Looking back on my life, there has always been a doctor in me. The intellectual appeal of figuring out what was wrong with people, combined with my personal desire to help and heal others, made medical school a natural next step for me after graduating from Dartmouth College and spending a few years involved in clinical research on osteoporosis. I was a fixer and a perfectionist (sigh), and set out on my medical and life journey with that very mindset. And I was trying to do it all in my own strength.
Ironically, it wasn’t in my role as a doctor, but as a mom that I came to the end of myself. It was as a mom that I came to the realization that I was unable to do life and parenting on my own. Instead of trying to fix and change others I came face to face with the truth that there were some things in me needing to change. I began a journey of discovering what it means to live with the Great Physician, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, IN me, loving me, leading me, guiding me and growing me. Having the Doc (which is God) in me has changed the ‘doc’ in me. With God and His Word now as the lens through which I see and understand the healing journey, everything has changed. My parenting, shaped and influenced by my undergraduate and graduate training in psychology and psychiatry, has been undone and reshaped as I have sought to become the parent God wants me to be. I am also learning to see and understand healing, health and wellness from God’s perspective. I most definitely don’t have it all figured out and am still doing a lot of ‘living and learning’, but I know I’m moving in the right direction.
I gave up my medical license more than 10 years ago and have never looked back. Yet the doctor in me still has a desire to help others, especially other women and moms. It is this desire that led me to the Faith and Health Ambassador program, http://www.faithandhealthconnection.org/ which has given me even greater insight and knowledge about the vital connection between body, soul (mind, will and emotions) and spirit as it pertains to health and wholeness, and especially as it pertains to stress. As I continue to more deeply understand this connection, it leads to greater inner transformation that spills over into every area of my life.
The mission of On the Rock Wellness is to educate, equip and encourage others, especially women and moms, as they take steps toward growing healthy lives and families on a solid foundation of faith. As we learn to nourish well our souls, our spirits, our bodies and our relationships (with God, self and others), we will build a strong foundation of wellness, not as an ultimate goal, but as a type of fruit that we produce as we grow. And as we grow, our health will become a fruit or a resource that we can offer to others as we more effectively use the gifts and talents that God has given us.
Through this site, I hope to direct you to the many resources (web pages, ministries, videos, songs, recipes, books, etc.) that have helped me to grow, and I pray that they will encourage you on your personal journey toward health and wellness. From time to time I will write a personal post on a topic that is on my mind or in my heart. The topics I am most passionate about include the connection between faith and health, personal growth, growing in faith, prayer, parenting, stress and stress reduction, brain health, mental health topics such as anxiety and depression, sleep, feeding ourselves and our children for lifelong health, and exercise. I also hope to share the wisdom of other men and women in my faith community and to spotlight ministries and businesses that are helping to build healthy lives and families on a foundation of faith.
I look forward to journeying with you, one step at a time.