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To Stop is To Start


In taking pause, we are able to continue better.


I completely underestimated the power of vacation.

The past six years since my last getaway have been action packed:  divorce, relocation, development of a new career, business openings, and the ongoing work of relationship.  Every time that I thought of taking a break, I felt like I couldn't, whether it was financial consideration or otherwise, it didn't feel like the right thing to do.

Then, two dear clients, Nancy and Gigi, insisted that I had to take a vacation and, in their wisdom, plainly set forth the reasons why I could delay no longer.  Life happens, regardless of whether we take a break or not.  Though we have this belief that we have the ability to plan our future and determine a "better" time for things to happen, it is a belief based upon folly.  Nothing is a given and the best laid plans, like eggs, are fragile and easily broken.  So, I took that vacation and am so happy that I did.

You know that you need a vacation when you have a hard time packing.  In my case, I accomplished this seemingly daunting task by throwing pants, shorts, tops, pajamas and underwear in like colors together.  In the past, when vacationing was more a sport and less of a necessity, I'd prepare outfits with matching accessories.  This time, just packing was chore enough.  Instead of shoes for each ensemble, again, I grabbed one brown, one black, one pair flip-flops and one pair of sneakers.  Apparently, I was greatly in need.

Now, I am greatly refreshed.  I didn't fret about my business, I didn't think about ad campaigns or new product lines.  I thought about what I wanted for dinner, or what bird or animal's call I was hearing.  I lost track of the days.  I remembered the sound of water lapping at rocks.  I forgot about my cell phones, which is funny because as anyone who knows me will attest, I am rarely without them.  In fact, originally, when I learned that the cottage did not have cell or internet service, I was greatly perturbed.  Now, I'm grateful for that, and for those two lovely ladies whose sage advice I heeded.  Thanks Gigi.  Thanks Nancy!  By allowing myself to stop, I allowed myself a new start.

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About Dr. Sarah Lobisco

Dr. LoBisco has been in holistic healthcare for over 10 years. She became interested in holistic medicine when she was able to heal two herniated discs through nutrition, yoga, supplementation, and chiropractic. She has mentored with holistic practices throughout New York, Vermont, and Connecticut. In addition to her Naturopathic and Functional Medical training, Dr. LoBisco has extensive training in a variety of healing modalities, including therapeutic essential oils, nutraceuticals, herbs, whole food supplements, nutritional medicine, and mind-body therapies. She is a graduate of the accredited, four year post-graduate program in Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. This program includes clinical rotations and a demanding scientific curriculum in integrating conventional and natural medicine. Dr. LoBisco holds her license from the state of Vermont.

Dr. LoBisco is a candidate for certification in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). Dr. LoBisco is also certified in Applied Kinesiology and holds a BA in psychology from SUNY Geneseo. She has contributed as an item writer for the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE)and has several articles that have been published in the Naturopathic Doctor News and Review Digest (NDNR) and the Townsend Letter, both physician- based journals. Dr. LoBisco is also a hired speaker on integrative medical topics for medical professionals.

Dr. LoBisco currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing, researching, private practice, and through her independent contracting work for companies regarding supplements, nutraceuticals, essential oils, and medical foods. She has a small, private wellness consultation practice through telephone and Skype. Dr. LoBisco also enjoys continuing to educate and empower her readers through her blogs and social media. Her upcoming book, BreakFree Medicine, is set to release within the next year. Please inquire here for more specific information.