Work life balance, mindfulness, and the ambiguous search for happiness….it’s all anyone talks about anymore these days. There are tons of articles out there giving advice on these topics (some I’ve written as well), but sometimes acknowledging what makes you happy can be really simple.

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine from medical school one night. She reminded me of something we used to do for each other during our third and fourth years of medical school, and I thought I’d share.

What Led Us to Focus On Happiness

So third and fourth years of medical school are some of the most fun…


I’ve moved around a LOT throughout my 20s and even early 30s (actually since I was kid). Each time I had to start over and learn how to make friends in a new city. Each city has its own vibe and personality. Some places are super easy to go out and just chat it up with strangers; others prove to be much more difficult.

Plus as you get older, you realize that many people have settled into their “permanent lives”. This is where they are going to stay forever, and they are busy dealing with their families and are much…


Whether you’re starting your first job, or switching to a new one, it’s important to understand your paycheck and know what to expect. No matter what your salary is, your finances can take a nosedive if you do not make some important decisions or pay attention to where your money is going. What follows are some money management tips so that you can make the most of your earnings and build a solid financial foundation for your future.

Money Management 101

First things first, what shows up on your paycheck:

  • Your pretax pay
  • Federal and state income taxes
  • Medicare and social security deductions

Recently, changes to the workforce have adversely affected women over men and have created a need for women to find new ways to earn a living. Working for yourself is not only a trend but has increasingly become a sustainable way to earn an income and control your own schedules. Being a business owner is a lot of work, but if you have an idea, a plan, and the ability to work hard, you can turn it into something lucrative.

Comprising half of the workforce, female business owners already contribute to $1.7 trillion in sales (as of 2017) and are…


This post comes from my cousin, Dr. Yashna Paul. She grew up in India, worked her butt off, and then landed in Germany for her Ph.D. After graduating last year, she got married and is currently living and working near Frankfurt with her husband. When it comes to the definition of self worth, she’s been through a few.

Leaving home to live far away for any reason, is difficult. Leaving home to to go another country where you don’t know the language and don’t know anyone at all? Even harder. There’s one thing about Indian culture that I don’t like…


Whether you’re a resident preparing for fellowship, or a fellow preparing to finally, actually, enter the real world, or in any other field and changing jobs, I have one piece of advice:

Take time off. DO NOT go straight from one part of life to another.

I know this is not always possible. In medicine, fellowships start on July 1 stand you have no choice but to comply. So for those of you who do have a choice, those that are going straight into the workforce and those of you who are fellows now and will finish next summer, this is for you. …


I recently went glamping to Joshua Tree National Park. If this spot isn’t on your bucket list, then I highly recommend you add it on.

Joshua Tree is a desert park and gets its name from the Joshua tree, which is everywhere. The park also has a ton of different rock formations and boulders, making it a mecca of rock climbing. With hiking, climbing, and camping, it’s an easy weekend or weeklong getaway to spend outdoors exploring and spending quality time with people, and sleeping under the stars.

I’ve done camping before, and it’s not my jam. I’m the kind…


As one of the hot new places to visit nowadays, Tulum is a little pocket of amazing white sand beaches, easy relaxation, nice people, and amazing drinks (especially if you love tequila) located on the east side of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Despite being a huge draw as a beach resort spot, there are plenty of other things to do in Tulum to satisfy your travel needs. The big trend now is visiting it for its yoga retreats and eco-friendly resort experiences. …


Traveling alone is one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. You’re not only seeing the world for yourself, but you get to know yourself in a way that a group trip would not allow you to do.

Solo trips can be very empowering and are an opportunity to really push your comfort zone. I highly recommend you take that opportunity and run.

If you’re unsure of where to begin, then this post is for you.

To Get Started

Before you begin on activities to do at your destination, you have to pick where you want to go. The best solo travel…


One day last year I looked at my schedule and saw that I had five random days off in a row at the beginning of December. So of course, I call my reliable travel buddy and ask her if she wants to go on a Belize vacation. Fast forward to December and Belize turns into one of my favorite vacation spots.

So, why Belize? First of all, there’s plenty of things to do in Belize which I’ll get to in a minute, but some great things to note:

It’s Easy to Get There

I live in southern California. Flights to Belize, round trip, for me…

Sanjana Vig

I’m an MD/MBA and creator of thefemaleprofessional.com, a platform for women to share their voices.

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