Vietnam Travel Guide Aug 04, 2022

Vietnam has quickly become my favorite country in South East Asia, filled with exceptional cuisine, stunning nature, and rich cultural diversity. With border restrictions finally loosening up in...

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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear (Book Summary) Jul 14, 2022

Atomic Habits has quickly become the holy grail for optimizing habits. It’s a great practical guide and the author, James Clear, is skilled at simplifying complex concepts.

My Top Takeaways

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My Favorite Tips from the Top Books on Habits Jul 13, 2022

I’m forever on the quest to build better habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life; about 40% of daily life is shaped by habits. If you want to change your future,...

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Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Ambitious Women by Kate Northrup (Book Summary) Jul 12, 2022

“When you do less, you have more energy, time, and enthusiasm for the things that matter the most to you. And focusing in on those catapults your results in ways that feel miraculous but turn...

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Breaking Up with Busy Jul 10, 2022

For most of my life, “time” has not been my friend. I’ve battled with time in pretty much every way possible. I was always chronically late, rushing, hustling, overbooked, or...

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport (Book Summary) Jul 08, 2022

I’ve written about my struggles with focus and distraction in several posts: see Wherever you go, there you are and Becoming a Digital Minimalist. My journey to repair my fragmented attention...

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (Book Summary) Jul 07, 2022

“The life of an Essentialist is a life lived without regret. If you have correctly identified what really matters, if you invest your time and energy in it, then it is difficult to regret the...

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Smarter, Faster, Better: The transformational power of real productivity by Charles Duhigg (Book Summary) Jun 29, 2022

In Smarter Faster Better, Charles Duhigg describes eight key concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—through the rich storytelling of why some...

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The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss (Book Summary) Jun 29, 2022

I recently re-read The 4-Hour Workweek as part of my entrepreneurial journey. It's interesting how different my key takeaways were back in college vs now. This book is a blueprint for...

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5-Day Travel Guide in the Japanese Alps: Overnight hike from Kamikochi to Karasawa Jun 08, 2022

We took our first trip to the Japanese Alps over Memorial Day weekend, for a 4-night/5-day trip. We flew to mainland Japan and embarked on an epic overnight hike in the pristine Chubu Sangaku...

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Becoming a Digital Minimalist: More living, less scrolling Jun 01, 2022

Join us for a group digital detox! Details here.


I’ve been hiding a secret. My first six months of entrepreneurship were stolen by my addiction to my digital devices. 

About eight...

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Five Strategies to Prevent Burnout May 01, 2022

Have you ever found yourself lacking the energy to do activities you once enjoyed, snapping at loved ones, or feeling a flood of dread when your alarm goes off on a workday? You may be experiencing...

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Spring in Kyushu: Beppu and Yufuin, Sakuras, Waterfalls, Mud Bath Hot Springs, and Hiking the Kuju Mountain Range Apr 09, 2022

In early April 2022, my husband and I took a 5-day/4-night trip to the Kyushu island to explore the onsen (hot spring) towns of Beppu and Yufuin, enjoy the peak of sakura (cherry blossom) season,...

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Start Your Wellness Journey Here: Optimize the Basics Mar 31, 2022

Start your wellness journey now by optimizing basic health behaviors: master the way you sleep, eat, move, & breathe.

We need to master the foundations of our well-being so that we will have...

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Wherever you go, there you are Mar 01, 2022

It’s been 9 months since I stopped practicing clinical dentistry.

7 months since we moved to Japan.

4 months since I’ve gotten serious about building my business.

3 months since I...

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How to Worry Less Jan 31, 2022

“Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.” ― Randy Armstrong

Sometimes I get caught in a downward spiral of worry, especially when...

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Year-End Reflections & New-Year Planning Jan 01, 2022

In dental school, we learned how to do a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats). As dentists, we’re so focused on doing this at a professional level, but forget to...

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The Gift of Experiences Dec 01, 2021

In 2020, I completed a course taught by Dr. Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University, based on the science of wellbeing. The course was originally created for her students at...

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Stop Bragging About How Busy You Are Nov 01, 2021

In ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ @brenebrown says, “If we want to live a Wholehearted life, we have to become intentional about cultivating sleep and play, and about...

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I buy online programs just like you! Oct 01, 2021

Shocker, I know. It's no secret that virtual coaching programs, online courses, and virtual retreats have exploded in the last few years, and I love learning from them just as much as you might. I...

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Colorado RV Trip: 1-2 Week Travel Guide Sep 14, 2021

In the summer of 2021, our move to Japan was delayed by over two weeks. With our life in Texas already packed up and our cars sold, we needed to find something to do nearby to Texas...

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Why join a wellness program created by a dentist? Sep 01, 2021

I always joke that befriending another dentist is like starting on the 5th date. There is an intimacy we share as dentists, a mutual understanding of the struggles and triumphs of dentistry.

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How to Be Happy: The Science of Well-being Part 3 Aug 01, 2021

Welcome to the third part in this series focused on happiness and habits. In the first two parts (link here), we discussed the science of how to be happier, the misconceptions about happiness, the...

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How to Be Happy: The Science of Well-being Part 2 Jul 01, 2021

Welcome back to the second part of our discussion on happiness! In the last post, I shared some of the work of Dr. Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University, who teaches on the...

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