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Hi there, I’m Heidi!

I’m a busy mom, wife and veterinarian who thought I knew exactly what I wanted for my life.  I have always been a naturally driven person who expects a lot out of herself.  I thought I had it all with a wonderful husband, great job, suburban home, adorable girls, etc.  And then I realized that my big plan of practicing veterinary medicine for the rest of my life wasn’t working for me.  I was stressed out and miserable and had completely lost the joy in my life.  I was burnt out and irritable and tired all of the time.  My family was a huge priority for me, but I barely saw my children after working all day.  Something had to change for the sake of my wellbeing and my family.

Me with my boy Spencer.

Me with my boy Spencer.

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Our wedding day.

It took a health crisis in my immediate family for me to realize that the change had to come from within.  I couldn’t blame anyone else but myself for my life choices.  I didn’t want to change the past, but I could choose differently for the future.  After much soul searching and full support of my dear husband, I admitted that the one thing I could let go was my job in order to save my health and sanity.

I loved being pregnant with both of my girls.

I loved being pregnant with both of my girls.

It wasn’t easy for me to make that decision.  My entire life was focused on achieving one goal- to become a veterinarian.  I had good grades, took all of the right classes, studied when I could have been out partying.  My identity was wrapped up in being a veterinarian who didn’t need any help at home and could “do it all.”  If I wasn’t a practicing veterinarian, who was I?  What would my family and friends think?  Why couldn’t I just suck it up and do what needed to be done?  Those are some of the thoughts that plagued me night after night.

Graduation day from vet school.

Graduation day from vet school. We look so young!

My health had also taken a big hit.  I was so busy taking care of everything and everyone else, that I wasn’t paying attention to my own health and stress levels.  Consequently, I stressed myself out to the point of adrenal fatigue and a full body yeast overgrowth called candida.  I had the type of insomnia where it took me an hour or more to fall asleep.  I no longer had my normally optimistic, easygoing personality and panicked with any change in schedule.  In short, I was a hot mess.

I knew I had made the right decision for myself and my family because of the overwhelming sense of relief I felt, as if a boulder was lifted off of me.  I didn’t have one regret once I resolved to leave.  Since then, I haven’t looked back and now only look forward to the possibilities of the present and future.

Me today.

Why I started Dr Mom Vet

Originally I started this blog as an outlet to share my thoughts and feelings and maybe reach a few people in the process.  Now, however, I feel like my mission is to help other moms like you out there who feel the pressure of daily life.  I want you to know that you are NOT alone!

I want to form a community of mothers who support each other with no negativity.  I want to research and share ideas for making things a little easier, because you don’t have the time to do so.  I know most working moms aren’t fortunate enough to quit even if they want to.  Also, many working mothers who love what they do still feel the stress of day to day pressures.  That’s where I come in.  I can help you find your joy in life at the same time as helping with work-life balance.  I’m here for you when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders.  I also will share some fun stuff from my love of travel, gardening and cooking.  Won’t you join me and my community of like-minded mothers?

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