Do you want to squeeze all you can out of life? I do. That’s why my motto is “save lives, enjoy your own.” As a physician, I spend a lot of time serving, and I want to live well too. To me, that’s the balance. I want to live with purpose, to contribute to something greater than myself. At the same time, I’m not living for others, and I want to experience all the best life has to offer. That’s why when I heard of the idea of writing down 50 aspirations during a leadership seminar, I absolutely loved it. What better way to brainstorm all your biggest dreams? Writing them down makes them one step closer to becoming a reality. So here’s my list, and I dare you to create one of your own. Don’t hold back as you come up with 50 aspirations for your life!
If money were no object, and if you were to eliminate limitations of any kind, what 50 things you would like to do, try, accomplish, or experience in your life?
Live in Spain
Visit Italy and eat everything
Stay in a magical Italian villa
Soak in Japan, culture shock and all
Take a camper van around New Zealand
Have another baby
See the Galapagos islands
Spend a month on a houseboat in Seattle
See Alaska: the mountains of ice, the wildlife, what the cities are like
Snowboard with my son
Snowboard at Whistler
Experience the Kayakapi Premium Caves in Turkey
Swim with whale sharks
Lope around the West including Glacier NP in an RV or van
Publish a memoir
Speak to over 500 people on a stage
Become a multimillionaire
Get 10,000 pageviews a month on my website
Inspire 1000 women surgeons
Get paid $5k to speak
Get paid $10k to speak
Write a children’s book about women in male-dominated fields of medicine
Acquire a new income property every couple of years to create a nice portfolio
Own valuable land or a mountain as a potential future homestead or to flip
Get a teak cabin in the jungle in Thailand with a personal chef to feed my fam
Rent a big ski cabin with friends
Rent a lake house in Idaho or WA
Enjoy a trip to Hawaii again
Be comfortable in my skin
Become more and more myself
Fly first class
Have someone buy me a first-class ticket to speak or contribute
Laugh every day
Curate a fantastic loungewear wardrobe
Try a personal stylist
Value & treat myself like a pampered pet
Get help optimizing my diet
Maintain my skin/ age well
Maintain a steady weight
Experience every kind of love
Master the art of setting boundaries
Spend as much time on a catamaran as I damn well please
Trust myself implicitly
Develop my intuition and connection with myself through reading, learning, & exploring
As I sit in my hot tub typing this on a sunny California afternoon, I’m already living the dream. Even as I go through a massive personal transition, my life is perfect in so many ways. I recently engaged a life coach to help ease the transition. She’d challenge me, asking, “What is perfect about your life right now?” I love this question because it turns on all kinds of light bulbs for me! Try it out for yourself.
I think you get the idea.
I hope this inspires you to get out a pen and paper yourself– or at least the notes app on your phone!
I’m sending encouragement your way. As you march through life in a male-dominated field, don’t forget to dream.
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