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Beyond The Stethoscope

Jun 29, 2020

Favorite quotes of the episode: “In my mid-forties, I found myself outside of my comfort zone and I had the chance to connect with my inner voice and understand that the life I was living, wasn’t aligned with my personal values.”

“The Athena Principles teach and inspire wellness through story.”

“Celebrate, have fun and play and have a sense of adventure, because that’s what life is all about.”

“Sometimes we don’t want to think about change, even when we know it’s necessary, because it forces you to look at the reality and the choices you’ve made that have led you to the place where you are. That’s a tough place to be.”

“Your life wants to speak to you. Your still point is quieting the noise so you can hear your own wisdom.”

“Presence plus Quiet is how you get to your still point.”

Episode Overview

In this episode, I talk with Kathy Robinson, a corporate executive turned author, teacher, and certified wellness coach.

Kathy began her career on Wall Street and spent 15 years at a Fortune 250 company before retiring as its Chief Risk Officer and Chief Audit Executive.  After decades of assessing the wellness of corporations, she turned the lens from professional assessments to personal ones, becoming a certified coach and sharing her wellness journey and philosophy in her book, The Athena Principles:  Simple Wellness Practices for Overworked Professionals. 


  • What is wholehearted wellness and discussion of the spectrum of wellness that includes vitality (exercise and nutrition), flow (simplifying, energetic flow and expression) and connection (spirituality and relationships)
  • Kathy’s Journey as a busy professional: Mind, Body, and Spirit
  • How to show up for yourself with optimism and enthusiasm.
  • Wellness Tools, Principles, and Practice
  • Setting ourselves up for a good sleep routine!
  • Changing mindset to run an ultra-marathon at 54 years old when 20 years before, 1 mile was a challenge.
  • How to connect to our still point, even with all of the COVID-19 chaos, there is still opportunity, and why it’s important.

5 Questions Segment

Q1. We know that the most successful and happy people have a morning routine, what do you do each morning or evening that sets your day up for success? Water, coffee, write, meditate, make my bed, exercise, and get ready for work.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? Purpose and Impact. I have a saying in my office, “Let the life you live be the lesson you teach,” and that’s my daily reminder to live with purpose.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? It’s about living wholeheartedly. Fully embracing who I am, showing up with an open heart, open hands, and doing things that light me up with the people I love.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? I would tell my type-A perfectionist younger self three things: 1) Relax, it’s all going to work out and even better than you can anticipate. 2) Sometimes you have to let go of things you love to let new things in and to grow and that’s okay. 3) Don’t forget to enjoy the journey, it’s a lovely ride. And that’s what my 75-year-old self would tell me today, to live with ease, let go with grace, and just have a blast and enjoy it all.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Presence. To be aware but not be distracted by the past or the future. Presence plus Quiet is how you get to your still point.


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