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Testimonials

  • “For the first time in months I believe there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel!”Carolyn
  • You are the most whole and engaged physician I have met. You are very generous and compassionate and I thank you. M.L.
  • “Dr. Hansen is a very sensitive yet direct and honest in her responses to concerns and personal revelations and questions. Thank you for sharing yourself and your stories."Marta

The Effect of Trauma on our Children

I think about the neighbor’s story of the lasting effects of the flood caused by the 2001 Tropical Storm Allison. She related that her daughter was three years old at the time, and had to be evacuated in a small boat in torrential rain, in raging water, in the dark of night. 

Now, that child 16 years later is a young adult and still is afraid when it rains.

In the middle of this scenario are the children who certainly have had their lives impacted too. The children have had a loss of their home, their toys/possessions, their routine, some of their parent’s time, change of location and friends. 

I think about your friend Bobby and his 5 children (Watch video here). I cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the resources that I found concerning how to help children cope with natural disasters. I hope that the information will be useful as we interact with our families, friends, and neighbors that have been impacted with the flooding or any other disaster. Children are very resilient however it would seem that this event has left a lasting impression.

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A recap of our evening together

If you weren’t with us last week, it will be valuable to sit with this recap and enjoy the incredible insights we shared in our Empowered Women’s Circle. I invite you to grab a latte and enjoy the learning….

True and lasting self-actualization IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU – and on some level you are already deeply aware of this – hence the reason we yearn for a sense of community and the impetus behind our Empowered Women’s Circle.

As we move up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, from food and water to co-creating our world, we realize that fulfillment is always about something bigger than ourselves. We openly share resources within our Circle so that each of us can extend our most innate gifts and talents to each other with a deep inner knowing that it is what we came to this earth to do. No one was born to live in isolation and your passions are the seeds of your potential and the parts of you that you MUST share with the world. We need you.

The realization of our hopes and dreams as women depends on our willingness to reach out, give back, be visible, think big and show up for ourselves and for others in unprecedented ways.

The Empowered Women’s Circle meets in an on-line virtual Circle WEEKLY on Thursdays at noon CT (watch your inbox for details and links) and you can join or watch the videos at your convenience anytime. The sessions, which build on each other, are all waiting for you HERE so return regularly to see what you’ve missed.

Life is busy, so we make it as easy as possible to keep yourself engaged in your own wellness journey – we get you!

We started the evening with a short, guided meditation that allowed us to step into our power as strong, capable women ready to be the best version of ourselves.

Throughout the evening, we were reminded that DAILY quiet time, like this mediation, elicits the “relaxation response” and actually changes our biology. You could try meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, repetitive movement like walking, jogging or just being fully present and aware of the space around you – whatever you fancy – just implement this time into your routine wherever it fits!

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Hell with Harvey

Only minutes later, my flight was officially cancelled, re-routed to Dallas and our family reunion plans were set in place.

Landing in Dallas late Friday night was bittersweet. It was wonderful to see my family, to be safe and “enjoying” a weekend away. It was terrifying to know that a category 5 Hurricane was approaching the Texas Coast.

We were glued to the weather channel.

Harvey made landfall for the first time near Rockport and Fulton, TX and proceeded to stall over southern Texas bringing record-breaking rainfall (up to 52 inches of rain) and flooding waterways to 500 year levels. My husband and I watched multiple on-line weather tracking graphs noting every inch of change in the rivers and bayous by our home with hour-to-hour updates. Our home was spared after this initial landfall and Saturday afternoon was eerily calm. We considered returning to Houston and several times discussed packing up and checking out of our Dallas hotel.

The rainfall continued, water elevations climbed, the death toll rose and we watched with bated breath as our street became a flowing river.

Read More

Play Like a Girl!

I was born the eldest grandchild on both sides and I was dearly loved. But, since I was a baby girl, my grandfather didn’t open the Dom Perignon. They waited until my brother was born to celebrate his succession of the family name. As a young girl, that didn’t make sense to me. Years later, I see the culture that breeds acceptance of these tiny acts of inequity. It is possible that my desperate need to feel “as good as” or be treated “equal to” manifested over-achievement in almost every area of my life. Perhaps that’s positive.

