Chances are, I’m a lot like you.
I’ve been busting my butt for years, and after more than a decade of intense training and many, many years of medical practice, I am still very often overwhelmed and frustrated. And over the last couple years, like so many people, I am just worn out.
A bad habit I’ve been working on was given a name during the pandemic, so I know I’m not the only one who does this: Doomscrolling. It’s scary and frustrating and makes me feel helpless. I realized the thing I find most frustrating and dispiriting is the feeling that there is so much beyond my control.
Every time I see some billionaire supporting policies or organizations that are doing the opposite of what I hope to see happening in the world, it feels so defeating. They are throwing money at things in a way I will never be able to.
When I find myself getting into this totally useless and upsetting loop, I have learned to stop myself (sometimes better than others) and think about what I CAN do.
I believe I can galvanize this amazing tribe I belong to— caring doctors—and together we can stand up and make a difference in the things we care about. We can be heard and change the narrative. We can learn about how to most effectively contribute the money we can—maybe not in the millions or billions, but enough of us together can make significant impacts. I want us to own our collective power and really believe we can make a change in the world.
I’m done with my old helpless mindset (continually working on it). This is where the “mama bear” in me comes out. I have three kids—any parents out there might relate—and when I think of the things I’d like to see different in this world, a lot is driven by this intense instinct I have to protect my kids. And it’s something that actually works to get me moving. While it gets me moving to make a change for my own kids, it probably makes me even more motivated when I think of other parents who feel just as strongly as I do about protecting and providing for their kids but may not be able to do it themselves. That drives me forward.
So, what kind of difference do I even think I can make? Why should you be interested in what I have to say?
Here's how we can be impactful. We can make a change and we can make a bigger one when we do it thoughtfully and together.
As someone who has been on both the receiving and giving ends of charity and help, I can tell you being intentional and impactful with your money is huge. There are many opportunities and many nuances. I am not an accountant, lawyer, or financial adviser. But I am a doctor and I know how to learn. I am a radiologist and I know how to distill a large amount of information into a few salient and actionable points.
A while back in one of my giving groups, one of the women asked, “How do I give smarter?” I thought that was such a brilliant question and have since spent hundreds of hours reading books, researching, taking courses, listening to podcasts, and learning in every way I can to answer that question.
I am learning to answer it for me, and I want to share it with you, too.
How and where and what you give makes a difference. I have a huge amount of knowledge to offer already, and I am continuously learning and doing what I can to answer that question and share it with you. I want to know what your questions are, what your hopes are, and what you’d like to accomplish. I want to help you amplify your impact and get past those feelings of helplessness. I want you to see how you can make a difference.
Join me here, sign up for my newsletter (don’t worry, I won’t clog your inbox), and check out what I have for you—free resources, a blog, a podcast, a made-for-physicians course on maximizing giving ... and me! Feel free to contact me at [email protected] about anything— questions, comments, collaborations, or opportunities. Or just a friendly hello. I like those, too.
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