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Beyond The Stethoscope

Oct 27, 2020

Favorite quotes of the episode: 

“Happiness for me is an inside job.”

“I decided to become a lawyer because I have an advocate’s heart.”

“This is a way to advocate for people’s rights, this is a way to get justice.”

“We have an immigration system that needs to be overhauled, it’s long past due and we are in unprecedented times. The immigration law we have right now was passed in 1952.”

Episode Overview

In this episode, I talk with Donusia Lipinski. For over 33 years, Donusia has been working with immigrants, their families, the employers who hire them and agricultural and seasonal employers.

Donusia is the CEO and founder of Myrtle Beach Immigration Law Office. As a long-time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a nonpartisan national organization, Donusia served on the Board of Governors, and also worked as an Associate Director of Advocacy.  Donusia has been recognized locally and nationally as a passionate advocate on behalf of immigrants and the dire need for changes in our immigration laws to meet the demands of the global economy. 

More recently, Donusia’s passion has turned to being a transformational change agent to those who feel their lives have lost meaning or purpose and who are going through the motions of life, rather than living a life they would really love living.  As a certified DreamBuilder Coach with the Brave Thinking Institute and Certification as a High Performance Coach through the High-Performance Institute, Donusia focuses on helping people create a vision of the life they would love living in their health and well-being, their relationships, their vocation, and in time and money freedom.  Her clients learn to live from their vision, with clarity, and in alignment with their true heart’s desire.  

Donusia earned her J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1983 and is licensed in Colorado and California. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Donusia was an autoworker and an elementary education teacher. It was her work as an autoworker that propelled her to go to law school. 


  • Tips for busy professionals to live a life they would love living and avoid burnout.
  • Can you share some insights around how having a heart-centered business can give each day more meaning with less stress?
  • How do you manage the stress that must come with being an immigration lawyer and how slowly the process moves for your clients?
  • Immigration Policy Overview (Voting Rights, Asylum, DACA, unlawful presence)
  • Roles and Responsibilities of our three branches of government: Legislative, Executive, Judicial.
  • Where are the voter resources if people are interested in learning more about current U.S. immigration policy?

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? I love my mornings!  I love to get up early, stretch, read something that inspires me, journal, and have some quiet time, meditate with a cup of coffee, and walking on the beach or getting some fresh air.

Q2. What's your definition of Success? When I’m congruent, living my purpose and doing what I was born to do in this world.

Q3. What's your definition of Happiness? Knowing that everything is going to be okay. Being able to laugh, spend time with friends, inspire others.

Q4. What do you know now that you wish you would have known 10 years ago? The importance of being more heart-centered and the importance of focusing.

Q5. What do you think is the biggest issue facing busy professionals today? Stress and not living their life purpose, not taking care of themselves.


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