I simply love this series! These individuals are each so special and have so much to share with the world. They share what inspires them, what has changed them, what they know about life, and how they got to where they are today.
I’m excited for you to meet Rabia. When I opened her email to look for her responses to my questions, I scrolled down to her picture and once I saw it, it made me smile. She has been so supportive of me while dealing with thyroid issues lately. Anyway, without further ado meet Rabia Vaughns.
My name is Rabia Vaughns and I work as a physician assistant in Dacula, Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta. For those of you who are not hip to the profession, physician assistants have advanced medical training that enable them to assess and treat health ailments under a supervising physician.
I specialize in functional medicine, which is an integrative approach to chronic medical conditions. This medical approach is deeply science based and focuses on understanding the complex biochemical relationships that effect the functioning of the body. I view each patient as being unique and different so my treatment plans are personalized to support the natural healing mechanisms of the body.
I have also recently founded New Life Progressive Health, a health education and wellness promotion business. You can check me out online at www.newlifeprogressivehealth.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NewLifeProgressiveHealth
What circumstances led you to your profession?
Looking back there are so many small steps that have led me to where I am now in my career. The first step that started me down my path in medicine occurred when I was a senior in high school in AP Biology. I was assigned to teach the class the female and male reproductive systems. I loved it, and it was the defining moment that eventually led me to later work at Planned Parenthood as a clinician.
I decided to go to PA school because I was so frustrated every time I went to the doctor. It was always a rushed visit, and I never felt like my providers really cared or knew what was wrong with me. I didn’t feel good for a long time, and it caused a lot of anxiety. I would do a lot of research on my own and had to become an advocate for my health and wellbeing. I actually went to PA school because I felt a strong internal duty that I had to become a medical professional and be the provider I always wished I had.
What inspires you?
I am inspired and humbled by people who have faced tremendous hardships and obstacles in their lives. People who have made it through the darkness to the other side more expansive and filled with love, and then reach back to help others along.
What changed everything was when I started allow myself to take back the director role in my life. I had to apologize to myself for being so neglectful and get back to the serious business of loving me. Taking action towards creating the life I want, transformed my life.
What is one valuable thing you’ve learned in life?
No one wins when you compromise your vision or your values. Cling tightly to your vision of what you want you life to be. Not so tightly that you become rigid if the universe throws you a curve ball, but have an idea of what you do and do not want featured in “My Life… the Movie”.
I recently left my “dream job” because it turned into a nightmare. I was a holistic healthcare provider spending my days teaching others how to be well, but not taking care of myself at all… hypocrite alert!!!!
Everything began to fall apart. My marriage was on the rocks. My health was in the shitter. I became so depressed, angry, and burnt out that I was virtually paralyzed, unable to make a change but in complete misery.
What changed everything was when I started allow myself to take back the director role in my life. I had to apologize to myself for being so neglectful and get back to the serious business of loving me. Taking action towards creating the life I want, transformed my life. Lesson learned!!
Name one experience that has completely changed you.
Travelling to India changed me forever. I have had the opportunity to visit India 4 times in my life, each time staying in Meherabad, which is a place of spiritual pilgrimage for people all around the world. Meherabad is the home to the tomb, otherwise known as the Samadhi, of Meher Baba. Meher Baba is known as an Avatar, or God in human form. The same being that has been known by different names like Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha and Krishna, and come at different times throughout history to give humanity a spiritual boost.
I had been raised in a family that followed the teachings of Meher Baba, but since it was not a “normal” belief growing up in rural Maryland, it was often something I was embarrassed of. Once I became older I wasn’t so much embarrassed, but I had a conflict between my head and my heart. My head could not understand the complexities of God, much less how it would look if He were in human form. My heart yearned for spiritual connection.
When I returned from my first visit there I was on fire with love for God. Simply sitting in the Samadhi would bring me to tears of joy. I was overwhelmed with love for God, others, and for myself. The experience cemented in my heart the Love that God is, and changed me forever.
I keep on trying to understand the lessons life is offering and quiet the noise so I can be the best version of myself.
What is your proudest moment?
I’m proud for being a general ass kicker in life. What that means to me is that I do big things even though they terrify me. I just dry heave and then keep on trucking.
I struggle with self-doubt, anxiety, procrastination, fear and loneliness, but I keep on trying to understand the lessons life is offering and quiet the noise so I can be the best version of myself. Kicking ass… one day at a time.
What’s your advice for someone who hasn’t found his or her way in the world yet?
Don’t be mistaken to think anyone truly has found his or her way in the world. No one knows what they are doing all the time!! We are all learning, changing, and growing every day. Just as soon as you think you have life figured out, life throws you another curveball. It’s why they call it the “game of life”! Stretch yourself to be open to things that intimidate you. Learn to be quiet, still so you can tap into your intuition.
Be very kind and gentle to yourself. It’s a glorious journey if you treat yourself as you would your most beloved friend!!
And there you have it! How amazing was that? I confess that I needed the gentle reminder that Rabia offered in her answers. I hope you enjoyed reading her answers as much as I did. If something resonated with you, leave it in the comments or let Rabia know by connecting with her on Facebook.
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