The Doctor Is Out

“I guess it is going to have to hurt. I guess I am going to have to cry, and let go of some things I’ve loved to get to the other side. I guess it is going to break me down, like falling when you have tried to fly. Sad, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life starts with goodbye.” ~ Carrie Underwood

Recently, a wise woman told me “When you create something, it is not actually yours. As soon as it is conceived it takes on a life of its own. It has a pulse, a heartbeat and a direction and journey to travel that is independent of you.” How freeing those words were last week as I handed over the reigns of a chiropractic practice I had called mine. This practice, this place I called home, was what I lived and breathed every day of the week for the last fourteen years. And now it is taking a different path. And so am I.

But good transition can be hard. During my last week of formal practice, one of my patients said to me: “Isn’t it interesting how we devalue the grief and pain of GOOD transitions? People understand a death, a job loss or other difficult transitions and the pain associated with them, but credence is rarely paid or space allowed for the process of letting go of something great to move on to something equally great.” I had never considered this until I found myself in “a good transition”. She was absolutely right. Transition in any form is complex and full of emotions that are difficult to articulate.

“Change is hard because people overestimate the value of what they have and underestimate the value of what they may gain by giving that up.” ~ James Belasco and Ralph Slayer

So in an effort to process some of those difficult emotions, my husband and I hit the road. We are currently driving down the coast and letting the tension of transition and the grief of letting go fall away with the miles. It’s working. From Seattle to Grants Pass, Mendocino, Sea Ranch, San Rafael, Monterey and Palm Springs and further on to Arizona, I can feel myself lifting, little by little.


“The world is round and the place that may seem like the end, may also be only the beginning.” ~ Ivy Baker Priest

 I have much excitement around this new beginning! Many different projects are in the wings awaiting my direct attention. I will keep you posted on changes as they come, but presently I thank you for letting me take a break from posting more “content heavy” material this week. I need a little break to clear my head. I will be back next week with some good fodder! Until then, I am continuing down the open road!

Cheers and happy travels! 

12 Responses

  1. Nicely done! Let’s go get some lunch once things clear up for you or maybe we can have you guys over for dinner as thanks for AZ. Until then, enjoy the journey. Kelly

  2. Didn’t know those were public so feel free to moderate it out or leave it if you want. Presume this one will get wacked.

  3. Didn’t know until today that you left already! Thought I had at least another month! 🙁

    However, although sad I am very happy that you have a new journey. I know you’ll touch more people than you already have and will also inspire and have a great influence on others. You’ve been a great part of my health for many years and I will always remember your great smile, positive attitude, and desire to help people obtain and maintain good health.

    At least I will still be able to learn from you and be in touch via this site.

    Take good care and best of luck!

  4. Hi Heather,

    I am so sad that I wasn’t able to say goodbye. Good luck in all your adventures, and looking forward to reading all about them.

    I’ll miss you!


  5. Heather,

    The fact that leaving is a painful experience just shows how much you care, and that came through in every visit with you. I’m sad too. I miss your smiling face, listening ear, and healing hands. Many blessings on the next stage of your journey.

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