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Author: Dawn Baker MD, MS

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Do you feel stuck on the Treadmill of Achievement? Are you looking for a new approach to finding work-life balance? You've come to the right place. This is the Lean Out Podcast with your host, Dr. Dawn Baker, author of Lean Out: A Professional Woman's Guide to Finding Authentic Work-Life Balance. Become inspired by amazing women professionals who've taken the steps to lean out and find balance on their own terms. 

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In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Savannah Arroyo of Networth Nurse and InvestHealth. Savannah started her real estate investing career in 2020 after having her second daughter. Looking for additional income streams and alternative ways to build wealth, Savannah began educating herself about real estate. She has since purchased over $20M worth of real estate, partnering primarily with healthcare professionals to scale her portfolio. Savannah is passionate about educatin...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Liz Drake, a professional and mom who has taken the big leap of a sabbatical after 20 years in management consulting. After what she calls "multiple failed attempts at finding the elusive work-life balance", Liz is doing a reset and evaluating what she wants the rest of her career to look like. There are lots of great resources mentioned in this episode, so be sure to check them out!Dawn's article Life as a Series of SabbaticalsDawn's interview with Jill...
In this episode, Dawn Baker describes a recent situation where she got stuck... literally stuck. She shares her insights into what you can do if you get lost or stuck, and if you just feel lost or stuck.Links mentioned: Lean Out Podcast: Spirituality with Erin Doppelt2% with Michael Easter: The Power of Getting LostPractice Balance article: Mindfulness - What Is It, Why You Want It, and How to Get ItGet in touch with Dawn: On Instagram @practicebalanceOn the web practicebalance.comBuy th...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Erin Doppelt about how her spirituality has guided her journey of travel, learning, teaching, and entrepreneurship. They discuss the processes of birthing a book, birthing a baby, and birthing a business.Erin Doppelt is a spiritual psychology and meditation teacher with a master’s degree in psychology in education from Columbia University Teachers College. After a stint as a marketing leader for a chain of big city restaurants, she spent her twenties liv...
in this episode, Dawn Baker talks about grappling with the conflict of doing entrepreneurial work that preaches against the typical hustle culture. Don't you have to hustle when you have a business? Listen to Dawn's thoughts and tips on how to do your creative, entrepreneurial work on your own terms. Links mentioned in this episode:A Dream That Made Me Question My Path - blog post, podcast episode A Tale of Two Women - podcast episodeGet in touch with Dawn: On Instagram @practicebalanceO...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Dr. Michael Foti. Michael is a dad, a husband, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, NY. He’s also active as a teacher and mentor to medical students, and he’s the Standardized Patient Program Coordinator at his institution. During the early part of his career, Michael experienced severe anxiety and depression that initiated his Lean Out journey. We get into the raw emotio...
This episode is the next in a series sharing the chapters of the audiobook Lean Out: A Professional Woman's Guide to Finding Authentic Work-Life Balance. Chapter 1 compares and contrasts the work-life balance of two different professional women. Which one do you identify with more? Get in touch with Dawn:On Instagram @practicebalanceOn the web practicebalance.comBuy the book Lean Out
In this episode, Dawn Baker discusses her keys to success after reflecting on a milestone birthday. She goes into the common themes of her consistent practices in the realms of health, wealth, and happiness. Don't miss the pearls in this solocast!Relevant links: Link to the accompanying article for this episode on PracticeBalance.comGreat resource from Peter Attia on how muscle mass affects longevity and healthspanBook with important financial concepts - JL Collins, A Simple Path to Weal...
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In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Seema Desai, a retired dentist and executive coach. Seema helps ​high-achieving, ambitious leaders go from stressed, overwhelmed, and frustrated to productive, effective, and fulfilled. She is the author of Connected: Discovering Your Inner Guides and the cohost of the podcast Happy and Human.This conversation demonstrates the concept that work-life balance is a continuous process, and transformation most often happens in a stepwise manner. We discuss th...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks all about why we should be weary of social media, and how you can craft a sustainable social media use plan that fits your work-life balance. She summarizes what she learned in the preparation and delivery of a talk on the subject, including health problems associated with social media and best practices for moderating its use.Resources mentioned in this episode: --> Leave a review for Lean Out on Amazon! <--Helpful books - Dopamine NationScarcity ...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Kristine Goins. Kristine is an integrative adult & pediatric psychiatrist, physician coach and digital nomad. After experiencing her own struggles with burnout and health challenges, Kristine left a position in academics and leadership to found Nomad MD, where she empowers doctors to achieve a balanced and fulfilling life, where they can work less from anywhere. Kristine shares a glimpse of what life is like as a digital nomad, the realizations ...
Welcome back to the Lean Out Podcast! In this solocast kick-off to Season 2, Dawn Baker shares her recent experiences traveling, and the difference between a "trip" and a "vacation". She also gives some suggestions for how to start designing a life you don't feel you have to escape from. Practice Balance article about easy ways to practice mindfulness: https://practicebalance.com/2021/03/mindfulness-what-is-it-why-do-you-want-it-and-how-to-get-it/Get in touch with Dawn:On Instagram @practiceb...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Chrissy Guidry about waking up to her true priorities and expanding her work-life balance to include things that bring her more joy. Chrissy is a trauma and critical care surgeon who calls herself a "hybrid" academic and private practice physician. She has a role in physician wellness at Tulane University, and she works as a locum tenens surgeon at community hospitals in the area. Chrissy's new passion is her community Whole Body Optimism, dedicated to h...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Dr. Kara Wada. Kara is a quadruple board-certified pediatric and adult allergy immunology & lifestyle medicine physician. Early in her career, she found out she has Sjogren’s disease, and this altered her vision and priorities for her work-life balance. She’s also a life coach and a mom who shares her recipe for success combining anti-inflammatory lifestyle, trusting therapeutic relationships, modern medicine & our minds to harness our body’s abi...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Harmony Smith, trial attorney and mother of five. Harmony has been on a journey away from the debt of law school and the typical professional lifestyle toward one of financial independence. She is currently working full time in a remote role while leaning into homesteading and her love of crochet. She is also a freelance writer and blogger.Harmony's work-life balance is a work in progress, as she craves more time for adventures on her homestead with her ...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Elizabeth Hubbell. Elizabeth is an RYT-500 yoga instructor, wellness coach, and freelance writer passionate about living a plant-based, alcohol-free life. In 2021, she left a career as an instructional designer with a background in K12, higher ed, and adult learning. She is the author of Rethinking Alcohol through the Eight Limbs of Yoga. We discuss her decision to leave a longstanding career in higher education, her period of stillness and discovery, an...
In this BONUS episode, Dawn Baker shares her favorite things as a gift guide for holiday shopping this year. All links can be found by going to the blog post accompanying this episode. Happy shopping!https://practicebalance.com/2023/11/a-few-of-my-favorite-things-2023-gift-guide/Get in touch with Dawn: On Instagram @practicebalanceOn the web practicebalance.comBuy the book Lean Out
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Errin Weisman about her journey through burnout and beyond. She exemplifies the idea that work-life balance is truly a journey with highs and lows. Dr. Errin Weisman is a physician, life coach, podcaster and mother of three. Because of her personal experience with professional burnout early in her career, Errin speaks openly with straight, raw honesty about her story in order to help others. She practices family and addiction medicine in rural India...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks with Mary Leung about her transition from burned out, overworked medical specialist to in control of her time during busy days at her clinic. She was so transformed by coaching for time management that she became a coach to help other physicians like her. NOTE: There are a few unavoidable audio glitches in the beginning and end of this episode, but we made the best of it! Bio: Dr. Mary Leung is a physician board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncolog...
In this episode, Dawn Baker talks about her first experience parenting in a sports competition. Things did not go as expected, and she describes how she handled it.(NOTE: I incorrectly talk about the particular illegal jiu jitsu move that occurred as "grabbing an ankle", when apparently it is in a knee reaping. Shows how much I know about jiu jitsu!) You can find a print version of this episode (with relevant links and images) at: https://practicebalance.com/2023/11/kids-failure-and-mindset/G...
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