But I wonder what little girls would truly accomplish if we valued them for their feminine attributes and didn’t subtly (or not so subtly), communicate that they need to be like boys to play in this world.

I suggest we play like girls and see what happens.

If we want a world that values the feminine as much as the masculine and treats everyone with the same respect and dignity, we must act and now. There is a call to rise, as a community of people (men and women), who believe that the world would be a better place if greater value were placed on loyalty, communication, compassion, empathy and patience.

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Own Your Life

Intuition, are you using yours?

Have you ever looked back on a situation and thought, “I knew that wasn’t right for me”?

Have you ever felt really nervous about a decision despite carefully working through all possible outcomes in your mind and then had it turn out poorly?

Have you ever developed goose bumps during a conversation that seemed completely unexpected?

As a physician, I was initially trained to use hard facts, scientific answers and peer-reviewed literature to manage patients. It wasn’t until I was a medical student on the pediatric ward with a very astute senior resident that I learned about the concept of “mother’s intuition”. He reminded me that mothers “just know” their children and if mom is concerned, the medical team needs to take her seriously. This was contrary to a lot of my training focused on NOT listening to emotional parents in order to avoid clouded judgment.

As time goes on and life experience has added to my database, I have come to realize that we all have an innate sense at our disposal. You can call it intuition, Divine guidance, a sixth sense,  or just plain gut feelings.

In keeping with the mystery, it’s hard to put into words.

But whether we can describe it or not, the important thing is that we can use it to guide our path.

As our generation of women step into bigger possibilities and yearn for deeper life purpose, we must also cultivate our intuitive powers. Having access to this intimate knowledge at crucial junctures is essential for an authentic life, aligned with core values. Intuition provides the breadcrumbs that lead you home to a whole-hearted, purpose-driven, fully realized life.

Your Life Has Arrived

We live in a world that has been dominated by a masculine approach. My profession has been, predominantly, lead by men and women who have embodied this approach, including myself. Medicine and many other professions are focused on structure, timelines, productivity, determination, discipline and physical stamina. Women have been incredibly successful in many realms where they have learned, through years of hard work, to walk, talk and think like a man. And it’s been an essential part of how we have been elevated to our current place in the professional world. We need women to step up and embrace the logic and task-oriented approach that has gained us a seat at the table. I am grateful to those women (and those qualities in all of us) for how far we have come.

Centuries of living in a world created by men, for men, have taught us not to trust our feminine instincts. Yet, many women sense that something is missing. Restlessness and overwhelm have become the norm. Intuition whispers that there is better way. Inner yearnings are waking us up to possibilities that were, until now, impossible.

Happy New Year!

I love New Year’s resolutions but, more than that, I love the freedom that comes from knowing that there are 365 days ahead and that when those days are gone my life will look entirely differently than it does today.

Just as I reflect and journal about all that transpired in 2016, saying good-bye to ups and downs, I also know that I will sit and reflect on 2017 the same way. 

Only today – it’s all in front of me and that is truly invigorating!

What will these next 52 weeks bring? What “control” do I have over the events about to unfold?

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Own Your Life


Testimonials

  • “For the first time in months I believe there is light at the end of a very dark tunnel!”Carolyn
  • You are the most whole and engaged physician I have met. You are very generous and compassionate and I thank you. M.L.
  • “Dr. Hansen is a very sensitive yet direct and honest in her responses to concerns and personal revelations and questions. Thank you for sharing yourself and your stories.”Marta

The Effect of Trauma on our Children

I think about the neighbor’s story of the lasting effects of the flood caused by the 2001 Tropical Storm Allison. She related that her daughter was three years old at the time, and had to be evacuated in a small boat in torrential rain, in raging water, in the dark of night. 

Now, that child 16 years later is a young adult and still is afraid when it rains.

