Turning Pro on Your Purpose
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
by: Ariana Poulakos, ND Candidate 2016, Bastyr California


This month, students from Bastyr University California were fortunate enough to spend a Friday night “Turning Pro” with Bastyr alumna and Board of Trustees member, Carrie Louise Daenell, ND. Before students met with Dr. Daenell, she assigned them to read the book Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work. The author, Steven Pressfield, generously donated copies for all of the students who registered for Dr. Daenell’s seminar. Mr. Pressfield’s book challenges its readers to give up the unfulfilled lives with which they have become complacent. To embrace our true selves and purposes, we must find our power, will, and voices. In other words, we must “turn pro” in our own lives.
...I was awakened to the idea that we have a greater purpose to serve with naturopathic medicine...

Students who participated in the seminar enjoyed a healthy dinner organized by Susan Farley, Director of Career and Alumni Services, and Jennifer Ruiz, Student Affairs Assistant. They were also provided lunch bags complete with t-shirts and juice coupons inside donated by Debra Engle from Evolution Juice Company. Dr. Daenell wasted no time engaging students in a discussion about the reading in the context of naturopathic medicine. She posed fundamental questions to the audience, questions whose answers are essential to start building dreams: What do you value? What do you want? What don’t you want? Together, Dr. Daenell and students created a list of opportunities available for NDs. The conclusion? The possibilities are endless!

Dr. Daenell kindly answered questions and offered advice for Bastyr students. When asked about take home points from the seminar, third year student, Sruti March, said “First, I was awakened to the idea that we have a greater purpose to serve with naturopathic medicine. Secondly, if you’re going to succeed at what you do, you must go all in, but you never really “arrive.” You don’t get to a spot and say, “Ok now I’ve made it.” Lastly, no one can describe success to you. Structure your life around what fuels you. Structure it with inspiration and rest.” Alice Nguyen, third year student, answered, “Be fearless.”

On behalf of the Bastyr University California Pros, we thank Dr. Daenell, Steven Pressfield, Susan Farley, Jennifer Ruiz and Debra Engle for this wonderful opportunity!
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