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  • Writer's pictureAnjali Raj

19th March


Hope you all have had a good week. This week has been especially difficult for my family. My husband and I are true dog lovers and have always wanted to get a dog. After months of waiting, we got a pup last weekend. Unfortunately, on Tuesday, due to a couple of personal reasons, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to return him. We returned him only after ensuring that he had an even better house to go to... with kids, dogs and lots of love. I know he is definitely happier than he was with us.

It has been emotionally draining and this incident acted as a trigger for lots of bottled up grief of the past year. Covid has been hard for all of us in different ways. Not being able to see our families, losing loved ones, life being anything but normal... This incident made us face grief that we never addressed and on the positive side, it feels like an immense release. It will take us time but we will be ok.

Quote for the week: "You're mourning the loss of what you thought your life was going to be. Let it go. Things don't always work out how you planned; that's not necessarily bad. Things have a way of working out anyway."- Fraiser Crane

Never has a quote been so relatable for me as this one has been this past week. Has it ever happened to you that you had to mourn the loss of what you thought life would look like?

Book I'm currently reading: I'm still reading the checklist manifesto by Atul Gawande. Considering the week we had, I honestly couldnt take time off to read.

Video recommendation: This is a hand Reflexology routine to calm, relax and de-stress while Covid-19 is keeping us all indoors. I have always been attracted to complementary and alternative therpaies. Pre-covid, I used to go for foot reflexology sessions and benefited from it in many ways. In this video, you can learn few simple techniques to relax and de-stress through hand reflexology. Watch the video here

The Troubleshooters Podcast: I'm excited to announce that I have started my own podcast series. I have called it the Troubleshooters Podcast because we are all problem solvers in some way or the other.

I hope to bring to you interesting discussions from individuals working in healthcare and innovation from across the world. Today's podcast is my first attempt and I hope to improve with practice.

My first guest is Mr Chai Chuah. He has been a prominent figure in the New Zealand health sector for 25 years, first with Canterbury DHB where he was Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Manager and acting Chief Executive, before spending over seven years as Chief Executive of Hutt Valley DHB. He has been in national leadership roles with the Ministry of Health since 2010 when he became National Director of the National Health Board.

Watch the podcast here.

That's all for today. Hope you have an energising and restful weekend! See you next Friday!


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