life dream. But that move turned out to be the best thing that happened to me, because I met some really amazing women.

Despite the fact that at the time, the move was not what I wanted at all, in reality it brought me to these amazing friends, amongst many other positive things that happened in those few years in the suburbs.

At the end of the day, few years later, I realized the true purpose of that chapter of my life. But what if we could stop fighting our circumstances, and start accepting where we are, and believing that we are there for a reason? Perhaps we can enjoy that moment instead of resisting it. How nice would it be to not only appreciate that journey at some point in the future when the lightbulb goes off, but actually enjoy the ENTIRE journey.