I would like you all to meet someone very special.
She is Lissa Rankin, a doctor, wife, mother, healer, speaker, author, artist and so much more. I found Lissa by accident and, then I found that accidents can be blessings. Lissa is an inspiring woman with so much to share with others.
When you reach out to Lissa, in any way at all, she reaches back and makes you feel appreciated and loved. That’s just who she is. The first time I landed on her site, I was there for an hour reading and listening to what she’s about and how she interacts with people.
Lissa is the founder of OwningPink.com, an online health and wellness community. She has an integrative medical practice. What is that, you say? That means that she doesn’t treat only your physical symptoms, but your whole person. Lissa believes that, while physical symptoms need to be addressed, it’s necessary to treat a person’s interpersonal, spiritual, professional, sexual, creative, financial, environmental, mental, and emotional health
Please watch as much of her TED talk you have time for…it will explain everything. Seriously don’t miss this video:
Pretty amazing, huh? Her “perfect storm” would be tough for most people to survive and still have their mental capabilities and emotional selves intact, don’t you think?
As much as Lissa has to offer – she wants to help everyone who needs it, whenever they need it, no matter what they need – she was wearing herself out…losing herself. She realized she would drain herself dry, if she didn’t do something quickly to change. She wrote a declaration stating that she will no longer be a Cosmic Tit.
Here’s an excerpt:
In my family, the more you give, the better human being you are. If you don’t give until you’re bleeding (literally, they’re big fans of donating blood), you’re not a good person. At least, that’s how I interpreted the message as a child, that love was conditional – that my whole worth is tied up in how much I sacrifice of myself, even if I wind up depleted and feeling like the Cosmic Tit.
What nobody tells you is that most Cosmic Tits who are martyring themselves to help others have a dark side – the victim.
I started OwningPink.com because I wanted to help people, to serve out my calling, to heal the world. But within four months, I had depleted not only my finances, but my joie de vivre. I started to get pissed. I started to resent the very people I was helping. I was feeling sucked dry.
I had to draw a line in the sand and realize I couldn’t help every person who showed up in pain. So I started setting boundaries around my time, money, and energy, and some people didn’t like it, including me.
You can read the rest of this fascinating revelation and declaration HERE.
Why do I think Lissa is Sexy, Smart, Strong and Living from the Heart?
Strong – Lissa has found out how strong she is from all the crap the universe has thrown at her. She survived and came out of it… yes… stronger and smarter.
Smart – She’s smart because she recognized her early medical practice wasn’t exactly what she felt was right for her or her patients, so she went in search of the best way to serve those who needed her.
From the Heart – She lives from the heart by giving her expertise, her caring attitude, her emotional support to people in need, but she also remembers to fill herself back up – she takes care of herself first so she can take care of others.
Oh, I know, you think I forgot to answer the question – Why is Lissa Sexy? No, I just saved it for last.
Sexy – Lissa Rankin is sexy because of all I’ve written above. What’s sexier than a confident, strong, loving and giving woman who takes care of herself? One who lives life as a PAW (Powerful Ass Woman)
If the video was too long for you watch right now, please do come back and finish when you can. You won’t regret it. And while you’re at it, go visit Lissa at Owning Pink to read her blogs and those of her contributing writers. Check the Inner Pilot Light newsletter and her Mojo Tips.
Her site is chock full of helpful, inspiring and fun posts, as well as, books for our feminine lives – books on writing well, living well and feeling well.
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.com, motivational speaker and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
Lissa Rankin’s articles: © Copyright Lissa Rankin 2011
Thanks for joining me once again for the Sexy, Smart, From the Heart series telling the stories of amazing kick-ass women. If you missed the previous episodes, you can begin HERE.
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