In the middle of this scenario are the children who certainly have had their lives impacted too. The children have had a loss of their home, their toys/possessions, their routine, some of their parent’s time, change of location and friends. 

I think about your friend Bobby and his 5 children (Watch video here). I cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the resources that I found concerning how to help children cope with natural disasters. I hope that the information will be useful as we interact with our families, friends, and neighbors that have been impacted with the flooding or any other disaster. Children are very resilient however it would seem that this event has left a lasting impression.

Read More

A recap of our evening together

If you weren’t with us last week, it will be valuable to sit with this recap and enjoy the incredible insights we shared in our Empowered Women’s Circle. I invite you to grab a latte and enjoy the learning….

True and lasting self-actualization IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU – and on some level you are already deeply aware of this – hence the reason we yearn for a sense of community and the impetus behind our Empowered Women’s Circle.

As we move up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, from food and water to co-creating our world, we realize that fulfillment is always about something bigger than ourselves. We openly share resources within our Circle so that each of us can extend our most innate gifts and talents to each other with a deep inner knowing that it is what we came to this earth to do. No one was born to live in isolation and your passions are the seeds of your potential and the parts of you that you MUST share with the world. We need you.

The realization of our hopes and dreams as women depends on our willingness to reach out, give back, be visible, think big and show up for ourselves and for others in unprecedented ways.

The Empowered Women’s Circle meets in an on-line virtual Circle WEEKLY on Thursdays at noon CT (watch your inbox for details and links) and you can join or watch the videos at your convenience anytime. The sessions, which build on each other, are all waiting for you HERE so return regularly to see what you’ve missed.

Life is busy, so we make it as easy as possible to keep yourself engaged in your own wellness journey – we get you!

We started the evening with a short, guided meditation that allowed us to step into our power as strong, capable women ready to be the best version of ourselves.

Throughout the evening, we were reminded that DAILY quiet time, like this mediation, elicits the “relaxation response” and actually changes our biology. You could try meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, repetitive movement like walking, jogging or just being fully present and aware of the space around you – whatever you fancy – just implement this time into your routine wherever it fits!

Read More

Hell with Harvey

Only minutes later, my flight was officially cancelled, re-routed to Dallas and our family reunion plans were set in place.

Landing in Dallas late Friday night was bittersweet. It was wonderful to see my family, to be safe and “enjoying” a weekend away. It was terrifying to know that a category 5 Hurricane was approaching the Texas Coast.

We were glued to the weather channel.

Harvey made landfall for the first time near Rockport and Fulton, TX and proceeded to stall over southern Texas bringing record-breaking rainfall (up to 52 inches of rain) and flooding waterways to 500 year levels. My husband and I watched multiple on-line weather tracking graphs noting every inch of change in the rivers and bayous by our home with hour-to-hour updates. Our home was spared after this initial landfall and Saturday afternoon was eerily calm. We considered returning to Houston and several times discussed packing up and checking out of our Dallas hotel.

The rainfall continued, water elevations climbed, the death toll rose and we watched with bated breath as our street became a flowing river.

Read More

Play Like a Girl!

I was born the eldest grandchild on both sides and I was dearly loved. But, since I was a baby girl, my grandfather didn’t open the Dom Perignon. They waited until my brother was born to celebrate his succession of the family name. As a young girl, that didn’t make sense to me. Years later, I see the culture that breeds acceptance of these tiny acts of inequity. It is possible that my desperate need to feel “as good as” or be treated “equal to” manifested over-achievement in almost every area of my life. Perhaps that’s positive.

But I wonder what little girls would truly accomplish if we valued them for their feminine attributes and didn’t subtly (or not so subtly), communicate that they need to be like boys to play in this world.

I suggest we play like girls and see what happens.

If we want a world that values the feminine as much as the masculine and treats everyone with the same respect and dignity, we must act and now. There is a call to rise, as a community of people (men and women), who believe that the world would be a better place if greater value were placed on loyalty, communication, compassion, empathy and patience.

Read More