Making Peace with Purpose

Dr. Kara Pepper joins the blog today to talk to us about physician wellness and purpose. Through her own story of physician burnout, she has been able to learn and grow. She now shares her knowledge as a physician wellness coach in her journey to care for and support fellow physicians in finding and maintaining purpose.



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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver, The Summer Day


Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being". The word "ikigai" is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. The word translated to English roughly means "thing that you live for" or "the reason for which you wake up in the morning." Each individual's ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs.