Hi future VLE’ers!
I can fondly remember the year I attended VLE as a veterinary student. It was exactly the right time for a fun and invigorating experience, right before starting my 4th year rotations. I remember being together with fellow students, as well as prominent veterinarians in the profession, and thinking that it was so cool that finally we could all come together and be on the same level. What breaks down barriers is simply just HAVING FUN! This was such a simple, but powerful concept.
Another big take away idea from VLE that I will always remember is that being happy is a CHOICE. We have a CHOICE, every day, to CHOOSE HAPPY! When we wake up every day, we can choose to see the world as a gray place with storm clouds and rain and insurmountable challenges, or we can choose to see the world with blue skies and sunshine and boundless opportunities. And last but not least…. Rule #6: Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously! This is SO important, but very difficult- especially for veterinarians (including myself) who pride themselves on being accomplished and holding themselves to a very high standard. Not only are these ideas powerful to me as an individual, but the ripple effect is very real! The people I met, the FUN we had, and the palpable energy and optimism of VLE helped power me forward and feel more fortunate than ever to be part of the veterinary profession. In my career thus far the lessons and ideas from VLE have affected me in a positive way every day. I am very thankful and excited to be joining the facilitator team for the 2nd year in a row at VLE 2017!
See you in Post Falls!